Say something about yourself!
What a great story! I had a uncle who was reading the book and raved about it, then friends at work were talking about the Movies and I decided to get it through audible. I did some research an Amazon and found that it was written in the late 40's and early 50's and was published in 1957. The similarities between the society in the book and today are astounding. I wish I had read the reviews about the narration before I purchased this version, But I liked all of Scott Bricks other work, but it sounds like a Dune Novel. The narration bothered me from the start, but I became used to it by part 2 and then is was all about a driving story and a great mystery, not the who done it, but what is going on and were will it all lead. This may be the best book I have listened to, I can't believe I never came across it before now. Try this book, I really doubt you will regret it.
Scott Brick is an outstanding narrator!
Ayn Rand's story is excellent, and her characters are engrossing. Her philosophy is in line with mine, but I'm much less radical.
However, Ayn Rand is l o n g w i n d e d !!! Holy cow! The 3 + hour dialog by the main character in the next-to-last chapter is a killer! When Rand makes a point, then goes on and on explaining it in a different light, you just want to scream: "I've got it! Move on!"
I really wonder if she was getting paid by the word? How did this get past an editor?
Once is not enough. I will re-read this at some point to enjoy the rich characters, the suspense, and Rand's take on the dangers of 20th century secular intellectualism. It refreshes my soul to hear someone go after nonsense political rhetoric.
Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell is a great preparatory non-fiction book. I read right before this one, and it helped me understand the long discourses better.
Reardon's final moments with the "wet nurse" and subsequent rescue from his burning factory. As painful as that scene was, it released him from his angst and helped him reconcile with the friend he thought he could never forgive.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
Great book and relevant to our times. At times it drags a bit but overall it's a story i think all should read.
This is a must listen/read book. It's amazing how accurate Ayn Rand was in her writing of the demise of the United States. It is truly amazing how accurate she was in seeing what direction mankind was going when she wrote her book. Yes the book is an over simplification of what is going on today, but she was very spot on about how badly the entitlement mentality would get. Also we are beginning to see today what see wrote about how government would begin a steady eroding of peoples rights and freedoms. That being said, I think she was also very naive about the motivations of big business too. Though the one thing she did get right is their strong desire to make money, I just don't think that they have the pure motives she portrays.
So I give this one 2 thumbs and 2 big toes up rating.
Never read it
Fransisco Danconian, it's who I would most strive to be like and see myself closely related to
Brings the passion out
This book changed my life. It makes me want to strive to better myself. It reassures me of some of my beliefs and puts my thoughts into better words.
Interesting book; makes you look at things a little differently. I feel like the anti-Rand characters in this book were so ridiculously left-wing that they were completely unbelievable, especially at the beginning of the book. I remember feeling angry that the left were portrayed as such blubbering buffoons. It became more believable toward the end of the painfully long book.
My beef with this book is Scott Brick. I'm sorry, Mr. Brick, but you make it hard to listen to this book. I feel like you're more concerned with the artistry and sound of your own voice, the tone and smoothness, than you are with the portrayal of the characters. It seemed often like incorrect words were given emphasis, words were given emphasis for no reason other than it sounded good and clean, and it made the story harder to receive. I'm currently listening to Cloud Atlas and recognized your voice and the same bleached, boring tone at the beginning of it. I'm hoping your part is short.
Francisco D'Anconia because he could keep a secret.
AcCENTing the right sylLABles.
It did sway my politics a good deal. I went from being a liberal to a left-libertarian (I was leaning this way naturally, but this book made it easier).
There is another narrator for this book (Christopher Hurt, I believe). I'd recommend listening to that version.
first and most important by far.
The Bible in its importance, Human Action in its economic depth, and The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in its wisdom.
the emotional depth of some scenes.
Yes, changed my out look on life.
Read it and you will know.
This book expressed in ways that I cannot the simple meaning of a worker and his mind. I am an engineers engineer, and that is probably why I enjoyed the hunt for the engineer behind the power device so much. I wanted to meet him and understand.
Scott Brick chalks up another great performance. For me, his performance is transparent. In other words, I don't even notice he is narrating, it just allows the work to speak without me hearing his performance. That's just invaluable.
If you spend even 5 hours a week listening to audible content, you should seriously consider listening to this book. I think Rand's philosophy is well illustrated whether you agree or disagree.