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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

Atlas Shrugged [Audiobook]

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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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!"
    Any additional comments?

    I had been hearing about this book for years and finally moved it up my

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Waterford, MI, United States 02-24-12
    Robert Waterford, MI, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Mesmerizing story"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    One of the most compelling books I have listened to.


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

    Who is John Galt?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Galt's airwaves speech.


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

    John Galt.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jose 01-28-12
    Jose 01-28-12
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    "Best book I have read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it tells you a story you never heard before and it will help you understand the forces that move the world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hank Rearden


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Twila C. 01-06-12
    Twila C. 01-06-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Well worth the time - Well worth the thought"

    I read the Audible reviews prior to buying the book, and decided that this narrator was worth the try since the cost was half of the other choice. I was not disappointed! I loved the book, not because I agree with all that is in it, but because it makes me think. I am a serious Christian, and this book is written from an athestic view point. What is interesting is the chief premise, among so many, is that we must live by what is, or A = A, or what is, is. I have had my last several months captivated by analyzing this book's many ideas against A = A, when in fact A starts with "there is a God, who is Creator, who is the center of all things." Then one can take the ideas and determine if they really hold up to the real A that is.

    The story brings out so many ideas that to list them is daunting, but if you want to have "story" provide you a place for working on, chewing on, thinking about ideas -- and especially those ideas that confront our economy, or governing ideas, and our postmodern age of "there is no absolute truth", then you will most likely enjoy this book. That the author lived through the early days of Soviet and communist rule gives a great deal of credance to her portrayal of the realities of what happens when Marxist ideas are implemented.

    The narration was fantastic, in my opionion, contrary to what some have said. If you want to save money and wonder if you should take a chance on this version, I recommended it whole-heartedly. Some have said that Dagne, as the Operating Vice President of the railroad, is too breathy, but I felt the voice used by the narrator projected a very controlled power - an undercurrent of constantly sheathed strength.

    Topics of discussion of particular interest and that are unusally well thought out were the unity of mind and body, the role of money, the necessity of the motive power of thinkers in the world, and the excellence of excellence. By definition, an atheist writing about A = A will leave out the most foundational A of all, that is God, thereby producing contradictions of a foundational, critical, and very serious nature. But even these contradictions are well worth THINKING on. THINKING, afterall, is the chief purpose of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Washington, NJ, United States 12-19-11
    Bryan Washington, NJ, United States 12-19-11
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    "Fantastic"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    It was read to me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a fantastic thought provoking insight into the ideas that founded the USA from the author's perspective. What could the possible outcome be if we stray from our founding and allow monolithic government to overtake our principles and values.


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

    Dagny Taggert. Smart, principled woman.


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  • Alan Michael Forrester
    Northampton
    12/25/12
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    "John Galt would have liked it"

    A minor criticism first. The first track in this audio book is an introduction with spoilers, so you should skip it if you don't want the surprise to be spoiled. The narration is clear and well acted and the sound is good.



    Atlas Shrugged is two books in one: a novel and a book of philosophy. As a novel, AS is very good. It has interesting characters that change over the course of the book in ways that seem reasonable given their worldview and the world they live in. The plot also makes sense and is very effective at presenting Rand's worldview.



    Many people complain about AS. I think these complaints are largely due to them disagreeing with the philosophy without having any good arguments against it. Do characters speak more eloquently than most people do in real life? There isn't a novel worth reading where that isn't true. The characters sometimes give speeches when they have something to say that requires a speech. People disapprove of this stuff because they dislike the content of the speech, not because there is a speech. My suggestion about how to approach the book is this: every time you feel outraged ask yourself whether you have a logical argument against what Rand is saying. If you don't then you should be willing to admit that you might be wrong and keep going.



    So, to conclude, this audiobook is a well-narrated presentation of a challenging and dramatic novel.

    42 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • michelle
    NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Atlas Shrugged"

    This is a fantastic eye opening read. It gives the reader a whole new view of the economy today even though it was written in the late 50s. I would recommend this audio especially for those who find reading a book of this size difficult. Definitely a must have!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    London, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Well Worth the Effort"

    I was so pleased when I saw the unabridged version of Atlas Shrugged had been released on Audible. I tried to fight my way through the tiny font 1168 page paperback I bought a few years ago but I only have so much determination. This is what audiobooks were meant to be.



    As many know this set in an America where socialism has gone bad. At times you do feel as though Rand is hitting you over the head with her message, but I suspected it was always going to be that way.



    After a slow start Rand manages to keep my interest in the plot, although I have to admit that it's lovers of philosophy who will get the most out of this book.



    Well read by Scott Brick; next up for me in the unabridged Fountainhead.



    The longest book I have ever bought and definitely value for money.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    CANNOCK, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A work of fiction, a work of philosophy."

    I really can not describe how much this novel has affected me. The value this book presents is just unmatched by any other work of its kind. For me Atlas Shrugged feels like a classic that is actually a classic. Themes of the book weave together like nothing I have ever read. If you enjoy a good thought provoking book, Atlas Shrugged will change your life.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Copenhagen N, Denmark
    4/7/13
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    "Has challenged me to rethink ideas"

    For a long time I was reluctant to start reading this book, as it is a very long book, but it has been a great "read" for many hours of driving. Yes, it is long, but it has kept me interested and curious for the next turn of events.



    I knew it was a political/philosophical book and it has certainly provoked my thinking - more than I really like, as I normally do not see myself as such a radical liberal as promoted here. The "looters" seem so obvious wrong in this book, that it is scary how often we see and hear their ideas promoted in real life also now in 2013. Having travelled around the world, I see countries almost purely based on the model promoted by the "looters" here - and not surprisingly these countries seem on the brink of catastrophe.



    Probably the most thought provoking book I have "read" in years.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • tam
    4/17/14
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    "Atlas Shrugged - 30th Edition complete with extras"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    A titan of a book, by any standards, would need to give it a while before revisiting, will be trying The Fountainhead though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration perfectly executed by Scott Brick.


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

    Brick's take on all the characters is excellent, but his Hank Rearden was the best.


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

    Such a great book, narrated so well, with notes from the author etc thrown in for good measure.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best purchases I've made on Audible.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Black Metal Fan
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom.
    1/12/13
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    "Amazing book!"

    I first read this book many years ago, and have been checking Audible for the last three years, waiting for it to come out on audio. I forgot a lot of the plot of this book, but I absolutely love it. Ayn Rand was a genius!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Edward
    ROTHESAY, United Kingdom
    6/14/13
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    "An Explanation of Our Current Folly."

    Prophetic vision of our future written Sixty years ago. This is a gripping read that seems to explain today's headlines. Well read in the audible format. An excellent explanation of why ,"There is no free lunch."

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/21/16
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    "Absolute must read! Life changing"

    This book should be considered required reading by all parents of their children.

    Especially in the modern age, it's more important than ever that people understand morality. True morality that is, not the repulsive warped morality being preached by liberal professors worldwide.

    The young people of the world need this book more than ever.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Demirep
    LONDON, England
    12/28/14
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    "Surprisingly impressive book"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    Scott Brick is a talented narrator with a fluent command of the different voices.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    There are many characters in this book and Brick managed to make a different voice for every one of them.


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

    It made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    There were holes in the plot and a lot of unanswerable questions. The Utopia which Rand describes is not workable. The Distopia she describes could not happen at that sort of pace in that way. However, later events -- typified in the collapse of Soviet society for example, or the rise of politicly correct language in Western countries -- which she could only predict at the time she wrote the novel, prove her to have been remarkably prescient and although her views seem extreme this book carries warnings we should heed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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