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Anthem Audiobook

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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    Willard Boggs Wise, VA 12-04-13
    Willard Boggs 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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Tallahassee, FL USA 08-28-13
    Kindle Customer Tallahassee, FL USA 08-28-13 Member Since 2008

    Mitch

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    "Tedious, Sophmoric"

    The narration was OK. A bit flat, which did not help with the tedious, repetitive, sophomoric prose. If you're a budding narcissist with delusions of grandeur, then I do not doubt that Anthem will be a stimulating credo. If Anthem is an exposition of Ayn Rand's "objectivist" philosophy, where is the philosophy? This is not a literary expression of philosophical principles. This book exhibits nothing approaching modern or classical philosophy.

    It is a tedious story about elevating egoism and selfishness as the most important life guiding principles.

    At least Atlas Shrugged and Fountainhead had some interesting characters and some interesting plot.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joren Milpitas, US, Canada 06-18-12
    Joren Milpitas, US, Canada 06-18-12 Member Since 2015
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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.


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    Linda B Northeast USA 11-29-10
    Linda B Northeast USA 11-29-10 Member Since 2013
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    "the best production of this available"

    This is by far the best production of this that you can get. Rand is a genius. If you haven't discovered her, this is a very good starting point. And the narration, music, everything about how this production is put together is simply perfect.

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    Ben Seattle 10-01-15
    Ben Seattle 10-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Who are you?"

    Want a fascinating story that puffs up the core of "you"? One word sums this story up, Ego, and not in the way you may imagine. Dive in and get carried away and I hope you find your Ego.

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    Brian Saks Idaho, USA 09-10-15
    Brian Saks Idaho, USA 09-10-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Ayn Rand one of the best"

    I'm a big Ayn Rand fan. Anthem is one of my favorites. This is not a long story but has so much about our culture written in it. The truly amazing thing is many of the things she writes about did not exist at the time it was written, but many of the technology, governmental, and societal concepts and ideas are true today. Just another one of Ayn Rands "Wake Up Call" books.

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    adam reynoso 08-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    Fantastic read about ego's place in the world. Highly recommended to all. Man can't be broken

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    mrsbadapples 04-21-15
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    "Amazing"

    This is an amazing story, narrated in such a way to make it easy to understand and FEEL.

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    George 05-05-13
    George 05-05-13
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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.

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    Dean 03-19-10
    Dean 03-19-10 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "short Rand Read"

    Just finished reading this interesting novel....I think it may be shorter than some chapters in the last Rand Book I read...Atlas Shrugged...a little tedious until you get used to call sign type numeric names. I chilling tale warning about collectivism and the demonization of technology.

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