Download George Orwell’s Animal Farm for Free

Writing in The Guardian earlier this month, Christopher Hitchens revisited Animal Farm, George Orwell’s “dystopian allegorical novella” that took aim at the corruption of the Soviet Union and its totalitarian rule. Published in 1945, the short book appears on the Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th century, and Time Magazine’s own honors list. But, as Hitchens reminds us, Animal Farm was almost never published. The manuscript barely survived the Nazi bombing of London during World War II, and then initially TS Eliot (an important editor at Faber & Faber) and other publishers rejected the book. It eventually came to see the light of day, but, 65 years later, Animal Farm still can’t be legally read in China, Burma and North Korea, or across large parts of the Islamic world. But, no matter where you come from, you can listen to Animal Farm for free. That’s right, I said it – free. The Internet Archive offers free access to audio versions of Animal Farm and Orwell’s other major classic, 1984. Both texts appear in our collection of Free Audio Books, and you can download them directly from the Internet Archive here (Animal Farm) and here (1984). Enjoy.

Note: Looking for an easy way to download Orwell’s classics, or any other audio book, for free? Just head over to Audible.com and register for a 14-day free trial. You can download any audio book for free. Then, when the trial is over, you can continue your Audible subscription (as I did), or cancel it, and still keep the audio book. The choice is entirely yours.


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  1. Jean Jeung says . . . | April 28, 2010 / 12:30 am

    hi

    do you know that south korea is the first country in the world to translate Animal Farm in 1948.

    i think it is a very important book to korean.

  2. Maxim says . . . | April 28, 2010 / 3:19 am

    I would mention 1984 as one of the most influential books written in 20th century. Highly recommended for those who haven’t read it yet!
    But speaking of distopias/utopias I personally value Brave New World much more…

  3. Dev T says . . . | April 28, 2010 / 10:02 am

    You can also watch the entire animated film “Animal Farm” on Youtube :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZldlyeR8DU

  4. kathleenlisson says . . . | April 30, 2010 / 8:55 am

    How far have we really come if books are still banned in MAJOR countries like China, North Korea and Islamic nations? Thank you for providing links to Animal Farm. Hopefully, with today's technology, young people in these countries can gain access to these “books” in non-book form.

  5. ukdaily says . . . | May 2, 2010 / 11:25 am

    kathleenlisson is right. With today’s technology almost everyone is able to access forbidden material. But unfortunately the story of Animal’s Farm is still happening to society of communist and some third-world countries in the world.

  6. George Orwell Books says . . . | May 17, 2010 / 6:56 pm

    It’s amazing that in this day and age some countries can still ban books – especially ones I remember writing book reports on in middle school! Thanks for the link to the free audio books by the way.. :)

  7. Kaka Gano says . . . | December 9, 2010 / 2:24 am

    Is any download-able video version for Animal Farm??? I visited this link http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-9153412213802919416# and watch all video but i would love to have it in my hard drive.

    Anyone who have the solution please

  8. jerome says . . . | February 5, 2011 / 6:08 am

    I want to read this

  9. Most Popular Books says . . . | March 27, 2011 / 12:01 pm

    Orwell was simply prophetic and came up with extraordinary details how can humanity screw itself. I believe it’s only thanks to the existence of Internet that his visions didn’t came true.

  10. Joe says . . . | March 28, 2011 / 4:46 am

    You can get every essay and book by George Orwell for free on this Canadian site: http://georgeorwellnovels.com/

    FYI: Orwell is in the public domain in Canada.

  11. meisam says . . . | October 3, 2011 / 6:03 am

    thanks in advance!

  12. fatih bilal says . . . | October 26, 2011 / 1:57 am

    i want to read THE BOOK animal farm

  13. isabella says . . . | November 18, 2011 / 2:37 pm

    vorrei la versione scaricabile gratuita

  14. tiruneh says . . . | July 11, 2012 / 6:37 am

    i want to read this intersting book

  15. tiruneh says . . . | July 30, 2012 / 4:12 am

    i want to read the book animal farm

  16. Araya Abdissa says . . . | August 18, 2012 / 12:08 am

    i wanna read the animal farm

  17. Charles liyungu says . . . | March 8, 2013 / 9:56 pm

    I want this book

  18. anju says . . . | April 13, 2013 / 6:38 am

    i want to download animal form novel of george orwell

  19. bamba says . . . | April 15, 2013 / 5:37 am

    after finishing to read georges orwell novel entitled animal farm i did appreciate it but i want to download it

  20. nawaahl says . . . | May 16, 2013 / 12:28 pm

    Does any1 no where i can download animal farm the movie its a must see

  21. Tintswalo says . . . | June 16, 2013 / 4:40 am

    Wat an interesting book

  22. Nanthawan says . . . | July 16, 2013 / 3:39 am

    hello,

    Does anyone knows where I can download animal farm in American version and British version?

    I need this for my research.

    thanks.

  23. abdou rahman says . . . | February 16, 2014 / 4:52 am

    please good morning dear brothers and sisters can one help where to download the series of animal farm.

  24. abul kalam says . . . | March 15, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    This is a good movie

  25. abul kalam says . . . | March 15, 2014 / 7:46 pm

    Thank you all

  26. Mahmoud Abo Alsaud says . . . | April 28, 2014 / 8:27 am

    no more than thanks so much

  27. Jabulani Makabile says . . . | July 23, 2014 / 8:23 am

    Thanks so much

  28. Thabang Godfrey Hans says . . . | November 11, 2014 / 1:25 am

    My heart was utterly touched by the whole novel,how i wish i could download it.”in the face of pain,there are no heroes”george orwell…thank you all.

  29. francis says . . . | November 14, 2014 / 10:53 am

    a moving and touching book of all ages

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