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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.
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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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    R. Dempsey Portage, Mi United States 07-26-12
    R. Dempsey Portage, Mi United States 07-26-12
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    "You have to listed to this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a classic which narration only enhanced


    What did you like best about this story?

    The message to stand up strong


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved each scene


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

    It made me more determined to excel


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    Edward United States 07-20-12
    Edward United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Atlas Shrugged is the best book I have EVER read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    The conversations between Francisco Danconia and Hank Reardon


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes, excellent narration


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

    Francisco Danconia has the most interesting take on life.


    Any additional comments?

    Ayn Rand was so prophetic when she wrote this book in the 1950's. The exact destruction of our society that she spoke of is happening. The who produce nothing, yet depending on those who produce everything, loot from and rule over the producers, until the producers QUIT! It will soon happen in this country if we do not change course.

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    Blaine Hayes Center, NE, United States 07-20-12
    Blaine Hayes Center, NE, United States 07-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    The story is not the fastest most enticing I've ever read but the philosophy contained in this is incredible I have listened to this book twice now trying to get a better understanding of it and if you really take the time to think it through it will change the way you look at the world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The philosophy presented explains all the reasons that the world confuses me and prompted me to look more closely at why it confuses me and lead me to the conclusion that Mrs. Rand had seen decades ago the nature of the world we are living in and why it was wrong.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are questioning the long commitment of 40 hours to listen to this story/philosophy don't worry it will take much longer than that to fully grasp this book. Which is the mark of a great novel. Whether you agree with her ideas or hate them its worth the effort to listen and understand this novel.

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    Bruce Houston, Tx. USA 07-19-12
    Bruce Houston, Tx. USA 07-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, Needs editing"
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    There is a good story here if you can get past the excruciatingly long winded and boring parts. The author could have made her point and moved on, but instead climbs on her soap box and goes on, and on, AND ON......., I don't know if there is an abridged version or not, but this book could easily be edited down by half and be better for it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Round Rock, TX, United States 07-19-12
    Denise Round Rock, TX, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Love, Love, Love this book."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I highly recommend this book. I had tried several times to read the print version but each time failed to really become absorbed into the story. The size was intimidating and I ultimately would quit. I work 90 miles away from my home and am an avid audio book listener. After several shorter books I really wanted one that would last. This was a logical choice. I am three quarters of the way through Part 7 and I find myself listening on short drives as well as long and listening when I get home. Today is the perfect time to begin reading or rather listening to this profound, thought provoking novel, especially in these times. I can't tell you how many times I have heard a current news headline and thought "Who is John Gault". This should be required reading for everyone!


    What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to and why?

    I do not think any book from today or yesterday can ever be compared to Atlas Shrugged. It was before its time and it is timeless.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Not sure whether I would listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick. While he does a fine job and you can easily distinguish the characters from one another, the characters don't really come to life with his narration.


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    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-10-12
    Scott Philadelphia, PA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Absolutely Amazing and Timely"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The moral of the story. It is still true. Hard work, intelligence, and success should be rewarded and supported as opposed to trying to even the playing field by punishing the successful (i.e. paying more taxes) and incentivizing laziness and restricting business.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's the best. There were a great deal of characters in this long novel and you always know who's voice is being heard as well as the mood and intent of the words.


    Any additional comments?

    Call Ayn Rand a nut if you please but I believe the moral of the story holds true. If you punish the smart, hard-working, successful people (like by taxing them more and saying they owe more because they make more) or by awarding benefits to people because they are not as successful you create incentives for people to become mediocre, destroy individual aspirations and retard the progress of individuals and society as a whole. Yet, it is a lesson that despite the failure of socialism and communism in every single case and the success of capitalism liberals insist on ignoring.

    The book is entertaining, sometimes frustrating, often inspiring, and undeniably a classic. The narration was spot on and kept a perfect pace to a very long, complex, and challenging book. Excellent book, perfect narration, and critical lesson that needs to be reinforced constantly, perhaps now more than ever.

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    Ryan J Ducken 06-18-12
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    "New Favorite- Great Idealogy, and good story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    I weirdly cried at the end of reading this book 6/3/12. I really enjoyed it and want as many people to consider its contents carefully as possible. Could selfishness really be as beneficial to everyone because through your success others are able to succeed?


    What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to and why?

    Most books on Economics, Public Policy and Finance, marriage and family Sociology, Genetics. many more anything to help you think critically.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The book was long but worth it.


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

    I did cry and rarely do cry. I dont know why i cried at the end of the book but i did.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish more people could read the book.
    - The idea that you should try to do what truely makes you happy and in this way you can maximize your own utility hit right on the spot for me. Many people might be against the idea of selfishness but in everything we do even altruism is a result of the positive feelings some one might receive from giving their gift, and instinct wise it plays into many other genetic survival reasonings. That being said people would be at their most efficient and motivated when doing an activity that benefits them directly and that ideaology seems to directly refute the idea of socialism. With out knowing it most people help their neighbor or friend for several reasons and most reasons include: if I help this person or spend time with them i receive the companship or increase the ease/Likelihood of my survival (holds less true in modern times- hence less neighborly interaction -b/ there is no need?) Even when it comes to giving gifts and caring for children the genetic drive that pushes us to do those things is the selfish desire to spread your genetic data as successfully as possible (hence grandparents logevity). Not that a person is not free to help others but that is a learned trait generally and not an instinct unless it bears on the success of your offspring or your sustained life.
    - FYI for those that dislike what i wrote,Things I do: I try to do a good deed daily, I help others succeed, I promote enviromentally friendly products and ideas, I work hard, many many more things as well, and I do all of that for the selfish desire to see my family and friends some day live in a world that they can thrive in.

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    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 06-13-12
    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "TOO DAM LONG!"

    Oh my god! How many time can you say the same thing. I love the thought of the book, but wow, I recommend the abridged version if it is half as long. wow.

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    Paul Craft 06-12-12
    Paul Craft 06-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Required Reading!"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    Absolutely. If for no other reason, one cannot claim to be culturally literate about the political debate in this country without having read this book.


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

    The idea of the lights going out matching the fact that the competitive juices have been drained from society.


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

    The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions


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    Max Manalapan, NJ, United States 05-25-12
    Max Manalapan, NJ, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great surprise, and very good listen!"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    must-have-education (for any age), but especially for young adults.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    First the narration is great. Second, my drive to work, and then back takes roughly an hour. And it was most pleasurable 2 hours a day, that I've had for some time now.


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

    Yes, in a sense of how interesting the story is. And: no, because, (apart from the book length) it takes time to absorb all the philosophical ideas presented in this book.Also, there is nothing new, but a common sense, and a great story. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Do not place this book in your "Wish List". Download it now. Listen to it. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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