Some interesting ideas and beautiful writing, however the author has sacrificed human emotion and spirit in pursuit of an ideological point. While there is great value in individualism and many of Rand's ideas she had divided the world into stark black and white: individualism=good, collectivism=bad. The world is a spatter of greys, she rails about the evils of collectivism and doing things for fellow man as an extreme evil but creates the same extreme for her own ideology. It's the extreme adherence to an idea without flexibility that makes evil not collectivism or individualism. I found this book to be a dated argument written at a time when collective movements like communism and fascism were real and present dangers to be fought. It also perpetuates the worst stereotypes about artists suffering for their work.
As far as the narration goes, compared to other books I've listened to, I thought it was just passable. The lack of emotion and variation in Hurt's performance only made this book seem drier, more soulless and intellectual to a fault.
Martin Jarvis was a pleasure to listen too. This was one of the best read audible books I've ever listened to. Beyond that, the story is wonderful- beautifully constructed and written, and filled with emotion and life.
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. The reader did an amazing job and the story is hauntingly beautiful.
Thoroughly enjoyable and a lot of fun to listen too. The narrator really brings the larger-than-life main character alive. I found the story itself very really moving. Toole masterfully humanizes his wacky main character. I don't know how to say more without giving away the story but I loved it.
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