I had wanted to read Atlas Shrugged for years, and decided that this summer was the time to take the plunge. When I happened to see that Scott Brick was the reader...BONUS! Like many have said, though he does a great job with narration, he can read slow at times. What I did was listen to about the first 10 hours at normal speed, thinking this would give me a better feel for characters. Then I sped up the reading to x2 on my iphone. This really helps... Though Rands writing is superb, certain sections really started to drag because of the slow reading. I would highly suggest the Scott Brick edition.
I don't need to write in praise of the book itself...self-evident!
The book when written wasn't meant to be a prophetic book but a view of what would become of the United States unless policies and progressive political agenda's could be squashed. Well given the current state of affairs with this current and recent past administrations, Democrat and Republican alike, we are venturing down a road that was part fact and mostly fictional. It has now done a 180 and it is mostly fact and part fictional. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.
This was an amazing book!! I wish that all of the leaders of the world, not just the USA, would read this!! I think this book, would change our world...
It took me 4 or 5 chapters to get into this novel. Well worth the effort. To quote the publisher "Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense"
Ayn Rand does an exquisite job of conveying her objectivist philosophy in a wonderfully entertaining novel. A must read for anyone with a mind!
The quality of writing and the incredible account of a world where mind is absent is unique. This is the best book ever!
The reader does an incredible job from distinguishing different characters and their individual voices to the point that before they are identified you know who is speaking. This is a longer version but the quality of reading is superb. I recommend this version.
This is very long listen, but one that is well worth it. It makes you think about life and has wonderful descriptions of the characters and a time when the country was so young. I am very excited about reading more from Ayn Rand.
Every School age child should read this book prior to entering the real world. What a wonderful message to take with you as you explore out on your own. I loved the narrator - he fit every part.
The writing stunk, The characters reminded me more of comic book characters than literature characters. If Ayn Rand wanted to write an ecomomic or social philopshy book she should have done so. And for all the people who love the characters because they think captialists are all heroes and socialists are all evil slackers, explain to me the heroics of Enron, the financial crisis, BP's disaster, and so on. The human race is not simple and it never will be. Ayn Rand wanted us to believe it was.
This book would have been really good at half the length. The characters are all one-dimensional and her philosophy is not exactly brought across in a subtle manner, she hits you over the head with it for over 50 hours including a 3 hour speech that should have taken 5 minutes.
The "bad guys" were all voiced with the same wimpy voice while all the "good guys" were voiced with the same manly strong voice.