This is an epic novel about a grand clash in a world where there are two kinds of people, the pedantic and the vapid. If you want to hear sixty hours of someone arguing in favor of the spherical world theory,this book is for you. I was weary after 6 hours, but I kept thinking something would happen, so I finished. Nothing did.
I am 2 hours into the audio book and I have tired of the slightly whining intonation being employed for the narrator's voice. I find the story interesting but the narrator voice to be distracting and out of context. I feel that the narrators voice is much too passive and feeble in tone instead of being more direct and matter of fact.
Several years ago, I read The Fountainhead & was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I found the story interesting, the characters intriguing, and the ideas worth contemplating. Atlas Shrugged, so I thought, was supposed to be even better, and I expected to enjoy it.
Unfortunately, I found the book tedious and mediocre. In so many ways, it's inferior to The Fountainhead. Rand really hits you over the head, repeatedly, with her ideology, too, so if you disagree with her position it might be especially difficult to stomach this book. It took an act of will for me to finish listening.
Something about the narration rather annoyed me, too, although I can't put my finger on what. Maybe it's because I sometimes couldn't tell if the prose really was as stilted, melodramatic, and banal as the reader made it sound, or if it was just his delivery.
All in all, you have to really WANT to "read" this book. I can't recommend it much for entertainment.
This may be the largest novel cover up ever!! This book is merely an 1100 page pamphlet to promote AYN RAND's philisophy of objectivism. If you are considering this book based on ALL those good reviews, please be aware that unless you agree with this her philosophical views, you will be highly disapointed. There is hardly any character development, and she force feeds you her philosophy OVER AND AVER AND OVER AND OVER again. The book ends with a 60 page rant, hammering the same views that were on the preceeding 1040 pages. And what world does this woman live in that EVERY one in the book is white, no matter where in the world they are. And oh yeah, all the so called heros in the book are blonde haired and blue eyed. COME ON. Seriously, I would burn this book if I actually had a copy. My only regret is that I didnt do a little more research on Ayn Rand before I purchased this piece of crap.
Atlas Shrugged ranks fairly high. Ms. Rand can get a little long winded at times.
This was a fascinating political novel that I have wanted to read for 25+ years. The premise is thoroughly original and it definitely makes one think.
I felt the ending was out of character for the rest of the book.
I've read this three times before listening to it this time. Still a great story that inspires me, but the voice narration of this version is not great. The most bothersome is Dagny's voice. She is a strong woman, but the narrator gives her a voice that sounds far too sultry and weak. Still would recommend.
This is a long book, very long with ideas repeating over and over again to make the point. Having said that, once you get into the book, the characters - although stereotypes - become your closest friends. There are many good lessons to be taken, but you will need to dig them out.
Do not start the book if you have little time to read. Start it when you take a long vacation and then you can enjoy a story of determination against all odds and see what love is from the standpoint of a woman. I am moving on to Fountainhead.
The premise is good: a world that begins punishing those who are successful while lauding those who do a lot of lip service about "helping" the poor by excusing their lack of performance and hard work (both the actual poor and those paying lip service), as circumstance of birth or because of their philosophy. Those who produce are penalized; those who talk a lot of philosophical good while producing nothing are rewarded for their politically-correct savvy -- and political connections who know which way the current of public opinion is blowing. (Yep, sounds familiar.)
While the premise IS good, the endless grand-standing and monologuing the same message (too far in the extreme opposite direction) gets old, very fast, going on and on and on and . . .
Instead of necessitating a download of this book in about a thousand parts, Ayn Rand could have gotten to the meat and had a much more effective book in at least a quarter of the material count. And don't get me started about Scott Brick' s narration.
Scott Brick is apparently a very, very popular narrator judging by his prolific narrative works. This in spite of the way he chews his words, drawing out n's and ng's sounds until I want to pull out my hair. His timber is wonderful and I suppose it is his great resonance quality that draws authors and producers to use him, but I have found myself shying away from titles with his narration, unless it's a book I REALLY want--or else I just sit down and read it myself.
*Sorry if I just ripped on your favorite narrator. It's nothing personal and you're obviously not alone while I seem to be in the minority. Just reviewing my personal opinion and mine alone.*
All in all, if you can skip past all the repetitive philosophising, the self-justified adultery (just divorce the old bat already!), and keep listening despite the extreme length of the work itself, you'll come out ahead. Just don't expect me to ever, EVER listen to this book again. Once was quite good enough, thank you.