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Publisher's Summary

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. It is an account of the bold struggle that transforms Mr. Jones' Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society built on the credo that All Animals Are Created Equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that bears an insidious familiarity. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.
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

Critic Reviews

"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)

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A Must Hear

Having heard the novel I regret that it wasn't part of my high school curriculum as it has been for many. It is a story of the corruption that comes with power, most notably power presented with little to no contention. The story, written by George Orwell, is a quick listen being 3hrs 13 min long, its brevity does not diminish the power of its statements. The only thing that could have been an improvement to the text was the narration, provided by Ralph Cosham, which made the story feel as if it were a historical event being recited or a radio broadcast that the listener had just stumbled upon. TL;DR A short listen, dealing with power struggles and the exploitation of a lower class and/or those willing to believe whole heartedly that those in power have their best interest in mind.

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Incredible classic

an absolutely amazing classic! The spot on description of how absolute power corrupts, absolutely. I recommend this book more and more as of late, as it seems people forget.

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Highly Recommended

The story was profound and well written. The performance was perfect. This is definitely one of my favorites!

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Yawn...

What disappointed you about Animal Farm?

After reading 1984 I was looking forward to other George Orwell. This was simply a yawner. Yes I get the symbols and the view of transposing farm animals into a society like structure. But even for a relatively short story it got tired very quickly.

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Yawn..

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history of mankind

as you go on listening to the book, you realise it has been the one true story of mankind. the history in USA, in Europe, in Asia, all the monarch, all the dictatorships and all the democracy may I say had gone through the same path. it amazing to relate those behavior of pigs and animals to what had and is happening now. the book gives a great perspective. awesomely read too.

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Worth it!

Very interesting fable. As usual, with George Orwell, I am left feeling saddened by the "good guys" plight.

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I took too long to try this classic

I remembered the majority of the students in my high school being required to read this. I don't remember why I wasn't but I wish I had. This book takes a no nonsense look at communism. It strips away the human emotion by making the characters animals and tells you the facts of what a government like that can do. I felt like I began to understand why a country could fall prey to these antics. It's a short read that makes you think.

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Short, masterful, great listen

The tone of this book is direct, and somewhat distant. You never really get close to the characters' psyches, so it rushes past like a history, which it almost is. Excellent narrator, and a fine introduction (which I listened to afterwards) from shortly after release.

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great book

definitely worth checking out. the animals used in exchange of people in a way that still conveys the same message is superb.

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a great book

animal version of early soviet history.u can see Stalin and his cleansing in this book