Written over fifty years ago and still in print, this should be an awesome book. It isn't. It is stilted, the characters are wooden, overbearing, and apparently incapable of growth. because--like Rand herself if we are to believe the publisher's afterword--they already know it all. These, of course, are the ones she likes; those she doesn't have no redeeming traits. ATLAS ' novelistic elements feel dated to contemporary readers, such as dialogs that are really extended soliloquies bouncing off each other; its philosophical ones simplistic, trampled by advances in science. But there is an evil in this book: from the historical context we know Rand's villains are surrogates for Franklin D. Roosevelt's administration, yet the descriptions are of Bolshevik commissars. At one level, this isn't surprising since Rand grew up under their revolution in Czarist Russia. From a truth-seeker's perspective, however, it is deeply dishonest. Rand's tendency, so abundant in this book, to demonize your enemies without understanding them and lionize those who agree with you, has become the norm in our society.
On this narration, I found Scott Brick, usually one of the better performers in the field, disappointing here. The meaning as conveyed by inflection frequently missed the author's point, and he gives only minimal differentiation of characters. With the self-indulgent length of Rand's soliloquy-dialogs it was often hard to remember who was talking. This undifferentiated quality made it seem like an extended harangue. Then again, harangue is probably the best one-word descriptions of ATLAS SHRUGGED.
I am slightly amazed that a book at this stultifying a level of mediocrity has lasted this long. The underlying argument never rises above a remedial level, the characters are dull and not believeable, and the long speeches never rise to the level of real dialogue.
One almost feels that people like it because it makes them feel like intellectuals without having to invest in any actual thought.
Brick does a good job here, especially given the tripe he has to work with.
After about 20 hours it was clear that this was going to continue to be a predictable and repetitive book, with shallow character development. In place of dialogue, characters make long soliloquies about the glory of greed and selfishness. All this leads to the climax, a three hour (!) speech that repeats every point ad nausem in case you haven't got it by then.
There are only four basic characters: rich people that agree with the philosophy, rich people that disagree with the philosophy, and non-rich people that agree or disagree with the philosophy.
Those that agree with the philosophy are good in every way - apparently even their sex is better. Never mind that they might subvert the justice system or other dirty tricks. Those that disagree are naturally portrayed as weak and worthless. Basically every character is depraved.
The narrator follows this characterization by only using four voices, one for each of the character types. He runs through transitions so that only after a couple lines do you realize that the scene has changed.
It is hard to believe that important people view this book with its silly philosophy as the basis of their moral beliefs. Still less so that people of faith would say this about a philosophy that is hostile to any faith.
I really liked this story.. I rank it up there in the top 3..
Dabney.. She portrayed the Woman Business person with some real tenacity and brilliance.
Way too dramatic when he read in the weaker characters.. Drove me crazy.
Rearden... He gave up everything for the love of business practice that made sense and for the love of love..
I believe everyone should be required to read or listen to this book.. Great way to understand the economic motor of the world.
its my second favorite book of all time, and as far as audio version goes, definitely in my top five.
i wouldnt want to spoil it for new listeners. i do have my very own rearden metal bracelet though...
scott brick is an excellent narrator, but i find him to be rather slow sometimes, so i love the function on the audible app that allows you to speed up the narrator. i usually listen at 1.5 times normal speed, so it doesnt go slow like ben stein...bueller? bueller?
if the weight of the world was on your shoulders, wouldnt you shrug?
this is a fantastic novel full of epic idealized characters. these are archetypes of heroic figures we should strive to be like. the philosophy embedded in the novel is something that desperately needs to be examined and put into practice for the real world. there are real world current issues that mirror a book a russian immigrant wrote over fifty years ago. it was prophetic then and coming true now. its an excellent novel at face value, but the deeper meaning is intriguing as well.
great book. it well make you real think about what going on today even it a story you well see alot of these event happen today and wonder
there are a few speeches in this book that are even good you you might want to take time to listen to again they well make you think...alot
Scott Brick just doesn't do it for me with this performance. Too over the top.
Edward Herrmann does a much better job in the Abridged version. I would kill for an unabridged version of his performance.
I have read Atlas Shrugged twice and listened to it once. Ayn Rand's protest against communism is communicated in such a way that can only be an enormous eye openner for an 'outsider'. Before you attack this huge book, I suggest reading "We the living " and "The Fountainhead "
A is A - when you have to remember your priorities in life, this is an extemist appoach that merits consideration. The text and language may be long winded and dated ( remember it was written in 1957 by an author from the Soviet Union ) but the values and morals expressed should never be forgotten.
FABULOUS performance. For such a lengthy and sometimes long winded book, Scott Brick communicates the complex emotions to perfection. The snivelling bureaucrat, the whining employee, the undeserving and pretentious wife ... he conveys all themes with skill.
the best performances by the reader were the scenes of confrontation between the industrialists and their "mooching" families and so called friends - such as the 11th anniversay party scene.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and will listen to it again .
I looked forward to relaxing at the end of the day, focusing on the story, characters, and the reader's voice made the connection with each character...a strong delivery.
Dagny, of course, since I am a woman. Her will, her ethics, her value system spoke strongly to my convictions and all I could do is admire her strengths. I love Hank. He is sexy in his own right. I admired men of integrity and conviction. He does not wavier.
This is my first. He does a great job in delivery. Very pleasant to listen to.
Francisco. His delivery of his message on money. Hank, the court room scene.
Seeing part one and two/dvd, bringing the novel to life, I often wonder why this novel took so long to be revealed. Cannot wait for part three.
There has never been a book written more important, interesting and timeless than Atlas Shrugged. I had read it years ago in the 7th or 8th grade. I remember thinking it was so far fetched that I viewed it as I would a sci-fi novel. When I read it this time, I see it as a wake up call to all Americans, all Humans. If you have not read it, or it has been 20+ years (like for myself) i can not over emphasize the importance of the reading. Ayn Rand has become my favorite author, and I am reading all of her works now. Read this novel, and while doing so see if her words hold the frightening familiarity of what you are hearing, seeing, being told, taught and watching all around you,