• 1984 & Animal Farm

  • 2 in 1
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Benjamin May
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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1984 & Animal Farm

By: George Orwell
Narrated by: Benjamin May
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Bringing the Best of George Orwell's 1984 & Animal Farm together.

Nineteen Eighty-Four:

A Novel, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel. A startling and haunting novel, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions - a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time. 

George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel - a scathing satire on a downtrodden society's blind march towards totalitarianism. The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. Ultimately, however, the rebellion is betrayed, and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

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Both stories are enjoyable listens

Benjamin May did a great job reading these two books, both of which I enjoyed immensely. His character voices and pacing felt appropriate throughout both stories. Both of these stories are very important reads today, both for the insight they provide and so that you will recognize if someone is being wise or dense when they compare element of modern society to the societies in these stories. There were a few times that I felt the audio clips had been poorly strung together, such as one time in 1984 where the end of one audio clip overlapped briefly with the beginning of another. That didn't really impact my enjoyment of the reading, though. The whispered voices for Winston and Julia in 1984 were occasionally much quieter than the surrounding narration, which was mildly frustrating at times. Still, I think the performance for both books was overall good, and both stories are worth a listen.

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Great books, good narration, bad editing

These books should really be mandatory reading for everyone. The narrator's voice is a little shrill at times but he did a good job. Whoever did the editing though should be canned. Parts up to a couple minutes were repeated here and there

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Good, but editing blows

Like others said, the editing stinks. Lots of mistakes, chapters repeated, narrator practicing pronunciation. Not his fault. Editor-errors.

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It was almost perfect…

The story is great at showing how socialism could be started I haven’t finished 1984 yet but I have read animal farm before.
My problem is with the narrator. He pauses between each word as if to read it before he says it. This is very distracting, when you speed it up to x1.1 it fixes it but there are some points where he reads just fine and because he talks so fast (this is why I noticed the pauses) it sounds like he is trying to speed read.

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Astonishing

To reflect about it. Many people do not value what they have until they lose it.

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You can redo the recording

If you make mistakes or repeat pages you don’t have to leave those parts in, you can cut the recording or redo one of the chapters. Other than that this recording is still pretty good

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  • BF
  • 07-24-22

a good reading with significant volume issues

This is a classic book that was read well and has good pacing and voicing. The only real criticism I have and it is a significant one is that at times the narrator speaks so softly to the point that I couldn't understand what he was saying. this happened when one of the characters was whispering or for some of the characters and it's incredibly annoying and I would have to increase and then decrease the volume throughout the book. If this can be recorded again and resolved I would have a five star performance for the narration. The book itself is a classic and I enjoyed it, but don't think I can offer anything more insightful here than has been said by many others over the decades.

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Be wary of this purchase!

I rate the source material a 5/5, and the narrator's performance a 4/5. So why does this receive a 2/5 from me? Because the editing is downright criminal. The narrator, having done these two books over many different sessions, changes in volume wildly from time to time. The editing should have altered the volume to conformity, but he failed to do so. The editor overlapped the ending of one sentence with the beginning of another. The editor repeated paragraphs. The editor failed to remove instances of the narrator's failed attempts to perform a line correctly, which was then followed by the correct line.
The books are still, overall, enjoyable because of the excellence of the source material and the usually solid work of the narrator. But be aware of the bewildering and annoying moments throughout due to the aforementioned editing. If you can find a different version, I recommend listening to that instead.

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The actual books and narrator are great, but.....

This version of the books is full of editorial mistakes, glitches and even a whole section of the books is read double. This gets pretty annoying at some point.

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Good enough but has editing mistakes

These stories are both good enough and the voices are great, narrator did wonderfully there however, there are some pretty bad editing mistakes in Animal Farm. The narrator is pausing, figuring out how to pronouncing words, gulping his drink and repeating parts. I would think there's someone along the way that would prevent this from happening but I suppose not. 1984 did kind of drag in the first half but it gets better in my opinion. Animal Farm was ok.

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  • Johan
  • 08-31-21

Censored

If a book is censored, it should be noted as such in the description. If I knew it was censored, I would not have purchased it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-21

Australia 2021

so pertinent to the current political situation. life doesn't seem to have taught us anything

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