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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

Atlas Shrugged [Audiobook]

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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    Sara T. 06-03-14
    Sara T. 06-03-14

    Read when and where you can! Eye and Ears turn the pages, let your mind color in the rest.

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    "You Already Know! AWESOME!"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    I would listen to this book over and over. I particularly enjoyed being able to follow along with the book as the audio version is unabridged. I had no conflicts with following along during the times I wanted to just read the book verses catch up by listening to the Audio book in my car.


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

    It is a great complex novel that will tinge at your concept of the human psyche. Similar to Leo Tolstoy, but for those familiar with Ayn you will know why this isn't completely accurate either. Who could you compare Ayn to?


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed the character voices and changes. The only CON is sometimes the "s" sounds and "c" sounds were awfully sharp to hear and could be uncomfortable with the volume up. I had to change my audio settings in my car to compensate for this. No problem though for a Fan of this book!


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

    as always, who is John Galt?


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    Jordan Drummond 05-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A revolutionary book that changed my life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and I do. I have become somwhat of an evangelist for Atlas Shrugged and for Objectivism in genaral. This book gave me a whole new outlook on life. It was a triumphant salute to all that I love on this earth. Read it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its hard to pick but If I have to choose it would be Hank Rearden because I identify with his ideological struggle and with his path twards his ultimate self absolution.


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

    Scott Brick did a wonderful Job with all the characters I cant pick one.


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

    Yes however it is 63 hours so that is not posible but I would often find myself listing to it for 15 hours straight.


    Any additional comments?

    Atlas Shrugged is the most important book ever writen. If you have not read it you are missing out on an adventure that will sweep you off your feet and never put you back down again. If it has been a wile sense you have read it. Read it again you will be suprised at the strength you will get from it and the knowledge it will arm you with

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    David Mena, AR, United States 05-05-14
    David Mena, AR, United States 05-05-14
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    "Too long for an audiobook read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good book with some interesting points but better to read a paper back as 63 hours of audio book was a heck of a lot of audio booki


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Galt, because John Galt


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

    The shear length of the book made me cry


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    Kent LORTON, VA, United States 03-04-14
    Kent LORTON, VA, United States 03-04-14
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    "Never gets anywhere"
    What disappointed you about Atlas Shrugged?

    If you want to know every minute detail about the background of people that have almost nothing to do with the plot, then this is for you. It takes forever for the plot to go anywhere. After 40+ hours of listening, I lost patience for the story. That and the author's constant reiteration of how common men are such lazy, self entitled takers, that I felt my time was better spent listening to other books.


    What could Ayn Rand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write a cliff notes version of it.


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

    no, n/a


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was interesting but it took way to long to develop that I lost motivation to keep going.


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    Neil Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 02-26-14
    Neil Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 02-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Libertarian propaganda and little else"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a ridiculously long slog through the narcissistic libertarian (as all her protagonists are) mind of Miss Rand. She gives you an extremist view of polar opposite extremists. I never give up on a book until I've finished it and I have only one of the 8 parts left so I will finish it but I hope you read this warning and save your money/credit for something that is more than an extremists propaganda and manifesto for the libertarian cause. The only bright spot is Scott Bricks performance, brilliant as usual.


    Has Atlas Shrugged turned you off from other books in this genre?

    YES!


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

    he was brilliant in all of them


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Atlas Shrugged?

    All of them, especially the 1-2 hour speeches the protaganists issued at least once per part,


    Any additional comments?

    Makes Mein Kampf look like a book of brotherly love in comparison.

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    Nicholas United States 08-09-13
    Nicholas United States 08-09-13
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    "Enough already, we get it. Chose abridged!"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    No - droned on and recapped everything too many times.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The premise, and the examples of how her theories could come to light.


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

    Hank Rearden


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

    Francisco D'anconia


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT LISTEN TO UNABRIDGED. Get abridged, that really sucked my will to live...

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    Mark Mission Viejo, CA USA 06-03-13
    Mark Mission Viejo, CA USA 06-03-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Very good when read the second time"

    I read this in the early 80's and was blown away with Rand's insight into those who don't understand anything about a free market economy. Carter was proving to be a disaster and the whole re-definition of Government, manhood, character etc was not being challenged by many in the media or public discussions (Bill Buckley and Bill Simon were lights in the darkness then). I disagree with her values of selfishness, but the novel as a whole was insightful and, having re-read it this year, continues to prove prophetic!

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    Edward 05-09-13
    Edward 05-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Thought Provoking"

    So I’m embarrassed to say I’m new to the world of Ayn Rand, but there it is. I’m thankful I found her, and thankful for audible for having some of her library available for download. I was surprised when my Mother-in-law informed me that Ayn Rand use to be required reading when she was in high school; my how times have changed. The book itself has so many parallels to what we are experiencing in this country today, it’s scary. I’m trying to understand what she saw happening in this county back in the 50’s to write such a book. The narration is excellent, the theme timeless, and the lessons being thought are priceless. The book is long, but don’t be scared away by this. The time spent, is well worth it. The engine of this great republic is slowly coming to a halt; read this book to find out why.

    “Who is John Galt”

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    R. Knight 01-21-13
    R. Knight 01-21-13 Member Since 2007

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    "grand novel of romance and adventure..."
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its my second favorite book of all time, and as far as audio version goes, definitely in my top five.


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

    i wouldnt want to spoil it for new listeners. i do have my very own rearden metal bracelet though...


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    scott brick is an excellent narrator, but i find him to be rather slow sometimes, so i love the function on the audible app that allows you to speed up the narrator. i usually listen at 1.5 times normal speed, so it doesnt go slow like ben stein...bueller? bueller?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    if the weight of the world was on your shoulders, wouldnt you shrug?


    Any additional comments?

    this is a fantastic novel full of epic idealized characters. these are archetypes of heroic figures we should strive to be like. the philosophy embedded in the novel is something that desperately needs to be examined and put into practice for the real world. there are real world current issues that mirror a book a russian immigrant wrote over fifty years ago. it was prophetic then and coming true now. its an excellent novel at face value, but the deeper meaning is intriguing as well.

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    melissa.weers 01-18-13 Member Since 2016
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    "what did she know and when did she know it"
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    great book. it well make you real think about what going on today even it a story you well see alot of these event happen today and wonder


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

    there are a few speeches in this book that are even good you you might want to take time to listen to again they well make you think...alot


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