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.
I was blind.....
I love that this book was published in 1957 but it applies to today even more than in 1957. It is a very long book and I will read it again, and again. Because that its such a valuable story. If you think capitalism is evil, you must read. If you feel envy for the rich, if you feel that doctors should work because they love helping people, if you feel that we should be more equal...............READ this book.
U.S. Democracy 2016?
I find audio books to be the way to go for me. The down time can be put to good use anywhere.
An accurate picture
Dagney Taggart because she is a strong conservative.
It raised my patriotism to an even higher level. I have never ordered people to read a book before (I even begged a few).
Ayn Rand was brilliant. She learned the hard way and it shows.
I have been putting off reading this for more than two decades, ever since I first heard of it. I wish I hadn't. This put so much of what I've been thinking and feeling into perspective and words in ways that had eluded me. Ayn Rand's way of articulating complex thoughts through dialogue has broadened my own capabilities in rational argument and reasoning. Absorb the book in whatever way is available to you and, as you advance, check your premise.
Love all Ayn Rand books. Would never download this narrator again, all characters of worth sound like they're growling!
He only shows inflection or interest in characters you don't want to hear. All my favorite charcters are bland.
Very good book. I almost decided against listening to it because of its length but I am glad I did and now understand why this book is so popular. Interesting story, good character development and I even thought the reader, Scott Brick, did a nice job in bringing the story to life. First and foremost, the book is meant to be philosophical but Rand's points are clearly and entertainingly made within the fictional tale. Say what you will about how much you agree or disagree with her viewpoints, you can not argue the timeliness of its assertions and it's depictions of what faces us today. I found it to be almost eerie considering the book was written in 1957.
I first read this in high school at the recommendation of an english teacher who didn't really care for it, but thought I probably would. She was right. I reread it (or listen to it) now every few years. If you believe in the greatness of human achievement and of the human mind, and have not read this, you should. Give it a little time, it is a massive book, and starts rather slowly.
I have listened to a (non-audible) performance of this book by a different narrator, and this one is superior in my mind. I have not listened to the other available audible reading.
It is not physically possible to listen to this in one sitting.