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..
The reader made the story come alive. I don't think I would make it through reading over 1000 pages.
When Daphne crashed landed in the valley and John Gault was the first person she saw.
See the above answer.
Engaging, relevant, & lengthy
A clever, coherent defense of the benefits of capitalism in an engaging story.
Although written in 1957, the book seems more relevant today that it probably did in 1957. Some minor social norms have changed since the 50's, but this only adds to the interest of this story.
However, be aware this is a long book. Sometimes the dialog is made up of short, rapid fire, back-and-forth conversations, but I guess that's what happens when you have 1,100 pages to fill.
Don't be fooled by the recent movie. This is a very engaging story.
The story of Robin Hood.
He did a good job of changing tone and inflection to represent characters.
Dagny Taggerd. She's honest.
I would absolutely listen to this audio book a second time in order to appreciate the rich details.
The paragraph in which the title of the book was explained.
I thoroughly enjoyed his range of characters which brought the characters to life.
Extinguish the Lights
The story moves along and I wanted to hear what happens next. But the same speeches are made over and over again by different characters or in different circumstances were punishing. That it was in audio helped to make the burden easier to bear.
I went back to the introduction after listening to the book. Rand's explanation that fundamentally the book was for her and only shared with us later made the book easier to take. I don't agree with her belief in the critical importance of the creators as a narrow class but I value her book as an expression of her belief.
As an example of her time and reaction to communism/socialism the book is both valuable for that but dated when it comes to more universal prospectives.
The reader did a wonderful job, especially with scenes in which two or more speaker are talking. It oddly made me enjoy the experience just a tad more when I very occasionally questioned some part of the reading where the text described how the voice should have sounds and I questioned whether the reader got it right.
Absolutely. It was the longest book I've listened to on audible, but it's just the kind of book I want to read. If I read it on paper, it would take me forever. It only took me a few weeks this way because I was so interested in the story, and could listen to it anytime.
Dagne, because she persisted and believed so strongly in herself.
That's a hard choice, since Scott Brick is one of my favorite readers. But I think my favorite was Francisco, because his double life was so well differentiated by the reading.
Wanted to? Maybe. Possible? No way, unless you can stay up for 60 hours at a time.