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 was warned about the narration but it's so bad I wonder if I can finish this rendition. Aside from a misinterpretation of the tone of the book and demeanor of the characters, the narration is pretentious and overacted. Brick's voice is wispy and melancholy; a sing-songy intonation that cares more for the words than the context. But it's unfair to hang this all on Brick. A catastrophe of this proportion takes teamwork.
Yes, One of the best books out there, I would actually recommend it in the audio format.
It is an eye opener that parallels current society but was written 50+ years ago........I guess some things never change.
None really compare that I have read
Nothing stands out, but it has been several months since I listened to it the last time.
Why John Galt of course, just to talk about it all
This book starts a bit slow which I believe makes it hard to read in the printed version..................long live Audible.
I had really been looking forward to listening to this book. But i found Mr. Brick's narration just too snide and sarcastic. It would be one thing to have the characters conversations read that way, but there was simply no break from it and it grew old. I wanted to stop, but decided to see it through to the end. Every character was endlessly preachy. Speeches going on for hours.... While I understand that the author was expressing a specific philosophy, i just wish that brevity or at least succinctness had been a part of it. Had the philosophy required this degree of explanation it may have been worth it. But too much was simply a repeat of what had previously been said. In my favorite books I find myself hitting the skip back button to make sure I don't miss anything. With this book i wouldn't even bother to rewind if I fell asleep.
The book has a great premise and when the author isn't on a soap box preaching through the characters, the book is enjoyable. Too many long sections that seem to repeat each other and drag. One long narrative, and by long I mean hours, could easily be left out of the book.
No Pink Ponies
Having read this novel years ago, I was not expecting such a wonderful adaptation to audiobook. But this is really excellent--of course Scott Brick is one of the best narrators and the overall performance is nearly flawless. The story is so relevant to political and economics today that it is almost eerie how a book that is over fifty years old could predict our current situation. But "things like this are never a coincidence." Excellent treatise on why things are the way they are, even if you do not subscribe to Objectivist philosophy. A must-read for anyone who questions "Why must it be so?"
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.
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