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.
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"A brilliant reading of a classic work"
Simon Callow's reading of Animal Farm is absolutely brilliant. Each of the characters get a unique, distinctive voice. He never overdoes it, every line is read with absolutely perfect control and dramatic flair. It's also an excellent book, which should be read by everyone.
"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.
"I preferred this to 1984"
This was the second of the books I listened to from George Orwell and I definitely preferred it to 1984.
It was mildly amusing and I did like it's hidden meanings and references to socialism, communism and collectives.
I kept thinking to myself that these animals must be stupid and that the pigs really were clever for dominating the rest of the animals.
This for me was just as thought provoking as 1984 and in a way made me think how lucky i am to have been born in to the western world rather than the eastern block.
Certainly worth a read if you haven't done so already.
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.
"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.
This is an excellent tale read by one of the greats, Simon Callow. A really good audiobook
A hilarious book with excellent narration - exactly how I had pictured it in my head when reading the print version.
"What more can be said?"
What can be said about animal farm that hasn't already been said before? Its a interesting, insightful and intelligent book. For those not to au fay with Russian history its well worth brushing up a little bit first.
The narration in this is excellent. A lovely fluid voice that really brings all the characters out of the pages.
If you haven't read this or if it's been a while you should definitely pick it up.
"Good for commuting!"
I enjoyed this as the chapters were short enought to complete on my 25 minute train journey. Good book, only skimmed it before, but listening to it was really good. Narrator is excellent!
On a road journey to Les arcs ( France) made for a pleasant journey - Just about the right length -
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