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Atlas Shrugged | [Ayn Rand]

Atlas Shrugged

As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.
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Publisher's Summary

"Who is John Galt?" is the immortal question posed at the beginning of Ayn Rand's masterpiece. The answer is the astonishing story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world, and did.

As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

Part mystery, part thriller, part philosphical inquiry, part volatile love affair, Atlas Shrugged is the book that confirmed Ayn Rand as one of the most popular novelists and most respected thinkers of the 20th century.

©1957 Ayn Rand, renewed ©1985 Estate of Ayn Rand; (P)2000 HighBridge Company

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    Patrick Weldon Louisiana 03-19-12
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    "If only Obama would read this ...."
    What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

    Should be required reading by every politician, not just the nuts on the left, but the nuts on the right. And yes, I think they are all nuts. This book is our future. Sad.
    But already occurring .


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 12-26-11
    Richard 12-26-11
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    "A lot lost in the abridgement"

    I have also listened to the unabridged Christopher Hurt version for the first 20 hours and found the story to have far more depth than this one. Sadly I was unable to navigate the chapters on my kindle on the unabridged version, so was unable to continue after accidentally resetting it to the start again. Audible kindly exchanged it for this abridged version, but the story is simply not as compelling.
    I would definitely recommend going with the unabridged version if you can navigate the chapters properly on your device.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Independence, VA, United States 01-01-10
    James Independence, VA, United States 01-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A must read (or listen) book"

    This is the second time listening to this book. My first time was with the unabridged version and this time was the abridged version. There were some elements lost in the abridged version but the jest of the book was still there. The author was easy listening and I would recommend this one.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    book smart CO 04-01-09
    book smart CO 04-01-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Phenomenal!"

    I'm not even sure how I came across this audiobook as I had never even heard of it before! I'm glad I did though as I'm quite certain this is the best book I've ever listened to or read! Even more amazing is how relevant it is to what's going on the world today! The narration is fantastic as well. Going to get a hold of the book so I can read the full version!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Ivancsits Chicago, Illinois USA 01-04-12
    Peter Ivancsits Chicago, Illinois USA 01-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Edward Herrmann is great, but get the unabriged"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recomment this book to a friend. I listen to it once a year.


    If you’ve listened to books by Ayn Rand before, how does this one compare?

    This is by far her best. yes, it may be painfully long but once done it is very satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    Just get the unabridged version. The abridged cuts way too much stuff out and makes the story hard to follow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Meech Tx 02-17-11
    Greg Meech Tx 02-17-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Great Book. Great Quality"

    I really enjoyed this book. It is Abridged, but don't let that scare you as it is still very detailed. I didn't listen to the enabridged version, but I cannot image I missed anything. The sound quality was great. I had no issues. I think I have my settings set to download enhanced or something. The Narrater is just awesome. He is clear easy to understand and very enjoyable to listen too. He uses different voices for each character and before long you start to recognize each charater voice. This made it very easy to follow along.
    I highly recommend this book. Great story, yet has a very important message. Ayn Rand wrote this book so long ago as a foresight to what will happen if the government controls society for our safety and fairness. LISTEN TO IT.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DWM Bradenton, FL 12-17-08
    DWM Bradenton, FL 12-17-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Frieghtenly current"

    This book was written in the 50's but has concerning applications to what happening today both in the economy and our governments involvement. You'll listen to the book and then listen to the news and will have to remind yourself you've stopped listening to the book. Amazingly appropriate for the time. I would recommend the abridged version for those with limited attention span like me....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 05-25-06
    Michael 05-25-06
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    "Absolutely Wonderful"

    As social philosophy, Atlas Shrugged is a surprisingly well-expressed work that is incorporated into a compelling storyline. The author framed his arguments in such a way that every reader can understand. Moreover, the lessons learned can be applied to today's headlines, and will undoubtedly be applicable tomorow.

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    Nick 11-03-14
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    "Incredible"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    Incredibly well read and well written. I loved this book and Ayn is a genious! I read a ton about which version to get and so glad I picked this one. Edward Herrmann is an amazing narrator!


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    Stephen 06-29-14
    Stephen 06-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Atlas Shrugged - Unconventional Book and Writer"

    Buy. In addition, I recommend you read the Wikipedia article on Ayn Rand. She is a very controversial person and crosses the usual group parameters in politics, economics, religion, and society. Because she does fit into the usual groupings, she is shunned and embraced by many. In her own life, she was non-conformist and difficult to deal with on many issues; she an ego, very sure.

    There are plenty of reviews by the scholars and the readers alike. However, here is my opinion:

    Story: The story is bit sophomoric, it has some unbelievable portions (even though it is mildly a science fiction and fantasy novel), and there is a long soliloquy that presents the author's philosophy in a nutshell. However, the author's dystopia rings true today in Europe and as warning to other developed countries. It explains some of the problems in developing countries; some I seen personally. The story can run slow but it is not action novel but one on philosophy and personal development.

    Production: The reader is a personal favorite of mine both in books and on the screen. The production effects were good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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