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 .
I looked forward to relaxing at the end of the day, focusing on the story, characters, and the reader's voice made the connection with each character...a strong delivery.
Dagny, of course, since I am a woman. Her will, her ethics, her value system spoke strongly to my convictions and all I could do is admire her strengths. I love Hank. He is sexy in his own right. I admired men of integrity and conviction. He does not wavier.
This is my first. He does a great job in delivery. Very pleasant to listen to.
Francisco. His delivery of his message on money. Hank, the court room scene.
Seeing part one and two/dvd, bringing the novel to life, I often wonder why this novel took so long to be revealed. Cannot wait for part three.
There has never been a book written more important, interesting and timeless than Atlas Shrugged. I had read it years ago in the 7th or 8th grade. I remember thinking it was so far fetched that I viewed it as I would a sci-fi novel. When I read it this time, I see it as a wake up call to all Americans, all Humans. If you have not read it, or it has been 20+ years (like for myself) i can not over emphasize the importance of the reading. Ayn Rand has become my favorite author, and I am reading all of her works now. Read this novel, and while doing so see if her words hold the frightening familiarity of what you are hearing, seeing, being told, taught and watching all around you,
Yes, I may listen to it again because I enjoyed it so much!
What foresight she had!
Everyone should listen to or read this book!
The book was easy to listen to and follow the story no matter what I was doing, so once I was sucked into the story I found myself listening in the car, at the gym, mowing the lawn, working around the house, etc.
I imagined that Hank Reardon was closest to his voice. It was sometimes hard to distinguish voices when there was a back and forth conversation. I sometimes was lost who was saying which paragraph, but eventually figured it out, a few times I had to go back and relisten to catch it after I knew who was who.
Promoting unbridled capitalism!
Made it shorter. Some of the book was unnessesarily wordy with no benefit to the story. Also, Ayn Rand creates implausable choices for her characters in order to advance her agenda. Also, almost all the characters (except Eddie Willers and Sheryl Taggard) are overly one-dementional; either superhero or moral degenerate. I know it is a fictional story to push a philosophical perspective, but the lack of realistic characters with nuance made her philosophical bent less appealing to me.
No, but I loved his work.
When Hank Reardon said of John Galt, "I have met him, and I understand..."
Very compelling look at capitalism vs socialist ideals.
Not possible... too long. But yes, the desire to keep listening is compelling
Avid reader and listener, of both fiction on non-fiction. I especially love history, adventure, and creative, clever and unusual characters!
There is a reason that the classic Atlas Shrugged has remained one of the best selling books for over 50 years: it is simply a phenomenal tale, before its time in many ways, and filled with fascinating characters and unpredictable plot elements. Scott Brick is not my favorite reader, but he does a reliable job in telling this complex story. This audio version remains one of my favorite listens ever, and my husband and I have both listened to it several times. It is an undertaking, to be sure, at 63 hours, but there is so much story to be told that you will relish every hour.
I will not give any spoilers to listeners who have not read the book, but suffice it to say that the events of Atlas Shrugged sound as if they are taken from current headlines; you will have a hard time believing that this was written more than half a century ago. The American economy is in shambles, the government repeatedly tries to fix it with legislation that only compounds the problems, the few remaining productive sectors of the economy are villified as being "greedy," and forced to hand over all they earn for the "good of society," and successful businessmen are disappearing, leaving their once profitable companies to be looted by beaurocrats. One man's dramatic solution does indeed leave you wondering "Who is John Galt?"
Enjoy this marvelous classic! You will never look at society, government and the economy in the same light again.
Brick was actually pretty dang good. Start listening at 1.25X then slowly move up to 3X (if you would like to). Brick talks slowly but probably sounds the best at 1.5X. I had full comprehension at 3X and thought it was very engaging. Have a great time listening most def worth it!
9 out of 10.. I'm not sure what ten was but it was so far above the other books I've heard, that it's way up there. They do a good job of painting a political picture of where the world is and/or can go and connects it to you personally at a human level, all while holding suspense, mystery, and excitement. The narrator does a great job of painting the picture of the each scene and individual.
Francisco was a self- motivated, 12 steps ahead individual who thought on multiple levels outside of the perverbial box. This is the way all humans should strive to be.
I don't have a favorite
Wish I could, but 60 hrs doesn't fit in one sitting..