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 chose this book after enjoying the Fountainhead. Rand has a strong and compelling literary style and some quirky philosophies which make for an interesting listen even if you don't agree with them. Atlas Shrugged takes ideas found in the Fountain Head and expands on them - Big time! This book is freight train long and there is a lot of preachy repetition. Having said that, I liked it a lot. I'm an Audible addict, so the length was not a problem but I must admit to fast forwarding a bit during the long philosophical dissertation in the last part. Scott Brick is awesome as the narrator (kudos for an epic effort!). He moves flawlessly from one character to another in an astounding array of different voices. I also loved the 50's, "Mad Men" feel you get from the novel. Every one is chain smoking and running off to the phone booth down the block. Even though its self indulgent and a bit silly at times I would rate it definitely worth the credit.
Maybe .. But, due to my active lifestyle, it made it much easier for me to experience this massively important and prophetic story.
The philosophical foundation and the ease of which the self righteous government hacks are portrayed as slimy villains. I also loved the character development.
When the d'Anconia Mines around the world all exploded simultaneously.
"A warning to those Americans who truly wish to remain free"
This book has sold more hard cover copies than any other book except the Bible for good reason ... It should be part of high school curriculum !!
This book should be required reading in every school in the country.
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Scary, Plausible, Beautiful
The beautiful way the author descibes even the minutiae to the gigantic.
Well, Scott Brick is my favorite. Nothing else to say.
It did both, but mostly cry out for all of humanity.
One of the most beautifully written books I have listened to. The 5 star rating is very deserved!
This book changed my perspective on so many things. For me it was not so much political, but an internal change. There are things I thought and felt my entire life, that I could not quite name, and that I allowed other people to make me doubt. And Ayn Rand described these things so clearly, beautifully and honestly. After reading this book, I will no longer doubt myself or what I know to be the truth. I will no longer allow others to manipulate and con-volute the truth. And most of all I will no longer feel that I need to downplay who I am or my abilities, and I will no longer put others needs in front of my own, (something I always used to do and misguidedly felt was the most admirable quality.) This book completely opened up my eyes, and I am a stronger, happier, more confident person for it.
I wasn't sure about the narration at first, but it really grew on me and I think it fit the story. I am now obsessed with Ayn Rand and her philosophies. I wish I would have read this when I was a lot younger, I think everyone should be forced to read or listen to this in high school, especially in this age where most young adults seem to not want to actually "work" for anything. If only they would all get it, its such a great lesson that once you understand I think sticks with you the rest of your life.
I have to say you have to have patience when reading or listening this book. Not just because of the length, but Ayn Rand tends to spend a lot of time building characters and the basis of the story, which adds a lot of layers and depth to both. This is something I personally love and appreciate. Just know that while it make take some time for the plot to really escalate, it is absolutely worth it.
The audio version brings this book alive! You will here the emotion in the dialogue expressed, the way the author intended for it.
No other book has the complex views and emotions of this book.
It was as if Scott performed this book in a broadway play. Such detail, tones and pauses only come from a seasoned performer.
No it requires that one digests whats going on and how you view it. A pauses in the sections is necessary.
A novel worth the investment ten folds.
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essentially flawless writing style
I can not beleve this is considered, by some, as a classic
The book is one of the most inspiring books I've read. I read most of this book, then became short on time and finished it with this audio version.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with the politics in the book, this books' characters and their resilience will inspire all. It was a life-changing read for me, to be honest.
The narrator's tone and interpretation were excellent and fit the material well.