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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

Atlas Shrugged

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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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    DPhipps 11-27-16
    DPhipps 11-27-16
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    "Good book, Not a great Abridgment"

    Love the book, but too much is lost in the story with this abridgment. Y

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    MCBH 11-16-16
    MCBH 11-16-16
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    "My Favorite Book, now on tape"

    The narrator was easy to understand and engaging (despite some of the characters changing accents throughout the story!). Oh well - small complaint for a big book. Kept me awake on long drives and I didn't miss most of what was left out from the novel.

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    Jason 09-28-16
    Jason 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting and thought provoking"
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    Overall I really enjoyed the book. The story is overwhelmingly pro capitalism with the idea objectivism should be the foundation that governs society. I tend to be more of a capitalist than not, and as a capitalist I did find myself buying into a lot of the ideas the author pushed, until I thought it through a bit. Objectivism suggests that human beings can only understand reality through our own sense of perception. The problem with that notion is that many studies have since been able to show us how easily we can be deceived by our own sense of perception. So the premise of objectivism (as the book suggests we should always check) is off, so anything that follows that premise, whether it sounds right or not, must be questioned.

    The underlining feeling I got from the book is that it was written from the point of view of an elitist who doesn't want to be bothered with the struggles of society as long as it doesn't interfere with their own gain. It does a great job at portraying the many issues of socialism controlled by a corrupt bureaucratic system ruled by "looters" who are also out for their own personal gain, but swigging the pendulum to the opposite extreme presents its own problems that the book makes no effort to address. If every person lived by the values the characters in this book live by, then both capitalism and social have a shot at working. The problem is always with the greedy and corrupt on either side of the spectrum.

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    Jeffrey 09-23-16
    Jeffrey 09-23-16
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    "Best Book Ever Written"

    Ayn Rand was a prophet a visionary way before her time.
    This book should be mandatory reading by all High School students.
    The parallels to current social and political events is uncanny.
    Good Listening

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    Je Suis Morrisey 09-15-16
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    "Great book!"

    Considering that I'm not a fan of fictional works, it's even better than great. 2 Thumbs up!

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    Ronda Dukes Gindin 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Reads like Real Historic occurrences."

    This book reads like a historical occurrences makes us think but what we're doing to our future. This book is for the 20 percenters of the world. They we'll follow this book 80% will not understand.

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    Ronnybiz Varghese 06-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This was a LONG and ENGAGING book"

    I have not read many novels as long as this. I got through this in 2 days because of how engaging it was though!

    Great storyline, and great extreme example of socialism taking over the country. Capitalism fiction at its finest... Didn't really care the the last couple paragraphs for the ending though :/

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    Andrew Cole 04-26-16
    Andrew Cole 04-26-16
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    "Good Performance, Bad Material "

    One-dimensional objectivist rant masked as mediocre fiction. Think L Ron Hubbard for Libertarians. Nicely voiced at least.

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    James College Station, TX, United States 04-23-16
    James College Station, TX, United States 04-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The reading is painfully bad"
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    After 4 times through the 52hr version, I may have gotten 10min into this version at most. The Dagny sounds like a derpy gullible spoiled child. Eddie sounds like he has anger management issues. James sounds decisive and calm. It hurts to listen to.

    Dagny is supposed to be one of the strongest and most determined characters. Think of someone strong and stable minded in real life and then imagine that they speak with the tones of an angry pre-tween child. Clashes horribly right? Go with Christopher hurt. Some parts of the original version could use abridging I think, but this reading is not listenable after hearing tones that actually fit the roles.

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    R H 03-16-16
    R H 03-16-16
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    "Garbage"

    Pure garbage. A boring waste of time. Somehow worse than the movies. Would not recommend.

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