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John

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2001

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  • Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (128)

    The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This was the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constituted a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presented her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism.

    steve says: "Must listen"
    "Simply the truth"
    Overall

    Capitalism is the only economic system that actually works, and this book tells you why.

    30 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Gun, with Occasional Music

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lethem
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Gumshoe Conrad Metcalf has problems - not the least of which are the rabbit in his waiting room and the trigger-happy kangaroo on his tail. Near-future Oakland is an ominous place where evolved animals function as members of society, the police monitor citizens by their karma levels, and mind-numbing drugs such as Forgettol and Acceptol are all the rage. In this brave new world, Metcalf has been shadowing the wife of an affluent doctor, perhaps falling a little in love with her at the same time.

    Darwin8u says: "SF SLAMS into a hard-boiled, noir pulp!"
    "Well, it was certainly interesting..."
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    ...although, I'm not sure that I would say that it was good. Actually, I think the author may have written this book on a dare. At its heart, the book is a hard-boiled detective story. However, the author seems to go out of his way to insert the most bizarre and unbelievable events and characters into the story for no obvious purpose. As a result, his vision of the future often seems to be more of a joke on the reader than an actual place.

    For example, at one point the protagonist goes to visit another detective who had previously done some work on the case. Only the other detective is a monkey. No particular reason. It doesn't really add anything to the story. The detective is just a monkey.

    Maybe I'm missing the inner meaning of all the strangeness, but I doubt it. In the end, the plot was fine and characters were fine, but all the goofiness was just distracting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged , Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (144)

    Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Valerie says: "An excellent listen, despite its length."
    "My favourite novel"
    Overall

    Yes, the book is long, and at many points it reads like a speech or a philosophy paper. However, Rand does know what she is talking about, and her message only becomes more relevant as time goes on. Without question, one of the most (if not the most) important book of the 20th century.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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