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.
I chose this book because of the controversy surrounding it. I'm glad that I did. The story by Ayn Rand was well written, and the conclusions were interesting, but it was truly built on some glaringly false premises. A bit of a straw man. Still, I enjoyed it.
He's a fantastic reader.
Dagny. Sounds hot.
This cerebral piece of literature is at the top of my Recommend To Others list. I find the writing easy to lose oneself in, easy to follow, yet indefinitely complex, blended with incredible insight and nuance that can only come from someone knowledgeable and passionate about their writing.
This is a wonderful addition to an intelligent persons library, interested in expanding their understanding of the world. Don't buy if you're an idiot.
The paragraph from which the title comes. I won't spoil it for you, but it's when the full idea for the book comes full circle and you can continue with an even better concept of what is happening.
This was a great story with a complex plot. It is long (53 hours) but went quickly as I listen in my car. The narrator was very good and was able to keep my attention. Although the timing was set a few decades ago, I think the overall concepts are quite relevant today and applicable in any scale (global to local).
Without giving away any of the story, it develops well and builds upon itself dramatically. There are a lot of twists and turns throughout the story that keep you on the edge of your seat.
I did run into a minor snag as this was a very long audiobook. I do not sync frequently with my computer so I download multiple parts. It is very easy to lose your place as the titles on my Ipod Touch do not display enough characters to see what part is what. I had to keep a notecard with the times that each segment took as that was the only way to identify each ~8 hour segment and make sure I listen in the correct order. It would be nice if the narrator stated "Part 1 of 8" at the beginning and end of each segment.
I haven't read the print version.
I am not finished with the book but I find all of the characters excellent.
I think he captures the essence of what Ayn Rand's characters through his voice and pacing.
I don't know.
I am about 20 hours in and it is excellent.
yes, when I have another three months of my life to devote to it. Great story, fantastic themes, good characters, fun surprises / plot turns. Overall, loved the book even though at times I found myself wondering if it would ever be over
I can't believe how many different voices this guy could do. I was truly impressed. You really get the idea that each voice is its own personality. He is able to make each character their own.
I loved the themes even though at times they are over embellished. You have to believe in capitalism and libertarian ideas to get through this book otherwise you'll be vomiting after the first chapter.
great book I would recommend everybody read it once. Difficult to get through at times because its so long but after it ended I found myself missing the story. Maybe thats because I spent every day of my life with this book for almost two months.