I would recommend this audiobook to a friend with a clear warning that it's a long one, and it takes a while for the story to really get going. If you have some patience, it will be worth it.
This book was perfect for my 30- to 40-minute commute to student teaching and back. It was captivating (at least the second half was), but not so much so that I felt the need to sit in the parking lot for more than a minute or two after reaching my destination.
Warning: Reading this book just might make you rethink your world view. It might make you want to become a more responsible and hard-working person.
No - it was 63 hrs! I am happy I finished it once!
The narrator was fabulous. And the book is a classic - something I would have never had the patience to actually sit and read, but I got hooked on it (for nearly 3 mths) during my commute.
Who else, Who is John Galt?
It is worth the investment in time.
This is one of those books that can change a persons perspective on the world of capitalism vs. socialism. I felt like I was part of the world that was being presented. I was enlightened, surprised, upset and calmed all at the same time. Great fun!!
Who is John Gault. He was the hero and the villain in the same sentence.
Great audio version. It is over 60 hours long and the performance was oustanding.
The characters must be more real. Good fiction makes you feel close to the heroes. You care for them. They become friends. Rand's characters are so unrealsitic and behave so erratically that at all times I am fully aware that this is,..., fiction. And it is far too long. I had to force myself to read it.
This was OK.
Some love scenes are so unrealistic. The heroine jumps in bed when you list expects it, in one case with practically a stranger. And she seems to be desperately in love with A whom suddenly she drops in favor of B, and then ....in favor of C. But the transition is totally unnatural.
There is a strong political underlying feature, but it is not at all convincing
There is much food for thought in this classic. The hero's ideas are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago when the book was new and very controversial. It combines intellectual and monetary goals with individualism, bordering on greed and selfishness. The story is excellent but the writing style is heavy-handed. This book is romantic and fantastic.
One of the most compelling books I have listened to.
Who is John Galt?
Galt's airwaves speech.
Yes, it tells you a story you never heard before and it will help you understand the forces that move the world.
I read the Audible reviews prior to buying the book, and decided that this narrator was worth the try since the cost was half of the other choice. I was not disappointed! I loved the book, not because I agree with all that is in it, but because it makes me think. I am a serious Christian, and this book is written from an athestic view point. What is interesting is the chief premise, among so many, is that we must live by what is, or A = A, or what is, is. I have had my last several months captivated by analyzing this book's many ideas against A = A, when in fact A starts with "there is a God, who is Creator, who is the center of all things." Then one can take the ideas and determine if they really hold up to the real A that is.
The story brings out so many ideas that to list them is daunting, but if you want to have "story" provide you a place for working on, chewing on, thinking about ideas -- and especially those ideas that confront our economy, or governing ideas, and our postmodern age of "there is no absolute truth", then you will most likely enjoy this book. That the author lived through the early days of Soviet and communist rule gives a great deal of credance to her portrayal of the realities of what happens when Marxist ideas are implemented.
The narration was fantastic, in my opionion, contrary to what some have said. If you want to save money and wonder if you should take a chance on this version, I recommended it whole-heartedly. Some have said that Dagne, as the Operating Vice President of the railroad, is too breathy, but I felt the voice used by the narrator projected a very controlled power - an undercurrent of constantly sheathed strength.
Topics of discussion of particular interest and that are unusally well thought out were the unity of mind and body, the role of money, the necessity of the motive power of thinkers in the world, and the excellence of excellence. By definition, an atheist writing about A = A will leave out the most foundational A of all, that is God, thereby producing contradictions of a foundational, critical, and very serious nature. But even these contradictions are well worth THINKING on. THINKING, afterall, is the chief purpose of the book.
It was read to me.
The story is a fantastic thought provoking insight into the ideas that founded the USA from the author's perspective. What could the possible outcome be if we stray from our founding and allow monolithic government to overtake our principles and values.
Dagny Taggert. Smart, principled woman.