- Audio Cassette
- Publisher: Arc Publishing (31 December 1995)
- ISBN-10: 0952146649
- ISBN-13: 978-0952146643
- Customer Reviews:
Animal Farm (Pass your GCSE Literature exam) Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, 31 Dec 1995
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Einstein once said, "If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself."
If anyone says Politics is complicated, just give them this book.
This novel is put cross through the eyes of Farm Animals who want freedom from Oppressing Humans.
Such is the simplicity that anyone who is a casual reader will understand much about Politics from this novel.
George Orwell has masterfully demonstrated the harsh realities of the fake world we live in where we all think that we are free but yet we are slaves.
"Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”
The author depicts the processes, which the pigs use to gain power step by step with the use of deception and manipulation of the animals. The rebellion which started for a good cause ends up being corrupted. All the characters are based on the Russian revolution and this book is an exact reflection of the political system that is running throughout the world.
Modern day Politics is nothing but a game of manipulation. It's all about obtaining power. We people are easily deceived by the manipulative talks of the politicians. As Adolf Hitler said "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."
Their promises have been repeated so often that a majority of us actually believe these things will happen but nothing happens... ever..
They have no concern for public interest. All they want is power and to obtain that power they can do anything even killing someone and walking on their corpses and this book shows it.
This short novel has a lot to say.
"All animals are equal. But some animals are more equal than others."
Animal Farm is about our society. It's about the power, people holding it and how they become corrupt.
It's an amazing novel which explains how power turned the pigs from 'comrades' to leaders aka dictators with whips and threats in less than 100 pages.
Amazing read and highly recommended.
Punctuation mistakes and typos are common in the book.
You'll find full-stops missing at the end of sentences many times.
On top of that, some words seem missing from sentences or are misspelled altogether.
For example, com=corn, that=than, etc.
It's easy to understand the mistakes, so it doesn't compromise the flow of content, but those looking for a precise and smooth read may get flustered.
I also request my fellow reviewers on Amazon to rate the quality of the physical book or the e-book rather than its content, or at the very least specify on what criterion they have rated the book i.e. by content or by format quality.
I personally find Goodreads a better place to rate/review a book's content, so that anyone buying a book on Amazon makes a purchase well-informed of the book format's quality.
Being a classic, I thought the language might be a difficulty for me but it was not as I assumed. The language is simple, entertaining and upto the mark, and so is the narration. George Orwell has beautifully penned down each and every detail of the rebellion and you can relate to the fact that it is totally a satire on humans. The thrust for power and misusing it, mistreating the ones who are powerless is a reflection of modern day politics. This book had a great impact on me. I will keep my views short and end it up by saying “Pick it up the next chance you get”.
But I did not understand why people consider it a classic. I guess may be because it was a satire on Russia, people in west liked it so much and read it so much that it is now considered as a classic. It is good but not great.
Top international reviews
This is a clever, timeless, political commentary, with just enough satire and dark humour to not become draining! A really enjoyable, touching story, that speaks volumes of the modern world! Orwell was a long way ahead of his time with this one!
Can liberalism and the left be saved from themselves and their mounting sanctimony and hypocrisy?
The lower rating is due to the quality - I bought the Kindle edition and there are multiple spelling ('he' instead of 'the' and in one case even the word 'dunking' and I can't figure out what word was supposed to be there!) and grammar mistakes - it is just quite a low quality conversion unfortunately. Fine if you've read it before, as I have, but maybe not for first time readers.