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Author: George Orwell Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481540551

Publisher Description

George Orwell’s classic satire of the Russian Revolution has become an intimate part of our contemporary culture, with its treatment of democratic, fascist, and socialist ideals through an animal fable. The animals of Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm are overworked, mistreated, and desperately seeking a reprieve. In their quest to create an idyllic society where justice and equality reign, the animals of Manor Farm revolt against their human rulers, establishing the democratic Animal Farm under the credo, “All Animals Are Created Equal.” Out of their cleverness, the pigs—Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball—emerge as leaders of the new community. In a development of insidious familiarity, the pigs begin to assume ever greater amounts of power, while other animals, especially the faithful horse Boxer, assume more of the work. The climax of the story is the brutal betrayal of Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: “But Some Animals Are More Equal than Others.”

This astonishing allegory, one of the most scathing satires in literary history, remains as fresh and relevant as the day it was published.

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Quotes

  • “There is a timeless, even transcendent quality to this little story.”

    - Christopher Hitchens, New York Times bestselling author
  • “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.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “Absolutely first-rate…comparable to Voltaire and Swift.”

    - New Yorker
  • “Animal Farm is a nearly perfect piece of writing, both an engaging story and an allegory that actually works.”

    - Amazon.com, editorial review
  • “A modern day fable, with modern implications in a deceiving simplicity…Orwell’s animals exist in their own right, with a narrative as individual as it is apt in political parody.”

    - Kirkus Reviews

Awards

  • Retro Hugo Award winner for • Fiction in 1996
  • Time Magazine: 1 of the 100 Best English-Language Novels from 1923-2005
  • One of the Modern Library‘s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century
  • USA Today bestseller

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Classic title read by an incredible narrator. Orwell truly was a brilliant mind! "

    - ggggg, 1/3/2018
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book is great. It should be required reading in our public schools and discussed in Civics Class, if they still taught it. "

    - Ron, 11/3/2017
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " It was funny and very creative, I literally left class everyday dreaming about those characters and how they behaved, the similarities to humans and how I wished so badly that it wouldn't be that way. I enjoyed every day of it. A must read for sure. "

    - Eileen, 2/18/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The metaphor of the book was quite obvious and interesting although the book itself was quite boring. I was required to read it for school and would not have read it otherwise "

    - Tamika, 2/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Very, very clever. I only got round to reading it a few months ago and finished it in one sitting. thoroughly enjoyable. Coincidentally, about a week after I read it, I heard a radio adaptation on BBC Radio 4. It translated fantastically into a radio play and I would recommend finding that somewhere if you can. "

    - Conor, 2/5/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. "

    - Ryan, 2/5/2014
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    " I was forced to read this in school, kind of ironic. But, I loved it. "

    - Stefan, 2/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a required high school read, so I read it over 10 years ago. I remember not liking it. Maybe because I had to read it. "

    - Jaimey, 1/31/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A great book that is about a farm and how the animals get taken over by pigs who say everyone is equal... but everyone definitely is not. It parallels Stalin. I loved this book especially because it had to do with animals and I just love animals. Could definitely tie this into a history lesson as well "

    - Elizabeth, 1/28/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Read it for school as a boy. Loved it. Introduced me to social commentary. "

    - Ensis, 1/26/2014
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    " Had this book reviewed for our book report when I was in 3rd year, and I had like 2 oages review for it, I forgot now. "

    - Kara, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " And yes, I liked it that much! And whoever hasn't read it yet, well, I do recomend it as your next book... "

    - Aristodemos, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A not to be missed read. Also has held up over time. I read it when I was seventeen. "

    - Mary, 1/5/2014
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    " I read this as a school assignment. I hope the kids are still being taught this book. There are valueable lessons in it. "

    - Susan, 12/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I think it is an over-hyped book. It does drive home the point about how power does and the irony of the chains that freedom puts on people. "

    - Jagat, 12/22/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book has taught me that socialism will inevitably corrupt when led by a Communist pig. "

    - Ominouspotato, 12/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Had to read this in english class in 9th grade. was not one of my fav learning books. "

    - Rebecca, 12/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Fantastic and so true as always when it is Mr Orwell "

    - Noopur, 11/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Written before Stalin took over, Orwell writes an allegorical tale that describes how seamlessly a dictator can take power. Haven't read since high school, but still though provoking. "

    - Jeanne, 7/9/2013
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    " Read this at least once a decade and remember! "

    - Denise, 6/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Hard to follow and confusing. Not the book to read for pleasure. "

    - Anthony, 7/27/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Another classic story of fascism and totalitarian thought told in a simple fable format. Essential reading for kids to stimulate their minds. "

    - Stuart, 7/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " awsome read.If you like rebelion stories then this is the book for you "

    - Ben, 3/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Possibly the greatest political satire of all time. "

    - Pete, 5/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Both of these books are great. Animal Farm shows how communism begins and 1984 shows how communism holds its power, and what it is like to live under its power. The characters are not bad, I just don't connect with them very well, as a reader I did not get very attached. "

    - Steven, 5/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Political commentary about farm animals. It might be funny if it weren't so accurate. "

    - Bryan, 4/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I've been giving out a lot of three stars lately, but I just can't say I really liked this book. It was good, and I understand the historical significance of it, but it just wasn't as good as a I thought it would be. I haven't read 1984 yet, it will take me some time to return to Orwell. "

    - Ben, 4/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " yes it was very educational but at the same time it was so bizarre! i didn't really like it but i had to read it for my geography class and it helped me a lot to understand Russia better. i don't reccomend it. it was very hard to stay focused while reading it. "

    - Tanner, 3/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was a very educational book and related very well to Russia. I enjoyed this story and it made it easier to understand Russian history better. "

    - Megan, 3/7/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Transformational. Ahead of it's time. "

    - Dr., 2/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a must read to understand many references used often in our culture today. Every once in a while I re-read Animal Farm every one and a while for the reminder that "All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." I still get he chills at the end. Must read. "

    - Edy, 2/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " An interesting look into politics and human nature. "

    - Johanna, 2/9/2011

About the Author

George Orwell (1903–1950), the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair, was an English novelist, essayist, and critic. He was born in India and educated at Eton. After service with the Indian Imperial Police in Burma, he returned to Europe to earn his living by writing and became notable for his simplicity of style and his journalistic or documentary approach to fiction.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles. His audiobook narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, and he won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.