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.
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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.
I was unsure what this book was about when I began reading it. I had heard it mentioned in the past and always thought it might be good to understand what people were talking about.
I was shocked to see concepts within the book that I had long left behind because so many people had told me that my ideas were wrong. For me the idea that there is no such thing as a selfless act was the most profound. As a child I remember thinking this while being taught that it was evil to be selfish. This book validated my beliefs and allowed me to see that I am not alone in this world. I always contended that selfishness is not the evil, but rather how we treat each other that can be evil. Once you realize the and understand the idea that everything and everyone holds a potential personal benefit, then the world becomes much clearer. To deny this simple truth, is to lie to yourself. I know it goes against what we were all taught but it is true. We all need to think, really think about what we believe and why we believe it. This book is all about unleashing the thinker in us all and it moves you to believe in what is.
I am not a head of industry or even a business owner. I have no great scheme to ride the backs of the people until they drop and then grind them under my heartless oppressive heal. I work every day doing the best I can. I fight the urge to let the apathy created by so many lazy people who are allowed to continue in their laziness due to other lazy cogs in the machine. My job is a mission, a personal one. Much like golf, I don't measure myself against others but against myself. I strive to think and live. This book is a breath of fresh air and it will inspire you if you will open your mind and challenge your beliefs.
I loved this book for many reasons, but I also think there are some tough spots. Spots that really require us to think. Contrast this book to "The Grapes of Wrath", how would Rand solve the problems that Steinbeck introduces. Neither really proposed a solution. But in the real world, the solution to Joad's problems came from what Rand called prime movers. Rand did not elevate only the leaders of industry, she simply elevated man. She pronounced that man was great and not weak. If man is to shine, to be a "prime mover" they must first believe in themselves, first and foremost.
Too often we teach our children conflicting beliefs. We teach that selfishness in to be uprooted and in the same breath, we tell them to believe in themselves to build their self esteem. These two views are conflicting. It is only by the use of objective thought that we can begin to truly understand the world, others, and ourselves.
I think the best honor I can give to this book it to say that I loved this book for ME and what it has helped ME to see and to become.