I've never read or listened to a book by this author and, because of the raves I've heard about other books, I was greatly disappointed and shocked that this was so bad. Maybe it was because my previous listen/read was The Fountainhead (which is hard to top) or maybe it's just because this story was, in fact, painfully slow from beginning to end with characters that didn't do or say anything remotely interesting. The first 6 hours could be summed up in about 2 paragraphs and you wouldn't have missed any plot development or interesting action. The "climax" was boring and was put together by your typical connect-the-dots format of displaying known facts in addition to the "surprise" facts that the reader isn't privy to. 2/3 of the way through I was thinking to myself that I really didn't care what happened in the end, but I should finish it because I had wasted so much time already, I might as well just finish it out. Not the sign of an interesting read. Anyway, save yourself 11 hours.
Having never read anything by Ayn Rand, I thought I was taking a gamble with something 30+ hours long. I ended up not wanting it to end. There are amazing characters that will make you think about who you are yourself. And not only is the story interesting in and of itself, but almost every major discussion between characters is not just dialog, but an outstanding portrayal of human existence. The narrator is the icing on the cake giving great personality through voice sound and inflection. Take the time to listen. You'll be glad you did. Now for Atlas Shrugged...
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