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.
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!
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.
Scott Brick did a wonderful Job with all the characters I cant pick one.
Yes however it is 63 hours so that is not posible but I would often find myself listing to it for 15 hours straight.
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
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
John Galt, because John Galt
The shear length of the book made me cry
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.
Write a cliff notes version of it.
The story was interesting but it took way to long to develop that I lost motivation to keep going.
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.
he was brilliant in all of them
All of them, especially the 1-2 hour speeches the protaganists issued at least once per part,
Makes Mein Kampf look like a book of brotherly love in comparison.
No - droned on and recapped everything too many times.
The premise, and the examples of how her theories could come to light.
DO NOT LISTEN TO UNABRIDGED. Get abridged, that really sucked my will to live...
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!
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”
its my second favorite book of all time, and as far as audio version goes, definitely in my top five.
i wouldnt want to spoil it for new listeners. i do have my very own rearden metal bracelet though...
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 the weight of the world was on your shoulders, wouldnt you shrug?
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.
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
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
Scott Brick just doesn't do it for me with this performance. Too over the top.
Edward Herrmann does a much better job in the Abridged version. I would kill for an unabridged version of his performance.
"John Galt would have liked it"
A minor criticism first. The first track in this audio book is an introduction with spoilers, so you should skip it if you don't want the surprise to be spoiled. The narration is clear and well acted and the sound is good.
Atlas Shrugged is two books in one: a novel and a book of philosophy. As a novel, AS is very good. It has interesting characters that change over the course of the book in ways that seem reasonable given their worldview and the world they live in. The plot also makes sense and is very effective at presenting Rand's worldview.
Many people complain about AS. I think these complaints are largely due to them disagreeing with the philosophy without having any good arguments against it. Do characters speak more eloquently than most people do in real life? There isn't a novel worth reading where that isn't true. The characters sometimes give speeches when they have something to say that requires a speech. People disapprove of this stuff because they dislike the content of the speech, not because there is a speech. My suggestion about how to approach the book is this: every time you feel outraged ask yourself whether you have a logical argument against what Rand is saying. If you don't then you should be willing to admit that you might be wrong and keep going.
So, to conclude, this audiobook is a well-narrated presentation of a challenging and dramatic novel.
This is a fantastic eye opening read. It gives the reader a whole new view of the economy today even though it was written in the late 50s. I would recommend this audio especially for those who find reading a book of this size difficult. Definitely a must have!
"Well Worth the Effort"
I was so pleased when I saw the unabridged version of Atlas Shrugged had been released on Audible. I tried to fight my way through the tiny font 1168 page paperback I bought a few years ago but I only have so much determination. This is what audiobooks were meant to be.
As many know this set in an America where socialism has gone bad. At times you do feel as though Rand is hitting you over the head with her message, but I suspected it was always going to be that way.
After a slow start Rand manages to keep my interest in the plot, although I have to admit that it's lovers of philosophy who will get the most out of this book.
Well read by Scott Brick; next up for me in the unabridged Fountainhead.
The longest book I have ever bought and definitely value for money.
"A work of fiction, a work of philosophy."
I really can not describe how much this novel has affected me. The value this book presents is just unmatched by any other work of its kind. For me Atlas Shrugged feels like a classic that is actually a classic. Themes of the book weave together like nothing I have ever read. If you enjoy a good thought provoking book, Atlas Shrugged will change your life.
"Has challenged me to rethink ideas"
For a long time I was reluctant to start reading this book, as it is a very long book, but it has been a great "read" for many hours of driving. Yes, it is long, but it has kept me interested and curious for the next turn of events.
I knew it was a political/philosophical book and it has certainly provoked my thinking - more than I really like, as I normally do not see myself as such a radical liberal as promoted here. The "looters" seem so obvious wrong in this book, that it is scary how often we see and hear their ideas promoted in real life also now in 2013. Having travelled around the world, I see countries almost purely based on the model promoted by the "looters" here - and not surprisingly these countries seem on the brink of catastrophe.
Probably the most thought provoking book I have "read" in years.
"Atlas Shrugged - 30th Edition complete with extras"
A titan of a book, by any standards, would need to give it a while before revisiting, will be trying The Fountainhead though.
Narration perfectly executed by Scott Brick.
Brick's take on all the characters is excellent, but his Hank Rearden was the best.
Such a great book, narrated so well, with notes from the author etc thrown in for good measure.
One of the best purchases I've made on Audible.
"An Explanation of Our Current Folly."
Prophetic vision of our future written Sixty years ago. This is a gripping read that seems to explain today's headlines. Well read in the audible format. An excellent explanation of why ,"There is no free lunch."
I first read this book many years ago, and have been checking Audible for the last three years, waiting for it to come out on audio. I forgot a lot of the plot of this book, but I absolutely love it. Ayn Rand was a genius!
"Surprisingly impressive book"
Scott Brick is a talented narrator with a fluent command of the different voices.
There are many characters in this book and Brick managed to make a different voice for every one of them.
It made me think.
There were holes in the plot and a lot of unanswerable questions. The Utopia which Rand describes is not workable. The Distopia she describes could not happen at that sort of pace in that way. However, later events -- typified in the collapse of Soviet society for example, or the rise of politicly correct language in Western countries -- which she could only predict at the time she wrote the novel, prove her to have been remarkably prescient and although her views seem extreme this book carries warnings we should heed.
"Atlas Shrugged with indifference"
Value for money? Yep it's 63 hours long. Entertaining? Not in any real sense.
Had Rand employed a judicious editor, introduced a sense of pace, or narrative thrust it might have been bearable. While I have no personal issue with didactic writing, labouring a point over interminable ages bears little fruit in terms of convincing or entertaining the reader.
Character performance is superb throughout and his delivery is a real strength.
Even God himself (deity of your choice) could not forge this into a film worthy of watching.
The book is notable not just for its length but also for containing the least appealing love affair in history.
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