The part on literature is the best, which is about 3/5 of the book by length. The part on music and dance is the worst, which is about 1/5 of the book by length. The rest part of the book is on paintings which is OK. You will need to have read "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" both by Ayn Rand to better appreciate this "Romantic Manifesto" which uses the former two as examples on many occasions.
One of best of dozens of "self-improvement" books I have ever purchased from audible.com. A little repetitive, but which one isn't?
This biography will be best appreciated by listeners who have read or listened to Ayn Rand's works as referred. Ayn Rand's tough love for humanity is juxtaposed with some of the flaws of her personality and her philosophy, which are seemingly more of a dreamer and a revolutionary than of a thinker and a philosopher. The listeners would say, that Ayn Rand's objectivism is not so objective after all, as she often failed in her life to recognize that humans other than herself and their needs, feelings, thoughts, and rights, are also part the objective world, and that no wonder why Ayn Rand had and still has posthumously followers of more young students than of older and intellectually more sophisticated university professors. Potentially damaging to the idealistic passions of the young and Ayn Rand's beautiful and heroic ideals which are very much needed for the progress of humanity, this book does, nevertheless, help the objective understanding of Ayn Rand as a humanistic and historical phenomenon.
One of the best out of hundreds that I have listened, this book contains not only the general principles but also many brilliant examples on motivating the audience and becoming compelling communicators.
I have read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand three times and found it intellectually, morally, and emotionally motivating. That's why I bought Atlas Shrugged by the same author. To my disappointment, the characters and the plot in Atlas Shrugged are too simple not to give the impression that Any Rand was writing for preschool children, while the underlining philosophy is obviously for adult audiences who need to be both social and political minorities to appreciate the book.
Atlas Shrugged appears to me as an undercover non-fiction poorly disguised as a fiction, the author's zealous philosophical beliefs far outweighed her patience and efforts in creating a novel that could have been as good as The Fountainhead, which in my view, has manifested her great writership and her heroic ideals for being independent, creative, and objective in seeking the truth and appreciating the beauty.
So, if you love Ayn Rand, buy The Fountainhead before you buy Atlas Shrugged.
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