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Summary, Review & Analysis: George Orwell's Animal Farm

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*Note: Our summary is an accompaniment to Animal Farm and not the novel itself. While it will greatly enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the book, it is not intended to stand in its place.* Talking animals might be a favorite characteristic of children’s fables, but in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the story isn’t child’s play. A dystopian tale about what happens when a group of barnyard animals rebels against the humans; this mid-century book is today considered a literary classic. This summary was made for the listener who has a deep curiosity about classic literature, especially Animal Farm. It is the ideal guide to help you get a grasp on Orwell’s story, which has been viewed as an allegory for 20th Century politics. In quick chapter breakdowns and analyses, this summary explains how Orwell’s book was a cautionary tale against dictatorship, Communism, and the Soviet Union. Read this guide to get an overview and understanding of Animal Farm's themes, motifs, and symbols. Gain insight into how idealism becomes corrupted. Become aware of how anthems and rituals on "Animal Farm" are used as tools for mass control. At a key point in the book, discover Orwell’s “Seven Commandments” of Animal Farm, which foreshadow tragedies to come. This summary offers other valuable features to help you tame Animal Farm, including a detailed character list and analysis, expert criticism on the pros and cons of the book, and a full synopsis of George Orwell’s biography, including information about his other major works.

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Narrator: Lee Strayer
Author: BookBuddy
Length: 44 mins
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Takedown Twenty: Analysis of a Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich - Sidekick

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Janet Evanovich continues the Stephanie Plum series with the 20th installment, Takedown Twenty. Fans of the series know protagonist Stephanie Plum as a bond enforcement officer by day and bounty hunter on the side. In the latest addition, Plum tracks down neighborhood gangsters, a giraffe on the loose, and a notorious crime boss who may be her future father-in-law. With strong female companions at her side, Plum finds trouble at every turn in Takedown Twenty. Whether you are a long-time reader of the series or meeting these characters for the first time, this analysis is an ideal reading aid for the adventures within Evanovich's novel. The New York Times best-selling author provides more than just a suspenseful mystery; she entertains her readers with romantic drama and a touch of humor in Takedown Twenty. While facing dangers on the streets of present-day Trenton, Plum struggles to create a happy personal life. The female protagonist is adept at her job but cannot seem to choose between her two lovers. Janet Evanovich creates a fast-paced, entertaining story within a realistic setting featuring modern elements. Takedown Twenty is fun to read as an entertainment source, and this analysis takes you deeper into the characters and underlying themes.

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Narrator: Naomi Cole
Author: BookBuddy
Length: 27 mins
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Sidekick: Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Summary

Fans of John Grisham are excited about his very first sequel, Sycamore Row, which follows the characters and setting of A Time to Kill. If you are looking for a deeper reading experience, then this analysis is the perfect companion. In Sycamore Row, we return to the character of Jake Brigance and the town of Clanton, Mississippi. With the Carl Lee Hailey case well behind him, Jake is frustrated and bored with the status of his professional life. But as he immerses himself in defending a will during an intense jury trial against powerful opponents, he gets out of the professional doldrums. The experience seems to breathe new life into his personal affairs, as well. John Grisham crafts a tale of revenge and forgiveness with a gentler voice than in A Time to Kill. Fans will appreciate Grisham's range, as the listener enjoys the building tension as Jake does battle without the threat of death hanging over his head. With this analysis, you will gain a better understanding of the characters and plot while receiving rich insight into the novel's themes and symbolism. Examine Grisham's writing style to see how he expertly builds tension in ways not seen in his previous works. This analysis covers an in-depth view of the setting, including the location, time period, and social issues. A convenient character reference list helps you keep track of the entire cast in Sycamore Row. The chapter-by-chapter analysis covers the plot while adding insightful details. Spoiler alerts tell you when to stop in case you are listening to this analysis along with the book. Learn what drives each key character while you explore the major themes and symbols throughout the novel. Challenge your mind with the discussion questions and responses at the end of the analysis.

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Narrator: Lee Strayer
Author: BookBuddy
Length: 26 mins
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Sidekick: Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project

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A romance novel full of quirky characters and plenty of humor, Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project begins when a brilliant but socially inept geneticist decides to forgo dating in favor of using a scientific approach to finding a life partner. Living by a strict schedule from which he never deviates; Don Tillman has never had a second date with a woman. This gives rise to the Wife Project; a lengthy questionnaire he believes can eliminate unsuitable candidates and find someone with whom he can finally settle down. Enter Rosie, a wholly unsuitable candidate who isn't interested in the project at all. Instead, she wants his help in discovering the identity of her biological father. Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project beautifully crafts the tale of a man struggling with undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome, trying to fit in. Let the chapter-by-chapter guide in this sidekick help you explore the thought-provoking issues raised in The Rosie Project. You'll also find in-depth character analyses and a breakdown of key symbols. Despite Don and Rosie's seeming incompatibility, Don finds himself drawn to her, willing to deviate from his schedule and act impulsively. Rosie is clearly interested in Don despite his missteps. Will Don be able to help Rosie find her father? Will they both be able to overcome their issues to take the next step in their relationship? Despite a few missteps, The Rosie Project is a light, humorous tale loaded with believable characters that will appeal to many listeners.

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Narrator: Lee Strayer
Author: BookBuddy
Length: 27 mins
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Sidekick: Anna Quindlen's Still Life with Bread Crumbs

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A heartwarming story about finding yourself, and finding love, after you think you're past your prime, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is author Anna Quindlen's seventh novel. At 60, Rebecca Winter's glory days as a photographer are long gone. She's struggling, emotionally and financially, to care for her aging parents, her son, and herself. Hoping to replenish her dwindling bank account, she sublets her pricey New York apartment and retreats to a rustic cottage in a charming small town, only to find the cottage more rustic and the town less charming than she expected. Skillfully written with a fusion of clever and funny narration and powerful themes, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is the tale of a vibrant woman who learns to see the world in ways other than through her camera lens. Let the chapter-by-chapter analysis in this sidekick of Still Life with Bread Crumbs help you explore the thought-provoking themes and layers of complexities in this novel. Explore new depths thanks to the expert analysis of the novel's setting and characters. Follow Rebecca as she gradually comes to terms with life, makes friends with a quirky assortment of characters, and falls in love. An overall realistic tale of love and life, Still Life with Bread Crumbs will leave Quindlen's fans and newcomers alike satisfied.

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Narrator: Naomi Cole
Author: BookBuddy
Length: 27 mins
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Divergent Series (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant): by Veronica Roth -- Sidekick

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A dystopian trilogy, the Divergent series begins when Tris and “Four” (Tobias) turn 16. They do not fit into only one of five possible faction choices, so they are labeled Divergent. This labeling is the initial conflict in the trilogy. The many additional conflicts plus themes of sacrifice, freedom, individuality, and guilt are woven throughout the three novels, and they can all be traced with the help of this sidekick. In Divergent, Tris chooses to join the Dauntless faction and manages to not only survive, but also excel during harsh Dauntless training. She is caught up in a faction battle, and the second novel in the series, Insurgent, follows her involvement in the struggle, as she and her friends become targets due to their Dauntless natures. Allegiant provides answers about what exists outside the walled city, while introducing a final battle. Tris and her friends discover the truth about the factions' purposes and intents, achieving freedom in the process. As you read the Divergent series, the chapter analyses in this companion piece are especially useful for recalling the action in previous novels. The Divergent series has many interesting characters that leave and reappear, thanks to love interests and biological relationships. The trilogy is written from a first-person perspective, so what we know of these characters is limited at times. Assistance in tracing their background and importance as they make multiple appearances throughout the three novels is provided in this comprehensive accompaniment.

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Narrator: Naomi Cole
Author: BookBuddy
Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger - Sidekick [Study Guide]

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There's nothing phony about this study guide for J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, which explores the mind of disturbed teen Holden Caulfield as he struggles to find an authentic world. Designed for students, this guide to The Catcher in the Rye contains everything you need to ace quizzes and essays on this literary classic. This controversial novel has enjoyed quite a history, which includes its past banned status due to its language, sexual references, and encouragement of rebellion. In detailed, yet easy-to-read chapter overviews, you'll be given valuable information to understand this complex story about a 17-year-old who faces mental illness and ongoing frustration with the "phoniness" of people. Each chapter summary and analysis of The Catcher in the Rye includes possible quiz questions, helping you prepare for the classroom. You can also use this study guide to prepare for longer essay assignments, as the guide includes specific bullet points to help construct both pros and cons of an argument. This guide to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye features helpful discussion on historical, cultural, and autobiographical contexts. Learn the meaning of famous quotes from the book, including the novel's title and end quote. Get to know the characters that inhabit Holden's world and familiarize yourself with the novel's prominent themes, symbols, and motifs. As you work through the broken mind of an anti-hero, this companion study guide for The Catcher in the Rye is the only tool you'll need.

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Narrator: Lee Strayer
Author: BookBuddy
Length: 39 mins
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