The story in itself is potentially very interesting, however, there are too many long winded chapters that could be edited or perhaps deleted.
I haven't read any.
No, the book would benefit from editing
A better book, or a shorter length. I'm not sure what is unabridged about this book, but I think you'll get the general idea by listening to the abridged version.
yes, but only to gain more insight into the cult of Ayn Rand and the people who think her 'philosophy' of makers and looters provide realistic answers to today's economy.
No. It's too long. But I'd consider it if I had the time and wanted to re-enjoy the beauty of language used well and the story of important philosophy woven into a story of several people.
A discussion on the purpose of money.
Elements of tone and personality to the characters and situation which helped make the story come alive.
Many. Discussions of trade and money. Logic tirades arguing the harms of socialism and the value in a merit based system.
Though I drool over pro-capitalism and meritocracy literature it should be noted that not all of Rand's points make sense universal. She does tend to make things linear and absolute which in reality are not. Perhaps that's the beauty of her work in that she can make things absolute and clear to illustrate her points. Although, I would caution a reader that if they have conservative views or understand a more balanced approach to marketplace interaction some parts of this book may rub the wrong way.
Every real producing person alive should listen to this book.
It's definitely one of the better audiobooks I've listened to. The narration is superb and the story is captivating. The only thing I anticipate others would complain about is the fact that this story is also an immersion into objectivism, Ayn Rand's own brand of philosophy. I didn't mind it; knowing Rand's feelings on art puts her own work into perspective. It does feel a little preachy at times, and Rand does not hold punches when it comes to the antagonists, the so-called "looters." Within one paragraph of introducing a new character, you will know whether the character is "good" or not (the only possible exception being Cheryl Brooks). Yet it's amazing to see how her philosophy and the story were so intertwined to create such a complete story. Everything falls into place. The characters are extremely well developed, and the conclusion of the story was well worth the 60 hours devoted to listening.
The suspense. It was very well paced, that is if you like longer stories. I can see how someone might become bored with this story after a while. It takes time and patience, but it certainly pays off.
Yes, I didn't want to stop listening.
I think they are both worth doing. The audio book was nice for the long monolog toward the end.
The name is perfect
Francisco is my hero.
Compelling, intriguing, scary
John Gault, he was "the man"!
When Ragnar blew up the plants trying to make Reardon metal.
When Dagne returned to New York to resume her job after the plane crash
I heard people critical of the narator, Steve Brick(?), I thought he did an awesome job. If you are for the free market, this is a must read, (listen).
This is a classic book that I revisit every now and then and when I started listening to the audiobook all I wanted to do was bang my head on the steering wheel (I was in my car). Horrible is probably an understatement. I am not sure how Scott Brick ended to be a featured narrator. The irony is that he is narrating a book which is talking about excellence in men. An actor who cannot establish the characters with his voice doesn't deserve to be allowed to read any of the Ayn Rand's book. I am sure the Ayn Rand's fans would agree. While Ayn Rand is all about excellence, Scott Brick's narration is anything but excellent. Listen to it because the book has a strong story which will make you want to acheive what' best in you but at the same time the being objective about the book with the pathetic narration is not possible.
The book was great. Ayn Rand certainly had her beliefs and they come out in full force in the book. However, even though she left no room for any other point of view, her take on the world is an amazing read. So many great things to take away from the story. Great things to think about. The monologue at the end was the only thing I could have done without. But I really enjoyed it. Just be prepared, it is not for the feint of heart. It is 69 hours long and the story is not super compelling unless you are interested in the social and spiritual questions she raises and talks about. Also, if you are looking for someone who will provide a balanced view of things, she won't. But if you can yourself and then take what she says, she raises some great points. It just seems that she never saw them as discussion points but rather facts to convey. Maybe because she was born in the wrong time period for those discussions =)
Hands down one of the best books and performances I've experienced. It makes you think about what is happening around you and question your stances on issues. While at the same time taking you on a great ride and having many believable and complex characters.