frequently cited as the bible of conservative-think, this bleeding heart liberal was pleasantly surprised to find it a wonderful story, brilliantly written, and thoroughly enjoyed. It's politics are more libertarian than conservative, challenging assumptions not so much about whether there is a role for government, but where the lines are or should be drawn on that issue of 'spreading the wealth' between the economic benefits and revolution avoidance vs. compassion than can take it so far as to be self destructive. Despite an ending that I thought was far weaker than the book in general, its length, originally a turnoff, turned to be a delight, as it was one of those books that you just don't want to end.
The audio verson flows smoothly and speeds up the story significantly.
Dagne Taggart - she doesn't give up. She sees and understands the problems associated with the the utopian view espoused by her brother and others, and is still able to overcome many of the obstacles placed in her path.
"How to Go From Happiness to Misery in a Few Easy Steps"
This is a terrific book, one that I should have read many years ago, but didn't. It has many parallels to our world today and is a lesson for those who practice 'group-think'.
For anyone who has ever owned their own business and worked hard to succeed, this is for you. For anyone who has dared to love no matter the cost, this is for you, too!
I enjoyed the audio version of Atlas Shrugged more than the print because of the performance of Edward Herrmann. His inflection and intensity for some of the key monologues were amazing.
John Galt is my favorite character. He is the most essential vehicle for Ayn Rand's commentary on American society.
Who Was John Galt
Ayn Rand was able to incorporate drama, money, politics, sex, and intellect in one novel.
Hunger Games because it is about social and political suicide of a nation.
His voice animation of the characters
greatest fictional novel of all times about the disaster of socialism.
My hubby and I listened to this on a few short road trips. Very enjoyable. Book is very interesting and pertinent to our times. Definitely very thought-provoking. One problem - the volume fluctuates pretty badly - very loud sometimes then very soft - had to keep adjusting volume in the car, which gets a bit annoying after a while.
I've been meaning to read this huge book for quite some time but never thought I'd make it through it because it's so long. Well, the audio book version took no time at all to go through, (especially the abridged version), and I was riveted anyway. The story is quite compelling and it isn't slow. It's an almost Orwellian tale of what can happen when there is too much government intervention that can break down a free market economy, which runs at its best when left alone. If you already have significant liberal leanings, you likely will find this tale over the top. Otherwise, it's excellent and Edward Herrmann does a masterful job with the different personalities and accents.
This is a story as compelling in today's troubled times as it could be. A message of hope in a socialist society.
There was enough detail here, I did not feel like I was getting a Cliff Notes version.
Excellent narration. Kept me hanging on every word.
I would never have read this book, and a 63 hour version would have bored me to tears. There is enough here to really get the message by Ayn Rand!
I will listen again... and this abridged version is a great way to get through this classic novel a first time. The story is engaging and the pace moves fast enough to keep anyone interested.
Even though it was written 70 years ago, the subject matter remains relevant today. It held my interest... in fact, I could not stop listening.
John Galt. At first he is a mystery. Throughout the book you come to know him, and realize his critical role in the plot. His speeches are incredible!
I have read Atlas Shrugged several times in the past, I seem to get more from it each time I read it. Listening to the book was a new experience, and I was able to concentrate more on John Galt's speech by listening to the Audio version.
It is seems to me that Ayn Rand was actually foretelling the future of the United States,
and the way our country is evolving.
The narrator did an excellent job.