This book was tremendous, and it was very well read. The story of the decline and fall of the Compson family is dramatic, heart-breaking, and written in such a way that when the blows fall and the book finally ends, it seems as though a portion of the listener's world has ended with it. THe reading is done so well that the voice never seems to come between the words and the listener, but rather to become part of the story, enriching it further. If you haven't read this book, or you haven't read it in a long time, go ahead and get this one, because you'll find so many things in it you've either forgotten or never noticed were there.
This heavy-handed ode to fascism is dreadfully dull to listen to and even worse if one happens to be paying attention to the poorly-written prose. Ms. Rand's premise is that some people are, quite simply, better than others, and should be allowed to rise as high as their "talent" takes them regardless of who and how many they step on to get there. Ms. Rand has been reviled by legions of serious philosophical thinks for the weakness of her so-called school of thought, "objectivism," and its basic lack of coherence. If you must waste your time with Ms. Rand and her garbage about the superior and the inferior, at least do it with her shorter propaganda pamphlet, Anthem.
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