I read this in the early 80's and was blown away with Rand's insight into those who don't understand anything about a free market economy. Carter was proving to be a disaster and the whole re-definition of Government, manhood, character etc was not being challenged by many in the media or public discussions (Bill Buckley and Bill Simon were lights in the darkness then). I disagree with her values of selfishness, but the novel as a whole was insightful and, having re-read it this year, continues to prove prophetic!
So I’m embarrassed to say I’m new to the world of Ayn Rand, but there it is. I’m thankful I found her, and thankful for audible for having some of her library available for download. I was surprised when my Mother-in-law informed me that Ayn Rand use to be required reading when she was in high school; my how times have changed. The book itself has so many parallels to what we are experiencing in this country today, it’s scary. I’m trying to understand what she saw happening in this county back in the 50’s to write such a book. The narration is excellent, the theme timeless, and the lessons being thought are priceless. The book is long, but don’t be scared away by this. The time spent, is well worth it. The engine of this great republic is slowly coming to a halt; read this book to find out why.
“Who is John Galt”
I never read the same book twice. Life is too short and books too many. The only exceptions have been Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged". The first is almost a prequel to the second, but not mandatory.
The story of "Atlas Shrugged" is wonderful. The philosophy supporting it, brilliant. Much like another of her books, "The Virtue of Selfishness", a quality which is mostly preached as being negative if not evil. But why, exactly, do the poor feel entitled to demand from the rich? What would happen if the bosses went on strike? Who is John Galt?
Yes, I loved every minute of it. And Scott Brick's narration was excellent, throughout a very long book. I am grateful for Audiobooks of this quality, which enrich my life.
its my second favorite book of all time, and as far as audio version goes, definitely in my top five.
i wouldnt want to spoil it for new listeners. i do have my very own rearden metal bracelet though...
scott brick is an excellent narrator, but i find him to be rather slow sometimes, so i love the function on the audible app that allows you to speed up the narrator. i usually listen at 1.5 times normal speed, so it doesnt go slow like ben stein...bueller? bueller?
if the weight of the world was on your shoulders, wouldnt you shrug?
this is a fantastic novel full of epic idealized characters. these are archetypes of heroic figures we should strive to be like. the philosophy embedded in the novel is something that desperately needs to be examined and put into practice for the real world. there are real world current issues that mirror a book a russian immigrant wrote over fifty years ago. it was prophetic then and coming true now. its an excellent novel at face value, but the deeper meaning is intriguing as well.
great book. it well make you real think about what going on today even it a story you well see alot of these event happen today and wonder
there are a few speeches in this book that are even good you you might want to take time to listen to again they well make you think...alot
Scott Brick just doesn't do it for me with this performance. Too over the top.
Edward Herrmann does a much better job in the Abridged version. I would kill for an unabridged version of his performance.
I have read Atlas Shrugged twice and listened to it once. Ayn Rand's protest against communism is communicated in such a way that can only be an enormous eye openner for an 'outsider'. Before you attack this huge book, I suggest reading "We the living " and "The Fountainhead "
A is A - when you have to remember your priorities in life, this is an extemist appoach that merits consideration. The text and language may be long winded and dated ( remember it was written in 1957 by an author from the Soviet Union ) but the values and morals expressed should never be forgotten.
FABULOUS performance. For such a lengthy and sometimes long winded book, Scott Brick communicates the complex emotions to perfection. The snivelling bureaucrat, the whining employee, the undeserving and pretentious wife ... he conveys all themes with skill.
the best performances by the reader were the scenes of confrontation between the industrialists and their "mooching" families and so called friends - such as the 11th anniversay party scene.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and will listen to it again .
I looked forward to relaxing at the end of the day, focusing on the story, characters, and the reader's voice made the connection with each character...a strong delivery.
Dagny, of course, since I am a woman. Her will, her ethics, her value system spoke strongly to my convictions and all I could do is admire her strengths. I love Hank. He is sexy in his own right. I admired men of integrity and conviction. He does not wavier.
This is my first. He does a great job in delivery. Very pleasant to listen to.
Francisco. His delivery of his message on money. Hank, the court room scene.
Seeing part one and two/dvd, bringing the novel to life, I often wonder why this novel took so long to be revealed. Cannot wait for part three.
There has never been a book written more important, interesting and timeless than Atlas Shrugged. I had read it years ago in the 7th or 8th grade. I remember thinking it was so far fetched that I viewed it as I would a sci-fi novel. When I read it this time, I see it as a wake up call to all Americans, all Humans. If you have not read it, or it has been 20+ years (like for myself) i can not over emphasize the importance of the reading. Ayn Rand has become my favorite author, and I am reading all of her works now. Read this novel, and while doing so see if her words hold the frightening familiarity of what you are hearing, seeing, being told, taught and watching all around you,
Yes, I may listen to it again because I enjoyed it so much!
What foresight she had!
Everyone should listen to or read this book!