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.
Sterling Hayden (General Jack Ripper) as Hank Rearden. Peter Sellers (Inspector Jacques Clouseau) as Francisco D'Anconia. And Kathleen Turner (Jessica Rabbit) as Dagny Taggart.
Is Mr. Brick's unrelenting and cartoonishly melodramatic breathlessness intended as malicious mockery? Or is it simply that the man was not right for the part? Has Blackstone been overrun by Bolsheviks? If this is not an act of deliberate demolition, why didn't someone who understood and respected this priceless work of genius put a stop to this audible farce?
By all means, you must read and understand Atlas. But by all means, find a way to acquire Christopher Hurt's rendition. It can be done. Just google "Atlas Shrugged Christopher Hurt." It will be well worth your effort.
I think the overall story is good. And, I do like Scott Brick as a Narrator. The message of the book is good, but kinda drummed into your head over and over.
It's an interesting book, but for me I can only go through it once.
I read so I can write
I first listened to Atlas Shrugged when I purchased it 10 years ago. That version narrated by Christopher Hurt is no longer available and when I tried to reload it on my Iphone it wouldn't load. Audible replaced it with this version.
I was not disappointed with Mr. Brick's narration.
What I really have noted about Atlas Shrugged is the timelessness of this novel. I first read it forty years ago, listened to it 10 years ago and now again. It is timeless. You cannot even guess when it is happening and know that it could be happening any time.
I recommend this book as a must have.
Let me first say, I am not a political liberal. I am very conservative with a definite degree of liberterianism about my views. I am not naturally predisposed to disagree with the general perception of "Atlas Shrugged." In fact, I think Rand's general premise of economic liberty, personal responsibility and free markets is dead-on. The liberals of today, the Occupy Wall Street crowd, those that back socialistic philosophies could learn a lot about economic freedom from "Atlas Shrugged." Yes, the book's antagonists are over the top and often caricatures and the novel is wordy and preachy throughout - she could have easily cut 40% of the length of this book out by not say the same things over and over in long-winded speeches multiple characters - but there the people of today who continually seek to punish and deride success and achievement could do worse than to adopt some of the views of Rand. Note, I say "some."
NOTE: MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW
Where Rand lost me and prompted to not finish the book, is when she insinuates God is a "mystical moocher" or words to that effect. In addition to being highly offensive to my Christian faith, Rand falls into the same trap that the left does - moral relativism. By what authority does Rand deem the truths that she put forths, especially in John Galt's radio address, in various speeches through the novel, to be absolute morality? She is a human being with no higher authority than any other person. Her views are no more absolute than any other man. This arrogance is amplified by her arrogance to call God, the only One who does have supreme authority, to be in violation of HER moral code! As I said, much of her economic philosophy rings true, but her justification and rationalization fails. I do not see that her economic positions are in spite of God's law to help our fellow man, but rather is the most effective way to show love and help others.
Ultimately, the ironic immorality of Rand's pronouncements as she puts forth her own relative morality, regardless of how valid many of her political and economic points may be, undermine her overall position. Just like true libertarianism, Rand's extreme perspective will alienate many who would otherwise be sympathetic to her politics. This is a shame because in our current era, we need economic liberty and excellence in our society more than ever. But we also need to refocus on God as well, an area in which Rand miserably fails with "Atlas Shrugged."
I love audiobooks because it helps me "read" many more books than I could in the traditional method. Scott Brick is excellent in his character development as a narrator and if you enjoy a good SciFi book you should listen to him in "The Passage." It took me a little while to warm up to this book. Once I realized the messages developing within it there was nothing that could tear me away from it. I truly wish I had read this book 20 years ago as a younger man. I am a successful physician, business owner, artist, entrepreneur, husband and father. So many times in my life of self made success I have felt guilty for succeeding when those around me failed. Not through any cheating or advantage other than my own skill came my successes but I was still "made" to feel guilty for what I had accomplished. Deep down inside I have always felt this was unfair. This book helped me understand why those feelings were true. Rand's insights into human nature are so accurate that they transcend time. Once you grasp her ideas of human motivation for success as a creator or a taker you too will see my elation at her work. THIS should have been my high school required reading instead of Dickens crap about a thief's beneficiary! Rand has changed my life as a successful, educated man of 41. I hope I live long enough to truly appreciate what she has taught me.
I've managed to get through another book or two narrated by Scott Brick, but I can't get through a book of this length, and will be careful not to purchase more narrated by him. So pretentious, so overdone. I can't get past the first hour. What a big waste of money.
Unfortunately I finished the book after the movie was already out of the theaters. I was not surprised to learn the critics hated the film while 81% of the viewers like it according to Rotten Tomatoes. Hollywood is ground zero after Washington of course for all the shallow, holy than thou, card carrying sniveling two faced elitist supporting the failed socialist/communist philosophy so expertly dissect and discredit by Ayn Rand’s masterpiece. This should be mandatory reading in every college and high school. This will never happen because, right behind Hollywood, are the teacher unions supporting the unholy alliance of electing their bosses with everyone’s money. The DVD will be out soon and I am interested to see how they can get this rich and complex story told in 90 minutes. For anyone of conservative leaning this book is a breath of fresh air. All others should give it a chance even if just to understand the mindset that built this country and what will be the outcome if things continue on their current path.
This recording took 11 hours longer than the previous recording because Scott Brick has about three voices total and they all are very very SLOW. He has a man voice, a less powerful man voice, and a woman voice. Even when the text directs the dialogue to be delivered with haste, lightheartedness, intensity, volume, etc., Brick keeps the same non-animated snail pace! I got 2 hours and 44 minutes into it, and had to turn it off. The scene is with several men at a bar, and I couldnt figure out who was talking based on Brick's voices. Imagine Elaine's boss from Seinfeld reading the whole book, with about half the animation.
I don't recommend this Atlas Shrugged audiobook. I'm going to just read the book myself.
I feel like i was reading a paper written with a one trillion word minimum as an assignment for getting in trouble for not sharing. the whole thing could have been summed up in half the amount of words, to be honest i found myself skipping chapters and didn't miss a thing.