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.
The book is one of the most inspiring books I've read. I read most of this book, then became short on time and finished it with this audio version.
Regardless of whether or not you agree with the politics in the book, this books' characters and their resilience will inspire all. It was a life-changing read for me, to be honest.
The narrator's tone and interpretation were excellent and fit the material well.
This is a LONNNGGG Book, but it is so worth it - I would find myself looking forward to my drives, and then keep listening as much as I could during the day. I can't believe how 'timely' this book is for being 60 years old.
One of my new favorites!!
Dagny - Most developed character, motivational as well
I feel even more passionately that the socialist tendencies of our government and world are leading to major issues -
I always felt that way, but seeing a fictional reality of this sort solidifies my views.
I love the premise of this book and mostly agree with the philosophy contained it it... however ... IT IS WAY TOO LONG!. Ayn Rands character's thoughts and feelings are way over dramatic and have very little to do with the over-arching story. Not to mention the thoughts and feelings that some of her characters have (especially the male characters) are not realistic. Most people (especially men) are just not that subtle in their speech and mannerisms. And I would guess about 1/3 of this books could be cut out and not be missed in the least. Having said that, there are some pretty awesome parallels to today's social and political environment. It's hard to believe this was written over 50 years ago with how accurately it describes our society now...scary really. There are some pretty awesome things that happen in the book - that do not seem too far fetched or far distant for our society now. I think every student in college should read this book along with the other philosophies they are being indoctrinated with and see which philosophy wins. To be fair I agree with about 75% of what Ayn Rand is trying to say - but some of here ideas are a little too extreme for me....Still it has changed the way I see the world politically and the way I filter the media generally.
Yes because the narrator was incredible
all of it
Incredible, tho I have read the print book twice, this because of the narrator was much better. We should think of this today, the way the world is is going is very familiar.
So far, this is the best, partly, if not entirely because of Scott Brick's ability to moderate his voice so wonderfully. I used to listen to Audible titles all the time when I traveled for a living Now I look at a book and then look to see who narrated it. If Scott did it, I buy it; there are many narrators I'll think two or three times before clicking ok.
I'm still listening to it and frankly, this is one of those rare books that change totally when listened to as compared to reading it.
I've read Atlas Shrugged a few times from cover-to-cover and have changed my mind about what she had to say. First time around, I tossed the book across the room in anger. Second time, same reaction. Now? I'm starting to think that Ms. Rand was pretty close to being a prophet.
Whodathunk that this country would get as screwed up as it has? Competition is good but some of the court decisions that have been made in the past few years make me think of Ayn Rand.
I'm now in my 70s; I'm not an objectives and do not subscribe at all to her philosophy, however, some on the right wing are starting to make noises with which I do not feel comfortable. Particularly bothersome is the method that the funnymentalist Xians are using to take over certain committees to change the view of mainstream school children. Here in Texas, it is worse than absurd.
His meter and rhythm. He uses his voice the way broadcast announcers used to, and the tone of his voice tends to make my ears magnetized but not lulled. His clarity is crisp and keeps me paying attention. He places emphasis on phrases that I might have skimmed by without understanding its import.
Traveling Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, one MUST stay awake...Scott was always my best companion.
Have not finished the book this time around, but I am enjoying having the time to sit back and let Scott Brick paint pictures in my mind.
Yes! There are so many insightful ideas, principals, and philosophical values that you'd have to listen to this book more than once to get it all.
The torture of John Galt and his speech.....Oh, and the best quote from this book...
“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”
No - he was good.
This book will have an impact on anyone who listens...it will make you think like you have never before it. It will challenge you, inspire you, motivate you and it will do so no matter what side of the "fence" your on.
If only we adopted some of these ideas that are in this book as a whole. It blows my mind how this story was written soooo long ago and is extremely relevant to life as we know it today. Love how this book illustrates the creators from the looters...haven't been able to explain it like Ayn does.
Scott Brick, possibly, Ayn Rand, definitive not.
This was not a "story". It was a preachy rant. Though I don't completely disagree with her "philosophy", this was the worst possible presentation for many reasons.
As a "story", it was terrible. As opposed to trying to (in the course of the naritive) make thoughtful, logical, arguments or otherwise pose well-constructed ideas - it attempted to make a point, solely my trying to draw an unbelievable imaginary world in which anyone or anything in opposition to this point is cartoonishly incompetent, or a bumbling, blundering idiot, whose actions lead to the complete crumbing of everything around them. Thus it was ridiculously unbelievable.
It is akin to me writing a "story" illustrating why "Democratic ideals are good", which merely consisted of a bunch of drunken hillbilly Republicans, who were physically destroying society with the frequent explosions of their poorly-constructed backwood moonshine stills.
It's sole objective was to try to preach her values. It did this by having extraordinarily long-winded narratives by their characters which preached the same messages over and over and over. There was at one point a 3+ hour speech given by one character that would have been overkill even by Muhamar Ghadaffi's standards.
Any rationale human should know that the way to get a point across is not to completely restate the same arguments, over and over and over for 60+ hours. The pace of the book was extremely slow. I had spans of an hour go by in which no movement happened in the plot.
Much of my incentive in listening to it was the "notoriety" it has in popular culture. After being shocked at how poor I thought this book was, I did some research which lead me to believe that much of it's popularity comes from a small but vocal following, in conjunction with free printing and distribution of the book by Ayn Rand's foundation.
In short, it seemed like a long-winded, rambling manifesto of a person who loved the sound of their own voice - giving it no consideration to how anyone else might perceive it.
I don't know if it's a plus of a minus - but his portrail of the "villans" in the book made them look like all blathering, bumbling, whiny idiots. I thought this made the book pretty unbelievable. I don't know if it was *supposed* to be like this or not.
Boredom. Very looong-winded, a not-so-interesting point, and a very boring story.
No - I LOVED this book and in spite of it's considerable length I wished it would go on even longer. I had always thought this was a work I "should"read and the audio version appealed to me because I don't often get time to just sit and read. This might be my favortie book of all time.
Romance, mystery, drama, outstanding character development - I was hooked in the first half hour.
Dagny's decision to follow the plane
The slight differences in tone and voice quality helped me "see" who was speaking.
It made me think more about government programs and pork filled bills. Personal responsibility and good decision making are not hallmarks of our government. I'm not ready for survivalist camps, but if you choose to take risks, then be prepared to live with the consequences and be happy when you reap the rewards.
While I am a fiscal moderate and see a place for government in our lives, this book should be required reading for anyone serving in our government. Written more than 50 years ago, the themes in the story are being played out today as we continue to see nanny government take over personal responsibilities.As our government "leaders" are continuing to redistribute wealth in the name of the "public" it's time to consider the long-term disinsentive that redistribution has on all members of our nation.
I love how this book clearly lays out the problems of the anti-capitalist agenda. It is very straight forward in demonstrating how the anti-capitalists can ruin an economy and a country. I am not a die hard capitalist and certainly did not agree with all the points of view of the protagonists. However, I found myself agreeing way more often than not with the protagonists than anyone else. I even found myself laughing and even cheering when a policy of the anti-capitalists ultimately turned around and burned the anti-capitalists by its effect. While it has some flaws, the book truly is a masterpiece that I will enjoy listening to again.
The John Galt speech is one of the most moving speeches ever written. The clarity of observation concerning mankind's inability to do for themselves and willingly put dictatorial figures in charge of the worlds greatest resource, 'People'.
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