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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Max Manalapan, NJ, United States 05-25-12
    Max Manalapan, NJ, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great surprise, and very good listen!"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    must-have-education (for any age), but especially for young adults.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    First the narration is great. Second, my drive to work, and then back takes roughly an hour. And it was most pleasurable 2 hours a day, that I've had for some time now.


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

    Yes, in a sense of how interesting the story is. And: no, because, (apart from the book length) it takes time to absorb all the philosophical ideas presented in this book.Also, there is nothing new, but a common sense, and a great story. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Do not place this book in your "Wish List". Download it now. Listen to it. You will not be disappointed.

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    Patrick houston, TX, United States 05-23-12
    Patrick houston, TX, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2014

    I sell oil, in Houston ( go figure, right )

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    "Good story, worth the listen"

    This story is like an epic movie, it takes you to several different locations and holds you into the story with good characters. If your imagination is working you can picture the places described and get into the drama and action.

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    Ben 05-05-12
    Ben 05-05-12 Member Since 2012

    En Dieu Ma Foy

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    As with many classics I hesitate to write reviews. With this one even more so, since many of it's premises on life I agree with whole heartedly. My brother calls me a Randian every time politics or economics comes up and then he smiles and refuses to discuss it further. As a political and economic philosopher Rand ranks among the giants. As a writer of fiction she has no equel. Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are true masterpieces of American literature written in the Russian style. If you truly wish to see what some of the Russian masterpieces would have looked like if they had been written in english you have to look no further than Ayn Rand. The length of content, color of description, mass of character development, and depth of story in Rand's books not only show her love for her characters, story, and art, but also reveal her Russian roots and give all of us a glimpse into what some of the great Russian literature would have looked like if it had been written first in english instead of being translated and therefore making it a little more difficult to follow. I can only imagine that if War and Peace or Dr. Zhivago flowed as smoothly in english as Atlas Shrugged more Americans might have enjoyed their wonderful and full worlds.

    Scott Brick does a fantastic job in presenting this masterpiece as it was intended. I have to say that at times I truly forgot that this book was being read by a single individual. Scott Brick makes this book truly come alive in the mind's eye, and because of this I can say that I have seen the Taggart Bridge and the Taggart Tower. Scott Brick is a master of his craft and was a perfect pick for reading this masterpiece.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    F. Eaton Chicago, IL USA 05-04-12
    F. Eaton Chicago, IL USA 05-04-12 Member Since 2008

    IR Editor

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    "Atlas Shrugged is a must-listen for freedom lovers"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, inspiring, thought-provoking


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    His voice's clarity and passion make the listen entertaining.


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

    The soliloquy about money, free market and economic freedom in Part III spells out human nature and its love-hate affair with capitalism and money itself. Brilliant segment on Rand's part and wonderful interpretation on Brick's.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a novel written in the 40s - but it's message is especially important when it's cool to shun capitalism. Free markets is the key to America's success and this perspective should be appealing to college age and above - it is urgent that more Americans listen to get the other side of the economic story.

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    Primonate McPherson, Kansas 04-23-12
    Primonate McPherson, Kansas 04-23-12
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    "A book EVERYONE should read in School"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Theology Reality Anarchy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I became so involved I felt as though my consciousness was a character.


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

    This was the only one I've ever listened to


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

    A is A, Theology is Life. Ayn's Magnum Opus will solidify your reality.


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Daniel 04-06-12
    Daniel 04-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A One Sided Masterpiece - Required Reading"

    Every now and then a book comes along that challenges your own perceptions of the world around you. For me, that book was Atlus Shrugged. As with most written works that are meant to be persuasive, the book presents an ideal with very little representation of the opposing viewpoint. However, the ideal this book presents, business, and more importantly the people who run them, are the engines that propel society forward. All to often, big business is usually represented as abusive and oppressive (think Enron). It's that "evil" perspective that most literature indulges in.

    In her argument, Ayn Rand illustrates through fictional prose, the real evil in society, the looter. This person does not want to work and artfully leaches off the people driving business while simultaneously despising them. Charity, according to Rand, is simply a vehicle that enables this mentality.

    The book presents a story that brings these thoughts to life and echos different aspects of our society in a frighteningly accurate way. The story feels contrived at times, however, it is being written to exemplify a point. I particularly didn't enjoy the ending, but that did not ruin the book.

    Rand also seems to go on and indulge in arguments at some length, almost to the point of drudgery. However, I do believe it is for the sake of clarifying her argument and attempting to present counter arguments to potential opposing viewpoints.

    The real enjoyment for this book was introducing a coherent, logical philosophy that in my belief should be required reading. The book is engaging and performance is excellent. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

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    Jeremy United States 02-24-12
    Jeremy United States 02-24-12
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    "More Than I Expected"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    An Essential Read


    What did you like best about this story?

    It makes a very relevant philosophy understandable within an incredible story.


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

    Hank Rearden


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

    The part in which Fransisco spoke with Rearden about Atlas.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always heard this was a great book. It is much better than I expected. Characters are very well written, and the story and its philosophy is more relevant today than ever.

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    Christopher Nahant, MA, United States 02-22-12
    Christopher Nahant, MA, United States 02-22-12
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    "Best Narrator ever!"

    Scott Brick did a fantastic performance.

    Overall, this is a very good book with a lot of great ideas, but it's so darn wordy and melodramatic. This story could be cut down by 2/3.

    Definitely worth checking out though and should be required reading/listening.

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    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 02-14-12
    Lynn Starkville, MS, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2011

    As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!

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    "The most prophetic book I have ever encountered!"

    My husband began trying to get me to read this book 10 years ago, when as a successful business owner I encountered many of the things described within this work. I wish I had hadn't waited so long to read it...perhaps if I had read it in college, I could have saved myself 30 years of guilt! It is long, but I understand why it needed to be. And it is eerie to see and hear Atlas Shrugged played out in our political and social life now. Who is John Gault?

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    Gregory Walnut, CA, United States 02-10-12
    Gregory Walnut, CA, United States 02-10-12
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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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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