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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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    Susanne Vestal, NY, United States 08-05-11
    Susanne Vestal, NY, United States 08-05-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Dragonfly"

    I painfully made it through the 60 hours of this book because I always finish what I start. Some books you hope never end. I could not wait until this book was over. I just cannot believe that this book is considered a classic in American Literature. I am an avid reader and book listener, and rarely do I find a book that I feel is a waste of my time. This book was a total waste of 60 hours. The long winded, repeating themes, were tedious. The characters were unrealistic. I could not relate to any of the characters in the book because they were not like any real person that I ever met. It is ironic that the same debates that are going on at present were being discussed in the 50s as well. I do not think there is a simple solution as this book infers. Moderation of capitalism and socialism have proven to be the most prosperous for our country. Extremes on either end, do not take our country forward. People must be able to think, and prosper and get paid for their efforts, but there are certain social programs that can only be managed by government. A moderate amount of regulations are required, or we have capitalism gone wild as we just experienced. I totally do not agree with the philosophy that was presented in this book and therefore had difficulty relating to the content. I believe that to see the world as black or white is one of the main problems facing this country today. Grey is the color that all of us should be looking at because major issues require true understanding and thinking which means evaluating both sides of the story. This book is totally one sided.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Dallas, TX, United States 04-30-11
    Edward Dallas, TX, United States 04-30-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Scott Brick is not right for this book."

    All the style of William Shatner's acting. I just can't get into it, so distracting..

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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 01-02-11
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 01-02-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Hate to say it Hurt is better"

    I love this book & I love Scott Brick, for some reason they just don't go well together. I have both in my Library along with 700+ other books, Hurt just seems to get the characters better. But if you are thinking of buying it on this $9.95 sale, then it is definitely worth the money.

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    Linda D. 02-28-10
    Linda D. 02-28-10

    Rinda

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    "An Act of Discipline to Complete"

    This is a reread or relisten to the original novel. As audio the histrionic delivery is tedious and wearing.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Paso Robles, CA, USA 09-17-09
    Sarah Paso Robles, CA, USA 09-17-09 Member Since 2005
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    "not for new listeners, but very interesting"

    This book really tested me. It was hard to get into and hard to finish. But the middle was great. it was so interesting how this work of fiction paralelled what was happening (it seemed to me) so excatly in our own economy.
    try this book if you feel you are a hard core listener, it is amazing, and scary

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    george 07-03-10
    george 07-03-10
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    "yon"

    the book drags on, and on. it is not a tipical fiction book, it is more a an philosophies fiction book about root of all evil..

    Scott Brick did his damamness to catch person. well no, he made the characters to come life.. don't wase your money, or credit. to life.

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    Vicki Atascadero, CA, United States 09-18-11
    Vicki Atascadero, CA, United States 09-18-11 Member Since 2005

    Very picky when it comes to narrators.

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    "Shoot the narrator"

    This is a long book. I read it years ago in college and thought it would be fun to reacquaint myself with it since I recently saw the movie of the same name. Unfortunately, this has to be the absolute worst narrator I have EVER encountered on audible. I would have rated it 0 stars on performance; unfortunately, that was not an option. I can think of 5 or 6 other narrators who would have done a magnificent job with this story. Too bad they picked this one. I couldn't get past the first part. I wasted to 2 credits on this overwrought mess. Don't waste your money or your credits!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Xueshu Sycamore, IL, USA 01-21-10
    Xueshu Sycamore, IL, USA 01-21-10
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    "Not as good as The Fountainhead . . ."

    I have read The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand three times and found it intellectually, morally, and emotionally motivating. That's why I bought Atlas Shrugged by the same author. To my disappointment, the characters and the plot in Atlas Shrugged are too simple not to give the impression that Any Rand was writing for preschool children, while the underlining philosophy is obviously for adult audiences who need to be both social and political minorities to appreciate the book.

    Atlas Shrugged appears to me as an undercover non-fiction poorly disguised as a fiction, the author's zealous philosophical beliefs far outweighed her patience and efforts in creating a novel that could have been as good as The Fountainhead, which in my view, has manifested her great writership and her heroic ideals for being independent, creative, and objective in seeking the truth and appreciating the beauty.

    So, if you love Ayn Rand, buy The Fountainhead before you buy Atlas Shrugged.

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne 03-13-10
    Dianne 03-13-10
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    "Good, but preachy"

    I enjoyed the book, and I do agree with many of Ms. Rand's philosophical positions,but not all. The book has many long speeches, finishing up with an extremely long speech by the hero of the book. I wish she would have been able to make her point in a more conscise manner (I admit, I fast forwarded through the hero's 3 hour diatribe). I also wonder about Ms. Rand's assumption that if all the "producers" were on strike, that no one would be left to take their place. I believe that it would be difficult to remove all of them, as repressed entreprenuers are out there. Also, as she tries to focus on the "view of World", she's eliminated one group-- those who try to care for the poor and needy without government funds. I tend to think that where much is given (talent, skill, ability, resources, etc), much is required-- like giving back through causes that are important. Even Bill Gates uses his money to immunize people in third world countries. I do agree with Ms. Rand that government should not compel one to give to a cause that isn't theirs. Overall, a facinating, thought provoking read.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Shehu Rheinfelden, Switzerland 09-30-13
    Shehu Rheinfelden, Switzerland 09-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a big fan, & its way radical than the movie"
    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Scott Brick?

    Not a Chance...


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something intelligent perhaps


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The Performance was okay, but the mediocre story was a distraction


    What character would you cut from Atlas Shrugged?

    All


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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