"Outstanding book, outstandingly read."
Everyone should read this book. It is very well written and thought-provoking, and wonderfully brought to life by Scott Brick.
Ayn Rand is narcissistic, her idealogies give me permission to be the most selfish primal and greedy human being and I can be this way with impunity, Ayns world was much moore fun than my own I think.
I would have preferred a female with a russian ish accent to narrate!
Charming Avant Garde Piffle
"Surprisingly impressive book"
Scott Brick is a talented narrator with a fluent command of the different voices.
There are many characters in this book and Brick managed to make a different voice for every one of them.
It made me think.
There were holes in the plot and a lot of unanswerable questions. The Utopia which Rand describes is not workable. The Distopia she describes could not happen at that sort of pace in that way. However, later events -- typified in the collapse of Soviet society for example, or the rise of politicly correct language in Western countries -- which she could only predict at the time she wrote the novel, prove her to have been remarkably prescient and although her views seem extreme this book carries warnings we should heed.
"Atlas Shrugged with indifference"
Value for money? Yep it's 63 hours long. Entertaining? Not in any real sense.
Had Rand employed a judicious editor, introduced a sense of pace, or narrative thrust it might have been bearable. While I have no personal issue with didactic writing, labouring a point over interminable ages bears little fruit in terms of convincing or entertaining the reader.
Character performance is superb throughout and his delivery is a real strength.
Even God himself (deity of your choice) could not forge this into a film worthy of watching.
The book is notable not just for its length but also for containing the least appealing love affair in history.
"Golly what a marathon! !"
I am not sure I would have finished this book if I had not been listening to it. A lot of rant which did at times become tedious. But on the good side thought provoking and over all a good tale of how things could come to pass if philosophies are taken to extremes. Certainly a book of its time!!
"Industrialists turn the tables."
Very unlikely - simply because of its length.
Less self indulgent material about how wonderful the female protagonist is.
The inaugural train journey - it was breathtaking - very fast paced - and constantly interesting.
Only in America.
This book took Ayn Rand 10 years to write. She researched her subjects diligently and wrote clearly and often excitingly. She gives her characters very long speeches, these are set pieces that are designed to express her philosophy. This is a book of ideas, not a simple story. Her basic concept is that work is virtuous and that wealth is the inevitable reward. Her heroes are hard working industrialists with a hands on approach. She is also unflinching about the moral necessity of owning ones own motivation.
"What to make of Atlas Shrugged"
The train facing the tunnel and beyond.
No. This is a tome concerning the rights of Capitalism but the principles expressed simply don't work. Very interesting read though.
Ayn Rand's diatribe, for that's what it essentially is, creates a world where 'capital' fights it's cause. The key premise is that those accruing vast capital do so by their own efforts solely and therefore have no responsibility to their society. This is an inane argument as we all must accept that there is no such person as 'the self made man' and it only the notional power of money that could conclude otherwise. This is novel that tells us that power (in this case wealth) never tells the truth or (more specifically) never admits it's wrong.
In a way this is much the same argument that many 19th century intellectuals and philosophers use to describe their thoughts and although not specifically related to capital you'll find similar arguments used by Adolf Hitler in his books of the 1920s leading to the 2nd World War.
Ayn offers no ideas and merely suggest a future of economic hegemony and of a withdrawn capital owning class and fails completely to understand that such a withdrawn culture makes capital ownership actually worthless.
There's a strong sexual component too and one (certainly me) can't help feeling that her mass argument amounts to nothing more than sexual longings of her own. Herself a very plain and rather unattractive woman it's quite hard not to see her female characters as possessed of a beauty and sexuality she may have lacked. While I may hear feminists bounding up to her defence I very much doubt that I'll hear many similarly bounding toward her ideas - as expressed in Atlas Shrugged.
Basically the central premise of this novel is just plain silly. It has truths (in my opinion), it most certainly isn't worthless. For me it just astounds - however, I have a longer view and my own arguments with capital are 70 years more knowing and probably a great deal more damning than this trite piece of 1950s kitsch. A good read overall.
This book should be required reading for anyone with anything to do with government in any way.
Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism is a honed blade to be held at the throat of society's demand for privileges. In Britain today, her message of 'stand on your own merits without leeching on others' is particularly relevant. Nothing is a privilege that you are owed. What you want must be worked for with your own sweat. No handouts. True respect is a reflection of your actual worth - to fellow humans, to business, to the economy. Using others' worth to create your own is immoral. The requirement of being your brother's keeper is obscene. Pity for a fellow human is a horrid emotion, without honour for both.
Ayn Rand's writing is superb, the clarity of her philosophy is a beacon in the dark.
The characters are superbly crafted. My only raised eyebrow is that Ayn Rand seems to have a disquieting take on violence in sex. The characters seem okay with it but it's a bit odd. It's a theme in The Fountainhead as well.
"A Worthwhile Marathon"
This book is vast in its coverage, if you have the patience and persistance you will be greatly rewarded, because of its size and length, its a difficult book to finish, many havnt, in audible form its just alittle easier. If you do finish it, I suspect you will be one of the few.
Francisco d'Anconia, clearly a complex and highly intelligent character
Yes, somehow adds to the drama
Time to rethink your morals.
The book made me think much more deeply about life and happiness. ITs OK to be selfish, but not morally corrupt.
I enjoyed the story but it could have been a lot shorter. Often hours went by with little happening e.g. 3 hours on the whole of a speech when really only edited highlights were necessary for the story itself
Hank Reardon is an easy to understand character who doesn't mince his words