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  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5686)
    Performance
    (3623)
    Story
    (3651)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Good, but preachy"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book, and I do agree with many of Ms. Rand's philosophical positions,but not all. The book has many long speeches, finishing up with an extremely long speech by the hero of the book. I wish she would have been able to make her point in a more conscise manner (I admit, I fast forwarded through the hero's 3 hour diatribe). I also wonder about Ms. Rand's assumption that if all the "producers" were on strike, that no one would be left to take their place. I believe that it would be difficult to remove all of them, as repressed entreprenuers are out there. Also, as she tries to focus on the "view of World", she's eliminated one group-- those who try to care for the poor and needy without government funds. I tend to think that where much is given (talent, skill, ability, resources, etc), much is required-- like giving back through causes that are important. Even Bill Gates uses his money to immunize people in third world countries. I do agree with Ms. Rand that government should not compel one to give to a cause that isn't theirs. Overall, a facinating, thought provoking read.

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