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Animal Farm

Lu par : Simon Callow
Durée : 3 h et 11 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 notations)
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Michael
  • 20/08/2013

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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  • Ian
  • 18/06/2012

Excellent reading of a supreme book.

OK so Orwell was a genius and this was one of his best works. Instantly accessible but simultaneously deep this is nearly as important a work of political literature as 1984. I have hesitated for some time in buying this work because there is one section that is so moving for me that I find it difficult to read every time (lots and lots of times) I have approached it. Work out which bit for yourself when you listen to it. It might just be the best way I can think of to spend 3 hours.

Simon Callow is a good narrator. He is one of those actors who sometimes winds me up because he gets just a bit too thespy but in this he is restrained and easy to listen to.

Add it to your collection.

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  • Grahame
  • 06/03/2012

I Don't Remember It Being This Good In High School

Would you listen to Animal Farm again? Why?

Yes, It is an interesting commentry on society.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Boxer. His strength and deturmination where impressive

Which scene was your favorite?

The Pigs realising they had been paid for the wood with a fake note.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Boxer being tricked into being taken to the Knackers

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  • Manie
  • 26/12/2011

Excellent and still perfectly relevant

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

Thought provoking Read and strongly reminding me of 'King Rat' or 'Lord of the Rings'

What was one of the most memorable moments of Animal Farm?

Molly's escape

Which scene was your favorite?

Final scene

If you could rename Animal Farm, what would you call it?

Irrational Revolution

Any additional comments?

Orwell's 'Lord of the Rings'

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  • Linda
  • 05/02/2011

Brilliant

Simon Callow's reading of this book is superb, bringing this brilliant story to life. Some audiobooks are more equal than others; this is certainly one of them. Most entertaining.

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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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  • 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!