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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook
Atlas Shrugged
Written by: 
Ayn Rand
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

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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    Brad bemidji, MN, USA 09-15-09
    Brad bemidji, MN, USA 09-15-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Unbeleivable"

    Every School age child should read this book prior to entering the real world. What a wonderful message to take with you as you explore out on your own. I loved the narrator - he fit every part.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Gig Harbor, WA, USA 01-26-10
    Chris Gig Harbor, WA, USA 01-26-10
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    "Too Long Poorly Voiced"

    This book would have been really good at half the length. The characters are all one-dimensional and her philosophy is not exactly brought across in a subtle manner, she hits you over the head with it for over 50 hours including a 3 hour speech that should have taken 5 minutes.

    The "bad guys" were all voiced with the same wimpy voice while all the "good guys" were voiced with the same manly strong voice.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Big John Montana 07-29-13
    Big John Montana 07-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Story was garbage."

    I'm trying to read books with intelligence, even if I expect to disagree with them. That being said, about 25% of the way through Rand's "atlas shrugged" any time I hear the words "it's not right" I expect to hear some stupid stupid S@#.

    one small example (of which all the others are just this stupid) - somehow I'm expected to believe that during an oil shortage, oil producers would go out of business because of competition, and people would demand that the big producer have his output capped, (during said shortage) because its not fair to the little guy? And already understanding how this book progresses, I'm sure they do cap the big guys production, with no mention of even the premise that made them think it was a good idea except everyone deserves and equal chance? Can't read this crap anymore.

    it's supposed to be a philisophical book, but what's the point of basing a philosophy on an illogical plot line? I get the illogic of Vonnegut et. Al. Because say a main character walking on stilts for several years is not THE plot line, its an aid to it, to make you think from a different prospective. Now as of so far Rand's plot line is not BASED on things that could ever happen in the real world, her plot line IS things that could never happen in the real world, with no explanations of how or why....which amazes me given that the book is over 1000 pages long.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Justin United States 02-15-11
    Justin United States 02-15-11 Member Since 2012
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    "in need of some serious editing..."

    This book was soooooo long. I love long books normally but only if they're not repeating the same thing over and over and over again. This book is essentially a study in how long you can beat a dead horse and still keep a conservatives attention. I suppose I'm glad I listened to this since so many other people seem to find it inspiring but really, the philosophy is shallow and flawed and I don't see why so many people are taken in by it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kurt Y. Hanish Seattle, WA USA 07-14-10
    Kurt Y. Hanish Seattle, WA USA 07-14-10

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    "Worst book I have ever listened to"

    The writing stunk, The characters reminded me more of comic book characters than literature characters. If Ayn Rand wanted to write an ecomomic or social philopshy book she should have done so. And for all the people who love the characters because they think captialists are all heroes and socialists are all evil slackers, explain to me the heroics of Enron, the financial crisis, BP's disaster, and so on. The human race is not simple and it never will be. Ayn Rand wanted us to believe it was.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Geoffrey Rockford, TN, United States 08-25-10
    Geoffrey Rockford, TN, United States 08-25-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, narrated by Lois Cook"

    Sterling Hayden (General Jack Ripper) as Hank Rearden. Peter Sellers (Inspector Jacques Clouseau) as Francisco D'Anconia. And Kathleen Turner (Jessica Rabbit) as Dagny Taggart.

    Is Mr. Brick's unrelenting and cartoonishly melodramatic breathlessness intended as malicious mockery? Or is it simply that the man was not right for the part? Has Blackstone been overrun by Bolsheviks? If this is not an act of deliberate demolition, why didn't someone who understood and respected this priceless work of genius put a stop to this audible farce?

    By all means, you must read and understand Atlas. But by all means, find a way to acquire Christopher Hurt's rendition. It can be done. Just google "Atlas Shrugged Christopher Hurt." It will be well worth your effort.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew J Peterson 03-21-09 Member Since 2012
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    "A good message in Soap Opera Format"

    I think the overall story is good. And, I do like Scott Brick as a Narrator. The message of the book is good, but kinda drummed into your head over and over.

    It's an interesting book, but for me I can only go through it once.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    P. Smith 04-30-15
    P. Smith 04-30-15
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    "Rand's poor writing goes on and on"
    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Scott Brick?

    No for Rand, yes for Brick.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    After this, I listened to several economic texts including "Economics, 3rd Edition" and "Debt, the first 5000 years".


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

    His narration shows determined characters with single minded focus. I think that's how Rand would have wanted it.


    What character would you cut from Atlas Shrugged?

    All of them. They were all caricatures for Rand to show off her philosophy. They had very little value in and of themselves. Rand would have been better off making the book a quarter of its length and just explained what she thought was right and wrong with the world instead of writing a novel. She wouldn't need any poorly written, unsympathetic, two dimensional characters in order to do that.


    Any additional comments?

    I need to put aside the value of her philosophy and just tell you about the book. It is not well written. The author doesn't understand her characters. She loves to hear herself talk. She wants to get her way. Her characters are like comic book characters, all powerful superheros or evil super-villains.

    The people giving this book 5 stars are those who love her philosophy and willing to suffer through her writing to see their heroes triumphant at the end. You won't see any 5 star reviews from literary critics. Think of that as you contemplate listening to this for 63 hours.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Manley 12-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "The Tea Party's Bible"
    What disappointed you about Atlas Shrugged?

    I cannot believe this book is considered a classic. It's a two dimensional story that seems to send the message: There's only two types of people in the world, Those that think exactly like me and total idiots. If people disagree with you they are not worth listening to.
    The antagonist in the story only exists to nag people and to get in the way. They are written badly, like a teenager trying to write about how someone thinks and they want you to know just how stupid these characters are and they should just wise up and agree with the protagonist.


    What was most disappointing about Ayn Rand’s story?

    She portrayed working class people as too stupid to look after themselves. Without a boss to tell them too, they wouldn't even know to throw rooting food away. They would live in squallier not even bothering to repair their homes. It just reeks of class prejudice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end because I didn't need to listen to any more. The only other part I even remotely liked was when John Gault is being tortured and the machine breaks and no one them know how to fix it and he ends up tell them how to get in running again. That was not worth 63 hours of my time though.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Atlas Shrugged?

    The only thing that might have saved it is if antagonist were better written. I cannot understand the motivation because their decisions make no logical sense. You have to understand the motivation of a character even you don't like the character. While I hate a character like Lord Voldimort of King Joffery, I understand what motivates them even thought the characters are horrible people doing things I would never do I can still understand why they make the decisions they do. James Taggart and Lillian Rearden only seem to exist to make problems and protagonists and nag them.
    Also the pomposity of the protagonists needs to be removed completely. Dagney is particular is so pompous and condescending I want to smack her, also could we have one male character who doesn't fall in love with her.


    Any additional comments?

    If you think Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck are the great minds of our time, you'll love this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 12-09-13
    Jason FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This book should be mandatory"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    Yes, it is not only a great story but read like it is rip from today's headlines


    What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to and why?

    There is not really any other book like this one


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, this book will help you define what type of person you are in life.


    Any additional comments?

    Should be taught in every school.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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