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Anthem Audiobook

Anthem

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Mitch Tallahassee, FL USA 08-28-13
    Mitch 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 2016
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    HI Zopilote YUMA, AZ, United States 03-03-12
    HI Zopilote YUMA, AZ, United States 03-03-12
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    "A bit dated..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I loved Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. This one was a real yawner for me, however. I'm sure in its time it was relevant and new. It is a bit dated these days.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayn Rand again?

    Yes


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Disliked the rise in the tune of his sentences as they progressed.


    Do you think Anthem needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    As my Wimsey takes me 02-24-10 Member Since 2008

    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.

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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Saks Idaho, USA 09-10-15
    Brian Saks Idaho, USA 09-10-15 Listener Since 2008
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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