This is a ridiculously long slog through the narcissistic libertarian (as all her protagonists are) mind of Miss Rand. She gives you an extremist view of polar opposite extremists. I never give up on a book until I've finished it and I have only one of the 8 parts left so I will finish it but I hope you read this warning and save your money/credit for something that is more than an extremists propaganda and manifesto for the libertarian cause. The only bright spot is Scott Bricks performance, brilliant as usual.
he was brilliant in all of them
All of them, especially the 1-2 hour speeches the protaganists issued at least once per part,
Makes Mein Kampf look like a book of brotherly love in comparison.
There are few books that I would place in the same category as Atlas Shrugged--really only the Fountainhead, which is also by Ayn Rand. The book is not just a work of fiction. It is a fictional interpretation of Rand's objectivism views.
Very much so.
The book is so very long in print--which translates to really long to try to listen to. If you aren't familiar with the storyline, I believe it could become a bit difficult to follow the narrative.
This is as long as the bible and more boring than Leviticus. I think you have to have a religious commitment to free market capitalism to endure this. (And I believe in capitalism)
I'm not sure what this genre is.
Talk a lot faster. Also the women's voices were high pitched, whiny, breathy, and very annoying. Sorry Mr. Brick, I've really liked almost everything else you've done.
All the sermons could be cut in half, or just write it like a hymnal and just write (refrain) in parentheses.
Really trashy "love" scenes.
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 .