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"All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others."

Animal Farm - the history of a revolution that went wrong - is George Orwell's brilliant satire on the corrupting influence of power. Mr Jones of Manor Farm is so lazy and drunken that one day he forgets to feed his livestock. The ensuing rebellion under the leadership of the pigs Napoleon and Snowball leads to the animals taking over the farm. Vowing to eliminate the terrible inequities of the farmyard, the renamed Animal Farm is organised to benefit all who walk on four legs. But as time passes, the ideals of the rebellion are corrupted, then forgotten. And something new and unexpected emerges....

Tamsin Greig, Nicky Henson, and Toby Jones star in this new drama, part of BBC Radio 4's The Real George Orwell season - a Radio 4 journey that explores the disjuncture between the man who was Eric Blair and the writer who was George Orwell.

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Fabulous take of an old classic

I had never read the book and I finally purchased this and got through it in one sitting. I loved the characters and I loved how the actors presented the storyline. It led me to take on further analysis of the story. I did not have a great awareness of the Russian Revolution and this story provides a taster to understanding it. Having read Brave New World in High School and now this, my next Orwell is 1984.

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Fabulous

I know the story and was thrilled to find this dramatised version. Its quite perfect.

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  • Melissa Rose
  • 09-02-2017

Does not match the book.

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Disappointing. I had hoped to use this audio for my students to follow along in the book and there were too man changes made in order to do that. Waste of my free credit.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-01-2015

All audio books are equal but some are more equal

Great audio excellent performances and unforgettable satire by the master of the paranoid realists.
I have listened to this multiple times.

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  • Antonio
  • 11-06-2019

Great for students!

My teacher told me to read this. I didn't have the time. This solved it!

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  • Dalen
  • 03-01-2015

Wonderfully done

This was a great production of a true timeless classic. The voice actors were all amazing, music was fitting, and the pace was spot on. I highly recommend this to everyone

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  • Me & My Girls
  • 19-02-2015

Another Look at the Russian Revolution

The animals revolt against the humans led by the pigs is successful. There is happiness, there is joy, a new day is upon us. Then the slow slide of the new leaders into the same positions once occupied by those who came before them.
Animal Farm was George Orwell's take on the Bolshevik revolution; the socialists overthrow of the Tsar and his government. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and the leaders of the Russian people have traditionally been authoritarian. Animal Farm tells the story of the slow slide of the revolutionary who frees the people into the reactionary who enslaves them even deeper than did his predecessors. An excellent classic that holds up quite well.

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  • Jennifer
  • 08-01-2021

A must read (listen)

Books like this are being lost to our society and are needed now more than ever. I highly recommend this for any teenager and adult.

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  • Jamé Wingood
  • 25-11-2020

Happening today

Our Country is going through this right now!! If we do not learn from our history, then we will be led by the pigs also!!! Socialism does not work. It always goes into Communism, with a dictatorship.

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  • Canberra Dilettante
  • 16-01-2015

Wonderful

This was a beautifully performed version of Orwell's claasic novel. This would be a very easy way to introduce this worl to children who might not be great readers. Or, indeed, to adults. A very approachable adaptation and highly recommended.

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  • Ed
  • 12-09-2014

Not allowed to give a classic less than 3 stars

Somehow I had managed to spend my entire life without reading this classic. It's short and to the point. I'm not sure how this dramatized version differs from the original but I suspect the story lines and dialogue are similar. I'm glad this was short because I don't think I could have listened for several more hours. I did, however, like the dramatized version, replete with sound effects and murmuring. Made it a little better. I've listened and I can cross another classic off my list. Don't think I'll tackle 1984.

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  • 10-11-2020

Outstanding job!

An amazing dramatization of Animal Farm. One can perfectly understand the unabridged story by listening to this dramatized version.

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  • David O Sullivan
  • 26-01-2018

awesome

I loved it. I really like this dramatised version made it really to engage in the story and the narrator has a lovely voice and could even recognise a few characters voices of actors. thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Ayma 🐱
  • 23-08-2018

Brilliant Tapes, Frightening Story!

I have read the book via iOS E-reader, and followed the instructions Effortless English Podcast which made by AJ Hoge. I just felt this audio book was easy to understand when I listened.

At first, I had expectations for the animals, cause they revolted the human beings, and finally lived the life with freedom.
Then, a little worried when the buck of milk disappeared, and that was the beginning of the wrong things.
After, more and more commandments had been broken, and I felt worried for the miserable animals, hatred for the ugly Napoleon.
Gradually, I felt lucy for myself, there were many characters occurred in the book has appeared in the history in different faces. The hard worker, the repeating machine-men, the propaganda, or the inspiring songs. It really works, and still works now.

I do not blame the animals stupidity, cause I am one of them.

By the way, BBC published an awesome audio drama again, and I love BBC!!!
I will work hard like the naive Boxer, and listen more audio drama.
Until next time, keep on WOW!

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  • nick
  • 21-01-2020

short

an abridged version useful as a refresher. well delivered, and ever pertinent. worth listening to

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  • Toby
  • 14-01-2020

Not my cup of tea

Struggled with a recording. some parts were very loud & other times I had to turn up the volume.

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  • mark9100
  • 10-01-2020

WOW!!!

It really made me think, and an amazing story too.
I would totally recommend this - amazing to listen too.Me,Dad and Mum loved it!
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  • TM
  • 27-12-2016

They live :)

what a relaxing change to the goggle box - with a cheeky Vodka ;)
Trevor Mills.

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  • loobylish
  • 16-02-2016

Very good

This was a very good listen and I recommend listening to this version. It is better than the other versions because it has music and sound effects. Whereas, the others don't.

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  • Andyjn
  • 18-10-2015

Animal farm

I found this very enjoyable. I liked the casting. The voices really fitted the characters

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  • ben
  • 03-03-2015

amazing. such a great cast of voice actors.

enjoyed every moment. being new to Orwell this is a great first book to start

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