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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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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  • Alan Michael Forrester
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    "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.

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Copenhagen N, Denmark
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • michelle
    NOTTINGHAM, United Kingdom
    4/8/13
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    "Atlas Shrugged"

    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    London, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    CANNOCK, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • tam
    4/17/14
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    "Atlas Shrugged - 30th Edition complete with extras"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    A titan of a book, by any standards, would need to give it a while before revisiting, will be trying The Fountainhead though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration perfectly executed by Scott Brick.


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

    Brick's take on all the characters is excellent, but his Hank Rearden was the best.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Such a great book, narrated so well, with notes from the author etc thrown in for good measure.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best purchases I've made on Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Edward
    ROTHESAY, United Kingdom
    6/14/13
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    "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."

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Simon Smith
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom.
    1/12/13
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    "Amazing book!"

    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Judy Corstjens
    8/7/13
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    "Naive (and badly written) but with originality"

    If the book was 500 pages instead of 1000, I would have given it five stars, because I think it would then be well worth reading. At 63 hours, it is hard to justify the time spent. In fact, you can save 62 hours of your valuable time by directing yourself to Ayn Rand's interview with US TV host Mike Wallace in 1959 (on Youtube) as she gives a much condensed account of her philosophy there. She has this one idea, which I think is original to her and a complete rejection of the moral position of the Christian church. This is that clever and hard-working people can be exploited and made to feel guilty by lazy, less endowed people. That a human's primary responsibility is to pursue one's own happiness and one should not try to 'love one's neighbour as oneself.' If you are really taken with that you can read the book. Unfortunately, in the book her solutions and working through of this philosophy are hopelessly naive and really get nowhere.

    The book is a joke as a novel - terrible writing style, and painfully repetitive. There is no dialogue, just speeches - everyone (including the odd tramp) talks philosophy and politics. The characters are wooden. Superheroes and wimps. The plots contradicts itself - for example, she spends the (future) profits of the John Galt railway line three times - once mortgaging them to her brother (the owner of the parent company), once to her investors (including Hank Reardon who goes in with $1m) and then for herself as she expects to become stinking rich through her enterprise. She doesn't understand business, but she also doesn't understand politics. There is a strange lack of violence. A prosperous industrialised country (the US) is being destroyed by a wimpy group of socialists. The only 'model' I can think of is the Nazi take over of Germany. This is partly a battle of ideas, but it has to sink into brutality as sensible, rich people never give up without a fight and genuine terror. Rand sort of knows this and does have one torture scene - where the hero John Galt is VERY BRAVE and breaks into a light sweat.

    Rand also has a particular idea of female sexuality which involves super-hero dominant males, and she plays this out ad nauseum throughout the book - her character being the only complete female in the book, she gets to sleep systematically with all the superhero industrialists her pigmy imagination can invent (they are all so alike, why bother?) As a woman, I could neither identify with the main character nor like her. I was ashamed of her.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Christian
    Braintree MA, MA, United States
    1/3/15
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    "single minded"
    What disappointed you about Atlas Shrugged?

    After an interesting beginning (woman fights for her right to take charge over her life) the story drifts into black and white. black is everything social white is (neo)capitalism.
    If you like Thatcher Bush and affiliates or like to understand this type of concervative stream, this might be you book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayn Rand again?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He is could develop more different voices for different characters (compare Humphry Bower, Frank Muller etc)


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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