The narrator was easy to understand and engaging (despite some of the characters changing accents throughout the story!). Oh well - small complaint for a big book. Kept me awake on long drives and I didn't miss most of what was left out from the novel.
Overall I really enjoyed the book. The story is overwhelmingly pro capitalism with the idea objectivism should be the foundation that governs society. I tend to be more of a capitalist than not, and as a capitalist I did find myself buying into a lot of the ideas the author pushed, until I thought it through a bit. Objectivism suggests that human beings can only understand reality through our own sense of perception. The problem with that notion is that many studies have since been able to show us how easily we can be deceived by our own sense of perception. So the premise of objectivism (as the book suggests we should always check) is off, so anything that follows that premise, whether it sounds right or not, must be questioned.
The underlining feeling I got from the book is that it was written from the point of view of an elitist who doesn't want to be bothered with the struggles of society as long as it doesn't interfere with their own gain. It does a great job at portraying the many issues of socialism controlled by a corrupt bureaucratic system ruled by "looters" who are also out for their own personal gain, but swigging the pendulum to the opposite extreme presents its own problems that the book makes no effort to address. If every person lived by the values the characters in this book live by, then both capitalism and social have a shot at working. The problem is always with the greedy and corrupt on either side of the spectrum.
Ayn Rand was a prophet a visionary way before her time.
This book should be mandatory reading by all High School students.
The parallels to current social and political events is uncanny.
This book reads like a historical occurrences makes us think but what we're doing to our future. This book is for the 20 percenters of the world. They we'll follow this book 80% will not understand.
I have not read many novels as long as this. I got through this in 2 days because of how engaging it was though!
Great storyline, and great extreme example of socialism taking over the country. Capitalism fiction at its finest... Didn't really care the the last couple paragraphs for the ending though :/
After 4 times through the 52hr version, I may have gotten 10min into this version at most. The Dagny sounds like a derpy gullible spoiled child. Eddie sounds like he has anger management issues. James sounds decisive and calm. It hurts to listen to.
Dagny is supposed to be one of the strongest and most determined characters. Think of someone strong and stable minded in real life and then imagine that they speak with the tones of an angry pre-tween child. Clashes horribly right? Go with Christopher hurt. Some parts of the original version could use abridging I think, but this reading is not listenable after hearing tones that actually fit the roles.