I'm a big Ayn Rand fan. Anthem is one of my favorites. This is not a long story but has so much about our culture written in it. The truly amazing thing is many of the things she writes about did not exist at the time it was written, but many of the technology, governmental, and societal concepts and ideas are true today. Just another one of Ayn Rands "Wake Up Call" books.
I thought Atlas Shrugged was the best "Russian" novel written in English. Ayn Rand wrote it following the form of The Brothers Karamazov and while she is nowhere close to Dostoyevsky in skill, the novel was still worthy. (I did think it flagged after "the speech" section about 80% toward the end.)
And I enjoyed The Fountainhead, though its philosophy was troubling in certain respects.
But this book was a great disappointment. The only merit might be that it was the kind of fairy tale that might be interesting listening for a ten year old. And the narrator was so "over the top" in style that it took away from the experience, at least for me.
Bureaucrat or bungling idiot? "We" or "I"? I was rooting for our hero in his quest for happiness...foiled at many turns. Only an idiot would miss the individualist theme of this book.
Absolutely. The voice acting and music are top notch, and really add to the power of this work.
I loved Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. This one was a real yawner for me, however. I'm sure in its time it was relevant and new. It is a bit dated these days.
Disliked the rise in the tune of his sentences as they progressed.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
Just finished reading this interesting novel....I think it may be shorter than some chapters in the last Rand Book I read...Atlas Shrugged...a little tedious until you get used to call sign type numeric names. I chilling tale warning about collectivism and the demonization of technology.
The narration was OK. A bit flat, which did not help with the tedious, repetitive, sophomoric prose. If you're a budding narcissist with delusions of grandeur, then I do not doubt that Anthem will be a stimulating credo. If Anthem is an exposition of Ayn Rand's "objectivist" philosophy, where is the philosophy? This is not a literary expression of philosophical principles. This book exhibits nothing approaching modern or classical philosophy.
It is a tedious story about elevating egoism and selfishness as the most important life guiding principles.
At least Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead had some interesting characters and some interesting plot.