Excellent and scary in light of our current economic situation. This is a must read for every American!
I know that a lot of people love this book, but I have to disagree. There is so much required for you to actually get the story.
The author takes no time in establishing that the general population is very unintelligent and follow like sheep. She then proceeds to treat the reader as if he/she were part of that general population.
It is impossible to disagree with most of the view points of the author, so I got tired of the repetitive sermon after the first couple hours of the novel.
A good example, is the speech that one of the main characters gives to the world near the end of the book. The speech is supposed to be geared towards people in the book, but instead I had to listen to the bable for over two hours. I don't need the speech, I am not one of the sheep. Summing it up by telling the reader that the speech happened would have been quite enough.
Even though this book was written in the 50s, it still rings true today. Every day I would read the paper or listen to the news and think about something I had read in this book. I'm so glad my daughter told me about this book.
I know I'm not the only one who found some of the diatribes is this tome (what do you call an exhaustive audio recording anyway?) lengthy - and for me at times hilariously so. You give me too much time and I'm gonna start back talking to your overly self indulgent characters. Which I did at least once per section of this reading. First I just mocked them. But then I begged to the great unknown for an Editor to step in. I knew I had hit rock bottom when I'd stand there (I listen while I make stuff) repeating "blah blah blah blah......you said that, like FIVE MINUTES ago!".
Yet I did finish the thing didn't I. With nary a fast forward and I even resisted upping the playback rate to 1.5. So there must have been >something< to it. I don't know if I think Ms. Rand was prescient as much as I believe she was bouncing around the international socio-political experiments swirling around the latter nineteen fifties.
That said, her influence on the thinkers who ended up my professors is unmistakable. To be sure, if I had heard one more speech about men men men men men men.... I would have broken into a ceaseless Monty Python number, lol.
A philosophical novel was a very different listen for me. And I enjoyed it. I was amazed that a book written in '57 could be so timeless. I don't have anything bad to say of Scott Brick narration (but I did keep waiting to hear”Coryism".)
I find it frightening that I know these characters. I work with some of them. I see others just gaming the system. I see others just yelling for the better off to give till they can’t. Scary if it gets as far as it did in Atlas Shrugged. It was nice to see the upper-class divided between “those who make it happen” and the “greedy power hungry so called activists” who simply take from others using ultimately self-serving rationalization.
Was it repetitive? No. Did the characters repeat themselves? Yes. We all know the more you say it the truer it is. Did some of the rhetoric become basic? Yes, but the public needs to be lead (books premise not mine). Was there any part which could have been shorter? Yes, but it is what it is, and you are not the first to notice it. Does it make you think and question? Yes and that is why it was so good.
Could be a very good book. But if feels like she just keeps looking for different words to say the same thing over and over and over.... and over..... and.... over... Eventually once I realized that the characters were starting another rant about the same principles - i just skipped ahead because I'd already heard it many times before - and i didn't miss a thing in the story.
I love stories that separate from our daily experience to explore concepts relevant to our future in a context that allows for deep analysis. Ayn Rand was one of those rare souls that sees things as they are instead of as they wish them to be. I found her story to be compelling and educational.
This is THE book that describes what happens when commuist thinking people take over the American Government. The scary thing is that we are NOW living this nightmare by having a radical leftist like Obama actually in the White House for his one term.
This book changed my life.
She created these characters and the narrator brought them to life. Her fictional books blow me away, but I do have to give credit to the narrator. What an excellent read. Outstanding!
I think this book should be required reading for all high schools, but that might go against the grain of the moral of the story?