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Anthem | [Ayn Rand]

Anthem

Rand's Protagonist, Equality 7-2521, describes a surreal world of faceless, nameless drones who "exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen." Alone, this daring young man defies the will of the ruling councils and discovers the forbidden freedoms that prevailed during the Unmentionable Times. In other words, he finds and celebrates the power of the self. In doing so, he becomes the prototypical Rand hero, a bold risk-taker who shuns conformity and unabashedly embraces egoism.
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Ayn Rand's classic best seller, Anthem, is the unforgettable tale of a nightmarish totalitarian future and the ultimate triumph of the individual spirit. First published in 1938, and often compared with Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World, this beautifully written story has introduced millions to Rand's provocative worldview.

Rand's Protagonist, Equality 7-2521, describes a surreal world of faceless, nameless drones who "exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen." Alone, this daring young man defies the will of the ruling councils and discovers the forbidden freedoms that prevailed during the Unmentionable Times. In other words, he finds and celebrates the power of the self. In doing so, he becomes the prototypical Rand hero, a bold risk-taker who shuns conformity and unabashedly embraces egoism.

This exciting dramatization features an electrifying performance by veteran actor and former BBC Drama Repertory Company member Paul Meier. It is certain to be the definitive recording of Anthem and a milestone in audio interpretation of literary classics.

©2001 The Atlas Society; (P)2002 HighBridge Company

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    Steve Danville, CA, USA 02-05-07
    Steve Danville, CA, USA 02-05-07
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    "Great Narration"

    This was so well narrated - gripping even - that my young children understood the underlying concept of the dangers of "We" and wanted to hear more.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Mikel 04-21-09
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    "Anthem - Classic story"

    Anthem is a classic story. I have previously read the book but I must say that the narrator made all the difference in the world. You "felt" every emotion that the main character felt.

    I would highly recommend this story and this narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cjwheeler 05-17-08
    cjwheeler 05-17-08 Member Since 2005

    I love BOOKS and reading, listening is as good when I can't look at the book. I listen every minute driving.

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    "great work"

    We read this book years ago, when we found out that the Rush rock opera 2112 was based on this book and loved it.
    Listening now many years later, more than 25. We still love it. We won't even go into how politically apt it is now with the election season on us.
    I, yes I said it, I, recommend this book to all.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    "Christine" 08-20-12
    "Christine" 08-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Humans Were Not Meant to Live as Drones"

    If you have read Anthem, read it again. If you haven't, read it now.

    I will read this again but I will skip the long unnecessary speech at the end of the book. The story speaks for itself without hammering home the intended message. Other than that speech, it reads like a contemporary short story.

    Warning- It does take some time to get used to the way the main character does not refer to himself as I, but as a long word/number distinction. Humans were not meant to live as drones.

    Twenty five years ago, Ayn Rand may have seem dated and irrelevant to most. I had never heard of her anyway. My son suggested that I read this book after he read it in high school last year.

    Anthem is a look at socialism through a fiction medium. Her books are brilliant and way ahead of their time. If you have read them before read them again with new eyes.

    More than anything else, it helps me to know what books a reviewer loves most when deciding on whether or not to spend my time or money on a particular book. Below I have listed some of my 5 or 4½ star books from many different genres:

    Anne of Green Gables, The Book Thief, Bossypants, Catch Me if You Can, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Christmas Carol, The Clan of the Cave Bear series, The Color Purple, The Davinci Code, A Dog’s Purpose, Emma, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, A Girl Named Zippy, Glass Castle, Gone with the Wind, The Green Mile, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Harry Potter Series, The Help, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1-3, The Hunger Games, To Kill a Mockingbird, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Little Women, Mind Hunter, Nineteen Minutes, The Outlander series, Peace like a River, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Pride and Prejudice, Saving Sammy, The Secret life of Bees, Shawshank Redemption, My Sister’s Keeper, Stand by Me, The Stand, The Time Traveler’s Wife, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn...





    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    yvette hatfield 04-02-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Awesome!!! Must read"

    This is a great book. This should be mandatory reading for all Americans. The writing is colorful and passionate, the narrator brought this book to life.Chapter 11 was very dramatic and you could feel the characters pain. It was one of the best audio books I have listened to. Highly recommended.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Adam North Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-01-10
    Adam North Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-01-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Powerful and important in our time."

    I'm not a follower of Ayn Rand's philosophy, however this small and poignant book has remained with me since I first read it 21 years ago as a sophomore in high school. I've read Atlas Shrugged. I've read The Fountainhead. Much of her work seems plodding and bogged down in tome-like parables of miserable people trying to elevate themselves by finding ways to do miserable things to other miserable people. This is not the case in Anthem. In fact I often wish she'd just left her exploration here.

    Like many others, I've felt that for much of the past decade, America has lived under a shroud of darkness and ruled by the politics of fear. The dissenting opinion, so vital to our survival as a species has been stamped out by the boot of like minded individuals who seek to serve the lowest common denominator of our thinking society and elevate mediocrity to the norm. In doing so, the creative spirit has been replaced in our schools with the need to pass tests that serve not to expand knowledge, but to ensure that the knowledge of the many is passed on. All avenues for creative exploration are cut first in an attempt to balance budgets. No Arts. No Humanities. No athletic competition. What will allow our children and our future to have pride in individual accomplishment? Human beings need the opportunity to develop self esteem not through the daily ablutions of sycophantic parents, but through individual achievement.

    This is intended to be a review, not a rant. This book is as important and powerful today as it ever was, perhaps more important.

    The narration is top notch. If the goal of theatrical elocution is to take the words that are written and speak them as the true words of a living breathing person, Paul Meier succeeds with mastery and aplomb. He inhabits the words as they inhabit his soul, making us feel the narrators spirit and transformation throughout his journey. Bravo Mr. Meier. Bravo!

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    AVGMW Wise, VA 12-04-13
    AVGMW Wise, VA 12-04-13
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    "I loved the narration."
    Would you listen to Anthem again? Why?

    Yes! I would also let my kids hear the book . I could not stop hearing till the book was over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anthem?

    The realization that each individual is different & special & collectivism is not the answer. Individual liberty & maximum freedom is the answer to the ills of our society today.


    What about Paul Meier’s performance did you like?

    I would buy more audible books if he is the narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    As my Wimsey takes me 02-24-10

    Words...words. Words.

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    "A must-listen!"

    This is one of the very few books I prefer on audio. Some passages literally took my breath away. Fantastic story, perfect narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 05-05-13
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Individual...."

    Bureaucrat or bungling idiot? "We" or "I"? I was rooting for our hero in his quest for happiness...foiled at many turns. Only an idiot would miss the individualist theme of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joren Milpitas, US, Canada 06-18-12
    Joren Milpitas, US, Canada 06-18-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Anthem to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. The voice acting and music are top notch, and really add to the power of this work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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