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Bringing the Best of George Orwell's 1984 & Animal Farm together.

Nineteen Eighty-Four:

A Novel, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel. A startling and haunting novel, 1984 creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions - a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time. 

George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel - a scathing satire on a downtrodden society's blind march towards totalitarianism. The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. Ultimately, however, the rebellion is betrayed, and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell's masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

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Both stories are enjoyable listens

Benjamin May did a great job reading these two books, both of which I enjoyed immensely. His character voices and pacing felt appropriate throughout both stories. Both of these stories are very important reads today, both for the insight they provide and so that you will recognize if someone is being wise or dense when they compare element of modern society to the societies in these stories. There were a few times that I felt the audio clips had been poorly strung together, such as one time in 1984 where the end of one audio clip overlapped briefly with the beginning of another. That didn't really impact my enjoyment of the reading, though. The whispered voices for Winston and Julia in 1984 were occasionally much quieter than the surrounding narration, which was mildly frustrating at times. Still, I think the performance for both books was overall good, and both stories are worth a listen.

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Good, but editing blows

Like others said, the editing stinks. Lots of mistakes, chapters repeated, narrator practicing pronunciation. Not his fault. Editor-errors.

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Terrible

This is the worst book I’ve ever listened too. The story drones on forever. I finally just deleted it.

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Great books, good narration, bad editing

These books should really be mandatory reading for everyone. The narrator's voice is a little shrill at times but he did a good job. Whoever did the editing though should be canned. Parts up to a couple minutes were repeated here and there

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It was almost perfect…

The story is great at showing how socialism could be started I haven’t finished 1984 yet but I have read animal farm before.
My problem is with the narrator. He pauses between each word as if to read it before he says it. This is very distracting, when you speed it up to x1.1 it fixes it but there are some points where he reads just fine and because he talks so fast (this is why I noticed the pauses) it sounds like he is trying to speed read.

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  • 08-31-21

Censored

If a book is censored, it should be noted as such in the description. If I knew it was censored, I would not have purchased it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-21

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so pertinent to the current political situation. life doesn't seem to have taught us anything