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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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    Bridgette United States 10-29-12
    Bridgette United States 10-29-12
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    "To be honest, it is too deep for me."
    What disappointed you about Atlas Shrugged?

    I am a mother of two, and enjoy listening to audio books when I am packing lunches, cleaning, etc. While I do enjoy quality books, I don't want to have to think *that* hard. I kept having to rewind and listen again to certain parts because my mind started wandering. I just kept losing interest. It seemed like the entire book was just saying the same thing over and over again, but in different ways. This seems more like a book that would be studied in the classroom; I just did not enjoy listening to it for pleasure. I thought it would never end!


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    Ronald Davis Janesville, WI USA 09-20-12
    Ronald Davis Janesville, WI USA 09-20-12
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    "Atlas Shrugged was very thought provoking."
    What did you like best about this story?

    It seems possible, in the dystopia that is presented.


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

    His interpretation of each character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Dagne took Mrs. Reardon's bracelet made of Reardon metal.


    Any additional comments?

    The movie, first part, is a fine translation to screen of the book.

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    Brandon 09-11-12
    Brandon 09-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "MUST READ!"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing, Terrifying, Eye Opening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is relevant to things today. So much so that its almost prophetic.


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

    He seem to capture the emotions of the characters well and was still easy to understand, even through my car stereo.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many and more, but none I can discuss without spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    This book puts words to how I and probably many others feel about the way our country is headed. More impressive, is the fact that it was written by an author who experienced communism first hand and was compelled to write this story 50 years ago.

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    Terry Murfreesboro, TN, United States 09-11-12
    Terry Murfreesboro, TN, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book!!"
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper 10%


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its parallel with the current US situation.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Overall did an OK job.


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

    Dagne


    Any additional comments?

    It is a long book, but the story is worth it.

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    Tom 08-07-12
    Tom 08-07-12
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    "Current politics foreseen"
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Potent, timely, political


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

    Hank Rearden


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. Made me more angry at the way politics and government work in these current times.


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    Aaron M. Brown Washington DC 08-06-12
    Aaron M. Brown Washington DC 08-06-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Amazing Story! Okay narration!"
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite all time stories! If you are into political intrigue and how the world will be in a hundred years then this is the book to read.


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

    I have not listened to this narrator before, but I did enjoy listening to him. He had a good presence and was not annoying like quite a few others. Have a heard better? Of course, but I would listen to his books again.


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    WK NJ, USA 07-18-12
    WK NJ, USA 07-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Work, Too Much Cut, Narration So-So"

    I was looking for an abridged version that I could offer to my friends/family that didn't require a 60 hour commitment as in the unabridged version. I read good reviews on this version but I have no confidence I would know what was going on had I not recently finished the unabridged version. Thankfully they preserved the Francisco Money Speech, which I felt for sure would be shredded, but for every 5 hours of unabridged content they cut 4. It almost feels as if they had a goal to keep the book under 12 hours. Unfortunately, the listener doesn't get a good sense of the public's morose in this edition, and things just seem to happen out of nowhere. The characters are so under developed that it's hard to attach any emotion to any of them.

    Regarding narration, I rather prefer the Scott Brick depiction of characters in the unabridged version - the inflection, tonality, and emotion helps to fully develop an image of each character as unique individual. You really need to do the work yourself with this version, as Herrmann does little of it for the reader. For instance, in the unabridged version I always knew which character had the focus, but in this version I need to look for the explicit cues. The only exception is Francisco, on whom there's a poor attempt to attach a Latin-American accent to his character.

    Overall, I think this is a good recap of the greater work and the lessons therein. However I cannot recommend this version to the first time reader hoping for a quick dash through 60 hours as a means of appreciating the full work. Too much is lost.

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    Mahal La Quinta, CA USA 05-07-12
    Mahal La Quinta, CA USA 05-07-12
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    "What is with all the hype"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really.


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

    not sure.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    it was good. the reading was good.


    Did Atlas Shrugged inspire you to do anything?

    not really. the rail economy is not what it once was. To compare capitalism to rail and that is to represent capitol for all other markets is not right. more so for today. And the "Heroes" look like terrorist in the begging. No wounder the system failed when they left. They ruined it before they left.


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    Anne Collegedale, TN, United States 04-23-12
    Anne Collegedale, TN, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "MORE APROPOS EVERY DAY"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    I HAVE LISTENED TO IT 3 TIMES SO FAR AND FIND IT MORE APROPOS EACH TIME. ITS A VERY GOOD STORY AND A PROPHESY.


    Any additional comments?

    ATLAS SHRUGGED GIVES SOME CRITICALLY IMPORTANT INSIGHT ON OUR CURRENT POLITICAL SETTING. IT HIGHLIGHTS, IN STORY FORM, THE DIRECTION OUR COUNTRY IS HEADING.

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    Linda Jupiter, FL, United States 03-28-12
    Linda Jupiter, FL, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself! Avid reader. My life was complete when my husband gave me "audible" as a Christmas present. BEST GIFT I EVER GOT.

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    "MY MOTHER READ THIS BOOK."
    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    I like Ayn Rand and this one is an oldie AND a goodie. My mom, God rest her soul, told me for YEARS to read this book. I finally decided to give it a try. It is a real gem. Nothingl you've read before. No blood, no guts, but plenty of GLORY. You WON'T BE disappointed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

    Where did everybody go?


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

    Who was_______________?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    She walked out, she came back, she came back, she walked out.


    Any additional comments?

    Ayn Rand wrote another book I read many years ago. I think it was

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