We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Atlas Shrugged | [Ayn Rand]

Atlas Shrugged

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.
Regular Price:$41.97
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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.

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (6495 )
5 star
 (3972)
4 star
 (1306)
3 star
 (609)
2 star
 (319)
1 star
 (289)
Overall
4.3 (4382 )
5 star
 (2800)
4 star
 (840)
3 star
 (365)
2 star
 (184)
1 star
 (193)
Story
4.4 (4338 )
5 star
 (2679)
4 star
 (961)
3 star
 (412)
2 star
 (147)
1 star
 (139)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    L. Rupe USA 12-11-12
    L. Rupe USA 12-11-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Incredible story"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cedric Oak Hills, Ca, United States 12-11-12
    Cedric Oak Hills, Ca, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Outstanding voice performance of a classic"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Promoting unbridled capitalism!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


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

    No, but I loved his work.


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

    When Hank Reardon said of John Galt, "I have met him, and I understand..."


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brian MARINA, CA, United States 12-08-12
    Brian MARINA, CA, United States 12-08-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I have a new favorite book"
    What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

    Very compelling look at capitalism vs socialist ideals.


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

    Not possible... too long. But yes, the desire to keep listening is compelling


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Paula 12-05-12
    Paula 12-05-12 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader and listener, of both fiction on non-fiction. I especially love history, adventure, and creative, clever and unusual characters!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Still one of the greatest stories EVER"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Josiah Chandler, AZ, United States 12-04-12
    Josiah Chandler, AZ, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Awesome Read! Narrator is the BOMB at x3"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    krystee yakima, WA, United States 11-30-12
    krystee yakima, WA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great political concept mixed w/human connection"
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite


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

    Wish I could, but 60 hrs doesn't fit in one sitting..


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeanette SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 11-29-12
    Jeanette SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 11-29-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A Fantastic Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    The reader made the story come alive. I don't think I would make it through reading over 1000 pages.


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

    When Daphne crashed landed in the valley and John Gault was the first person she saw.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See the above answer.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kraig angola, IN, United States 10-29-12
    Kraig angola, IN, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This was written in 1957 ???"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, relevant, & lengthy


    What did you like best about this story?

    A clever, coherent defense of the benefits of capitalism in an engaging story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Brant 10-29-12
    Brant 10-29-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Producers live!"
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very High.


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

    The story of Robin Hood.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job of changing tone and inflection to represent characters.


    If you could take any character from Atlas Shrugged out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dagny Taggerd. She's honest.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ricardo San Antonio, TX, United States 10-23-12
    Ricardo San Antonio, TX, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2008
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Outstanding narration"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    I would absolutely listen to this audio book a second time in order to appreciate the rich details.


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

    The paragraph in which the title of the book was explained.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I thoroughly enjoyed his range of characters which brought the characters to life.


    If you could rename Atlas Shrugged, what would you call it?

    Extinguish the Lights


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.