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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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    Yancey Mayslick, KY, United States 10-06-11
    Yancey Mayslick, KY, United States 10-06-11 Member Since 2008

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    "If only I had read it 20 years ago..."

    I love audiobooks because it helps me "read" many more books than I could in the traditional method. Scott Brick is excellent in his character development as a narrator and if you enjoy a good SciFi book you should listen to him in "The Passage." It took me a little while to warm up to this book. Once I realized the messages developing within it there was nothing that could tear me away from it. I truly wish I had read this book 20 years ago as a younger man. I am a successful physician, business owner, artist, entrepreneur, husband and father. So many times in my life of self made success I have felt guilty for succeeding when those around me failed. Not through any cheating or advantage other than my own skill came my successes but I was still "made" to feel guilty for what I had accomplished. Deep down inside I have always felt this was unfair. This book helped me understand why those feelings were true. Rand's insights into human nature are so accurate that they transcend time. Once you grasp her ideas of human motivation for success as a creator or a taker you too will see my elation at her work. THIS should have been my high school required reading instead of Dickens crap about a thief's beneficiary! Rand has changed my life as a successful, educated man of 41. I hope I live long enough to truly appreciate what she has taught me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-12-11
    Amy Pittsburgh, PA, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "So disappointing !"

    I've managed to get through another book or two narrated by Scott Brick, but I can't get through a book of this length, and will be careful not to purchase more narrated by him. So pretentious, so overdone. I can't get past the first hour. What a big waste of money.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    john little falls, nj, United States 07-11-11
    john little falls, nj, United States 07-11-11
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    "No chance with Hollywood"

    Unfortunately I finished the book after the movie was already out of the theaters. I was not surprised to learn the critics hated the film while 81% of the viewers like it according to Rotten Tomatoes. Hollywood is ground zero after Washington of course for all the shallow, holy than thou, card carrying sniveling two faced elitist supporting the failed socialist/communist philosophy so expertly dissect and discredit by Ayn Rand’s masterpiece. This should be mandatory reading in every college and high school. This will never happen because, right behind Hollywood, are the teacher unions supporting the unholy alliance of electing their bosses with everyone’s money. The DVD will be out soon and I am interested to see how they can get this rich and complex story told in 90 minutes. For anyone of conservative leaning this book is a breath of fresh air. All others should give it a chance even if just to understand the mindset that built this country and what will be the outcome if things continue on their current path.

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    Alissa Austin, TX, United States 06-06-11
    Alissa Austin, TX, United States 06-06-11 Member Since 2016
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    "This was terribly narrated"

    This recording took 11 hours longer than the previous recording because Scott Brick has about three voices total and they all are very very SLOW. He has a man voice, a less powerful man voice, and a woman voice. Even when the text directs the dialogue to be delivered with haste, lightheartedness, intensity, volume, etc., Brick keeps the same non-animated snail pace! I got 2 hours and 44 minutes into it, and had to turn it off. The scene is with several men at a bar, and I couldnt figure out who was talking based on Brick's voices. Imagine Elaine's boss from Seinfeld reading the whole book, with about half the animation.

    I don't recommend this Atlas Shrugged audiobook. I'm going to just read the book myself.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine payson, UT, United States 02-17-11
    Katherine payson, UT, United States 02-17-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Really????"

    I feel like i was reading a paper written with a one trillion word minimum as an assignment for getting in trouble for not sharing. the whole thing could have been summed up in half the amount of words, to be honest i found myself skipping chapters and didn't miss a thing.

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    Michael APO, AE, United States 09-07-10
    Michael APO, AE, United States 09-07-10
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    "One of my top 5 novels unless it's this version"

    Atlas Shrugged is one of the greatest novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. I got the audiobook to listen to in my car to and from work and to listen to while running. My problem is that I got the abridged version read by Edward Herrmann first. I wanted the unabridged version.....massive mistake. Brick is the worst reader I've ever heard and I've got plenty from Librivox from amateur readers! He makes every man sound angry all of the time. That's the only emotion they convey. And Dagny sounds like she's using a bedroom voice all of the time. I really don't like being rude, but as a paying customer I'm insulted that my money went to pay this guy. @ Audible: PLEASE get a better version, I'll pay again to get something that's less garbage! I recommend Ed Herrmann, his abridged version was fantastic.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Dallas, TX, USA 07-14-09
    Mark Dallas, TX, USA 07-14-09
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    "OK, OK I get it"

    This is an epic novel about a grand clash in a world where there are two kinds of people, the pedantic and the vapid. If you want to hear sixty hours of someone arguing in favor of the spherical world theory,this book is for you. I was weary after 6 hours, but I kept thinking something would happen, so I finished. Nothing did.

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    Michael Downers Grove, IL, USA 11-17-09
    Michael Downers Grove, IL, USA 11-17-09
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    "Annoying narrator's voice"

    I am 2 hours into the audio book and I have tired of the slightly whining intonation being employed for the narrator's voice. I find the story interesting but the narrator voice to be distracting and out of context. I feel that the narrators voice is much too passive and feeble in tone instead of being more direct and matter of fact.

    5 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Raleigh, NC, United States 09-12-09
    Kimberly Raleigh, NC, United States 09-12-09
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    "I expected better"

    Several years ago, I read The Fountainhead & was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I found the story interesting, the characters intriguing, and the ideas worth contemplating. Atlas Shrugged, so I thought, was supposed to be even better, and I expected to enjoy it.
    Unfortunately, I found the book tedious and mediocre. In so many ways, it's inferior to The Fountainhead. Rand really hits you over the head, repeatedly, with her ideology, too, so if you disagree with her position it might be especially difficult to stomach this book. It took an act of will for me to finish listening.
    Something about the narration rather annoyed me, too, although I can't put my finger on what. Maybe it's because I sometimes couldn't tell if the prose really was as stilted, melodramatic, and banal as the reader made it sound, or if it was just his delivery.
    All in all, you have to really WANT to "read" this book. I can't recommend it much for entertainment.

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    NelWa 04-16-15
    NelWa 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this book!"

    This was by far my most favorite book of all time. Reader was great as well! A classic for the ages

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