Maybe you had to be there. This book is set near the mid 1930's mid depression. The female protagonist is rich and on her way to poverty. She seeks out and attains a powerful husband. She espouses the Greatest Good for the most people, bit it is not clear that she believes it. She has a love/hate relationship with the men in her life who do more to enrich themselves than save the populace. An existential narrative.
Yes. Interesting view of business and how it drives progress.
Business itself is a character in the story.
Kate Winslet. Leonardo DiCaprio.
Scott Brick's performance is ridiculous. It doesn't fit the story. He doesn't really do voices, he just elongates words and sentences as if they had some special importance. I finally shut it off and just moved to the iPad VoiceOver features. Moved faster and had more dramatic punch.
Avid non-fiction reader, interested in current events, history and great writing.
Reading this book will provide any college student with more insight and understanding then they will receive from a 4 year college degree.
I loved this book! Loved it. I think some of the monologues may have gone on a hair too long, but this is fantastic. It really makes you think about how our society would be if we were to cease thinking for ourselves and relying on others. I would definitely recommend this book!
Artistic, Philosophical, Timeless
I've tried reading this book multiple times but my attempts kept stalling due to the complexity of the writing. Yet, listening to it, the words came alive. A lot like how Shakespeare plays are often easier to appreciate when hearing them vs. reading them. Although I enjoyed the philosophical perspective which was being championed by the story, I really like the dialogue. There is an art to the writing.
the use of the new rail
Unsure, It is a long undertaking. (60 hrs) but Scott Brick does an amazing job with the narration.
I would say that it is a must for a first time read/listen.
I listened to the unabridged version (63 hours) but would recommend the Abridged version based on other reviews. The unabridged version was good but had many long monologues that could have been summarized and still conveyed the same ideas.
This is an awesome fictional story that could so easily happen for real in the near future! It is shocking how easily citizens will allow government to slowly take away our liberties by justifying how "they" know better on how to run our businesses.
For a story written over 50 years ago, it is scary how much it resembles our current events under the current administration. I can't recommend this book strongly enough to others to prevent citizens from becoming SHEEPLE!
Obviously I would have to say Dagny Taggert. She is a no nonsense, proactive and responsible character surrounded by spineless executives who continuously defer to others to make the hard decisions necessary for progress and success.
This book is very thought provoking and a shocking wake-up call for all of us to become informed of how Big Brother is slowly and methodically taking away our liberties by saying their actions are the only way to provide safety and security to citizens. A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!!!
I first read this before Barak Obama's election (ca. 2007) and thought, how absurd! Now it just seems like hyperbole.
Commuter, I have plenty of time on the road so I prefer long stories with well developed characters.
I don't think I could trudge through that 2.5 hour monologue in the 7th book of the download again.
I look for very long books because I spend a lot of time in my car, and up to a point I really enjoyed this book. She quickly challenged me to think about the mediocrity around me and reenergized me to pursue excellence. However after awhile the story got drowned out by so much existential psycho-babble that I don't know if I can drag myself through to the end. Still I'm over seventy five hours into it so I've invested enough time that I want to make it through to the end. At one point I Googled Ayn Rand and was not surprised to learn that she spent most of her twilight years lecturing and trying to start some kind of new religion, probably based on the ideas she expounds and expounds, did I mention that this is a really long book?
Although written shortly after WWII when communism was on the rise, I see much of the socialist characteristics that she portrayed lived out in our current political and economic climate. From politicians who talk without actually saying anything to people who have jobs but don't want to work, many of Ayn's story lines are being played out before us. Hopefully we won't go as far in real life as she depicts in the book.
This book is one I will think about for many years to come. I'm glad I've read it, but I also look forward to being done with it. I guess if Ayn were still alive I would tell her I've read this book and have it too!
Firstly I wanted to praise the narrator who kept this in a wonderful 50s style, like a radio drama. He was excellent and I did not notice one single mistake, his pronounciation was perfect.
Atlas Shrugged is an interesting observation about socialism versus capitalism. Ayn Rand was born in Russia and immigrated to America and you can see the obvious slant or her arguments from her own experiences and intellligence.
There is much food for thought in this lengthy tome and at times it seems a little wordy but as you get used the the style it no longer seems to stand out.
At times some of the methods to prove points seem a little far fetched and perhaps this should have been set in an alternate Universe. When reading I saw it as a black and white movie with lots of white shirts, men in suits and dramatic skies.
The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, is most likeable and a highly logical and powerful woman. She alone stands out as a beacon to women for not giving their power away and standing their grounds. An early women's lib novel.
If you like very detailed authors, J K Rowling being one that springs to mind you should enjoy this.