Once is not enough. I will re-read this at some point to enjoy the rich characters, the suspense, and Rand's take on the dangers of 20th century secular intellectualism. It refreshes my soul to hear someone go after nonsense political rhetoric.
Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell is a great preparatory non-fiction book. I read right before this one, and it helped me understand the long discourses better.
Reardon's final moments with the "wet nurse" and subsequent rescue from his burning factory. As painful as that scene was, it released him from his angst and helped him reconcile with the friend he thought he could never forgive.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Great book and relevant to our times. At times it drags a bit but overall it's a story i think all should read.
This is a must listen/read book. It's amazing how accurate Ayn Rand was in her writing of the demise of the United States. It is truly amazing how accurate she was in seeing what direction mankind was going when she wrote her book. Yes the book is an over simplification of what is going on today, but she was very spot on about how badly the entitlement mentality would get. Also we are beginning to see today what see wrote about how government would begin a steady eroding of peoples rights and freedoms. That being said, I think she was also very naive about the motivations of big business too. Though the one thing she did get right is their strong desire to make money, I just don't think that they have the pure motives she portrays.
So I give this one 2 thumbs and 2 big toes up rating.
Never read it
Fransisco Danconian, it's who I would most strive to be like and see myself closely related to
Brings the passion out
This book changed my life. It makes me want to strive to better myself. It reassures me of some of my beliefs and puts my thoughts into better words.
Interesting book; makes you look at things a little differently. I feel like the anti-Rand characters in this book were so ridiculously left-wing that they were completely unbelievable, especially at the beginning of the book. I remember feeling angry that the left were portrayed as such blubbering buffoons. It became more believable toward the end of the painfully long book.
My beef with this book is Scott Brick. I'm sorry, Mr. Brick, but you make it hard to listen to this book. I feel like you're more concerned with the artistry and sound of your own voice, the tone and smoothness, than you are with the portrayal of the characters. It seemed often like incorrect words were given emphasis, words were given emphasis for no reason other than it sounded good and clean, and it made the story harder to receive. I'm currently listening to Cloud Atlas and recognized your voice and the same bleached, boring tone at the beginning of it. I'm hoping your part is short.
Francisco D'Anconia because he could keep a secret.
AcCENTing the right sylLABles.
It did sway my politics a good deal. I went from being a liberal to a left-libertarian (I was leaning this way naturally, but this book made it easier).
There is another narrator for this book (Christopher Hurt, I believe). I'd recommend listening to that version.
first and most important by far.
The Bible in its importance, Human Action in its economic depth, and The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in its wisdom.
the emotional depth of some scenes.
Yes, changed my out look on life.
Read it and you will know.
This book expressed in ways that I cannot the simple meaning of a worker and his mind. I am an engineers engineer, and that is probably why I enjoyed the hunt for the engineer behind the power device so much. I wanted to meet him and understand.
Scott Brick chalks up another great performance. For me, his performance is transparent. In other words, I don't even notice he is narrating, it just allows the work to speak without me hearing his performance. That's just invaluable.
If you spend even 5 hours a week listening to audible content, you should seriously consider listening to this book. I think Rand's philosophy is well illustrated whether you agree or disagree.
I already have, and that person appreciated it as well. I recommend this book because of the foresight of Ayn Rand, and because it is told from a perspective that any rational thinker should take into consideration. The politics and economics that plays out throughout this amazing novel is insightful, and one can not help but draw parallels to what is happening currently all over the world. Even though the book teaches very important lessons, it is still very entertaining, and anyone wanting to relax to a story would not be disappointed. Masterfully done.
It is most often seems to run in the same circles as books like 1984 because of the gloom and doom reputation, but it is, in my opinion, much more entertaining, much more plausible, and not so dark.
He did a fine job of reading a very long book. Throughout the reading, I never had a problem identifying whether it was a male or female voice in my mind's eye...
The continuity of imagery drawn from the tone and function of his voice was never broken, and it was easy to become immersed in the story.
Francisco d'Anconia without question. He has control of himself like no one else, combined with the type of personality that draws people to him.
The book is written from an extremely humanistic point of view. If anyone is sensitive to any degree of anti-god talk, it could be somewhat offensive. If anyone is studying politics or economics, it is a powerful book, and a must read. Although I did not think so, I have heard another reader call the writing style a little childish, so serious literary critics may be a bit turned off. However, the story is a great one, and a lot can be learned without even trying.
If you're going to read anything by Ayn Rand, this is it. She depicts a very clear perspective on how she feels socialistic societies are run and the good and destruction that comes from it (mostly destruction). I loved the different characters and what they represented. It was like a more translatable (for this century) Wizard Of Oz.
The only negative thing I have to say about the story is that it seemed to drill too much into the head of the reader exactly the best way for a society to run. Could have been shortened a lot in the middle and still gotten the same point across.
In comparison to other books, it is hard to say. I have listened to other long books...not quite as long but The Count of Monte Cristo is close. I enjoyed the story line but there were long episodes of preaching by different characters at times that just got to be too much and I would have to put it down and listen to another book for awhile.
I don't want to put spoilers in here. I hate when people do that. It is very difficult to pinpoint one particular part in such a long book. The moment when Reardon attempted to give his wife a bracelet made with the steal he invented is one that comes to mind. Dagny's adventure to the valley is another. There are actually a lot but again I don't want to give anything away.
Reardon and Dagny on the train when the open the John Galt Line for the first time.
No extreme reactions.
I am glad that I finally finished this book after two years. It was certainly interesting and it is amazing how applicable it is to our country today.