I have read Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead before I found this book and the three of them fit together perfectly. Anyone that has enjoyed any of Rand's book should read this one too.
The narrator does a good job and does not distract from the story.
I liked it, not in my top 10 or anything but I enjoyed it mostly out of being a fan of Ayn Rand.
She had a nice voice and did a good job differentiating voices enough without sounding silly.
Probably Leo or Comrade Taganov, just rich characters who have a lot of action in the story.
As much as I love Ayn Rand and the works of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, We the Living is considerably less impressive. While its good enough and having read her other works understanding her philosophy, the budding notions presented in this book are less developed but still stand out. I wont give too much of a spoiler here despite it involving the end of the book. I found particular substance in the books closing scenes- to think about what the characters stood for and what the consequential actions each say are extremely meaningful and beautifully punctuate the books theme and message. Very well done indeed. If you love Rand, consider this. If you don't know Rand, start somewhere else.
The voice matched exactly what I would expect Kira to sound like. But all the voices were well done.
I found Andre to be the most memorable in that he developed and grew more through out the book than anyone else.
A strong recommendation the all listen to the forward as written by Ayn in 1958. It does much to give you understanding about her, as well as her reasons and desires in writing this book. The characters in the book are very real and very believable and I believe you'll find it hard to not both love and hate many of the prime characters. Often loving and hating them at the same time, you can experience their feelings at an exceptional depth.
(a little bit of a spoiler here so read at your own risk)
I think most westerners, myself included, will find the resolutions within the book a little hard to take and a bit unsettling, but I understand the necessity and the value of the reality expressed. Written any other way it would not be exceptional book it is.
All the character voices she does - Impressive! Also, the realism of the story...understanding what life was really like in St. Petersburg/Petrograd, Russia. How would some of us Americans live and cope under the circumstances? Imagining America under a communist government with such oppression is scary.
I will. I appreciate Kira very much. I would hope to have the balls she has if I were in a similar situation.
Anna Karenina because there are some love triangle parallels, but overall, We the Living can't really be compared to another book.
When Andrei thinks more of Kira after she explains why she has done what she did.
Are you kidding?! I cried myself sick!
Ayn Rand's work is precious. It should be required reading for college freshmen at the latest.
We The Living is an amazing and well written story. It feels like a cross between a dramatic narrative and a history textbook. While the character interactions and events in their lives are incredibly personal and dramatic, the way that Ayn Rand describes those characters and events along with a plethora of background information makes the story seem like a drawn out newspaper article trying to give all the information possible. I really liked the story because it gave a peasant's view of early communist Russia. It was descriptive to a fault and the social commentary is classicly blunt. A must read/listen for fans of historical social commentaries.
I did not like the narrator at all at first, but i got used to it, she did well, It must be hard for a female to impersonate 25 different burly Russian men without sounding silly. By the end though, i felt like (especially during the narration parts) in was Rand herself reading it to me.
I had read the other three Ayn Rand book prior to this, and it helped make sense out of the other three a little more. You can totally see the roots for Fountainhead, Anthem, and Atlas in this book. I agree with the other commenter who stated that of the three main characters, only the Filthy Commie had my respect by the end. The other two really pissed me off in the third part of the book. Lastly, i suddenly now have a great interest in the plight of the everyday Russain during/after the revolution. It was fascinating learning the details about how they were forced to live, and Rand does a great job of illustrating a backwardness/hypocrisy of communism without explicitly saying it like in other works of hers.
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I loved Atlas Shrugged. I loved Anthem. So I was looking forward to We the Living with great anticipation.
Unfortunately, the characters in this novel grated. Of the three main characters, the only one I respected was the Communist. :-!
Of the other two, one got on my nerves for the last third of the novel and I hated the third before even halfway through.
For all of her realism, Rand seemingly REALLY gave in to the notion of Romantic Love in this novel . . . utterly unlike the mature decisions made by Dagny and others in Atlas Shrugged.
Production value in this one was superb. Mary Woods is a *fantastic* reader and, if I am tempted to get another book and see she is the narrator, that will tip the scale.
Great characterization, recognizable differences between characters, inflection, singing! All were some of the best I've ever heard.
Brava, madame. Brava!
raving mad reviewer
Nothing to change. It was just depressing
Nothing to change. It's what really happened.
It isn't Altas Shrugged, that's for sure. It was tough to get through. The story itself was just plain depressing. The fact that it is so real to life and what actually happened over there in the 1920's makes it even harder, I had to force myself to finish the book. It did drag in lot of areas and it just didn't keep my attention like her other books.