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Atlas Shrugged | [Ayn Rand]

Atlas Shrugged

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.
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In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? And why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies but against the woman he loves?

Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, an electrifying moral defense of capitalism and free enterprise which launched an ideological movement and gained millions of loyal fans around the world.

©1985 Eugene Winick, Paul Gitlin and Leonard Peikoff; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Najmeddin Potomac, MD, United States 10-14-12
    Najmeddin Potomac, MD, United States 10-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Poor narration"
    What did you like best about Atlas Shrugged? What did you like least?

    Almost uncomfortable to listen to, due mainly to the reader's voice inflection, intonation and difficulty with reading the text. I wish I had sampled the narration before buying it. Also, the segments aren't appropriately identified so if you're following the recording with the print you have to struggle to find the right page. Not recommended for reading-impaired listeners.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ayn Rand? Why or why not?

    Not now.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph ROUND ROCK, TX, United States 04-05-11
    Joseph ROUND ROCK, TX, United States 04-05-11
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    "Socialism Bad, Capitalism Good"

    These 4 words say it all, but somehow it took 1100+ pages and 63+ hours to say it. This book is considered a classic and I can understand why; it gets into the fundamental rights of humanity, it addresses many of the issues we're still facing today and its characters are well-defined and interesting. I really got into this audiobook, but having said that...it's painfully boring to listen to at times. There's a long-winded speech at the end that literally goes on and on for hours. Clearly Ayn Rand didn't like governmental control, but I had no idea she was also against editors. A third of this book could be cut...seriously...and it would not only reduce the endless preaching, but it would make the book as a whole more concise and fluid. On at least 10 occasions I said "OK I GET THE POINT!"

    The characters are interesting...I was very intrigued by the principles that guided them. I found it hard to believe that such successful businessmen and women would be so dramatic, philosophical and soap-opera-like while expressing their views, especially in such industries as metals and railroads. But the extreme idealism of their views was very insightful nonetheless.

    Towards the end of the book, I found myself saying "No...it really is ok to do a favor for a friend without a dime exchanged between us." Anyhow...I get the point; it's better to be free and the fruit of my labor is mine to sell. Perfect audiobook for the patient and audacious among you. Enjoy.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John 01-21-11
    John 01-21-11 Member Since 2010

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    "great story...perhaps a bit long in the tooth"

    this is a truly entertaining story. one that many people in america would do well to hear considering our current political and economic situation.

    i gave this 4, instead of 5, stars for two reasons:

    most of the monologues in this book, and there are a handful, are almost suicidally long. the point is typically made within the first 5 or 10 minutes, but the listener is subjected to exhausting reiterations of the same idea. case in point is john galt's radio address clocking in at 3 hours of listening time. having said this, i loved francisco's diatribe about money being the root of all evil (or not, as the case may be) and that probably came in around 45 minutes or so.

    the second reason i didn't give this 5 stars is that i felt the narrator portrayed dagney in an excessively weak and frail voice. i don't know if that was his best impression of a woman, but dagney deserved a more confident sounding voice. he did a great job with reardon and i found myself hating james taggert on multiple occasions because the whining tone of his voice was so grating.

    overall, awesome book. would recommend to everyone, young and old.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn goodlettsville, TN, USA 05-06-10
    Glenn goodlettsville, TN, USA 05-06-10 Member Since 2010

    Attending The University of Ford F150 Truck at The Asphalt Campus in Nashville Tn.

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    "Unbelievable!"

    Ayn Rand seems to be a psychic, I see our whole government in this audible book. The book pissed me off because it is so true of today's world and the government's answer to dispersing the wealth.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    09-30-09
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    "Worth a refresher on this one during these times"

    Hadn't read this since high school and remember I thought it was akin to science fiction then. Read it now! Boy was Ayan Rand right on and its very scary. Read it, read it read it.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    James W. Moore 09-29-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Jim (Lompoc, CA)"

    I remember reading this book in college back in the early 60s and finding it fascinating. Students of today should read this book and understand what is happening in the real world. It is interesting how this work of fiction written in the 50s seems to demonstrate what is happening to our economy today and how the laws and the rights of the people of this country are being corrupted by the ineptness of the present government in handling real life situations.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Lombardi 05-18-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Well worth your credits"

    This great narrator who is excellent with dialogue makes this a really enjoyable way to revisit a high school classic. Very relevant to today, considering it's a novel about the country's movers and shakers trying to save America from greedy political insiders who make their money off the original thinkers and inventors. Fabulous love stories also thrown in. Unabridged version is long, but it's the type of novel you can put down for a while and go back to without getting lost.

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    Luther St. Louis, MO, USA 03-18-09
    Luther St. Louis, MO, USA 03-18-09
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    "Wonderful Reader for 63 hours"

    The story is classic. The reader is exceptional - I want more books by Scott Brick. Here, Scott creates several different voices for different characters and engages the listener for the entire 63 hours. Pacing and tone were perfect. Wonderful read/listen. Great clean recording, diction and color - and that's important for a 63 hour book. Story is thought-provoking if not outrageous - and just real enough to imagine, at least parts of it, taking place in modern times. "Novel" introduction to Objectivism. Easy to listen to - again and again, down the road.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    David Issaquah, WA, USA 04-22-10
    David Issaquah, WA, USA 04-22-10
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    "An Excellent Rendition"

    Atlas Shrugged is a true classic, perhpas even more relevant today than it was when it was first written. I have read it many times, but enjoyed very much listening to the audio book reading. It added some life to the text that I had been missing. I highly recommend it.

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    Marylou Bend, OR, United States 05-31-09
    Marylou Bend, OR, United States 05-31-09
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    "I forgot what a wonderful book this was......."

    I read this book over 30 years ago and loved it but I am absolutely LOVING having it read to me. I think it is quite applicable to what we are experiencing today in the US... GREAT WRITER, GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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  • lucy
    london, United Kingdom
    10/22/14
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    "Golly what a marathon! !"

    I am not sure I would have finished this book if I had not been listening to it. A lot of rant which did at times become tedious. But on the good side thought provoking and over all a good tale of how things could come to pass if philosophies are taken to extremes. Certainly a book of its time!!

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  • Sonia
    RYE, United Kingdom
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    "Industrialists turn the tables."
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    Very unlikely - simply because of its length.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less self indulgent material about how wonderful the female protagonist is.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The inaugural train journey - it was breathtaking - very fast paced - and constantly interesting.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Only in America.


    Any additional comments?

    This book took Ayn Rand 10 years to write. She researched her subjects diligently and wrote clearly and often excitingly. She gives her characters very long speeches, these are set pieces that are designed to express her philosophy. This is a book of ideas, not a simple story. Her basic concept is that work is virtuous and that wealth is the inevitable reward. Her heroes are hard working industrialists with a hands on approach. She is also unflinching about the moral necessity of owning ones own motivation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iain Holland
    UK
    3/28/14
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    "What to make of Atlas Shrugged"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's length.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The train facing the tunnel and beyond.


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

    No. This is a tome concerning the rights of Capitalism but the principles expressed simply don't work. Very interesting read though.


    Any additional comments?

    Ayn Rand's diatribe, for that's what it essentially is, creates a world where 'capital' fights it's cause. The key premise is that those accruing vast capital do so by their own efforts solely and therefore have no responsibility to their society. This is an inane argument as we all must accept that there is no such person as 'the self made man' and it only the notional power of money that could conclude otherwise. This is novel that tells us that power (in this case wealth) never tells the truth or (more specifically) never admits it's wrong.

    In a way this is much the same argument that many 19th century intellectuals and philosophers use to describe their thoughts and although not specifically related to capital you'll find similar arguments used by Adolf Hitler in his books of the 1920s leading to the 2nd World War.

    Ayn offers no ideas and merely suggest a future of economic hegemony and of a withdrawn capital owning class and fails completely to understand that such a withdrawn culture makes capital ownership actually worthless.

    There's a strong sexual component too and one (certainly me) can't help feeling that her mass argument amounts to nothing more than sexual longings of her own. Herself a very plain and rather unattractive woman it's quite hard not to see her female characters as possessed of a beauty and sexuality she may have lacked. While I may hear feminists bounding up to her defence I very much doubt that I'll hear many similarly bounding toward her ideas - as expressed in Atlas Shrugged.

    Basically the central premise of this novel is just plain silly. It has truths (in my opinion), it most certainly isn't worthless. For me it just astounds - however, I have a longer view and my own arguments with capital are 70 years more knowing and probably a great deal more damning than this trite piece of 1950s kitsch. A good read overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janine
    BRACKNELL, United Kingdom
    3/19/14
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    "Magnificent"

    This book should be required reading for anyone with anything to do with government in any way.

    Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism is a honed blade to be held at the throat of society's demand for privileges. In Britain today, her message of 'stand on your own merits without leeching on others' is particularly relevant. Nothing is a privilege that you are owed. What you want must be worked for with your own sweat. No handouts. True respect is a reflection of your actual worth - to fellow humans, to business, to the economy. Using others' worth to create your own is immoral. The requirement of being your brother's keeper is obscene. Pity for a fellow human is a horrid emotion, without honour for both.

    Ayn Rand's writing is superb, the clarity of her philosophy is a beacon in the dark.

    The characters are superbly crafted. My only raised eyebrow is that Ayn Rand seems to have a disquieting take on violence in sex. The characters seem okay with it but it's a bit odd. It's a theme in The Fountainhead as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • anymus
    London
    3/11/14
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    "A Worthwhile Marathon"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    This book is vast in its coverage, if you have the patience and persistance you will be greatly rewarded, because of its size and length, its a difficult book to finish, many havnt, in audible form its just alittle easier. If you do finish it, I suspect you will be one of the few.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Francisco d'Anconia, clearly a complex and highly intelligent character


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Yes, somehow adds to the drama


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Time to rethink your morals.


    Any additional comments?

    The book made me think much more deeply about life and happiness. ITs OK to be selfish, but not morally corrupt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    2/8/14
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    "too verbose"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story but it could have been a lot shorter. Often hours went by with little happening e.g. 3 hours on the whole of a speech when really only edited highlights were necessary for the story itself


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hank Reardon is an easy to understand character who doesn't mince his words


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bas Röling
    Haarlem, The Netherlands
    1/26/14
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    "Unbearably narrated"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    I could not get pass the first 10 minutes - narrator has an unbearable tone of speaking. Tried a couple of times, but really distracting. Looking for a version with another narrator now, still eager to listen to this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rosa
    Copenhagen S, Denmark
    12/13/13
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    "An inspiring and challenging train ride"

    The book takes you on a long train ride with a mysteriously drawing, but at times crude plot. I wish she had spent more time on her characters. It ride has some bumpy passages with too long monologues. They are however, inspiring and even if you disagree with her Rand's philosophy, it inspires and challenges. A must read with good narration and performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    United Kingdom
    8/29/13
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    "so so so very good"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    my advise is to skip the intro as it has a plot spoiler and go straight into the first chapter of the book. The back story of the first few hours may seem tedious but stick with it as the story, the plot development, and the motivation of the characters is beautifully realised. Listening/reading this book is a must.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Worthing, United Kingdom
    8/27/13
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    "Interesting theory eloquently put into a story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    Having never read the print version of this book I can only give comments on the audio version and would say well written, read and would recommend a listen of this book to any body that might have an anti capitalist view.


    What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to, and why?

    I have not experienced a book like this one before.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Bricks performance was excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found on several occasions finding my self arguing with Ayn Rands philosophy. Though the foundation of the theory which holds the story together does work well here and can be compared to current times and our corruption in political positions, I do think and believe the people would act and survive if this situation did ever occur.


    Any additional comments?

    before I read this book I was an anti capitalist, this book has made me think how we are all human beings dealing with life in the best way our intellect allows us. It has not made me pro capitalist but has made me rethink how we can work together and rethink other options.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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