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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

Atlas Shrugged [Audiobook]

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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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    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-06-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 01-06-16 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "A true classic! 'Who is John Galt?'"

    Released in 1956, Atlas Shrugged has become an American classic. I first read in in 1962 as a college sophomore. There are two versions if the novel at Audible, one is narrated by Christopher Hurt and the other is narrated by Scott Brick. Brick is my favorite narrator, but I admit that Hurt does a slightly better job with Atlas Shrugged, but both are superb. I recommend the Kindle version over either Audible version because of John Galt's very, very long speech to the nation which is easier to understand by rereading parts. (The Audible bookmark feature is almost as useful.)

    Atlas Shrugged is too long and complex to easily summarize. Dagny Taggart inherits a railroad and expands it into an empire despite her weak brother James. Hank Rearden invents and patents a new steel alloy (Rearden Metal) that threatens to put all of his competitors out of business, but politicians interfere and threaten his patent. Taggart used Reardon Metal to enhance her railroad construction in the Rocky Mountains. Taggart and Readen become lovers and join forces against the thuggery of the politicians. The ultimate hero is John Galt who years before abandoned society when his invention of a revolutionary motor that would have literally changed the world was threatened by politicians and government regulators.

    Reading or listening to Atlas Shrugged requires a significant commitment of time. It is well worth it; indeed, it would be worth twice the commitment. Atlas Shrugged is a great novel.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-07-13
    Xavier Los Angeles, CA, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".

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    "Well worth the read if you devote the time"

    This is a book of philosophy. Enjoy, in a story format, the importance of good struggling against evil; ambitious hard work overcoming apathy and a sense of self entitlement. If this book was formatted as pure philosophy it would have been a challenging, albeit, boring read. As presented with characters during the industrial revolution, it was mind expanding and had profound messages about the human spirit, intelligence and courage. I feel I only digested a fraction of the stories messages. This book should be read again and again, as I plan to do. The simple message: work hard, work smart, believe in doing a quality job and you will be a winner and other winners will seek you out. If you are mediocre...expect nothing special to come to your life.

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    Mica New York, NY, United States 03-24-09
    Mica New York, NY, United States 03-24-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Hurt version decidedly superior"

    While I appreciate many of Scott Brick's audiobooks, he misses the emotional impetus behind the characters and Ayn's incredible grasp of satire. Many of her characters are archetypes, and Hurt just plain understands how she intended them to come across. There are some issues with the audio quality(background noise, etc). This drawback is overwhelmed by the brilliance of his acting. He really brings the book to live. Brick on the otherhand comes across flat, misses the characters emotional states and motivations, and turns a great story less so. I have both versions, but if you only purchase one yourself, select the Hurt version. You will not regret it

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    Henrik Herndon, VA, United States 01-03-09
    Henrik Herndon, VA, United States 01-03-09 Listener Since 2005

    I'm an audiobook nerd living in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the time of writing, I'm approaching 400 audiobooks.

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    "What an incredible audio book"

    If you want a real treat - download this unabridged recording.

    I have been meaning to listen to Atlas Shrugged for years, but I have been put somewhat off by its length.

    When I discovered that a new recording had been made with no other than THE narrator Scott Brick the case was settled.

    Atlas Shrugged is a story that will stick with you and make you reflect on The World, your life and the future.

    It is set in The US and describes what would happen if you took away the initiative of the individual and deprived all of the intellectuals of their rights.

    While I understand why many people will find the story political, controversial and even disturbing - it cannot help you appreciate how lucky we are living in democracies.

    Download this recording, listen to Scott's mellow voice for 62 hours and prepare yourself for utter joy.

    Wow.

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    Jody 01-08-09
    Jody 01-08-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Stick with the Christopher Hurt version."

    Belive me when I say stick with the Christopher Hurt version. I have listened to both. Scott Brick is said to be "THE NARRATOR" but he can't compair to Christopher Hurt.

    The Hurt version isn't great sound quality. I did hear some background noise at parts. There is a part where is stops compleatly for a few seconds but stick it out. Hurt's version of Taggart alone is woth it.

    Brick makes this book I belive 11 hours longer using the exact same words. Brick has 1 voice for each male and female character and his book is packed with many characters. I think brick trys to play some parts.

    This is my favourite book. I read it every year. Belive me when I say stick with the Christopher Hurt version.

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    Gwen K. 09-04-11
    Gwen K. 09-04-11 Listener Since 2003

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    "Listen to the Christopher Hurt version."
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my all time favortite books. I have read this book 3 times, but I never made it through the speech but once. I decided to listen, and originally bought this version during an Audible sale. After listening for a few hours, I could not listen to this narrator any longer and purchased the Christopher Hurt version. SO much better. I am sad to know that the book will end in the next couple of commutes.


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    Luc Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-03-09
    Luc Montreal, Quebec, Canada 04-03-09
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    "Amazing Audiobook ruined by poor casting."

    There's very few things I can add to all that have been said about "Atlas Shrugged" that haven't been said before. Ayn Rand wrote a timeless masterpiece who put her name across the most influential writers of the english language. The story by itself is an Ode to the Human Mind and the best within us. This book change the lives of those who enter in contact with it and, most of the time, for the better.

    The production of this audiobook is perfect. There's no background noise and the sound is as crisp as it could be. Only on the technical standpoint, the recording is as perfect as the state of the technology allows it to be.

    So, why I gave it only 3 stars? Because of the casting of Mr. Brick. I have no quarrel with him. He's a talented artist who, I am sure, would give an outstanding reading of "Pride and Prejudice". He's, sadly, a poor choice for "Atlas Shrugged". His voice is unable to carry the certainty of John Galt, Dagny Taggart seems to be a moment away to sobbing, Francisco d'Anconia got a mundane voice while Jim Taggart sounds perfectly sane(!). This mostly ruined my enjoyment of this recording. "Atlas Shrugged" is a righteous book and his voice is too mellow to sound right.

    In summary, may I suggest to those who really want to enjoy this story that they acquire the Christopher Hurt's rendition of it? The quality is less than stellar but the reading is perfect. In fact, I listened to the later right after I listened Mr. Brick's recording, just to forget the poor experience I lived.

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    Harlan St Louis, MO, USA 11-11-09
    Harlan St Louis, MO, USA 11-11-09
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    "Important work, some notes on narration"

    I'll assume that anyone considering this book is already aware of its significance, so I'll focus instead on this audio recording. The narrator, Scott Brick, is very talented. When listening to an audiobook, it is important that the reader uses inflection to impart life to the individual characters. He does a fantastic job of creating individuals who are recognizable by their voices. He does, however, have a tendency to speak quite slowly, and draw out some of the text in a painfully deliberate manner. To the point that several of the characters sound overly grave or even angry. You might notice that this recorded version is more than 10 hours longer than the unabridged version released in 2007. While I haven't listened to that version, I wonder whether that's because he speaks that much slower. I found that I was able to play this at 2X speed on my iPod and it was still perfectly clear. This ended my frustration of waiting for the words to come, with the added benefit of cutting the playback time in half.

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    Luther St. Louis, MO, USA 03-18-09
    Luther St. Louis, MO, USA 03-18-09
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    "Wonderful Reader for 63 hours"

    The story is classic. The reader is exceptional - I want more books by Scott Brick. Here, Scott creates several different voices for different characters and engages the listener for the entire 63 hours. Pacing and tone were perfect. Wonderful read/listen. Great clean recording, diction and color - and that's important for a 63 hour book. Story is thought-provoking if not outrageous - and just real enough to imagine, at least parts of it, taking place in modern times. "Novel" introduction to Objectivism. Easy to listen to - again and again, down the road.

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    matthew Brooklyn, NY, United States 12-24-10
    matthew Brooklyn, NY, United States 12-24-10
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    "unique"

    somehow I got to be 38 without every reading this. Without really even knowing what it was about. I'd heard wacky things about Ayn (and her followers), but was pleasantly surprised by the book. The scale was refreshingly endless... her writing style is unique, wavering from the authentic depths of story telling to the shallow puddle of smut-fiction... But as a fan of Sci-Fi I am used to that. In many ways it is an Asimov-ian sci-fi adventure set in the techno-industrial beginnings of our country. in short, wish I'd read it earlier.

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