Yes. This is a monumental work in the literary field, not to mention economics, government, politics...
Anyone selecting this work probably already knows the premise, but the foresight and insight are amazing.
How many aspects of daily life he foresaw to be impacted...personally and globally. Also I liked his insights on war, and the impact socio-economically.
Simon Prebble was absolutely amazing. I have already told a number of people about his magnificent narration abilities. He changes his voice, intonation and accent depending on the character. I especially appreciate his handling of the British accent and even the way he read the slang. Mind-blowing!!
There are certainly some areas that aroused some strong emotion...on a wide spectrum, but I can not say I was particularly moved.
Overall, for anyone in the world of linguistics, government, sociology, politics, or economics, this is a good read. If one is interested in more than one of the above, it is a must read.
I already have, and that person appreciated it as well. I recommend this book because of the foresight of Ayn Rand, and because it is told from a perspective that any rational thinker should take into consideration. The politics and economics that plays out throughout this amazing novel is insightful, and one can not help but draw parallels to what is happening currently all over the world. Even though the book teaches very important lessons, it is still very entertaining, and anyone wanting to relax to a story would not be disappointed. Masterfully done.
It is most often seems to run in the same circles as books like 1984 because of the gloom and doom reputation, but it is, in my opinion, much more entertaining, much more plausible, and not so dark.
He did a fine job of reading a very long book. Throughout the reading, I never had a problem identifying whether it was a male or female voice in my mind's eye...
The continuity of imagery drawn from the tone and function of his voice was never broken, and it was easy to become immersed in the story.
Francisco d'Anconia without question. He has control of himself like no one else, combined with the type of personality that draws people to him.
The book is written from an extremely humanistic point of view. If anyone is sensitive to any degree of anti-god talk, it could be somewhat offensive. If anyone is studying politics or economics, it is a powerful book, and a must read. Although I did not think so, I have heard another reader call the writing style a little childish, so serious literary critics may be a bit turned off. However, the story is a great one, and a lot can be learned without even trying.
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