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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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    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 10-21-12
    Roswatheist Dexter, New Mexico, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I love this book"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Great character development.


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

    There isn't, except maybe her other work. We the Living was an excellent first novel; The Fountainhead geared up for Atlas Shrugged.


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

    Francisco.


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

    I want to but can't.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually have two audio Atlas Shrugged purchases now. This one is far superior in audio quality to the other. The narrarator is better, too.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joell Daniel Longwood, fl United States 03-09-12
    Joell Daniel Longwood, fl United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Dont waste your time."
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    College freshman


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Civil War, 1861


    What three words best describe Scott Brick???s voice?

    Clear, interesting, dramatic


    What character would you cut from Atlas Shrugged?

    no opinion


    Any additional comments?

    This book is characterized as a

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    susan LIVERMORE, CA, United States 01-12-12
    susan LIVERMORE, CA, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very well written but long winded"

    This was very well written and narrated and the story is good. It is very long and there are many long philosophical speeches, one that is three hours long. I can't say for sure that it was the best use of my 63 hours but I am glad I listened to it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Boulder, CO, United States 12-30-11
    David Boulder, CO, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Unbearable"

    This is my first experience with any Ayn Rand piece.

    Setting aside her own political philosophy, which I find myself disagreeing with, the book is terrible. Characters are one-dimentional caricatures of what a person might actually be like. Every sentence if filled with this over-emphasized melodrama to rival the best daytime soap opera. Rand spends pages and pages saying nothing, and her passages of dialogue are just long soliloquies that she uses as an excuse to write another diatribe about the problems of socialism.

    Rand should have saved her writing for op-ed pieces.

    I would not recommend this book to anyone. Ever.

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    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 12-26-11
    John Fort Morgan, CO, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2010

    Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.

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    "Atlas Didn't...but I did."
    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Scott Brick?

    No. This book was a pretentious, naive, and narrowminded look at the world.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ayn Rand before, how does this one compare?

    I have not and based on this one will not in the future.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator did an excellent job relating the material.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Perhaps, but I would not pay to see it.


    Any additional comments?

    Ayn Rand presents a view of the world that is not based in reality. While several of her assertions are interesting her presentation of a philospohy gives one paragaph meniotns during a monologue to the millitary and religion. No matter your personal opinion on these aspects of humantiy they are central to human realtions and cannot be dismissed just because you have a low opinion of them. An idealistic presentation, nothing more.

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    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 11-22-11
    Ronald ROCHESTER, NY, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2003
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    "This book owes a debt to "The Wizard of Oz""

    All of the characters seem to be descendants of either the tin woodsman, the scarecrow, or the cowardly lion. In this world where everyone suffers from a major personality flaw, it is no wonder that the heroes are those with brains and courage, and no heart. All of the characters suffer from verbal diarrhea. A homeless stowaway on board a train talks for an hour about the takeover of a motor plant by brain-dead descendants of the founder. He has them quoting Karl Marx (without attribution): "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs." One of the main characters delivers a national radio address that would make Bill Clinton or Fidel Castro seem like models of brevity. I've enjoyed Scott Brick in many other books. In this case his characters either speak in a monotone or are constantly whining. Maybe this was just a faithful representation of Rand's characters. Before you buy this book, you should look up Ayn Rand's views on objectivism. If you have serious problems with this philosophy, you will have serious problems with this book. Personally, I find some elements of objectivism useful, but taken as a whole, the philosophy is woefully inadequate. One of the protagonists directly attacks St. Paul's treatise on love: ("The kind who never asked you for faith, hope, and charity, but offered you facts, proof, and profit."). I don't believe that my highest calling is personal pleasure. I also found Rand's foray into science fiction wanting (a motor that gets its energy from static electricity in the air?) I rated this book a 2 rather than 1 because I managed to finish all 63 hours of it. There is a narrative that has a reasonable conclusion.

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    William Seaford, NY, United States 10-30-11
    William Seaford, NY, United States 10-30-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The Emperor Isn't Wearing Any Clothes"

    This for me was a bottom three novel of all the classics I have read in my life. I barely managed to get through it by double-speeding through the interminable didactic speeches in the text. And I'm not someone who hates all long, dense novels. I'm a big fan of Henry James.

    It is full of one-dimensional caricatures such as Jim Taggert and Hank Rearden. It contains a silly soap opera sex triangle (or is it a quadrangle). The book could have been twenty-five percent shorter if Ms. Rand had kept under control her main literary conceit of hyper-interpretation of her characters' facial expressions.

    "Hank looked at Dagny with a smile that suggested deep cynicism. Dagny's gaze revealed only sincerity. Hank leaned forward and kissed her on the lips. As he looked up at Dagny again this time his smile indicated only great warmth. Now Dagny's eyes were narrowed in a show of mild surprise."

    Etcetera, etcetera forever.

    How could a serious novelist include those real-time speeches of over a half hour at the party and in the courtroom? Nobody at the party or trial ever interrupts them? And that two hour radio address near the end of the novel? Are we to believe that Mr. and Mrs. America would sit immovable at their radios listening attentively to a speech that would have been far over the head of many scholars? Did anyone who so praised this novel actually read through that entire speech attentively?

    That leaves the politics. In the fifties the socialism vs. capitalism debate was very relevant and the author did an excellent job, albeit at ridiculous length, of presenting the argument for capitalism. At some future time the argument may again be relevent. This novel may even have contributed to the victory of capitalism. But capitalism has completely defeated socialism at present. Even in CHINA! Who is willing to spend sixty hours listening to an argument that they learned and mostly all accepted years ago in school?

    I must, however compliment Ms. Rand on at least one element of the novel. The character of Dagny Taggert is well drawn, multi-dimensional and always interesting. If Ms. Rand had not been saddled with the task of getting her ideology across then she might have written a very decent novel.

    So why is Atlas Shrugged so highly praised by so many readers and listeners? I think that it is because the readership has been conditioned to believe that this is a great novel. More than one organization of scholars has named the even more unreadable and unread "Ulysses" as the greatest English novel of the 20th century. Six days a week the Eugene O'Neill theater is standing room only, at an average ticket price of $150, to see the silly and bigoted new musical Book of Mormon. It receives its first audience ovation upon the mere opening of the curtain.

    Much like the clothes in the fable "The Emperor's New Clothes," when everyone is told by other self-designated "experts" in the field that a novel or play is great then all those people do not want to appear stupid by disagreeing with their betters.





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    Celeste 10-02-11
    Celeste 10-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "MERCY!!!"

    Rational Egotism, although this may be an interesting book kind of. Freedom for women through submission? "The only evil is the refusal to think." Wow philosophic drivel each conversation is a diatribe to her personal thoughts and feelings, not even subtle to be open for interruption or consideration. Soap box after soap box, leaves me lathered in boredom. What is the difference between this and fountain head? Nothing!! Except the brevity of Fountainhead? ha ha. Boo, is too strong how about MOO!!!
    Good: Excellent observations and writing skill is amazing. The name of this and the other are unique.

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    Robert E Ballou Hampstead, Maryland United States 08-27-11
    Robert E Ballou Hampstead, Maryland United States 08-27-11 Member Since 2005

    I listen while driving. When I review, I'm much more apt to discuss the performance than the content. Sometimes, a bit of both.

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    "Good Audio, just couldn't finish it"

    Scott Brick did just fine with this reading but I couldn't find a single protagonist in this book with which I could readily identify or sympathize. Likewise, the "looters", etc., are treated with a very broad brush. I quit before even getting through the first 8-hour segment. You might like this book but it just didn't hook me.

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    Amazon Customer 08-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "S-L-O-W, LONG and Tedious"

    If you enjoy droning, monotonous, preachy political diatribes, this is the book for you.

    Where was the editor and where was the red pen?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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