This novel is one of my favorites. Rand was able to depict the despair of living under a totalitarian regime very well. Coming from Soviet Russia myself, I can say that not many things have changed from birth to collapse of the Communist State.
The only thing I didn't like was the production. The narrator reads without any emphasis, and at times way too fast. One will probably get more out of reading it, rather than listening to this production.
Seemed like an interesting premise at first, and I always like my dystopian/post-apocalyptic fiction. Not this time. Started out interesting, then it seemed like the author was running out of steam about 2/3 through the book, and so was I. There seemed to be a lot of action, it was very fast-paced, but not a whole lot of substance. More like an adolescent stream of consciousness. I wasn't even interested enough to finish it, having listened most of the way through it.
I also very quickly got tired of the one-dimensional characters, and all the abnegation nonsense. Actually, none of it made much sense. This book is nothing like The Hunger Games, even if it's trying very hard to be. It is much, much worse.
Having said that, I thought the performance was excellent, the narrator kept it more interesting than it would have been otherwise.
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