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
I had heard many Libertarians and Conservative friends rave about this book as 'philosophically powerful' but I did not find the arguments for the merits of Objectivism and Laissez Faire Capitalism convincing at all. Ayn Rand seems to idealize Arostocracy, loving only money and rugged individualism, while harboring disgust for the unskilled laborer and the mantra of 'love thy neighbor' and 'do unto others'. As a simple-minded SciFi fantasy novel about a distopian society being saved by the rich, the storyline reads well.
I'm sure his book was revolutionary at its time. Today though, I just don't see what was so ground breaking about this. It's a fairly basic story with transparent characters, about an outdated industry, tailored together with the linguistic fortitude of a 10th grader.
Edward Hermann is a great narrator.
Confusion as to why this book is considered revolutionary or controversial. It's neither, at least not nowadays. I realize Alan Greenspan was Ayn Rand's lover and a follower, and her philosophy was considered radical at some point. But this book itself...I just can't get too excited about it.
I can't imagine a time when a story like this was once considered revolutionary or controversial. Maybe I'm too ignorant to hear beneath the words but to me this sounds like a ho-hum story, written in a ho-hum way. Please do tear me apart because I realize many of you somehow believe Ayn Rand was some kind of revolutionary.
He's a great voice actor. True quality performance.
It started off ok, but it simply got too "industrial". The characters were interesting in the beginning, but later on became too busy, flat and boring. When I figured out that the whole point of the book was to be a defense of capitalism, I simply lost interest. Couldn't get past Part II.
Note about the audiobook: There were no chapter markers, the book was divided in random tracks, and it was very easy to get lost. I had to get an ebook companion to understand what was going on.
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!
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.
Very good, I enjoyed the listen very much
It is very relevant to today. I'm amazed it was written so long ago.
When the world gave up
frequently cited as the bible of conservative-think, this bleeding heart liberal was pleasantly surprised to find it a wonderful story, brilliantly written, and thoroughly enjoyed. It's politics are more libertarian than conservative, challenging assumptions not so much about whether there is a role for government, but where the lines are or should be drawn on that issue of 'spreading the wealth' between the economic benefits and revolution avoidance vs. compassion than can take it so far as to be self destructive. Despite an ending that I thought was far weaker than the book in general, its length, originally a turnoff, turned to be a delight, as it was one of those books that you just don't want to end.
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