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.
It opened my eyes to the way the US is failing (and has been for decades now) and how it can be resolved! That's right, a real solution is presented and it's so simple it's scary but people have to be willing to stand up and make it happen (not violent).
The logic presented by John Galt is flawless and inspiring.
Absolutely which is rough because it is the longest book I've touched shy of the Bible (which didn't hold my attention well).
Just read it. I can't imagine anyone regretting it EVEN if they don't agree because it's so thought provoking.
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It is one of the most important books I've ever listened to.
The story itself is not very exciting, although I caught myself waiting impatiently for the every next turn of the storyline.
Henry Rearden and Francisco d'Anconia sounded really good to me.
The Day the Earth Stopped
Narration is outstanding.
After about 20 hours it was clear that this was going to continue to be a predictable and repetitive book, with shallow character development. In place of dialogue, characters make long soliloquies about the glory of greed and selfishness. All this leads to the climax, a three hour (!) speech that repeats every point ad nausem in case you haven't got it by then.
There are only four basic characters: rich people that agree with the philosophy, rich people that disagree with the philosophy, and non-rich people that agree or disagree with the philosophy.
Those that agree with the philosophy are good in every way - apparently even their sex is better. Never mind that they might subvert the justice system or other dirty tricks. Those that disagree are naturally portrayed as weak and worthless. Basically every character is depraved.
The narrator follows this characterization by only using four voices, one for each of the character types. He runs through transitions so that only after a couple lines do you realize that the scene has changed.
It is hard to believe that important people view this book with its silly philosophy as the basis of their moral beliefs. Still less so that people of faith would say this about a philosophy that is hostile to any faith.
I chose this book after enjoying the Fountainhead. Rand has a strong and compelling literary style and some quirky philosophies which make for an interesting listen even if you don't agree with them. Atlas Shrugged takes ideas found in the Fountain Head and expands on them - Big time! This book is freight train long and there is a lot of preachy repetition. Having said that, I liked it a lot. I'm an Audible addict, so the length was not a problem but I must admit to fast forwarding a bit during the long philosophical dissertation in the last part. Scott Brick is awesome as the narrator (kudos for an epic effort!). He moves flawlessly from one character to another in an astounding array of different voices. I also loved the 50's, "Mad Men" feel you get from the novel. Every one is chain smoking and running off to the phone booth down the block. Even though its self indulgent and a bit silly at times I would rate it definitely worth the credit.
Maybe .. But, due to my active lifestyle, it made it much easier for me to experience this massively important and prophetic story.
The philosophical foundation and the ease of which the self righteous government hacks are portrayed as slimy villains. I also loved the character development.
When the d'Anconia Mines around the world all exploded simultaneously.
"A warning to those Americans who truly wish to remain free"
This book has sold more hard cover copies than any other book except the Bible for good reason ... It should be part of high school curriculum !!
This book should be required reading in every school in the country.
Retired RN with 28 years in the operating room. An nurse educator specialized in surgical lasers and high risk equipment. Married for 36 years to my wonderful wife and mother of 3 men. Still waiting on the grand babies! While waiting, love to read & listen to books. I am a HUGE FAN OF AUDIBLE. COM!
Scary, Plausible, Beautiful
The beautiful way the author descibes even the minutiae to the gigantic.
Well, Scott Brick is my favorite. Nothing else to say.
It did both, but mostly cry out for all of humanity.
One of the most beautifully written books I have listened to. The 5 star rating is very deserved!
This book changed my perspective on so many things. For me it was not so much political, but an internal change. There are things I thought and felt my entire life, that I could not quite name, and that I allowed other people to make me doubt. And Ayn Rand described these things so clearly, beautifully and honestly. After reading this book, I will no longer doubt myself or what I know to be the truth. I will no longer allow others to manipulate and con-volute the truth. And most of all I will no longer feel that I need to downplay who I am or my abilities, and I will no longer put others needs in front of my own, (something I always used to do and misguidedly felt was the most admirable quality.) This book completely opened up my eyes, and I am a stronger, happier, more confident person for it.
I wasn't sure about the narration at first, but it really grew on me and I think it fit the story. I am now obsessed with Ayn Rand and her philosophies. I wish I would have read this when I was a lot younger, I think everyone should be forced to read or listen to this in high school, especially in this age where most young adults seem to not want to actually "work" for anything. If only they would all get it, its such a great lesson that once you understand I think sticks with you the rest of your life.
I have to say you have to have patience when reading or listening this book. Not just because of the length, but Ayn Rand tends to spend a lot of time building characters and the basis of the story, which adds a lot of layers and depth to both. This is something I personally love and appreciate. Just know that while it make take some time for the plot to really escalate, it is absolutely worth it.
The audio version brings this book alive! You will here the emotion in the dialogue expressed, the way the author intended for it.
No other book has the complex views and emotions of this book.
It was as if Scott performed this book in a broadway play. Such detail, tones and pauses only come from a seasoned performer.
No it requires that one digests whats going on and how you view it. A pauses in the sections is necessary.
A novel worth the investment ten folds.
"John Galt would have liked it"
A minor criticism first. The first track in this audio book is an introduction with spoilers, so you should skip it if you don't want the surprise to be spoiled. The narration is clear and well acted and the sound is good.
Atlas Shrugged is two books in one: a novel and a book of philosophy. As a novel, AS is very good. It has interesting characters that change over the course of the book in ways that seem reasonable given their worldview and the world they live in. The plot also makes sense and is very effective at presenting Rand's worldview.
Many people complain about AS. I think these complaints are largely due to them disagreeing with the philosophy without having any good arguments against it. Do characters speak more eloquently than most people do in real life? There isn't a novel worth reading where that isn't true. The characters sometimes give speeches when they have something to say that requires a speech. People disapprove of this stuff because they dislike the content of the speech, not because there is a speech. My suggestion about how to approach the book is this: every time you feel outraged ask yourself whether you have a logical argument against what Rand is saying. If you don't then you should be willing to admit that you might be wrong and keep going.
So, to conclude, this audiobook is a well-narrated presentation of a challenging and dramatic novel.
This is a fantastic eye opening read. It gives the reader a whole new view of the economy today even though it was written in the late 50s. I would recommend this audio especially for those who find reading a book of this size difficult. Definitely a must have!
"Well Worth the Effort"
I was so pleased when I saw the unabridged version of Atlas Shrugged had been released on Audible. I tried to fight my way through the tiny font 1168 page paperback I bought a few years ago but I only have so much determination. This is what audiobooks were meant to be.
As many know this set in an America where socialism has gone bad. At times you do feel as though Rand is hitting you over the head with her message, but I suspected it was always going to be that way.
After a slow start Rand manages to keep my interest in the plot, although I have to admit that it's lovers of philosophy who will get the most out of this book.
Well read by Scott Brick; next up for me in the unabridged Fountainhead.
The longest book I have ever bought and definitely value for money.
"A work of fiction, a work of philosophy."
I really can not describe how much this novel has affected me. The value this book presents is just unmatched by any other work of its kind. For me Atlas Shrugged feels like a classic that is actually a classic. Themes of the book weave together like nothing I have ever read. If you enjoy a good thought provoking book, Atlas Shrugged will change your life.
"Has challenged me to rethink ideas"
For a long time I was reluctant to start reading this book, as it is a very long book, but it has been a great "read" for many hours of driving. Yes, it is long, but it has kept me interested and curious for the next turn of events.
I knew it was a political/philosophical book and it has certainly provoked my thinking - more than I really like, as I normally do not see myself as such a radical liberal as promoted here. The "looters" seem so obvious wrong in this book, that it is scary how often we see and hear their ideas promoted in real life also now in 2013. Having travelled around the world, I see countries almost purely based on the model promoted by the "looters" here - and not surprisingly these countries seem on the brink of catastrophe.
Probably the most thought provoking book I have "read" in years.
"Atlas Shrugged - 30th Edition complete with extras"
A titan of a book, by any standards, would need to give it a while before revisiting, will be trying The Fountainhead though.
Narration perfectly executed by Scott Brick.
Brick's take on all the characters is excellent, but his Hank Rearden was the best.
Such a great book, narrated so well, with notes from the author etc thrown in for good measure.
One of the best purchases I've made on Audible.
I first read this book many years ago, and have been checking Audible for the last three years, waiting for it to come out on audio. I forgot a lot of the plot of this book, but I absolutely love it. Ayn Rand was a genius!
"An Explanation of Our Current Folly."
Prophetic vision of our future written Sixty years ago. This is a gripping read that seems to explain today's headlines. Well read in the audible format. An excellent explanation of why ,"There is no free lunch."
"Surprisingly impressive book"
Scott Brick is a talented narrator with a fluent command of the different voices.
There are many characters in this book and Brick managed to make a different voice for every one of them.
It made me think.
There were holes in the plot and a lot of unanswerable questions. The Utopia which Rand describes is not workable. The Distopia she describes could not happen at that sort of pace in that way. However, later events -- typified in the collapse of Soviet society for example, or the rise of politicly correct language in Western countries -- which she could only predict at the time she wrote the novel, prove her to have been remarkably prescient and although her views seem extreme this book carries warnings we should heed.
"Absolute must read! Life changing"
This book should be considered required reading by all parents of their children.
Especially in the modern age, it's more important than ever that people understand morality. True morality that is, not the repulsive warped morality being preached by liberal professors worldwide.
The young people of the world need this book more than ever.
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