This may be the largest novel cover up ever!! This book is merely an 1100 page pamphlet to promote AYN RAND's philisophy of objectivism. If you are considering this book based on ALL those good reviews, please be aware that unless you agree with this her philosophical views, you will be highly disapointed. There is hardly any character development, and she force feeds you her philosophy OVER AND AVER AND OVER AND OVER again. The book ends with a 60 page rant, hammering the same views that were on the preceeding 1040 pages. And what world does this woman live in that EVERY one in the book is white, no matter where in the world they are. And oh yeah, all the so called heros in the book are blonde haired and blue eyed. COME ON. Seriously, I would burn this book if I actually had a copy. My only regret is that I didnt do a little more research on Ayn Rand before I purchased this piece of crap.
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.
Read when and where you can! Eye and Ears turn the pages, let your mind color in the rest.
I would listen to this book over and over. I particularly enjoyed being able to follow along with the book as the audio version is unabridged. I had no conflicts with following along during the times I wanted to just read the book verses catch up by listening to the Audio book in my car.
It is a great complex novel that will tinge at your concept of the human psyche. Similar to Leo Tolstoy, but for those familiar with Ayn you will know why this isn't completely accurate either. Who could you compare Ayn to?
I really enjoyed the character voices and changes. The only CON is sometimes the "s" sounds and "c" sounds were awfully sharp to hear and could be uncomfortable with the volume up. I had to change my audio settings in my car to compensate for this. No problem though for a Fan of this book!
as always, who is John Galt?
I would and I do. I have become somwhat of an evangelist for Atlas Shrugged and for Objectivism in genaral. This book gave me a whole new outlook on life. It was a triumphant salute to all that I love on this earth. Read it!
Its hard to pick but If I have to choose it would be Hank Rearden because I identify with his ideological struggle and with his path twards his ultimate self absolution.
Scott Brick did a wonderful Job with all the characters I cant pick one.
Yes however it is 63 hours so that is not posible but I would often find myself listing to it for 15 hours straight.
Atlas Shrugged is the most important book ever writen. If you have not read it you are missing out on an adventure that will sweep you off your feet and never put you back down again. If it has been a wile sense you have read it. Read it again you will be suprised at the strength you will get from it and the knowledge it will arm you with
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.