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Animal Farm Audiobook

Animal Farm Audiobook

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Twiford Family 04-05-17
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    "Needs a modern recording"

    Of course the story is good and very important/relevant but the recording is fuzzy and hard to hear articulately when sped up (im aware that things in general are hard to hear quickly of course but I've had an easier time with newer recordings)

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    Mark 04-04-17
    Mark 04-04-17
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    "I knew I heard this voice before."

    While Animal Farm has never been my favorite book, though still a great read, I find it all the more interesting to hear Vicente Valtieri read it to you.

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    Christian Lamont 04-03-17
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    "I wish it was longer"
    Where does Animal Farm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty highly, definitely not on the top though


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Snowball (I think that's his name). He's the morally correct one


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Great voice actor. Differentiated between characters well. His voice fit the mood well. I'd listen to him again


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not sure. I think I finished it in one day though.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big George Orwell fan. This was not as good as 1984, but mainly because I feel like it was rushed. The book has a great concept, it just wasn't very long and could have been a lot better.

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    Mister Ian Orlando, FL, USA 04-02-17
    Mister Ian Orlando, FL, USA 04-02-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Confidence = Power"

    It should not have taken me until now to have listened/read this story. It does ring true to our current political situation in the USA. And Ralph Cosham did a fantastic job creating voices for the narrator and characters. There is a creepy factor throughout the story, leading down this path to it inevitable ending. I still love dogs and pigs and will call myself a misanthrope, this story did not take that from me even though it tries to subvert the intellectual animals. As to say--the smarter you are the more likely it is you'll take advantage of the dumb and uneducated. But it's not only intellect, it's the characters' abilities in their confidence. They are con men, just not actually men.

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    T.Stick 03-22-17
    T.Stick 03-22-17

    History, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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    "Must Read for all thinking animals!"

    Anyone who aspires to decipher political motives and base behavior must read this book, and when they do they will recognize disturbing and quite familiar characters who must be held to account before they become the elite, and I'm not talking about our current administration.

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    Bikram Agarwal 03-14-17 Member Since 2017

    Listening to audiobooks for few hours everyday since the start of 2017.

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    "Mirror for the world."
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    I finished listening to this in a single sitting, something I haven't done with any other book. The story was so captivating because we can see our own real world reflected in it.

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    Michael E Whitehurst 03-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "AWESOME!"

    Loved it, it kept me interested and wanting more. a must read for all ages.

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    Rob Atkinson 03-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read for any union member"

    Every union man and woman should read (or listen) to this book....I can absolutely admit that it's message was lost on me the 1st time I read it in high school.......but now, it's words are particularly poignant.......if you do read it ( it only takes about 3 hours to listen to it ), pay close attention to the pigs (Napoleon, Snowball, Squealer), Mr Jones and the other farmers, the sheep, the dogs, and Boxer and Benjamin.......I guarantee each character will specifically remind you of different people or groups of people that currently make up or comprise your union/company relationship............which is amazing being that this book was published in 1945

    In this book, I just love how the "seven commandments" keep subtly changing to benefit the leaders of the laborers.... and how they constantly and incrementally change the narrative of what happened in the past....and how they simply keep repeating a simple dumbed down version of history which is easily remembered and regurgitated by the easily deceived masses......and especially how they control the masses by appealing to their sense of "nationalism" and vague fears.....written 82 years ago, it perfectly describes present day union and political dynamics

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    Tad 03-08-17
    Tad 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Four legs good, Two legs bad."
    What did you love best about Animal Farm?

    I loved the feeling of being powerless and frustration (in a good way) the book gives. Through out the book there are moments of moments were you just want to shout. "Don't do it!" or "You wouldn't actually believe that?!?!" I also love the way the book starts as a triumphant revolution and turns into a effort to burn the point of the original revolution in the first place.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boxer due to his trust in Napoleon's regime but still holding on to his morals as well as questioning Napoleon's authority as well.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    The sheep obliviously.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the end book as Boxer's health is at its end he his sent to be treated at an animal surgeon but things aren't as the seem and he isn't actually going to a surgeon. Not to spoil anything but at the end the pigs (mainly squealer) convinces them that Boxer was going to the hospital and what the animals thought was incorrect. This was the moment I just lost it. There was clear evidence that the conflict that idea but the pigs somehow convince them to believe there propaganda.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to learn about the history of Communism but want a less historical version of that or you want a strange and sad tale. Even if you have or have not read 1984 or anything written by George Orwell still read this. You will not be disappointed!

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    Arthur Cohen 03-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An Excellent Warning"

    The narrator helps sell an engaging and well written story that warns against the evils of totalitarian regimes. Napoleon slowly reveals a sinister plot that'll keep you rivited throughout. Don't miss this one.

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