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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 stunning literary work!

What did you love best about Animal Farm?

This superbly written book reveals far more about mankind than animals. What a wonderfully creative and entertaining way to present the age old problem of how societies always seem to distill into the groups that "have" and those that "have not". <br/>

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SO Relevant!

This isn't a long story, but it's a story that keeps repeating itself since the history of mankind had begun. If you simply plug individuals into certain animal characters' roles, one can see how evil dictators rise while others are forced into servitude or martyrdom.

I don't know why I haven't read it before now, but it seems to be the current narrative our world is following GLOBALLY today. I'd recommend this cautionary tale, 10/10 to anyone who'll listen!

It's also worth a second read. There's a LOT going on in this little book, and I'm willing to bet I missed a few nuances the first time through.

One thing is for sure: like the farm animals, people are also apt to forget the history of how things came about, and so this story WILL just keep repeating itself until we start passing our stories down through generations (much like the Native Americans did at meetings and counsels) and STOP relying on the history that's fed to us by people who change it at will.

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wow

It not only a story about communism but shows how if you let it history will repeat itself.

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Classic

great book but goes into detail little too much about certain things with the animals that's really about it great book

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So good

Seems as if it was a critique of communism but you'll much of our modern day media in this 1945 book.

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A True Classic

The story draws you in, and captures a period and a way of life. You come away knowing that you've just learned something portable, and yet are unsure quite what.

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It's okay

This book ended with a cliffhanger. An had only one setting, which is the Manner Farm. It could use more.

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True today!

Amazing how the story represents the times we are living in today! Reminds me of the New World Order is trying to push on us now.

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One of the best performance I could have asked for!

I had to read this book for my school and this is one of the best performances I could have asked for. He articulated the words very clearly and went at a good pace. He also created different voices for each character that perfectly matched them which gave them more life and distinguished them.

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Time Worthy

Fake news before it was named so. Well worth revisiting or first time read, enjoy.