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 read this work some twenty years ago and like most it had a profound effect on how I viewed the world that has come to manifest itself. Many of the reviewers have expressed the desire that this should be mandatory reading for those young children in our education system. I concur totally with the sure understanding that this will never happen. Sadly, a large percentage of our young are lost to the idea of reading yet alone grasping the monumental ideas this work presents. Still, perhaps some will understand. After listening to this presentation, I resent all the more what the collectivists have given us. Much of the criticism of Ayn Rand is that her ideas are unworkable in the real world as if the results of the collectivists somehow led to the utopia they have always promised but never delivered. Her ideas have never really been tried and probably never be. I thought that the narration by Scott Brick was quite good although I understand that the earlier one with Christopher Hurt is much preferred by some. Overall a great rendition of a work that rises above all superlatives. Thanks to Audible for the great pricing. Well worth it.
One of my favorite books from one of my favorite authors. I thought Scott Brick did a wonderful job reading this story and was able to keep the story interesting for all 60+ hours. I would highly recomend this title
Thank you Scott Brick and the incredible Ayn Rand. Incredible character development, philosophy, eroticism, and pacing. Scott Brick is the perfect reader for this wonderful experience. The book is very long, but I have resumed listening at random chapters, and each stands on its own! Choose this one with confidence.
Narration - perfect. Story - riveting. I can't begin to offer up the praise this work deserves. With over 60 hours of story under its belt - Ms. Rand had my attention from word one. I listened to this book compulsively for weeks and it hammered itself into my number-one-book-of-all-time spot. I just loved it. The characters, the plot, the politics, the intrigue. I may never find a book to beat it. Highly, highly recommended. Perfect. Literary. Genius.
This book gave a face to an evil presence I have seen, and fought against, my whole life. If this book wasn’t soaked in Ayn Rand’s economical-social theory, which I find to be interesting alone, it would still be full with rich characters and an intriguing plot. This book changed the way I go through life and the people I surround myself with. Identify the destroyers.
Overall I like this book and has caused me to think a lot. I love the authors use of words to describe people and nature. She is very creative and it is quite a read. I think she paints 1/2 the portrait of success. I bit unbalanced and lacking in the true foundation of real success but a lot to be gleaned here.
This book has got to be one of the "Must Read" books for all generations. It speaks to our present with a universal journey through our common past. This is a roadmap for our health, happiness and prosperity into our future. Atlas Shrugged is harsh reality softened with human and Godly love. It will resonate in the yearning hearts and thoughtful minds of every person who dares to seek love and never stops asking, "why?"
I read mostly fiction, almost all genres! I have read thousands of books and cannot get enough! Audible is addictive, so beware! 😈
This is a MUST for any Freedom Loving American who ever believed in the Capitolist marketplace... It is quite simply brilliant in it's accuracy to say nothing of it's prophetic qualities! To think that the Author wrote this tomb some 50+ years ago... this book was written, and should be required reading, for all current and future generations! Could there be a more important work for our day? Who is John Gault? Indeed WHERE IS John Gault? WE NEED HIM!!! God Save America!
I had wanted to read Atlas Shrugged for years, and decided that this summer was the time to take the plunge. When I happened to see that Scott Brick was the reader...BONUS! Like many have said, though he does a great job with narration, he can read slow at times. What I did was listen to about the first 10 hours at normal speed, thinking this would give me a better feel for characters. Then I sped up the reading to x2 on my iphone. This really helps... Though Rands writing is superb, certain sections really started to drag because of the slow reading. I would highly suggest the Scott Brick edition.
I don't need to write in praise of the book itself...self-evident!
The book when written wasn't meant to be a prophetic book but a view of what would become of the United States unless policies and progressive political agenda's could be squashed. Well given the current state of affairs with this current and recent past administrations, Democrat and Republican alike, we are venturing down a road that was part fact and mostly fictional. It has now done a 180 and it is mostly fact and part fictional. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.
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