Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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“Animal Farm” by George Orwell

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Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Patrick and Joan Andrews

Endnotes: Ted Schwartz

Author: George Orwell

Year of Publication: 1945

Plot: Animal Farm tells the tale of oppressed farm animals who revolt against their human dictators and grapple with the powers of corruption that ensue from their newfound freedom.

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