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 !!
Tech-wiz, Essentialist, Bulletproof, Yogi, Humanist.
The quality of writing and the incredible account of a world where mind is absent is utterly unique. The amazing way how philosophy is woven into the story as it unfolds blows away any other novel. After reading this book you will clearly see and identify Parasite behaviours and a Producer behaviours - enabling you to fully take responsibility for your life, produce and create value in the world.
Francisco's speech, Rearden's court room scene, "This is John Galt Speaking" - so many great moments.
Scott Brick does an incredible job from distinguishing different characters and their own individual voices; to the point that before they are identified in the scene, you know who is speaking.
I listen to audio books to help me fall asleep. This one was so boring it didn't even put me to sleep.
No, I still love American fiction, but I will never buy another Ayn Rand book.
Yes. Scott Brick has a pleasant voice, but the material he was reading was worthless.
No. I was looking forward to the philosophy. But the material was so dry and boring I could not listen to it long enough to hear the real themes.
Long, Worth It
Dagney, I enjoy strong female leads, her wit & attitude made me smile on more than one occasion
There was a smooth transition between the characters & he portrayed their emotions & attitudes well.
This is a very very very long book...that being said, it was worth it. It was a little rough starting out, but after the first 60 minutes you are hooked for the whole thing. I just watched the movie and was very disappointed in everything they chose to leave out. It's like a summary of the cliffs notes.
rage against the machine
The individuals ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.
John Gault w/out question!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Scott knocked this out of the park as usual.
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.