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 was easy to listen to and follow the story no matter what I was doing, so once I was sucked into the story I found myself listening in the car, at the gym, mowing the lawn, working around the house, etc.
I imagined that Hank Reardon was closest to his voice. It was sometimes hard to distinguish voices when there was a back and forth conversation. I sometimes was lost who was saying which paragraph, but eventually figured it out, a few times I had to go back and relisten to catch it after I knew who was who.
Promoting unbridled capitalism!
Made it shorter. Some of the book was unnessesarily wordy with no benefit to the story. Also, Ayn Rand creates implausable choices for her characters in order to advance her agenda. Also, almost all the characters (except Eddie Willers and Sheryl Taggard) are overly one-dementional; either superhero or moral degenerate. I know it is a fictional story to push a philosophical perspective, but the lack of realistic characters with nuance made her philosophical bent less appealing to me.
No, but I loved his work.
When Hank Reardon said of John Galt, "I have met him, and I understand..."
Very compelling look at capitalism vs socialist ideals.
Not possible... too long. But yes, the desire to keep listening is compelling
Avid reader and listener, of both fiction on non-fiction. I especially love history, adventure, and creative, clever and unusual characters!
There is a reason that the classic Atlas Shrugged has remained one of the best selling books for over 50 years: it is simply a phenomenal tale, before its time in many ways, and filled with fascinating characters and unpredictable plot elements. Scott Brick is not my favorite reader, but he does a reliable job in telling this complex story. This audio version remains one of my favorite listens ever, and my husband and I have both listened to it several times. It is an undertaking, to be sure, at 63 hours, but there is so much story to be told that you will relish every hour.
I will not give any spoilers to listeners who have not read the book, but suffice it to say that the events of Atlas Shrugged sound as if they are taken from current headlines; you will have a hard time believing that this was written more than half a century ago. The American economy is in shambles, the government repeatedly tries to fix it with legislation that only compounds the problems, the few remaining productive sectors of the economy are villified as being "greedy," and forced to hand over all they earn for the "good of society," and successful businessmen are disappearing, leaving their once profitable companies to be looted by beaurocrats. One man's dramatic solution does indeed leave you wondering "Who is John Galt?"
Enjoy this marvelous classic! You will never look at society, government and the economy in the same light again.
Brick was actually pretty dang good. Start listening at 1.25X then slowly move up to 3X (if you would like to). Brick talks slowly but probably sounds the best at 1.5X. I had full comprehension at 3X and thought it was very engaging. Have a great time listening most def worth it!
9 out of 10.. I'm not sure what ten was but it was so far above the other books I've heard, that it's way up there. They do a good job of painting a political picture of where the world is and/or can go and connects it to you personally at a human level, all while holding suspense, mystery, and excitement. The narrator does a great job of painting the picture of the each scene and individual.
Francisco was a self- motivated, 12 steps ahead individual who thought on multiple levels outside of the perverbial box. This is the way all humans should strive to be.
I don't have a favorite
Wish I could, but 60 hrs doesn't fit in one sitting..
The reader made the story come alive. I don't think I would make it through reading over 1000 pages.
When Daphne crashed landed in the valley and John Gault was the first person she saw.
See the above answer.
Engaging, relevant, & lengthy
A clever, coherent defense of the benefits of capitalism in an engaging story.
Although written in 1957, the book seems more relevant today that it probably did in 1957. Some minor social norms have changed since the 50's, but this only adds to the interest of this story.
However, be aware this is a long book. Sometimes the dialog is made up of short, rapid fire, back-and-forth conversations, but I guess that's what happens when you have 1,100 pages to fill.
Don't be fooled by the recent movie. This is a very engaging story.
The story of Robin Hood.
He did a good job of changing tone and inflection to represent characters.
Dagny Taggerd. She's honest.
I would absolutely listen to this audio book a second time in order to appreciate the rich details.
The paragraph in which the title of the book was explained.
I thoroughly enjoyed his range of characters which brought the characters to life.
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