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
"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)
Every time I read Animal Farm, it sends shivers down my spine - not because I forget what happens, but because of how true it is still today. Man's nature always goes towards greed, selfishness, lies, and pride.
This time, I read it alongside a friend who had lived in a Communist country. He said that this hit home for him.
Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others...
It was great to listen to this on one of my cross country flights. I find listening to these classic novels brings an entirely enjoyment to an old classic. I found new or renewed joy and things I had forgotten. Some level of relaxation to having someone reading to me that allowed me to think deeper about the many different concepts in this book.
Expertly written, as is to be expected from Mr. Orwell.
Introduction is a spoiler but the story isn't very long either way. Also this speaker is one of my favorite readers for both Audiobooks and Voice Acting.
From Wilm., De. Love reading and audiobooks. Other interests include cooking, attending cultural events, my dogs, birding, music and movies.
Did not know what to expect, had never heard the story. As odd as it was, I did enjoy the story. It definitely teaches multiple lessons or morals. I guess it's sort of a classic in its own way.
the best representation of reality through fiction ever set to paper. something to be considered by several "equality" movements today.
Benjamin was right
It portrayed the characters as real life beings. It presented a totalitarian regime very honestly and did so in an entertaining fashion. Had it not been so realistic, I might have been able to take it more lightly, but as it was written, having lived through a communist revolution, I can see where all of the characters were present and necessary in real life. At the risk of being redundant, George Orwell was more of a visionary than a writer. A great work of literature.
You close your eyes and you and see Major, Squealer, Napoleon, Clover, Benjamin, the sheep, etc. far better than the later movie version of the book. His elocution was near perfect.
They did, and it failed miserably, mostly because I believe it was trying to be politically correct.
A must read (or listen) for all. I can see where as this book was mandatory reading in grade school (for me), more than likely it would not be mandatory now... or might even be banned. Parents need to inform their children that such risks do exist, that the world is full of potential Majors, Napoleons and Squealers, and as such they must be vigilant.
Great book, but if you're heading it for the first time, skip the into. Go directly to Chapter 1 (Listed as Chapter 2, because of the intro). The intro contains spoilers, and will shape the way you look at the story. I recommend listening to the book first, and once you've pondered it in your own a bit, go back and listen to the intro if you want a bit of context and a critic's perspective.
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