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.
first and most important by far.
The Bible in its importance, Human Action in its economic depth, and The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius in its wisdom.
the emotional depth of some scenes.
Yes, changed my out look on life.
Read it and you will know.
This book expressed in ways that I cannot the simple meaning of a worker and his mind. I am an engineers engineer, and that is probably why I enjoyed the hunt for the engineer behind the power device so much. I wanted to meet him and understand.
Scott Brick chalks up another great performance. For me, his performance is transparent. In other words, I don't even notice he is narrating, it just allows the work to speak without me hearing his performance. That's just invaluable.
If you spend even 5 hours a week listening to audible content, you should seriously consider listening to this book. I think Rand's philosophy is well illustrated whether you agree or disagree.
I already have, and that person appreciated it as well. I recommend this book because of the foresight of Ayn Rand, and because it is told from a perspective that any rational thinker should take into consideration. The politics and economics that plays out throughout this amazing novel is insightful, and one can not help but draw parallels to what is happening currently all over the world. Even though the book teaches very important lessons, it is still very entertaining, and anyone wanting to relax to a story would not be disappointed. Masterfully done.
It is most often seems to run in the same circles as books like 1984 because of the gloom and doom reputation, but it is, in my opinion, much more entertaining, much more plausible, and not so dark.
He did a fine job of reading a very long book. Throughout the reading, I never had a problem identifying whether it was a male or female voice in my mind's eye...
The continuity of imagery drawn from the tone and function of his voice was never broken, and it was easy to become immersed in the story.
Francisco d'Anconia without question. He has control of himself like no one else, combined with the type of personality that draws people to him.
The book is written from an extremely humanistic point of view. If anyone is sensitive to any degree of anti-god talk, it could be somewhat offensive. If anyone is studying politics or economics, it is a powerful book, and a must read. Although I did not think so, I have heard another reader call the writing style a little childish, so serious literary critics may be a bit turned off. However, the story is a great one, and a lot can be learned without even trying.
If you're going to read anything by Ayn Rand, this is it. She depicts a very clear perspective on how she feels socialistic societies are run and the good and destruction that comes from it (mostly destruction). I loved the different characters and what they represented. It was like a more translatable (for this century) Wizard Of Oz.
The only negative thing I have to say about the story is that it seemed to drill too much into the head of the reader exactly the best way for a society to run. Could have been shortened a lot in the middle and still gotten the same point across.
In comparison to other books, it is hard to say. I have listened to other long books...not quite as long but The Count of Monte Cristo is close. I enjoyed the story line but there were long episodes of preaching by different characters at times that just got to be too much and I would have to put it down and listen to another book for awhile.
I don't want to put spoilers in here. I hate when people do that. It is very difficult to pinpoint one particular part in such a long book. The moment when Reardon attempted to give his wife a bracelet made with the steal he invented is one that comes to mind. Dagny's adventure to the valley is another. There are actually a lot but again I don't want to give anything away.
Reardon and Dagny on the train when the open the John Galt Line for the first time.
No extreme reactions.
I am glad that I finally finished this book after two years. It was certainly interesting and it is amazing how applicable it is to our country today.
Does anyone else feel like we are living Atlas Shrugged right now! This is a highly relevant and applicable book to what we our seeing as a nation today. The rhetoric used by those who support the forced redistribution from those who produce to those who don't is almost verbatum today to how Ayn Rand invisioned it would happen over 60 years ago. I'm on my 4th "listen" in the last 2 years...yes...all roughly 64 hours of it!
Having managed not to read this book in print previously, I came to it with fewer preconceived personalities and voices so I found the actor to be fantastic. I'm sure it would be tough to listen to someone else's interpretation of the characters if one were already very taken with the book and its characters. I thought the interpretation to be great.
I think that the best part of this story is that it REALLY makes you think. Even if you don't agree with everything that Rand puts forward, I find it hard to imagine someone who can't take something from this book. I think its likely something that we should all read at various points in our lives. I also love how she manages to mix her objectivist philosophy with a very engaging novel.
Such an amazing book, I can't believe I've taken so long to read/listen to it.
Avid reader and listener. Love the classics, and epic tales.
I listen to this book every year, and sometimes twice a year. I have since I first purchased it on cassette tape over 15 years ago. This is a story which helps me to cut through the laziness in my mind to the motivation which lies in my heart.
The way it makes me feel invincible. Like I felt when I was 20. The feeling that nothing is beyond my grasp.
Franciscos speech on the nature of money.
The triumph of man.
I thought the story of Dagny Taggart and her railroad was intriguing and once again Scot Brick lent his considerable talent to telling this long and intricate tale, of our human condition of both strength and weakness, with amazing clarity and characterization.
Ayn Rand's ability to perceive our human flaws and failings in allowing ourselves to be led, often by the nose, to the precipice of utter destruction by those who would represent themselves as capable and creative leaders, is insightful and extraordinary. Atlas Shrugged portrays all this and more in a most creative setting- first of power, accomplishment, hard work and success and then slowly we watch as the world slides helplessly to the edge of implosion and ruin- all due to our intrinsic ability to turn the reins over to those we think, naively and carelessly, can take better care of us. This is Rand's genius, although rather long-winded and pontificating at times, in showing us where the path of ignorance and passivity will lead us. An excellent, eye-opening book that all of Congress and every high school English student should read!
I think when the last train broke down- in the middle of nowhere.... no one to call, no way to get help, no solutions were even available... it was desolate and utter abandonment of all that was powerful, successful and safe and the realization that we had done this to ourselves. Only a few of the characters were aware enough to figure this out and began immediately to figure out how to fix it- the rest- like cattle, left the train to board horse-drawn wagons- much as they would have 300 years earlier!
I enjoyed Frank Reardon's portrayal, although I think Brick did an excellent job with all of them.
Dagney Taggart- I'd love to meet her!
This book was written for far more than just entertaining.... it is a warning of where we are headed if we allow incompetents to lead us. It is a dangerous path to be attracted to just shiny objects without substance.
Someone who has an agenda, that doesn't care about good fiction, but only that it speaks to their ideals.
Have believable characters.
Anger at how much time I wasted on reading it and how terrible the characters were.
"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.
"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."
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!
"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.
"Atlas Shrugged with indifference"
Value for money? Yep it's 63 hours long. Entertaining? Not in any real sense.
Had Rand employed a judicious editor, introduced a sense of pace, or narrative thrust it might have been bearable. While I have no personal issue with didactic writing, labouring a point over interminable ages bears little fruit in terms of convincing or entertaining the reader.
Character performance is superb throughout and his delivery is a real strength.
Even God himself (deity of your choice) could not forge this into a film worthy of watching.
The book is notable not just for its length but also for containing the least appealing love affair in history.
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