Yes, this book is on my mind when I am not in a place to listen to it. The topics are are so 2012...2013?! that it is amazing that it is written so long ago! My mother was not even born yet. So, read away!!! (listen away!). Something for everyone.
The two main characters and their dedication to their dreams and passions!
Wow, when (spoiler) Dagney and Taggert got together (finally!)
yes!, but you do need thinking room built in because it has so much depth!
Generations have thought the world of this story. But come on, just how much can you berate the system?
Had a more demanding editor! That conrtolled her ramblings.
Brick is the best. He has never failed to present a story in the best possible way. If he performs, I listen.
How about 75% f the book?
Just try and get a credit!
A plot that actually caught my attention as opposed to endless drivel. I didn't even make it through the first 8 hours before I asked to return this.
I don't know. It never caught my interest, I couldn't make myself feel anything for her rather one-dimensional characters, and after nearly 8 hours of listening it didn't seem like anything was happening.
He spoke well and clearly and I could find nothing objectionable in his accent.
Boredom and the wish that it would get interesting enough to make me want to listen to it as it is supposed to be such a classic.
Probably very good if you are suffering from insomnia.
I would, will and have been recommending this audio book to anyone who cares to listen. This is my favorite work by any human in my 32 years.I'm almost done a second time! 62 hours!
Scott Brick's narration is perfection. He's successfully captured the character and leaves no doubt in your mind as to the depth and breadth of how evil some of these characters are. The men that are resolute and powerful are read with a very deep, confident tone and cadence that reflects as such. The women that are scandalous and vicious, are read as such. Scott reads for the female characters in such a way that it allows you to immerse yourself in the book and you forget, completely that a man is narrating.
I despise Lillian Rearden. My skin crawls when I hear "her" speak and I cannot discern if it is because I know people like this and the character is spot on.. or if the people I know like that were brought to light by the way Brick represents her. I can't say enough about Ayn Rand, or Scott Brick. This book has had an immediate and powerful impact on my life that those around me have seen, and taken notice.
The detail of the writing allows for mental imagery that demolishes anything modern film can accomplish. Rand's ability to set the scene for what could be camera angles, and the environment is astounding. It has components from every type of work. Philosophy, Psychology, Business, Romance, Fiction, Action, Mystery, Science Fiction and it does every genre justice. Scott Brick's narration fills in the only possible hole that could be left by a reader incapable of assigning character traits to those the manifest in the mind.
I have not but absolutely will. He is a fantastic narrator, and shines the best light possible on a work of this magnitude.
When asking questions that cannot be answered, the answer may be those that seek the answer. " Who is John Galt?"
Might want to fix that typo in the preceding field. ") other than that.. Audible is a fantastic product and service that gives me my time back.
I would, but not because it's a good story. The book is worth reading for the warning story of the Bum's Speech alone, and Hank Reardon's testimony is also worthwhile, but one must have the full context to understand why those two speeches are worth listening to.
When Hank Reardon gave his testimony before the tribunal stating that he had no plea to enter because he hadn't violated any law. The entire book was worth it for that moment alone.
No, while one was able to get used to the performance after a while, the monotone, down-beat delivery of the performance left me wishing for a better narrator.
Ayn Rand's use of this book to convey her Objectivist philosophy suffers in two major areas:
First, she writes what is essentially a Self-Insert story where it's clear she's intending the Dagny Taggart character to be her proxy in-story, second is the obvious use of a Mary-sue level character in the form of John Galt. Self-insert stories need to be delicately handled, and Mary-sue characters never make good characters at all.
Second, Ayn Rand suffers from the core problem that most atheists suffer; allowing someone else to define God for them. There is no spiritual aspect to this book beyond the physical needs of the moment, resulting in no real driving goals being obvious to anyone, requiring the reader to intuit that there is supposed to be some great spiritual strength to John Galt's "Workers of the Mind" strike. A single charismatic opposition leader who understood the spiritual needs, as well as the temporal needs, of any human would have destroyed the "strike" without even knowing it was taking place.
This is ignoring entirely that Ayn Rand's so-called "perfect man" in John Galt is fairly two-dimensional and is fairly uninteresting.
Rand's logic used to present her ideals were superb.
Rand's ideas on capitalism, happiness, role of government and etc.
Too dramatic of a tone all the time made it weary after a while and took a long time to get used to it.
Self-Reliance Objectivism Philosophy
This is John Gault Speaking.
The preachy radio broadcast.
Too long, but didn't want to stop listening.
It is better than not reading the book, at all. Listening to the audio while reading along is best. There are points she makes that bare consideration. The pause button is important. This book is a feast to be slowly enjoyed and ruminated over.
Her use of descriptive titles for the 'Looters', the 'Destroyers', the 'Parasites' is especially good for youthful readers. She makes clear who the good guys and who the bad guys are. "The mind is the fundamental source of wealth." And her comment that 'individuals should pursue life enhancing values'.
Cautionary Tale to Modern Society
Someone very conservative who is fond of repetition may be fond of this book.
This story was annoying, the author beats you over the head over and over with the same themes and ideas.
Not my cup of tea, was very disappointed as it had so many high ratings.
Rand's individualist philosophy is one worth considering by today's American liberals and conservatives alike, particularly as our two dominant political parties compete to enlarge the federal government and extend its powers for their own purposes. Rand portrays an extreme scenario of the people handing over all responsibility to a government comprised of those whose only goal is to remain in power, even at the cost of the country self-destructing. As this fairly accurately describes our current political system, and the path we seem to be on, I would almost put this one on a required reading list for anyone of voting age in the US.
That said, Rand leaves no shadow of a doubt when articulating her philosophy via dozens of characters and their dialogs (and several epic monologs), to the point that I had most of the book on 1.5x and even 2x to just get through sections. "OK — I get it!" was a phrase I found myself almost uttering aloud at several points.
Scott Brick's performance was excellent, and I agree with another reviewer that his ability to read each character distinctly really helped me keep things straight.
For those who are on the fence regarding abridged/unabridged as I was, I'm glad I went with the full version, as the characters are complex and nuanced; I wonder if that might have been sacrificed in the culling of some content. You'd have to rely on the review of those who have read both, I suppose.