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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

Atlas Shrugged [Audiobook]

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.
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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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    Mark Mission Viejo, CA USA 06-03-13
    Mark Mission Viejo, CA USA 06-03-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Very good when read the second time"

    I read this in the early 80's and was blown away with Rand's insight into those who don't understand anything about a free market economy. Carter was proving to be a disaster and the whole re-definition of Government, manhood, character etc was not being challenged by many in the media or public discussions (Bill Buckley and Bill Simon were lights in the darkness then). I disagree with her values of selfishness, but the novel as a whole was insightful and, having re-read it this year, continues to prove prophetic!

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    Edward 05-09-13
    Edward 05-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Thought Provoking"

    So I’m embarrassed to say I’m new to the world of Ayn Rand, but there it is. I’m thankful I found her, and thankful for audible for having some of her library available for download. I was surprised when my Mother-in-law informed me that Ayn Rand use to be required reading when she was in high school; my how times have changed. The book itself has so many parallels to what we are experiencing in this country today, it’s scary. I’m trying to understand what she saw happening in this county back in the 50’s to write such a book. The narration is excellent, the theme timeless, and the lessons being thought are priceless. The book is long, but don’t be scared away by this. The time spent, is well worth it. The engine of this great republic is slowly coming to a halt; read this book to find out why.

    “Who is John Galt”

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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 02-15-13
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 02-15-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved every minute of 63 hours!"

    I never read the same book twice. Life is too short and books too many. The only exceptions have been Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged". The first is almost a prequel to the second, but not mandatory.

    The story of "Atlas Shrugged" is wonderful. The philosophy supporting it, brilliant. Much like another of her books, "The Virtue of Selfishness", a quality which is mostly preached as being negative if not evil. But why, exactly, do the poor feel entitled to demand from the rich? What would happen if the bosses went on strike? Who is John Galt?

    Yes, I loved every minute of it. And Scott Brick's narration was excellent, throughout a very long book. I am grateful for Audiobooks of this quality, which enrich my life.

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    R. Knight 01-21-13
    R. Knight 01-21-13 Member Since 2007

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    "grand novel of romance and adventure..."
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its my second favorite book of all time, and as far as audio version goes, definitely in my top five.


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

    i wouldnt want to spoil it for new listeners. i do have my very own rearden metal bracelet though...


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    scott brick is an excellent narrator, but i find him to be rather slow sometimes, so i love the function on the audible app that allows you to speed up the narrator. i usually listen at 1.5 times normal speed, so it doesnt go slow like ben stein...bueller? bueller?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    if the weight of the world was on your shoulders, wouldnt you shrug?


    Any additional comments?

    this is a fantastic novel full of epic idealized characters. these are archetypes of heroic figures we should strive to be like. the philosophy embedded in the novel is something that desperately needs to be examined and put into practice for the real world. there are real world current issues that mirror a book a russian immigrant wrote over fifty years ago. it was prophetic then and coming true now. its an excellent novel at face value, but the deeper meaning is intriguing as well.

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    melissa.weers 01-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "what did she know and when did she know it"
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    great book. it well make you real think about what going on today even it a story you well see alot of these event happen today and wonder


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

    there are a few speeches in this book that are even good you you might want to take time to listen to again they well make you think...alot


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    Peter Hilleren Brooklyn, NY 01-14-13
    Peter Hilleren Brooklyn, NY 01-14-13 Member Since 2015
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    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick just doesn't do it for me with this performance. Too over the top.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Edward Herrmann does a much better job in the Abridged version. I would kill for an unabridged version of his performance.


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    Suzanne Puligny-Montrachet, France 01-10-13
    Suzanne Puligny-Montrachet, France 01-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "a MUST for all Ayn Rand fans"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    I have read Atlas Shrugged twice and listened to it once. Ayn Rand's protest against communism is communicated in such a way that can only be an enormous eye openner for an 'outsider'. Before you attack this huge book, I suggest reading "We the living " and "The Fountainhead "


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

    A is A - when you have to remember your priorities in life, this is an extemist appoach that merits consideration. The text and language may be long winded and dated ( remember it was written in 1957 by an author from the Soviet Union ) but the values and morals expressed should never be forgotten.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    FABULOUS performance. For such a lengthy and sometimes long winded book, Scott Brick communicates the complex emotions to perfection. The snivelling bureaucrat, the whining employee, the undeserving and pretentious wife ... he conveys all themes with skill.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the best performances by the reader were the scenes of confrontation between the industrialists and their "mooching" families and so called friends - such as the 11th anniversay party scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and will listen to it again .

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    Lisa lexington, sc, United States 01-08-13
    Lisa lexington, sc, United States 01-08-13
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    "Engaging & a novel of today"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    I looked forward to relaxing at the end of the day, focusing on the story, characters, and the reader's voice made the connection with each character...a strong delivery.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dagny, of course, since I am a woman. Her will, her ethics, her value system spoke strongly to my convictions and all I could do is admire her strengths. I love Hank. He is sexy in his own right. I admired men of integrity and conviction. He does not wavier.


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

    This is my first. He does a great job in delivery. Very pleasant to listen to.


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

    Francisco. His delivery of his message on money. Hank, the court room scene.


    Any additional comments?

    Seeing part one and two/dvd, bringing the novel to life, I often wonder why this novel took so long to be revealed. Cannot wait for part three.

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    Michael Jupiter, FL, United States 01-02-13
    Michael Jupiter, FL, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read for all Americans..."

    There has never been a book written more important, interesting and timeless than Atlas Shrugged. I had read it years ago in the 7th or 8th grade. I remember thinking it was so far fetched that I viewed it as I would a sci-fi novel. When I read it this time, I see it as a wake up call to all Americans, all Humans. If you have not read it, or it has been 20+ years (like for myself) i can not over emphasize the importance of the reading. Ayn Rand has become my favorite author, and I am reading all of her works now. Read this novel, and while doing so see if her words hold the frightening familiarity of what you are hearing, seeing, being told, taught and watching all around you,



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    TheJonesHome Roscoe, IL USA 12-11-12
    TheJonesHome Roscoe, IL USA 12-11-12
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    "Awesome & Captivating!"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    Yes, I may listen to it again because I enjoyed it so much!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator!


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

    What foresight she had!


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should listen to or read this book!

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