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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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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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    Joren Milpitas, US, Canada 06-18-12
    Joren Milpitas, US, Canada 06-18-12 Member Since 2010
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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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    Jerry YUMA, AZ, United States 03-03-12
    Jerry 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


    1 of 2 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 2008
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    Glenn E. Mitchell II Tallahassee, FL USA 08-28-13
    Glenn E. Mitchell II Tallahassee, FL USA 08-28-13 Member Since 2006

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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jacquelyn Willingboro, NJ, USA 01-04-10
    Jacquelyn Willingboro, NJ, USA 01-04-10
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    "So so"

    Not the Ayn Rand from Atlas Shrugged

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