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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

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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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    Ryan Bailey 08-02-12
    Ryan Bailey 08-02-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Just as Relevant Today as It was 60 Years Ago."
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    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!

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    Lindsay Guelph, ON, Canada 07-23-12
    Lindsay Guelph, ON, Canada 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A life changing book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Scott 07-16-12
    Scott 07-16-12

    Avid reader and listener. Love the classics, and epic tales.

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    "For insight into why things are the way they are."
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it makes me feel invincible. Like I felt when I was 20. The feeling that nothing is beyond my grasp.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Franciscos speech on the nature of money.


    If you could rename Atlas Shrugged, what would you call it?

    The triumph of man.


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    Linda 07-01-12
    Linda 07-01-12

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    "A Well-written Warning"
    What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

    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!


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Frank Reardon's portrayal, although I think Brick did an excellent job with all of them.


    If you could take any character from Atlas Shrugged out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dagney Taggart- I'd love to meet her!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jason R. Davis Madison, WI, United States 06-30-12
    Jason R. Davis Madison, WI, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Worst Novel I have ever not finished"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has an agenda, that doesn't care about good fiction, but only that it speaks to their ideals.


    What could Ayn Rand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have believable characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at how much time I wasted on reading it and how terrible the characters were.


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    william BUDA, TX, United States 06-28-12
    william BUDA, TX, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Rand writes of our present & future, from the past"

    Not only does this book serve as a haunting reminder that our current problems were a predictable result of the choices of those in power long ago, and those too cowardly or too evil to change the course right now, it also gives the simple answer to all our current problems. A way that each person of value will WANT to live, and the one that will also yield the best possible result for each and every person of value.

    You will not like this book if you are a bleeding-heart, or a leader or devout follower of any of the major western religions as it shuns the concepts of living for others and human sacrifice.

    This is not the best introduction to Rand or her philosophies. I would start with "Anthem" as it is short, sweet, and to the point. If you like that one, this book and Fountainhead should be on your short list of books to order.

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    A. Navar BENSENVILLE, IL, US 06-28-12
    A. Navar BENSENVILLE, IL, US 06-28-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Preachy, glacially paced, regretfully lost 64 hrs."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would lop off about 1000 page or 50 hours off the audio version. 64 hours is a looooong investment for so little payoff.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The basic outline and premise of the story is interesting. The characters are interesting although some are almost caricatures. The least interesting are the long speeches that become too preachy and repetitive. Who is John Galt indeed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the early descriptions of the factories and the cities.


    Could you see Atlas Shrugged being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I am sure it has been made already. I would never sit through it though since I spent 64 hours listening to the book.


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    Mr Clyde 06-23-12
    Mr Clyde 06-23-12
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    "Movie Better than ;the Book !"

    In this case I could not finish the book. I got aboujt half way through and had to quit listening. Could not finish. The story was Ok and the plot OK . The on and on and on, with explinations, over and over and over again - was nerve wracking. To wordy. To much repition. Beacme a chore to listen to. It grated on my nerves so mutch - i deleted it from my que. Let Me Say I watched the movie and it was wonderful. The audio book is a waste of time (and money).
    I think an abbridged version might be better, Unsure !!

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    Rod C Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-07-12
    Rod C Vancouver, BC, Canada 06-07-12 Member Since 2010

    Tech-wiz, Essentialist, Bulletproof, Yogi, Humanist.

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    "Blown Away!"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    The quality of writing and the incredible account of a world where mind is absent is utterly unique. The amazing way how philosophy is woven into the story as it unfolds blows away any other novel. After reading this book you will clearly see and identify Parasite behaviours and a Producer behaviours - enabling you to fully take responsibility for your life, produce and create value in the world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

    Francisco's speech, Rearden's court room scene, "This is John Galt Speaking" - so many great moments.


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

    Scott Brick does an incredible job from distinguishing different characters and their own individual voices; to the point that before they are identified in the scene, you know who is speaking.


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    Jason 05-28-12
    Jason 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I listen to audio books to help me fall asleep. This one was so boring it didn't even put me to sleep.


    Has Atlas Shrugged turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I still love American fiction, but I will never buy another Ayn Rand book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Yes. Scott Brick has a pleasant voice, but the material he was reading was worthless.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. I was looking forward to the philosophy. But the material was so dry and boring I could not listen to it long enough to hear the real themes.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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