Written By: George Orwell

Narrated By: Ralph Cosham

Date: January 2007

Duration: 3 hours 11 minutes


George Orwell’s classic satire of the Russian Revolution has become an intimate part of our contemporary culture, with its treatment of democratic, fascist, and socialist ideals through an animal fable. The animals of Mr. Jones’ Manor Farm are overworked, mistreated, and desperately seeking a reprieve. In their quest to create an idyllic society where justice and equality reign, the animals of Manor Farm revolt against their human rulers, establishing the democratic Animal Farm under the credo, “All Animals Are Created Equal.” Out of their cleverness, the pigs—Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball—emerge as leaders of the new community. In a development of insidious familiarity, the pigs begin to assume ever greater amounts of power, while other animals, especially the faithful horse Boxer, assume more of the work. The climax of the story is the brutal betrayal of Boxer, when totalitarian rule is reestablished with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: “But Some Animals Are More Equal than Others.”

This astonishing allegory, one of the most scathing satires in literary history, remains as fresh and relevant as the day it was published.


  • Arshad M.

    Very interesting book. I am amazed by the writer’s portrayal of human nature and how true it to that power corrupts you.. True when it was written and definitely true for current world of affairs.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Russell Long

    I really enjoyed this book. It plays at a greater idea about humanity in a very easily understood and entertaining manner. The narrator did a great job as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Found this book very interesting!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Jared S

    I know this book by almost heart... I made my kids listen to this 17 and 10! There are lessons we aren't teaching anymore in these old books... Read 1984 to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Andrea A

    Extremely thought provoking book, especially during these times. Should be part of every curriculum. Fantastic Narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jeremy Marks

    Fantastic narration for a thought provoking book. If you haven't read the book before, it my be wise to skip the intro until after finishing the story--it can take away from your own pure thoughts on what you are hearing. However, the choice of article for the intro provided a fantastic accompaniment to this masterpiece by Orwell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Isaiah Martin

    Really thought provoking if you're interested in a satire that pretty simply explains how governmental systems works holistically.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Layton R.

    George Orwell writes as well as anyone about the trouble with human beings.

  • Kainster

    Very well written book, maybe a good tool to show children the horrors of totalitarian regimes and help understand how all roads of government may start off well meaning, but always turn of authoritarian

  • Brett L.

    Very important book for a time in which our current administration is trying to take us into tyranny. The lies they are telling us are analogous to those the pigs tell in this book. Must read!

  • Rhys S Pieces

    Great classic and a fantastic job narrating. A fairy tale with a strong political lesson.

  • Jeffery B.

    This book was one of the only books that kept my attention in high school. After listening to it again I really got much more out of it with my expanded knowledge base.

  • PAUL H.

    One of my all time favourite books as a child. Enjoyed reading it again with my son....

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