Rand's philosophy, compiled by Peikoff seeks to explain reality as it is and does so from nothing. The logic is perfection. The form; well reasoned. She is able to cleanly establish the moral imperative to allow the individual optimal freedoms that they may be free to create advancements that guide man to their optimal flourishing. Basically, she is as right as it is possible to be given then knowledge that we have about reality. Additionally, the narration made it easy to follow and engaging even though material with this formal a structure is often drab. Peikoff's compilation makes the logical steps from "I am a being which thinks living in a knowable world" to the ramifications of this statement, that man's greatest purpose is his own flourishing. It was an excellent piece and I recommend this book for everyone, but especially those who cannot see why freedom and the free exchange of goods is necessary for a successful society.
I am an Ayn Rand and Leonard Peikoff fan. I could not make it past the first chapter or two of this audiobook. The concepts are broken down into such primitive elementals that attention flags. Do you really want to know how a child classifies a table? I suppose these elementary concepts are all put together again to establish the philosophy of Objectivism that we all know and love, but I just could not endure the punishment of listening to it all.
Good narrator, excellent content
There's some issues with Peikoff describing Rand. Remember that this isn't Rand's view of objectivism, despite being portrayed as such - this is Peikoff's view of Rand's view. It's probably the best account of Ayn Rand's opinions to date, but still not her own account.
Leave the first sentence of each chapter, cut the rest, and end up with the exact same information in under five minutes.
Perhaps the problem is Ran'd philosophy itself, which, depending on your take on modern physics and neurology, is either tautologically true and thus a waste of brain cells (
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
If you really, really, really care about this kind of stuff, you might try to get through it. The narration is perfect--it's read with the same kind of sneering superiority one would expect from Ayn herself.