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Animal Farm

Written by: George Orwell
Narrated by: Simon Callow
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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Just as relevant today as it was when it was first published, this classic work of fiction is given a new lease of life through Simon Callow's imaginative narration. First-time listeners and Orwell veterans alike will delight in this audiobook version.

Animal Farm is George Orwell's great socio-political allegory set in a farmyard, where the animals decide to seize the farmer's land and create a co-operative that reaps the benefits of their combined labours.

However, as with all great political plans, some animals see a bigger share of the rewards than others, and the animals start to question their supposed utopia. They 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 baaaaad", 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 little by little, making the animals question what society they were striving for in the first place and 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 Molitov, 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 Estate (P)2009 CSA Word

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phenomenal story, extra ordinary narration!!

Kept me glued to me headphones three hours in a row!! it is a very amusing yet thoughtful depiction of how worldly systems of the mankind work..

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Wonderful and Though provoking book.

Overall: 5/5
Feeling: Curious
Recommend: Friends and Families.

The book "Animal Farm: A Fairy Story aka Animal Farm" is an Allegory written by Eric Arthur Blair aka George Orwell and published on 17 August 1945. George Orwell was born in Bihar, India. He joined Indian Imperial Police in Burma and resigned in 1927 to become a writer. Goosebumps. Geroge Orwell in his will specifically asked not to write any biography on him. The next most accepted book of Georg Orwell is 'Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Novel' aka 1984.

The book starts with an old Pig in Mr. Jone's manor farm who has a dream last night. The dream is about how all animals on the planet are free from their human masters. Mr. Jones dies in a few days but the idea of freedom (Animalism) remains with other animals on the farm that leads to a rebellion against Mr. Jones. Manor farm is renamed to Animal farm and 7 commandments of Animalism are drawn on the wall. Two pigs Snowball and Napoleon take the leadership roles. Animal farm prospers in the beginning, all animals taking farm responsibilities but soon the situation starts taking new turns.

The book gives a lot of insights about political and social events in the 19th and start of the 20th century (The Russian Revolution of 1917 to be specific). There is a lot to learn from this book academically and as a hobby.

Few quotes I liked from the book is as follows:

"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing."

"The only good human being is a dead one."

"Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey."

"Man serves the interests of no creature except himself."

"The distinguishing mark of man is the hand, the instrument with which he does all his mischief."

"The human beings did not hate Animal Farm any less now that it was prospering; indeed, they hated it more than ever."

"The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally."

"Besides, in those days they had been slaves and now they were free, and that made all the difference."

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

"The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which."

--Cheers
.- Happy Reading -.

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Good read!

Great writing by George Orwell and excellent narration by Simon Callow... the narration helps one to imagine vividly

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Excellent plot and engagingly narrated

This explains how most of the society live in today and in the last century.

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a Basic Political Manual for a Commoner!

From "the distinguishing mark of man is the Hand, the instrument with which he does all his mischief." To "all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others!"

this short story book not only emphasizes on the events leading to a rise of dictatorship, from idealistic motive to power hungry system, it also describes the overall Impact of the work of Blind Followers - Squealer - which is so relevant in today's scenarios.

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one of the best books I have read so far

we can relate each and every character. Each and every incident to current scenario. how political regimes bend or misinterpret religious rules or laws to their convenience. how power blinds people and makes them hostile to their own kind. must read for everyone.

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an exquisite book.

I love the way the author expressed the hardships of the Soviet Union through the anmalistics features of hmans

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Excellent narration ; This must be made mandatory listening to all

Easily one of the best books I have listened to in audible ...
The story of “the animal farm” has offcourse many parallels to the world in general and that makes this book a mandatory read!

But with Simon Callow’s narration this audible experience of the book makes it an entertaining and immersive listen

5 stars cause there is no option to rate it higher

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Unique,one of its kind story...Go for it!

1.A kind of story one would probably never come across...amazing story plot.
2.Short and quick to finish.
3.Great narration and voice alteration by the narrator.
4. Some emotionally stirring and touching instances beautifully written and narrated.

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Well read and capturing

Narration is very good. Voice modulation done to for each animal was great. Loved it.

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  • Avinash Ripla
  • 22-01-18

Great narrative

I loved the narrative. Mr Simon had me captivated with every voice tone to the characters

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  • Matthew
  • 11-09-13

Essential

Everyone should buy this audiobook, whether you’ve read Animal Farm previously, or not.

For those familiar with the story, there is so much joy to be had from Simon Callow’s fantastic and fantastical reading. From the first sentence, I was mesmerized. His interpretation of Stalin… sorry… I mean Napoleon… is a delight. And at just over 3h, why not revisit the material?

For those who haven’t read the book before, what a great introduction. I’m not an expert on the Soviet revolution and the subsequent Stalin cult of personality, so Animal Farm – for me – remains the best and simplest allegory of this strange period of human history. Because the symbols have been boiled down to their most basic elements, I wouldn’t describe anything here as “dazzling”. But it’s this very simplicity that will keep you engaged. Strip away all the metaphor and dystopia, and you’ll see that Animal Farm is also a touching and charming story.

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  • Jurgis
  • 01-01-20

Great short read on development of communism

Loved the book and how it reflects a journey of a fictional society that adopts communism as a ruling form. A great read with a simple explanation about how communism works in an isolated setting. Easy to listen, a relaxing story, very short.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 16-11-19

This was recommended and i liked it

Many people recommended this novel to me and after reading it I can see why. The story was very well written, there are many interesting characters and settings. The ways that it criticises not only commmunism and the countries who practiced it like the USSR, but the human nature itself, all through its animal characters.

The narration was also done pretty well and the music between the chapters was very well done.

Over all, I loved this book, and I'd definitely recommend it.

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  • Ana Monteiro
  • 19-07-19

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Loved the book and the listening experience. Became a fan of audio books. Starting the next asap

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 26-03-19

Insightful and relevant to our day and age

The insight of Orwell into the mechanism with which leftism drives reason out... Truly brilliant.

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  • Gabriel
  • 18-01-19

Of course, a classic

I always find it frightening how populism currents seem to be poor copies of these amazing books, yet, the vast majority fails to notice the patterns and similarities.

4 legs good, 2 legs bad all over again

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  • AS
  • 14-05-17

The perfect combination of story and reading!

I can only second the title here. The story itself is great, funny and yet about serious things. The reading performance is top notch, it would probably be impossible to do it better! Combining these two, it's hard to find a better way to spend your​ Audible credit!

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  • Kathryn Dunn
  • 23-03-15

Thought Provoking

It's one of those stories I can't honestly say I liked due to the subject matter but am glad I listened to. Read excellently by Simon Cowell so much do I put off listening to certain portions of the book.

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  • Michael
  • 20-08-13

I don't think George was a fan of Stalin

Classic that is a good fable. We all know it is Communist Russia and Napoleon the pig is actually Stalin, sorry did I just do a spoiler alert? Well, it isn't as great as '1984' but Mr Orwell is a great author, just don't expect any 'OMG' moments or twists in the tale. Never trusted pigs anyway, but you have to give it to them, without opposable thumbs they certainly do run an efficient farm.

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  • Anthony
  • 15-06-14

Brilliant classic, superbly read by Simon Callow

Great to be entertained by Simon Callow's performance while revisiting Orwell's classic, Animal Farm. I read this decades ago while still at school - and while dated in some respects it remains a classic and can be re-read now as a commentary on trust and government, on slogans rhetoric and spin, and on totalitarianism, democracy and accountability.

The plot is well known - animals on a farm (Manor Farm) overthrow the owner and rename it as Animal Farm. They institute a new governance system initially based on freedom, equity and rights, but it is not long before the self-proclaimed leaders (the pigs) use their power (including the ability to read) to enrich themselves, suppress others, twist and reinterpret values, and rewrite history.

The famous slogan "Four legs good, Two legs bad" plus other political promises and principles of "Animalism" are revised, rewritten, and brutally corrupted as time goes on. Core values are rewritten as a single slogan "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others" and the pig leaders become indistinguishable from the humans whose earlier exploitation of animals on the farm had led them to revolt.

In fewer than four hours this (not so) tall tale presents a recognisable dystopian future.

Lots to enjoy and think about... despite it being depressingly applicable to so many different contexts, both near and far...

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  • Lisa Smith
  • 23-11-14

More relevant now than ever!

If you could sum up Animal Farm in three words, what would they be?

It's politics today!

What did you like best about this story?

The humour

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Every scene was enjoyable, but I wanted to kill those bladdy sheep!

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

I listened to it in one afternoon.

Any additional comments?

I have never liked Simon Callow, but he has won me around with this. His reading of this classic is just brilliant.

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  • Miss
  • 23-12-12

hilarious

A hilarious book with excellent narration - exactly how I had pictured it in my head when reading the print version.

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  • Mec
  • 13-04-13

A classic

I first read this when I was at school. It is well worth 're-visiting this story which has a message that we could take away today.

It is well read and I really enjoyed the characters of the animals building and changing over time.

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  • James
  • 14-09-11

Beautifully read - adds to the enjoyment

I've not read this since school so this was a splendid listen. Simon Callow was a great choice as doesn't disappoint - he brings the characters to life brilliantly to this wonderful tale.

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  • Catwat
  • 26-06-15

Not to be missed

I've always wanted to read this book and had a vague idea what to expect. The reader is outstanding and has immense skill in bringing the story to life, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it really reminded me in many ways of a place I used to work! (all employees were equal there too, till it came to holidays, perks, breaks, sick leave, pay.... Let's leave it there, that's another ( far less interesting) story)
Callow is a warm, creative narrator and the brief musical interludes really work well, enjoy .

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  • migueldavid
  • 31-05-15

Gave me shivers

The reading is a work of theatre far from being flatly read, the book was read with different voices and intonation to show each character.
The parallels with reality revolt me from my very guts.
A classic, for a reason.

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  • W
  • 28-05-15

...some narrators are more equal than others

Animal Farm is the classic allegorical novel that I can't believe I hadn't read before! It's a fascinating listen, but all the same a pretty negative reflection on humanity. There is humour and warmth, but there are several shocking scenes and I felt tearful at a couple of points in the story. Simon Callow's narration is absolutely brilliant - I believed in every character.

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  • Pete
  • 25-05-15

So much more to it!

I hadn't read Animal Farm since my schooldays. The story seems just as relevant today and The Farm is no longer the simple metaphor for Communism, as I was led to believe. I don't know whether the teachers had it wrong or it is due to my age/maturity or, perhaps, the global changes in both social and political life. At times, I was certain that many of our current politicians, across the board, had actually used some of the phrases the animals use (with slight modification of course). It really is a remarkable novel and it has to be said that Simon Callow really does it justice.

Well worth a listen!

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  • Mr. Noel Quigley
  • 13-04-13

A Clasic,and rightly so

Originally read this book 30 years ago when its relevence to the Communist/Western divide was in much starker contrast.Its simply a classic and worth reading by any "young" person who wants to see how power corrupts.I have taken an interest in George Orwell and his writings in recent times and it helps to see how he viewed the world of the 1930's and 40's.Animal Farm is recommended for its insight into how a state can control its citizens.

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  • Vivienne
  • 23-01-19

Classic book, weird music

I've always loved this book, and the narrator is excellent. But there's always a little bit of music (and sometimes whistling) that plays at the end of every chapter that's really distracting.

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  • Marina
  • 15-06-16

Great book

This will always be such a relevant book for society. It was easy to listening to when going to and from work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-05-20

A Classic!!

Power means responsibility and some just dont want that responsibility. Excellent read for the lazy ones who wilfully become slaves lol

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-20

Great to *read* again

Narrator is soooo good. The voices and noises made the story even better. Such a good lesson.....

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  • Howard
  • 26-03-20

An extraordinary fairy tale

with an important message, probably more relevant today than ever.
Why this book isn't a part of the modern syllabus is beyond logical explanation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-03-20

classic tale

Very entertaining. short and sweet but still very engaging.
really enjoyed the character voices
worth a go

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-02-20

great listening

fantastic narator, classic story, as relevant today as when it was written.
very highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-19

Timeless Classic

Well read and a very good story! A classic! Studied this book at school and went back to it years later, you get a lot more
out of it when your older.

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  • Alan Reddick
  • 07-10-19

Exploration of ideology

An excellent exploration of ideology, and commentary on political systems and control of its people.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-19

Enjoy

I have three words to describe this book. Brilliant. Poignant. Relevant. Couldn't put it down.