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.
Scott Brick actually did a fairly good job of reading through Atlas Shrugged
I strongly disagree with Ayn Rand as a writer, a thinker, and in her creation of the story.
To start, it is very obvious to me that Rand wrote herself into this novel in the character of Dagny Taggart. Her constant whining about how she and Henry Reardon (The other main character) are the only competent or sensible people in the entire professional world drove me nuts. I was also turned off by the fact that she made every character in the novel nothing more that a bunch of straw men, systematically defeating positions that I don't think anyone actually holds. This strikes me as intellectually dishonest, and fairly immature to be perfectly honest.
I also feel that Rand has no understanding of some of the engineering processes she harps about when she introduced the John Galt line. For example, during the test run of the John Galt line, one of her characters stated that the average velocity of the train from start to finish would be 100 mph. She then stated part of the route would go through the mountains, up and down steep grades, and through residential areas. On these sections of the trail, it would be almost impossible for the train to travel at 100 mph, as the train might fly off the tracks traveling that fast. Ergo, the train would have to go less than 100 mph on those sections. Hence the train would have to go more than 100 mph on other sections. Yet through the entire section of writing, she continually mentioned that the train was going 100 mph. So this causes me to believe that she does not understand the way trains work, she has little to no understanding of physics, and does not know how to average a set of numbers. You may say that this is nitpicking, but if you're going to make an argument based on industrial and engineering business problems, you have to have the details straight. Otherwise it would lead me to believe that the ideas you espouse are unrealistic.
I didn't really have one.
Rand was fairly good at setting the stage of her books.
The upside is that you get 63 hours of Scott Brick’s dulcet tones for a single credit. The downside is the silliness of the long-long-long rants and mental soliloquies. The silliest of these had to be the concept of the nation of anesthetised brains listening avidly to three (read it – 3!) hours of John Gault venting forth on the radio. At least if you have the physical or e-book you can skim this – harder to do in an audio book. Scott Brick deserves a medal.
My two favorite topics are Baseball and Military History. But my favorite books of all time are Starship Troopers and Ready Player One.
Seriously, just read it, the only reason I'm writing here is because I must have 15 words.
Read when and where you can! Eye and Ears turn the pages, let your mind color in the rest.
I would listen to this book over and over. I particularly enjoyed being able to follow along with the book as the audio version is unabridged. I had no conflicts with following along during the times I wanted to just read the book verses catch up by listening to the Audio book in my car.
It is a great complex novel that will tinge at your concept of the human psyche. Similar to Leo Tolstoy, but for those familiar with Ayn you will know why this isn't completely accurate either. Who could you compare Ayn to?
I really enjoyed the character voices and changes. The only CON is sometimes the "s" sounds and "c" sounds were awfully sharp to hear and could be uncomfortable with the volume up. I had to change my audio settings in my car to compensate for this. No problem though for a Fan of this book!
as always, who is John Galt?
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...
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