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Animal Farm

Lu par : Simon Callow
Durée : 3 h et 11 min
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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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One of the best books I've ever listened to

George Orwell crafted an amazing book that mustn't be missed. Along with 1984, Orwell manages to expose the true meaning of Stalinism, his works deserving to be thought in every school in every country that pretends to be liberal and democratic.

Also, the narration by Simon Callow is beyond any expectations, managing to deliver the strong moments of the book using the funny voices of the animals, expanding upon the already well written personalities of the characters in this book.

All in all, I consider this book a must-listen for everyone in love with history and politics.

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  • AS
  • 14/05/2017

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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  • Avinash Ripla
  • 22/01/2018

Great narrative

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

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  • Matthew
  • 11/09/2013

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 27/09/2020

Incredible story and voice actor

Perfect! Orwell's classic allegorical novel remains deeply touching and relevant to this day. This book should be taught in every school. Furthermore, the voice actor is incredibly well suited for this reading and did a truly great job.

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  • Jurgis
  • 01/01/2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 16/11/2019

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
  • 19/07/2019

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 26/03/2019

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
  • 18/01/2019

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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  • Kathryn Dunn
  • 23/03/2015

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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  • R A H Thomas
  • 31/08/2018

Simon Callow's performance is perfect!

I listened to the whole thing in one day, which is very rare for me. George Orwell's classic is perfectly brought to life by Callow's voice work. Every character is distinctive. Excellent all round.

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  • Jan
  • 17/04/2018

Klassische Geschichte großartig erzählt

Atmosphärischer als manch andere Hörbücher die ich bis jetzt gehört habe, da der Einsatz von verschiedenen Stimmen und Musik perfekt gepasst haben. Sprecher war super, Geschichte ist ein Klassiker.

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  • Sap
  • 10/02/2020

Classic of modern literature

I always thought the hype about this book to be exaggerated, but this is a perfect metaphor for revolutions in the real world. We are only human after all and subject to the same weakness for power and affluence as Stalin, Napoleon and every other person. The only difference is that most of us aren't in the position of power. This book demonstrates marvelously the ability of power to corrupt to the core.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07/10/2019

A true imagination

Writer is so successful in painting a revolution and how it can cause a dictatorship afterwards. It truely is amazing how he can portrait it so flawlessly.

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  • John T.
  • 09/02/2019

Reminds me of Romania after the fall of communism.

The scene of Boxer the horse is so suggestive of so many hard working people ultimately being sacrificed by the very people they served.

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  • Kitkat
  • 03/12/2017

a classic

At first I thought it would be boring but i was surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. Worth a read, well written story which brings up themes such as society, power, ideals, control, greed. Narrator is very good and mimics the animal voices really well. I'm sure this book has inspired many modern movies and tv series.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 02/08/2017

great book

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in studying the causes and storylines of awfully spoilt human nature!