Here we see what is really happening in the world around us today with the suppression of great ideas and great people. We have a man of true brilliance and true talent being held back by a group that of individuals that fear what change may do to their lifestyles. The difference is that in today’s world when someone doesn’t want something done or changes. We the people are sold with the media (news, TV shows and Movies) why it’s a bad idea until it’s desperately needed or gains ground swell in a grass roots movement.
If Ayn Rand was alive today she would be telling us that her idea’s are being twisted and that corporations are selling the government on suppressing true business competition. Read the story and make up your own mind once you approach this with an open mind.
No subtlety here. The author makes her points by creating a world of characitures that fall into two general categories: (1) idiots who only live their lives to gain the approval of others, and (2) idiots who have no care whatsoever about the approval of others. The first set of idiots despise everyone, including themselves, but most especially those in the second category. Those in the second category are like amoral, high-functioning autistics, having super-human skills but unable to establish normal bonds with other humans. The book had so many "there is no way a real person would have responded that way" moments that I was repeatedly tempted to quit reading it, but the author is a good storyteller, so I stuck it out. All major characters are supposed to be high-IQ types, but they repeatedly make decisions so foolish that it stretches credulity. Bottom line: follow your dreams, not someone else's, and don't enter a service industry if you don't care anything for your customer's opinions.
This must be one of the best performed audiobooks out there. Rand's novel speaks for itself and is still a landmark of literature. All put together I don't expect to ever get a better audiobook. Essential.
Foundational concept for integrity.
The degree to which all the characters are fleshed out.
Made it very easy to keep up with who was talking
Made me ponder deeply about my own work ethic and integrity.
I love how creative Ayn Rand is when she is describing something. Her sentences really flow well.
The whole story itself.
He is excellent.
Cried and laughed. Totally enjoyable.
The narration was engaging
The triumphs of the characters
The main character
No. But is was so relate-able to real life
Interesting Philosophical Story
His pace is exquisite. He never feels like he is rushing or dragging but just right. It almost feels like a great classic movie. His different voices are also very good. He gives a suitable personality to each main character just in how he speaks.
A moment? Maybe the final trial. But over all the book is written to stir all sorts of emotions. This is persuasive literature meant to show you the excellence of Rand's philosophy, and she does it very well. Sometimes you find yourself cheering for and agreeing with ideas with which you don't agree.
Rand's prose is excellent. Most of her characters are unrealistic, but this is intentional to demonstrate the opposite philosophies. After the book was finished I couldn't help but think to myself, was Rand prophetic? Or is this more proof that there is nothing new under the sun? Or are the extreme philosophies Rand saw finally out in the open today?
I really could barely keep myself from listening to this book. Normally I only listen to audio books when I am doing something a little mundane, but I listened to this one as I would read a book I couldn't put down, all the time. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes a good story which makes them think.
Absolutely not. As much as I loved "Atlas Shrugged" I hated this book, its hard to believe its by the same author. Agreed, I fell for the unabridged version but this is 32 hours I will never recover it my life. Boring, on and on stilted dialogue by totally unlikeable characters. Normally I enjoy books where I can at least like one of the characters. There were no characters in the book worth remembering.. If I have to hear "one does this or one does that" another time I will scream. "Pseudo-intellectual nonsense for 32 hours should be standard torture tactics for the CIA. Psycho babble drivel about characters that were so boring it was mind-numbing. Writing an interesting novel about architecture must be tough but this was just terrible. The best and only part I would ever listen to again was Howard Roarkes speech. The entire book could have been condensed to a 2 hr novel and maybe saved. Still pretty dull stuff.Buyer beware.
All of them!
This book was amazing, it was the way it was read. There were long pauses where there was no reason to pause in the first half, sometimes up to 8 seconds between paragraphs. Then in the second half I had to constantly rewind because there was no distinction between the characters lines. I could not tell if it was Rourke or Dominique speaking, or Toohey.
Rourke. No explanation needed.
better timing, more character distictions.
Faith that not everyone is a knuckle dragger.
History, Science and a little Fiction.
I love the complex characters, I didn't agree with them sometimes but they made their points. A bit shocking at times, totally engrossing.