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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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    Nick 11-03-14
    Nick 11-03-14
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    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 2014
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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.

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    Sara Allen, TX, United States 07-10-13
    Sara Allen, TX, United States 07-10-13
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    "Loved it"
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good, I enjoyed the listen very much


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is very relevant to today. I'm amazed it was written so long ago.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could rename Atlas Shrugged, what would you call it?

    When the world gave up


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Richard Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 05-11-13
    Richard Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 05-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "a political must-read"

    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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    John El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 03-18-13
    John El Dorado Hills, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Beware of Utopia"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    The audio verson flows smoothly and speeds up the story significantly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dagne Taggart - she doesn't give up. She sees and understands the problems associated with the the utopian view espoused by her brother and others, and is still able to overcome many of the obstacles placed in her path.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "How to Go From Happiness to Misery in a Few Easy Steps"


    Any additional comments?

    This is a terrific book, one that I should have read many years ago, but didn't. It has many parallels to our world today and is a lesson for those who practice 'group-think'.

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    donna York, PA, United States 03-12-13
    donna York, PA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "All politcians in office today should read!!"

    For anyone who has ever owned their own business and worked hard to succeed, this is for you. For anyone who has dared to love no matter the cost, this is for you, too!

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    Derek 03-11-13
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    "Well Worth the Time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the audio version of Atlas Shrugged more than the print because of the performance of Edward Herrmann. His inflection and intensity for some of the key monologues were amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Galt is my favorite character. He is the most essential vehicle for Ayn Rand's commentary on American society.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Herrmann – was your favorite?

    John Galt


    If you could rename Atlas Shrugged, what would you call it?

    Who Was John Galt


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    Alethia 02-15-13
    Alethia 02-15-13
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    "Master of independent thinking"
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    Ayn Rand was able to incorporate drama, money, politics, sex, and intellect in one novel.


    What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to and why?

    Hunger Games because it is about social and political suicide of a nation.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice animation of the characters


    If you could take any character from Atlas Shrugged out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Hank Reardon


    Any additional comments?

    greatest fictional novel of all times about the disaster of socialism.

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    J. L. 01-14-13
    J. L. 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting read"

    My hubby and I listened to this on a few short road trips. Very enjoyable. Book is very interesting and pertinent to our times. Definitely very thought-provoking. One problem - the volume fluctuates pretty badly - very loud sometimes then very soft - had to keep adjusting volume in the car, which gets a bit annoying after a while.

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    Beth 12-19-12
    Beth 12-19-12
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    "Too long & too boring."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Too long & too boring.


    What could Ayn Rand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make it MUCH SHORTER to get her story across.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    He did HIS job.


    Do you think Atlas Shrugged needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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