I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
Read the book and find out! A great story of a dystopian society where the rights of man are undermined in the name of fairness. If you have half a brain, you can draw comparisons to things happening in our world today.
Parts of the book actually made my stomach turn. Not because they were gory or anything of the sort, but because the book is so well written that when I hear some of the opinions spouted by some of the elitists (looters, destructors, etc) in the book I actually feel as if I am in a real situation and those words are really being spoken.
I recommend this book to everyone. Share it with your friends. Listen to it with your spouse. Apply its principles to your daily life.
The performance of this book was good in all parts. I usually like Philosophy but this book felt to me like a waste of time and money. The story in which the philosophical topics were incorporated was flat and the philosophical topics didn't seem "valid". (I don't know how to better explain this.) I did not like this book at all.
Pedagogical Engineer serving the Digitally Challenged
Still like The Fountainhead better.
Strong hero, who knows how to use her mind and body at times....
Great voice and pacing
Atlas Shrugged is a great book. I wish I had read it earlier. But the narration is very poor. First, Ayn Rand is female so why was the narrator male? I HATED the way the Heroine (Dagny) in the book was portrayed by the narrator. Fortunately, I had downloaded the ebook and was reading and listening to the book at the same time.
Dagny is a tough woman of substance with great passion. It's in everything she does; from her thoughts to the words she says to her actions. But the narrator only portryed her voice as a whisper. I have no idea how to describe it. She could be in the middle of a heated argument with her brother or anybody but the narrator will just whisper her words like she was some kind of weakling. Reading the book for my self, I can definitely say with some level of certainty that Ayn Rand did not picture Dagny talking in those whispery voice.
An example, she was going to a confrence with her brother and while in the limo her brother sprung on her that she was actually going to give a speech on the 'Rearden Metal'. Her brother had been against her using this metal in the first place. Then all of a sudden, he switched on her and wants her to give a speech on it at the confrence. The book made it clear that she was vey pissed at her brother.
Direct quote from the book: "'She leaned forward. She pulled open the glass partition of the front seat, ordering, 'stop the car!"
If you read further, she got out of the car and told her brother that her decision to use the 'Readen Metal' was not open for debate; I paraphrase for space.
From this scenerio, will any one think Dagny whispered the words, 'stop the car?' Or her words to her brother as she got out of the car? But that is how the narrator presented Dagny to us. The male characters all had strong voice qualities from the narator's portrayal of them but not Dagny. All her great attributes not withstanding. This woman was the backbone running the only operational rail line in the country as per the book but all the narrator could make out of her was another weakly woman who talked in hushed tones afraid to raise her voice above 0 db.
I'm not trying to say that Dagny would be more aggressive.No. Maybe she was a mild mannered woman. But I believe if the book had been read by a female, being wrtten by a female and all.., she would have understood Dagny's position and would have given more character to her (Dagny's) voice.
Honestly, this book is so good and I won't let the audio version ruin it for me. I just stopped listening and kept reading the ebook.
I gave it 2 stars for effort. The paperback is about 1200 pages and I appreciate the effort but I wish I never got it.
Still reading it. So far I just love the guts on the Heroine Dagny.
NO NO NO.
The Book : good feeling of reading a well written book.
The Narration : Anger
Definitely a lengthy story - but enjoyed it immensely
Dagny Taggart - strong woman who stands by her intelligence and convictions
The story is long, but worth wading through. It is very thought provoking. Parts could have been taken directly from modern headlines.
I loved John Galt for his quiet courage.
The narrator was excellent and played all the parts well!
The narration and the story were both excellent.
The protagonists, the style, the fact that it makes you think.
He captures the tone of the story and the personalities of the characters extremely well.
This story is about a bunch of honest, self-serving, greedy rich people fighting a bunch of self-deluded, pillaging, hypocritical rich people, trains, and industrialists.
It doesn't sound that appealing and honestly, I was very skeptical, but I really enjoyed it, a lot.
If you have the time, I would definitely recommend this audiobook.
I have a hard time reading/listening to true fiction books. I think this is because my main reason for reading is to learn and not necessarily just for enjoyment, although I do read many historical fiction books. Favorites history/biography books and science/tech info books.
Im not one to read books twice but I definately would put it toward the top of my fiction books to read twice. Great book that shows the problems with forced wealth sharing and making decisions based on emotion rather than facts. Ayn Rand was a great thinker.
Really funny because he has to speak quotes for a lot of women and he actually changes his voice a bit to portray this. At first I thought this was wierd but after a while I reallized how much it helped me realize who was speaking. He did a great job.
Yes, the narrator! Gawd the narrator is painful to listen too. I tried to find another version and couldn't find one so I'm going to postpone listening until another version is up.
No probably not. I just wanted to hear it. I can't imagine this condensed into a 2 hr movie
This book was recommended by my daughter's partner. As I was listening, I came across person after person who had read it in their late teens, early twenties. I am in my mid 50's so I felt a little ashamed that I'd missed this one! I even came across a waitress in a coffee shop in Sydney (a young girl) who was so excited to see me reading/listening to her favourite book!
It is now dated in many ways and it was, at times, important that I kept my mind focused on the era in which it was written. The utopian ideals of the people who have escaped the mindless world that they used to inhabit, still today need to be explored in a ( I hate to say this) 'best practise' sort of way before I m convinced that their way of life will work long term.
Despite this, the story was great, the characters engaging, likeable, hateable, annoying, charming, and engaging.
This is a time piece that needs to be read by all who have an interest in the ways in which our world has been viewed over the decades of the 20th century.