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  • Animal Farm

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,958

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!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you hate spoilers, save the intro for last.

  • By Dusty on 02-18-11

Absolutely brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-11

I first read this in the 80's when my native Czechoslovakia was still an Animal Farm. I appreciate Orwell's foresight even more, now that most of Eastern Europe is back to Manor Farms - with "reconciliation" with the West proceeding almost exactly as predicted in the final chapter.

Narration is good and the easy British accent fits well with the setting and Orwell's overall sardonic tone.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,629

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book's as good as I remembered.

  • By Josh Mitchell on 01-20-15

Excellent story, masterful rendition

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-11

So like lot of people I skipped this one in high school, but now understand why its a classic. Steinbeck won a Nobel prize for literature for a reason.

I really liked Baker's performance, too - it borders on acting, but never in an obtrusive way, he strikes just the right balance there.

  • The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck

  • By: Upton Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Casey Affleck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

A Signature Performance: Oscar nominee and passionate vegan Casey Affleck highlights the more-relevant-than-ever issues of business ethics and food production in Upton Sinclair’s meatpacking industry bombshell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of great social protest novels of 20th Century

  • By Darwin8u on 10-22-13

American socialism in context

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-11

Riveting story in a larger socio-political backdrop that Tea Party fans should listen to at some point.

That said, I did not like Affleck's narration too much. His tone is almost dis-interested at the beginning, with a lazy pronunciation of sorts. However, it somehow gets better (or I just got used to him) later on and the distraction is not enough to ultimately get in the way of this classic.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful