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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

Atlas Shrugged [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    Amazon Customer 05-06-12

    Serene

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    "I couldn't wait to listen to it!"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Long, Worth It


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dagney, I enjoy strong female leads, her wit & attitude made me smile on more than one occasion


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    There was a smooth transition between the characters & he portrayed their emotions & attitudes well.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very very very long book...that being said, it was worth it. It was a little rough starting out, but after the first 60 minutes you are hooked for the whole thing. I just watched the movie and was very disappointed in everything they chose to leave out. It's like a summary of the cliffs notes.

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    Borgnimbblefoot 04-06-12

    rage against the machine

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    "Where is our John Gault"
    What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

    The individuals ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Gault w/out question!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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

    Scott knocked this out of the park as usual.


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    Laura Wayne, NJ, United States 04-01-12
    Laura Wayne, NJ, United States 04-01-12
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    "Fantastic novel, beautifully read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to a friend with a clear warning that it's a long one, and it takes a while for the story to really get going. If you have some patience, it will be worth it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book was perfect for my 30- to 40-minute commute to student teaching and back. It was captivating (at least the second half was), but not so much so that I felt the need to sit in the parking lot for more than a minute or two after reaching my destination.


    Any additional comments?

    Warning: Reading this book just might make you rethink your world view. It might make you want to become a more responsible and hard-working person.

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    Karen Baltimore, MD, United States 03-30-12
    Karen Baltimore, MD, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "long but worth it"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    No - it was 63 hrs! I am happy I finished it once!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator was fabulous. And the book is a classic - something I would have never had the patience to actually sit and read, but I got hooked on it (for nearly 3 mths) during my commute.


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

    Dagny Taggert


    Who was the most memorable character of Atlas Shrugged and why?

    Who else, Who is John Galt?


    Any additional comments?

    It is worth the investment in time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff ROCHESTER, NY, United States 03-21-12
    Jeff ROCHESTER, NY, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book, holds up well"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of those books that can change a persons perspective on the world of capitalism vs. socialism. I felt like I was part of the world that was being presented. I was enlightened, surprised, upset and calmed all at the same time. Great fun!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Who is John Gault. He was the hero and the villain in the same sentence.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Great audio version. It is over 60 hours long and the performance was oustanding.


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    Demetri Telionis 03-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Never connected with the characters and the spirit"
    What would have made Atlas Shrugged better?

    The characters must be more real. Good fiction makes you feel close to the heroes. You care for them. They become friends. Rand's characters are so unrealsitic and behave so erratically that at all times I am fully aware that this is,..., fiction. And it is far too long. I had to force myself to read it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayn Rand again?

    No.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    This was OK.


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

    Some love scenes are so unrealistic. The heroine jumps in bed when you list expects it, in one case with practically a stranger. And she seems to be desperately in love with A whom suddenly she drops in favor of B, and then ....in favor of C. But the transition is totally unnatural.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a strong political underlying feature, but it is not at all convincing

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    Fran Pearson 03-10-12
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    "More philosophy than literature, but a great read."

    There is much food for thought in this classic. The hero's ideas are as relevant now as they were 50 years ago when the book was new and very controversial. It combines intellectual and monetary goals with individualism, bordering on greed and selfishness. The story is excellent but the writing style is heavy-handed. This book is romantic and fantastic.

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    Karen 02-26-12
    Karen 02-26-12
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    "A great listen!"
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    I had been hearing about this book for years and finally moved it up my

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