It is obvious why capitalist recommend this book and the author.
It's scary how often you are forced to draw parallels between what is happening today and what is being described in the book, even though the book was written many years ago.
The key characters are well developed and the story compelling, if a little dramatic and perhaps far fetched. It is successful in making you question whether it is in fact so far fetched!
I was put off by the diatribe delivered by John Galt. I didn't think it was necessary to re-state everything that the book had so masterfully built up to and I found myself tuning out.
I'm surprised that this hasn't been made into a movie before this and am anxious to see how the movie version handles the John Galt speech. If it remains accurate to the book it will be a yawner!
Some books are great in audio format and some aren't. I would have rather read this one, as there is a LOT of repetition and it is easier to skim through printed material than audio. Ayn Rand wants to make a political / economic point, and boy, does she! Over and over again, through the long winded rants of several characters. At one point, John Galt makes a 3 hour speech! Three hours!! I kept skipping ahead to find him still going on. We get it already! Socialism is bad. Capitalism is good.
Seriously, though, the story is good and it is an interesting read, especially today in the world of government bailouts and cap and trade promoters. However, if there is an abridged version, I would recommend that.
The performance improves as the book goes on. Several of the characters, especially the women, sound too much like Hal of 2001 A Space Odyssey. But, by the time I got to the last quarter of the novel, I found that was not bothering me any more.
This was one of those books that I knew that I really needed to read at some point in my life but every time I went to start the shear size made me cringe. Listening to it was a happy alternative. I was pleased with the narration, which was steady and did a great job portraying each character especially Dagny Taggart, the protagonist of the story. I am glad that I finally read this story, now I know "who is John Galt?" A question I have seen on bumper stickers for years!
Emotion and everything!!!
Dagne Taggard for being a true no nonsense human being.
Going to have a hard time topping this book. What to listen to next???
At 63 hours, this is not for those who will not persevere to the end. Those who do will have enjoyed one of the true classic novels of our time. Our current world economic conditions make the book particularly relevant. There are many places where unbelievably long passages are encountered but I do recommend trying to get through them rather than jumping ahead. I do encourage all to read and to read it often to recapture your belief in yourself and what you can do.
Excellent and scary in light of our current economic situation. This is a must read for every American!
I know that a lot of people love this book, but I have to disagree. There is so much required for you to actually get the story.
The author takes no time in establishing that the general population is very unintelligent and follow like sheep. She then proceeds to treat the reader as if he/she were part of that general population.
It is impossible to disagree with most of the view points of the author, so I got tired of the repetitive sermon after the first couple hours of the novel.
A good example, is the speech that one of the main characters gives to the world near the end of the book. The speech is supposed to be geared towards people in the book, but instead I had to listen to the bable for over two hours. I don't need the speech, I am not one of the sheep. Summing it up by telling the reader that the speech happened would have been quite enough.
Even though this book was written in the 50s, it still rings true today. Every day I would read the paper or listen to the news and think about something I had read in this book. I'm so glad my daughter told me about this book.
I know I'm not the only one who found some of the diatribes is this tome (what do you call an exhaustive audio recording anyway?) lengthy - and for me at times hilariously so. You give me too much time and I'm gonna start back talking to your overly self indulgent characters. Which I did at least once per section of this reading. First I just mocked them. But then I begged to the great unknown for an Editor to step in. I knew I had hit rock bottom when I'd stand there (I listen while I make stuff) repeating "blah blah blah blah......you said that, like FIVE MINUTES ago!".
Yet I did finish the thing didn't I. With nary a fast forward and I even resisted upping the playback rate to 1.5. So there must have been >something< to it. I don't know if I think Ms. Rand was prescient as much as I believe she was bouncing around the international socio-political experiments swirling around the latter nineteen fifties.
That said, her influence on the thinkers who ended up my professors is unmistakable. To be sure, if I had heard one more speech about men men men men men men.... I would have broken into a ceaseless Monty Python number, lol.
A philosophical novel was a very different listen for me. And I enjoyed it. I was amazed that a book written in '57 could be so timeless. I don't have anything bad to say of Scott Brick narration (but I did keep waiting to hear”Coryism".)
I find it frightening that I know these characters. I work with some of them. I see others just gaming the system. I see others just yelling for the better off to give till they can’t. Scary if it gets as far as it did in Atlas Shrugged. It was nice to see the upper-class divided between “those who make it happen” and the “greedy power hungry so called activists” who simply take from others using ultimately self-serving rationalization.
Was it repetitive? No. Did the characters repeat themselves? Yes. We all know the more you say it the truer it is. Did some of the rhetoric become basic? Yes, but the public needs to be lead (books premise not mine). Was there any part which could have been shorter? Yes, but it is what it is, and you are not the first to notice it. Does it make you think and question? Yes and that is why it was so good.