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Animal Farm | [George Orwell]

Animal Farm

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words! This must-read is also a must-listen!
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Publisher's Summary

George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is an intimate part of our contemporary culture, quoted so often that we tend to forget who wrote the original words. It is an account of the bold struggle that transforms Mr. Jones' Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that bears an insidious familiarity. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.

To supplement the full text version of George Orwell's Animal Farm, listen to the SparkNotes Guide for Animal Farm.

©1946 Harcourt Brace and Jovanich, Inc.; (P)1991 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A wise, compassionate, and illuminating fable of our times....The steadiness and lucidity of Orwell's merciless wit are reminiscent of Anatole France and even of Swift." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Kirk MARICOPA, AZ, United States 07-12-12
    Kirk MARICOPA, AZ, United States 07-12-12
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    "Great for a 4 hour drive"
    Would you listen to Animal Farm again? Why?

    I will probably listen to this again mostly to remember how many freedoms we enjoy and how precious liberty is. The insights were very thought provoking as well as the ability to relate to the characters.


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    Charles Cyr Underhill, VT, United States 06-21-12
    Charles Cyr Underhill, VT, United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    ".... only some are more equal...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It is a classic that everyone should read (or listen to). I'm glad I finally did.


    What other book might you compare Animal Farm to and why?

    Of course, Lord of the Flies and 1984, both of which deal with society and power. And how power inevitably manipulates the (usually largely dimmer-witted) followers in society, to the deliberate benefit of those in power.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    Boxer. He represents the simpleminded but industrious masses which the authorities utilize to sustain power for themselves.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.


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    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-24-12
    january huntersville, NC, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    I'm trying to catch up on some classics I missed out on. I loved 1984 and thought I would like this book as well. Not so much. I understand the underlying political and social statements, but I had a hard time with the talking animal aspect.

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    Q. Chase 05-14-12
    Q. Chase 05-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A great way to experience this stirring classic"
    Where does Animal Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best audio books I have heard. I especially appreciated the reader's rendition of the song "Beasts of England", because a song without a believable tune is much less effective than a catchy ditty that draws the listener into the story.
    This is an important story for our time and easy for even young readers to grasp.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Animal Farm?

    When the pigs walked out of the house on two legs.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the animals kicked the farmer out of the farm house and successfully took over all the farm work themselves.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction was resolve and determination to not let my cause go the same route.


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    Mahal La Quinta, CA USA 05-07-12
    Mahal La Quinta, CA USA 05-07-12
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    "a clasic"
    What did you love best about Animal Farm?

    The symbolism of it all is better then i remember from school.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Animal Farm?

    Must have been when the working house passed. The pigs new they were in trouble. And the horrible act they did then do what was right for the horse is kind of like today.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    the conclution is off. maybe come up with a down fall for the pigs. in communism it is meant to main government is ment to fall.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who are into politics or have read this book in school re-reading it as an adult is even better when you can see more of the double meaning.

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    Dave Fox Island, WA, United States 04-16-12
    Dave Fox Island, WA, United States 04-16-12
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    "A must read for both adults and kids"

    Everyone should read this book. I am not sure what age for kids. It could be too scary if they are too young.

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    Jerry United States 12-26-11
    Jerry United States 12-26-11

    40 years in radio. Free speech... don't ever let anyone take it away from us. The Theatre of the mind is beautiful.

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    "Everyone should hear this today"
    If you could sum up Animal Farm in three words, what would they be?

    Our government today?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Animal Farm?

    all animals are NOT created equal


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotions


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The pigs started walking on 2 legs. 4 legs good...2 legs bad


    Any additional comments?

    With what is happening in Washington DC...is this happening today?

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    Marshall I. Cohen 10-14-11 Member Since 2009
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    "If a child must read Anml Frm, Get this recording!"

    The introduction is invaluable. After listening to this recording, a modern teenager will be able to understand what Orwell was trying to get at. An adult will still need to explain the book in todays context.

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    Brian Douglas Middle East 08-09-14
    Brian Douglas Middle East 08-09-14 Member Since 2005

    Government Contractor

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    "4 Stars Goooood 5 Stars Bettttter"
    Where does Animal Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The nature of man in animal form. Ideology, loyalty, and devotion become strings for a corrupt puppet master. What I love is how this story continues to be relevant regardless of how much time passes. Network News, Politicians, Social organizations can all be seen on the farm. Highly recommended!


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    Jack Macon, GA, United States 03-26-12
    Jack Macon, GA, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Animal Farm is the best Ant-communist book."
    If you could sum up Animal Farm in three words, what would they be?

    Witty Ant-communism


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Squealer- He was tasked with doing the mental gymnastics to hew to the Party Line.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene at the end when the pigs were dancing on two feet.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I was more impressed by the author's fidelity o the true picture of Communism.


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