This is a book that has really good moments and lots of stilted over wordy blown up garbage in between. Ayn Rand seems to have a gift to write dialogue that no living person would ever speak and which no one bothers to interrupt either.I had a really hard time with the first 20% and then it got better. The story is a good dystopic one - but the dialogue is atrocious.
As for the performance of the reader Scott Brick. It was way too over the top for me. I would have liked a much straighter reading and less of an interpretation. (And I HATED his performance of character voices - especially the female ones.)
There's something to be said about tackling big idea's in writing. I think Ayn Rand had an ingenious idea, and a topic that could have been easily one of the greatest stories ever told. I like to think of Rand as the anti- Marx. She holds capitalism up to be a near perfect form of government. Unfortunately, he task of telling us this tale is marred by her own faulty, clumsy, boring, and utterly unneccessary writing. This book would have been perfect if it were literally 1/3 the size.
Seriously there are pages...and pages...and pages of long winded diatribes by characters, that gloat on and on about how they know 'the truth' or about how they are the smartest thing to walk to earth. This gets VERY tiring to read when each character pats himself on the back time and time again.
The story starts off very interesting. It genuinely captivated me. But the story trips over itself after this by Ayn's obsession with showing that her characters are god's gift to the world. All of the characters with the exception of James Tagart, are all VERY flat, and all appear the same. If the narrator hadn't said who was speaking, I'd have no idea who was talking and when. Each character sounds like a repeat of another character.
The story and theme behind this could -be- epic, is wonderful. What happens when the country we live in, begins falling apart, things stop working, and the leaders and pioneers of the world begin taking a leave of absence? How could you mess up something so politically charged, and important. Ayn Rand provide snippets of great writing and interesting plot, surrounded by boredom, and pretentious writing.
My first Scott Brick performance. He did an OK job. Nothing to write home about, but it did the trick.
It really is a timeless story, given its age, it still seems relevant to our current day political landscape
Who is John Galt
This is a classic that should be read by all free-thinkers. Particularly relevant in these times of a increasing reliance on the government.
Deep thought provoking, stimulating and fun!
Of course Mr Reardon and Mrs Taggart. However, I am what one calls a Reflective Rational, so its easy for me to relate with characters who live true to their principles and values.
Several, particularly when some of the leading characters were being blackmailed.
If you enjoy a stimulating and complex read, then this may be right for you.
The dialog between the characters, Scott Brick was clear, and expressed emotional tones. This 62hr book felt like 8 hours!
This story is very entrepreneurial! The struggles between Free Enterprises and Socialists! Extremely thought provoking! And a well thought-out plot and story-line!
Scott Brick was clear, and expressed emotional tones. This 62hr book felt like 8 hours!
There is no way to listen to this in one sitting... however! I love the longer books just because the store-line has the ability to be deeper than what is standard.
Definitely one of my most enjoyable audio-books yet!
Book is easily in the top 3 books I've listened to in the last three years.
John Galt speech.
The one where Dagny Taggart chases her engineer to Galt's Gulch. I wont say more to keep from revealing too much but it was an interesting way to introduce a character into the storyline.
This book is much too complicated to digest at one sitting. its also about 65 hours long. So no I would not recommend trying to complete it in one sitting.
Do not miss this chance to read one of the more controversial books of the twentieth century. The performance is first rate from a single actor. The storyline will challenge your theories on economics, charity, government and democracy. I should have read it in my twenties, but only after my first real job.
Great story and well read. Unfortunate that right wingers attempt to claim the novel and author as their own.
Who is John Galt? Such a mystery you must read to understand.
I haven't actually listened to the audiobook yet, so ignore how many stars I listed. I just put three because I had to put something.
I started listening to it a couple days ago on my way to work, but was only able to get a couple minutes in because in the introduction, it warns that for new readers, the journal passages of Ayn Rand that are about to be read will give away plot lines and ruin the story. I have had multiple friends recommend Atlas Shrugged to me, but this is the first time I will have read/listened to it. So now I can't listen to a 63 hour book because the introduction has spoilers. Can someone tell me at precisely what minute and what second the introduction ends and the book begins? If I try to fast forward on my MP3 player, I may not go far enough and hear a snippet of something that gives away a main part. If I go too far, well I won't really know that will I? I won't know if I'm still listening to the introduction or the story and then if I go to rewind, I may rewind too far and again hear a snippet of something that will ruin the story for me. This downloaded as one HUGE file, so I have no way of knowing where the introduction ends and the book begins so that I can skip the introduction. Can someone please help me? Please post at what minute and what second the book starts.
At least this introduction warns of the spoilers. There was no warning on the Running Man, and the ending was given away before the book even started. That was so disappointing.