I had wanted to read Atlas Shrugged for years, and decided that this summer was the time to take the plunge. When I happened to see that Scott Brick was the reader...BONUS! Like many have said, though he does a great job with narration, he can read slow at times. What I did was listen to about the first 10 hours at normal speed, thinking this would give me a better feel for characters. Then I sped up the reading to x2 on my iphone. This really helps... Though Rands writing is superb, certain sections really started to drag because of the slow reading. I would highly suggest the Scott Brick edition.
I don't need to write in praise of the book itself...self-evident!
The book when written wasn't meant to be a prophetic book but a view of what would become of the United States unless policies and progressive political agenda's could be squashed. Well given the current state of affairs with this current and recent past administrations, Democrat and Republican alike, we are venturing down a road that was part fact and mostly fictional. It has now done a 180 and it is mostly fact and part fictional. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.
This was an amazing book!! I wish that all of the leaders of the world, not just the USA, would read this!! I think this book, would change our world...
It took me 4 or 5 chapters to get into this novel. Well worth the effort. To quote the publisher "Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense"
Ayn Rand does an exquisite job of conveying her objectivist philosophy in a wonderfully entertaining novel. A must read for anyone with a mind!
The quality of writing and the incredible account of a world where mind is absent is unique. This is the best book ever!
The reader does an incredible job from distinguishing different characters and their individual voices to the point that before they are identified you know who is speaking. This is a longer version but the quality of reading is superb. I recommend this version.
This is very long listen, but one that is well worth it. It makes you think about life and has wonderful descriptions of the characters and a time when the country was so young. I am very excited about reading more from Ayn Rand.
Every School age child should read this book prior to entering the real world. What a wonderful message to take with you as you explore out on your own. I loved the narrator - he fit every part.
This book would have been really good at half the length. The characters are all one-dimensional and her philosophy is not exactly brought across in a subtle manner, she hits you over the head with it for over 50 hours including a 3 hour speech that should have taken 5 minutes.
The "bad guys" were all voiced with the same wimpy voice while all the "good guys" were voiced with the same manly strong voice.
I'm trying to read books with intelligence, even if I expect to disagree with them. That being said, about 25% of the way through Rand's "atlas shrugged" any time I hear the words "it's not right" I expect to hear some stupid stupid S@#.
one small example (of which all the others are just this stupid) - somehow I'm expected to believe that during an oil shortage, oil producers would go out of business because of competition, and people would demand that the big producer have his output capped, (during said shortage) because its not fair to the little guy? And already understanding how this book progresses, I'm sure they do cap the big guys production, with no mention of even the premise that made them think it was a good idea except everyone deserves and equal chance? Can't read this crap anymore.
it's supposed to be a philisophical book, but what's the point of basing a philosophy on an illogical plot line? I get the illogic of Vonnegut et. Al. Because say a main character walking on stilts for several years is not THE plot line, its an aid to it, to make you think from a different prospective. Now as of so far Rand's plot line is not BASED on things that could ever happen in the real world, her plot line IS things that could never happen in the real world, with no explanations of how or why....which amazes me given that the book is over 1000 pages long.