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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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    Gregory Walnut, CA, United States 02-10-12
    Gregory Walnut, CA, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "This was so disappointing!"
    What disappointed you about Atlas Shrugged?

    story got lost in the dialogue,


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

    maybe, I would be very hesitant


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    yes, love Scott Brick


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

    The majority of the radio announcement from John Gault! way too long almost didn't finish I got so bored.


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    Gaghan Eureka, CA, United States 02-08-12
    Gaghan Eureka, CA, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Mercilessly wonderful!"

    I love Atlas Shrugged! This is a wonderful book free of socialist sentimentality and excuse for being inept. Atlas Shrugged is mercilessly wonderful!

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    Michael Alma, MI, United States 02-07-12
    Michael Alma, MI, United States 02-07-12
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    "Amazing"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    This book is so captivating and relavant. Even with its length it seemd to be over too soon. A must read!


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    Daryl Cypress, TX, United States 02-03-12
    Daryl Cypress, TX, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "More relevant today than ever"
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a the top of the list of all audio books so far, and arguably at the top of my list of all-time books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relevant way the author handles the idea of Socialism and Communism against the backdrop of a crumbling society.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The point where Dagny Taggart wakes up in the valley where all of the industrialists are hiding.


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    leighda 01-28-12
    leighda 01-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    "Cant get a good start. to smart for me.."

    I admit that I do not have an I've league education. To really get this book I think its required.
    I read because I love it. I enjoy the stories and learning new things.
    But this was just to much smart person for me. This lady has a brilliant mind. I compliment her skills and intelligence. If your like me and want to enjoy a work of fiction for the escape it gives you then this is just simply to much work. I spent half the time looking up words. I wish I could get a "Stupid person credit refund".

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    mike Houston, Texas, United States 01-22-12
    mike Houston, Texas, United States 01-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretentious and overacted"

    I was warned about the narration but it's so bad I wonder if I can finish this rendition. Aside from a misinterpretation of the tone of the book and demeanor of the characters, the narration is pretentious and overacted. Brick's voice is wispy and melancholy; a sing-songy intonation that cares more for the words than the context. But it's unfair to hang this all on Brick. A catastrophe of this proportion takes teamwork.

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    Lloyd Waverly, Tennessee, United States 12-26-11
    Lloyd Waverly, Tennessee, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Atlas Shrugged...what else is there to say?"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, One of the best books out there, I would actually recommend it in the audio format.
    It is an eye opener that parallels current society but was written 50+ years ago........I guess some things never change.


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

    None really compare that I have read


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Nothing stands out, but it has been several months since I listened to it the last time.


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

    Why John Galt of course, just to talk about it all


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts a bit slow which I believe makes it hard to read in the printed version..................long live Audible.

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    Mara United States 11-12-11
    Mara United States 11-12-11 Member Since 2010

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    "A Major Disappointment"

    I had really been looking forward to listening to this book. But i found Mr. Brick's narration just too snide and sarcastic. It would be one thing to have the characters conversations read that way, but there was simply no break from it and it grew old. I wanted to stop, but decided to see it through to the end. Every character was endlessly preachy. Speeches going on for hours.... While I understand that the author was expressing a specific philosophy, i just wish that brevity or at least succinctness had been a part of it. Had the philosophy required this degree of explanation it may have been worth it. But too much was simply a repeat of what had previously been said. In my favorite books I find myself hitting the skip back button to make sure I don't miss anything. With this book i wouldn't even bother to rewind if I fell asleep.

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    Brian 11-01-11
    Brian 11-01-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Overrated and Windy"

    The book has a great premise and when the author isn't on a soap box preaching through the characters, the book is enjoyable. Too many long sections that seem to repeat each other and drag. One long narrative, and by long I mean hours, could easily be left out of the book.

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    Bookoholics Anon 10-30-11 Listener Since 2009

    No Pink Ponies

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    "Performance exceeded my expectations"

    Having read this novel years ago, I was not expecting such a wonderful adaptation to audiobook. But this is really excellent--of course Scott Brick is one of the best narrators and the overall performance is nearly flawless. The story is so relevant to political and economics today that it is almost eerie how a book that is over fifty years old could predict our current situation. But "things like this are never a coincidence." Excellent treatise on why things are the way they are, even if you do not subscribe to Objectivist philosophy. A must-read for anyone who questions "Why must it be so?"

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