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.
I don't know if this book is good or bad. I do know that the narrator ruined it for me and that the order in which the parts and chapters are played is tricky at best. I spent more time finding out where I'd left off than actually listening to the grueling narrative.
I loved the premise but hated the narrative...I found myself screaming "Just get to the point!" The book could have been half as long.
Scott Brick does his best to ruin a literary classic with his narrating style. His pace is so slow and pronunciation so precise you start too loose interest in the of listening to this classic novel. I have noted his name and in the future will not download any novel narrated by Mr. Brick.
Clearly a classic. Very well written and with a clear dedicated author's philosphy that is impregnated in every chapter of the book. I would critique it as being a little wordy and repetitive. Started off strong and very engaging, ended with a slight yawn and OK I have heard this already. Brick was a perfect choice for this book. Highly recommend. Glad I chose the audiobook rather than read the book. Finished the book much quicker than I thought it would take. Go for it.
Hard core Audble listener, been listening to recorded books since they were on casset tape...
This voluminous book had an enjoyable theme, but I kept thinking as each character rambled their points ad nauseam, that this reader sounds just like the just like the voice of the People Mover ride narrator at Disneyland. I know that ride is not around anymore, at least at the Anaheim location, but man, I just couldn't get past that for some reason.
Only worth sitting through if you are looking for a book and want to get a lot out of your credit.
I have a cassette recording narrated by Kate Reading from Books on Tape that I have had for several years.Since I don't care forScott Brick but wanted to get a version I could load on my iphone I went ahead and wasted a credit on the Audible version. I am now considering buying a cassette player so I can listen to Ms Readings much better version. Audible, please consider purchasing the BOT version. It is MUCH better.
Great political tale. It's just too long. This isn't Harry Potter, this is serious literature. There is a message here, and made me think about what is going on in the US today. The dialogue is patched together monologues. I don't think Rand actually ever listened in on a conversation to learn how people really talk to each other. Other reviewers mentioned the narrator. I thought he did fine for such a massive undertaking. I do recommend this book. If you feel it is long, it really is a trilogy, so take a break at the breaks.
I thought that the narration was extremely dull. It seemed like even when the characters were passionate, the narrator made them sound disconnected and boring.
As for the story itself.... well, I don't know about everyone else, but I got the point of it in a few chapters. The rest of the book is just hammering the same thing over and over again... just in case you didn't get it the first hundred times. Daphne has to be the most clueless character ever created; I did not find her believable in the slightest. I thought Hank was equally as stupid. If they were so smart and talented, perhaps by the 30th hour of the neverending story...they would have caught onto the fact that they were being used a thousand times over by any and everyone in the world.
I get the social and political point of the book. But if you cut out the number of times the author repeated herself, it would be a short story.
A very complicated book to drive home a simple point.
I fell in love with Atlas Shrugged when I first read it many years ago, and as many Atlas Shrugged fan tend to do, I reread it every few years. As an Audible fan, I thought this time around I would listen to it. I found the narration of Scott Brick extremely irritating which ruined both story and character betrayal. His narration had a whining, sarcastic, sing-song tone to all characters. It is especially difficult to listen to the characters I admire, and the reason I come back to Atlas Shrugged every few years, portrayed in a voice that does not depict their strength and untainted conviction. Listening to a book for 61 hours is a commitment. I have not listened to the abridged version of Atlas Shrugged, but please don't listen to this version as it will ruin this remarkable story for you.
I jumped into this with the desire to understand the most popularized version of lassaiz-faire economics. It became apparent to me that there was no such treatment to be found in the book. I've read about a quarter of the way into it, and I have decided to abandon the project for other exploits. Yes, I've heard about the famous Galt monologue. No, I won't read it all - here's why.
When Rand decides to abandon real human interaction in favor of artificial preaching, she invariably just says "I [Rand] believe that might makes right [or any other suitable proposition]. Why? Because it's clearly true." Without presenting so much as a shred of evidence that she understands how people function, let alone why her pop-philosophy is to be taken seriously, she's successfully used an old trick: telling you what to think without the compliment of telling you why.
The many reviews and discourses I've read suggest that fans of Ms. Rand are looking for something smart and sophisticated to justify their beliefs post-hoc. And no, you are not allowed to redefine "moral" to mean what we would commonly think of as "amoral self-interest". Believe it or not, structuring a society around helping each other is moral. Letting the vaguely-defined "great" men do their thing simply because they have vision will often lead bad things.
Any book that is longer than the complete Hebrew-English Tanach had better develop a plotline. This does not develop fast enough. The characters don't act like real people. If you want suggestions of what to do with your great burning spirit, I suggest F. Nietzsche.
If you're still reading my review, then let me state that Rand can be very descriptive in her usual paragraphs. If you want a more concise, perhaps even believable version of her objectivism, skip this and move to The Fountainhead. It's much more manageable, and the focus on an artist instead of a capitalist is far more appropriate to matters of spirit.
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