Rand can get into a "use all of the worlds massive words in one sentence" mode every so often, so if you zone out while driving you have no chance of filling in the gaps. Lots of rewinding.
For those trying to learn the nitty gritty of Rand's philosophy. Definitely do not recommend it as a first Ayn Rand book, you should read this only if curious about the specifics of her philosophy.
The second to last chapter and the last chapters are amazing and I will definitely reference them in the future.
after several replays, and that's not easy on an ipod, i made the decision that this is not a book to listen to. the concepts are such that you need to stop and ponder what you just read. so, i bought the book in print. and it's a good thing. i can read only a few pages before i have to stop and discuss what i just read with my husband and compare it to current events and discuss accuracy.
there is no character or character development other than for comparison.
this book is not movie material. it's more economics and philosophy class material.
don't give up on this title if you find you can't listen to it. get a print version. you'll be glad you did.
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Ayn Rand makes excellent, well-researched points early on. Then, just won't let go. The constant restating of her points begins to wear thin. I stuck through, but it was work.
Not right away. I probably should have read "Atlas Shrugged" first. I'm not eager to try it now.
None sticks out.
Isn't going to come too soon from Ms. Rand, I expect.
If you are already a die-hard capitalist, this book will reaffirm everything you already know and believe. I'm not sure that Ayn Rand's zealotry stands the test of time. Some of her theories, especially about companies' naturally seeking to do the right thing, simply do not hold true, especially in the food and drug industry category.
I would recommend it. Ayn Rand is currently an influential author. However, her reasoning is frequently weak. There is, however, one insight that comes early in the book that is important and deserving of more attention than it is receiving. Rand reminds us that an economic order without a moral and ethical foundation is bound to fail.
The book is about how capitalism is the best system for humanity and leise-faire capitalism (totally free market economy without any government intervention) is the best for the humanity. The author is wrong in some points. Economically it is proven that markets are not always efficient and free markets do not always output the optimum for the society. (you can read some game theory and strategy books about it) Actually, the author does not care about society a lot. She says, individualism is the most beneficial idea, and if everybody behaves selfishly, it will also be the best for the humanity, which is not.
John Nash actually proved this in 1950s but Ayn Rand did not appear to accept this phenomenon. Although I agree in many points in the book how capitalism is the most free system, it does not mean that it is the best system for the society. Capitalism still cannot solve the ever increasing income gap between the poor and the rich. This gap continuously widens.
If you like to hear how you can consume and comsume some more without consequence then Rand is for you. There is, however, nothing revolutionary about this book.