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Animal Farm [Dramatised] | [George Orwell]

Animal Farm [Dramatised]

Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges....
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"All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others."

Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges....

Tamsin Greig, Nicky Henson, and Toby Jones star in this new drama, part of BBC Radio 4's The Real George Orwell season - a Radio 4 journey that explores the disjuncture between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell.

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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-12-14
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-12-14 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Not allowed to give a classic less than 3 stars"

    Somehow I had managed to spend my entire life without reading this classic. It's short and to the point. I'm not sure how this dramatized version differs from the original but I suspect the story lines and dialogue are similar. I'm glad this was short because I don't think I could have listened for several more hours. I did, however, like the dramatized version, replete with sound effects and murmuring. Made it a little better. I've listened and I can cross another classic off my list. Don't think I'll tackle 1984.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    sheerheart 10-07-14
    sheerheart 10-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Dramatization"
    What did you love best about Animal Farm [Dramatised]?

    If you want a quick overview of what Animal Farm was about, this is a good one. Definitely recommend to read the whole book but if you are bored one night this is entertaining.


    What about Tamsin Greig’s performance did you like?

    He could do so many characters. I could have sworn multiple people were narrating.


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    Jeffrey 10-13-14
    Jeffrey 10-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Prophetic of Amerca"
    If you could sum up Animal Farm [Dramatised] in three words, what would they be?

    Prophetic of America


    Any additional comments?

    This book uses the Animal Farm to illustrate how the principles of communism and socialism, all instituted for the "good of man," always corrupts and destroys. Though socialists preach equality for all people and demonize the "elite," they seem completely blind that they set their own selves up as masters in the name of seeking the best for all people whether the people want it or not.

    It is a study of how class warfare and class envy pulls societies apart and makes enemies out of neighbors.

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    Diana Weybridge, VT, United States 09-11-14
    Diana Weybridge, VT, United States 09-11-14 Member Since 2012

    I listen on my way to and from work. My time is valuable so I much prefer only "very good" reads. The voice and presentation is just as important to me as the story itself.

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    "A classic beauty"
    If you could sum up Animal Farm [Dramatised] in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, enlightening, poinaint


    Any additional comments?

    When new book get tiring an old classic is just the thing!

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    Patricia Perris, CA, United States 09-07-14
    Patricia Perris, CA, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2006

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Holy cow!"

    Not a huge fan of dramatized audiobooks but this was a really great version. Not cheesy at all, good narration, lesson to be learned for sure.

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    Christopher Anderson 09-03-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Could have been better."
    Would you try another book from George Orwell and/or Tamsin Greig?

    Yes, I would try one.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Animal Farm [Dramatised]?

    I did enjoy hearing different voices for all of the different characters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    There were times in my car listening that the volumes would go from soft to loud, and was hard to maintain a good balance.


    Could you see Animal Farm [Dramatised] being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I am honestly surprised it hasn't been done already.


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    Leslie 08-26-14
    Leslie 08-26-14

    I'm an engineer that took all my electives in English and Art! Fantasy novels with moral depth and colorful worlds fill my library.

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    "Are you sure this is Animal Farm?"

    I bought this not noting it is a dramatization. I do not like these--too much like a movie, and really loses the whole point. I'd avoid this one.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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