If you're going to read anything by Ayn Rand, this is it. She depicts a very clear perspective on how she feels socialistic societies are run and the good and destruction that comes from it (mostly destruction). I loved the different characters and what they represented. It was like a more translatable (for this century) Wizard Of Oz.
The only negative thing I have to say about the story is that it seemed to drill too much into the head of the reader exactly the best way for a society to run. Could have been shortened a lot in the middle and still gotten the same point across.
In comparison to other books, it is hard to say. I have listened to other long books...not quite as long but The Count of Monte Cristo is close. I enjoyed the story line but there were long episodes of preaching by different characters at times that just got to be too much and I would have to put it down and listen to another book for awhile.
I don't want to put spoilers in here. I hate when people do that. It is very difficult to pinpoint one particular part in such a long book. The moment when Reardon attempted to give his wife a bracelet made with the steal he invented is one that comes to mind. Dagny's adventure to the valley is another. There are actually a lot but again I don't want to give anything away.
Reardon and Dagny on the train when the open the John Galt Line for the first time.
No extreme reactions.
I am glad that I finally finished this book after two years. It was certainly interesting and it is amazing how applicable it is to our country today.
Does anyone else feel like we are living Atlas Shrugged right now! This is a highly relevant and applicable book to what we our seeing as a nation today. The rhetoric used by those who support the forced redistribution from those who produce to those who don't is almost verbatum today to how Ayn Rand invisioned it would happen over 60 years ago. I'm on my 4th "listen" in the last 2 years...yes...all roughly 64 hours of it!
Having managed not to read this book in print previously, I came to it with fewer preconceived personalities and voices so I found the actor to be fantastic. I'm sure it would be tough to listen to someone else's interpretation of the characters if one were already very taken with the book and its characters. I thought the interpretation to be great.
I think that the best part of this story is that it REALLY makes you think. Even if you don't agree with everything that Rand puts forward, I find it hard to imagine someone who can't take something from this book. I think its likely something that we should all read at various points in our lives. I also love how she manages to mix her objectivist philosophy with a very engaging novel.
Such an amazing book, I can't believe I've taken so long to read/listen to it.
Avid reader and listener. Love the classics, and epic tales.
I listen to this book every year, and sometimes twice a year. I have since I first purchased it on cassette tape over 15 years ago. This is a story which helps me to cut through the laziness in my mind to the motivation which lies in my heart.
The way it makes me feel invincible. Like I felt when I was 20. The feeling that nothing is beyond my grasp.
Franciscos speech on the nature of money.
The triumph of man.
I thought the story of Dagny Taggart and her railroad was intriguing and once again Scot Brick lent his considerable talent to telling this long and intricate tale, of our human condition of both strength and weakness, with amazing clarity and characterization.
Ayn Rand's ability to perceive our human flaws and failings in allowing ourselves to be led, often by the nose, to the precipice of utter destruction by those who would represent themselves as capable and creative leaders, is insightful and extraordinary. Atlas Shrugged portrays all this and more in a most creative setting- first of power, accomplishment, hard work and success and then slowly we watch as the world slides helplessly to the edge of implosion and ruin- all due to our intrinsic ability to turn the reins over to those we think, naively and carelessly, can take better care of us. This is Rand's genius, although rather long-winded and pontificating at times, in showing us where the path of ignorance and passivity will lead us. An excellent, eye-opening book that all of Congress and every high school English student should read!
I think when the last train broke down- in the middle of nowhere.... no one to call, no way to get help, no solutions were even available... it was desolate and utter abandonment of all that was powerful, successful and safe and the realization that we had done this to ourselves. Only a few of the characters were aware enough to figure this out and began immediately to figure out how to fix it- the rest- like cattle, left the train to board horse-drawn wagons- much as they would have 300 years earlier!
I enjoyed Frank Reardon's portrayal, although I think Brick did an excellent job with all of them.
Dagney Taggart- I'd love to meet her!
This book was written for far more than just entertaining.... it is a warning of where we are headed if we allow incompetents to lead us. It is a dangerous path to be attracted to just shiny objects without substance.
I'm Jason Davis, and I write stories of horror and sci/fi. My latest novel was Caught in the Web
Someone who has an agenda, that doesn't care about good fiction, but only that it speaks to their ideals.
Have believable characters.
Anger at how much time I wasted on reading it and how terrible the characters were.
Not only does this book serve as a haunting reminder that our current problems were a predictable result of the choices of those in power long ago, and those too cowardly or too evil to change the course right now, it also gives the simple answer to all our current problems. A way that each person of value will WANT to live, and the one that will also yield the best possible result for each and every person of value.
You will not like this book if you are a bleeding-heart, or a leader or devout follower of any of the major western religions as it shuns the concepts of living for others and human sacrifice.
This is not the best introduction to Rand or her philosophies. I would start with "Anthem" as it is short, sweet, and to the point. If you like that one, this book and Fountainhead should be on your short list of books to order.
I would lop off about 1000 page or 50 hours off the audio version. 64 hours is a looooong investment for so little payoff.
The basic outline and premise of the story is interesting. The characters are interesting although some are almost caricatures. The least interesting are the long speeches that become too preachy and repetitive. Who is John Galt indeed.
I like the early descriptions of the factories and the cities.
I am sure it has been made already. I would never sit through it though since I spent 64 hours listening to the book.
In this case I could not finish the book. I got aboujt half way through and had to quit listening. Could not finish. The story was Ok and the plot OK . The on and on and on, with explinations, over and over and over again - was nerve wracking. To wordy. To much repition. Beacme a chore to listen to. It grated on my nerves so mutch - i deleted it from my que. Let Me Say I watched the movie and it was wonderful. The audio book is a waste of time (and money).
I think an abbridged version might be better, Unsure !!