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The animals in the farmyard decide that working for humans is doing them no favours so, under the leadership of Napoleon, the only Berkshire Boar on the farm, and the other pigs, they drive out the farmer and his cohorts and set about structuring their own society. Based on a list of supposedly animal-friendly rules such as “four legs good, two legs bad” the animals work together to harvest their own food and run their own farm. However, little by little, the rules begin to mysteriously change and the pigs seem to gain power, making the animals question whether their new-found freedom is as liberating as they might have hoped.

With direct allusions to political figures such as Lenin, Marx, Trotsky, Stalin, and Molotov, to name but a few, Animal Farm is one of the greatest socio-political works of all time, and this unabridged audio does it absolute justice.

©1945 George Orwell (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Simon Callow’s remarkable narration brings out the many layers of Orwell's fable...Brilliant!" ( The Observer)

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  • cjh
  • 09-29-20

Abridged!

Despite clearly claiming to be complete and unabridged this story is missing at least one part. The end of chapter 8 is outright missing the battle, instead it ends just as it starts and then chapter 9 begins with the next day and Boxer’s injury.

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  • Catherine
  • 12-17-19

shame about the whistling

Just not a fan when audiobook readers whistle or sing, and that's how this one ended which was a shame, but great book none the less.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-21-18

Poignant and relevant.

Fantastic performance by Simon Callow. Fortunately Orwells messages are popular, sadly they remain perpetually relevant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-18

Couldn't put it down!

First of all, best audio reading I've heard of any book. such a warm, rich, dynamic performance. Secondly, I stayed up until midnight to finish this! Such an enjoyable and thought-provoking narrative.

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  • James W. Matson
  • 04-30-17

Short, profound, terrifying

Who was your favorite character and why?

Boxer - loyal, strong, sad.

What about Simon Callow’s performance did you like?

His vocal acting and character voicing was terrific. A formal, but deep and gritty, English accent. Wonderful.

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The historical and prescient quality of this narrative are frightening.