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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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    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chet Prairie Village, KS, United States 01-03-12
    Chet Prairie Village, KS, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Grateful

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    "Big Government Crushes the spirit of Individuals"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    No, but then I have read it earlier and I have the salient points by now. The value of this book is the intrinsic insight of someone who is intelligent and lived under Socialism. Ayn Rand brings to the table an understanding of why Socialism does not work. You cannot remove individual incentive and personal responsibility from the equation and have the better things that man is capable of creating.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting is that man does have a self-interested nature and to deny it is to deny a reality, that if lost, will crush the whole. Least interesting is how she flows from this keen perception of the self destructing mechanisms of collectivism to the conclusion that one must also deny God.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    I felt it was excellent.


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

    Picking up the tab for a free lunch


    Any additional comments?

    This is a true modern classic and should be encouraged as part of an over all view of man's journey

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-13-11 Member Since 2010

    Mtn Grandma

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    "Hickson"

    I read this book 5 years ago and was amazed at how much it related to today. I was curious as to when it was written and astounded to find it was written over 50 years ago!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Interested Sheboygan, WI USA 04-29-11
    Interested Sheboygan, WI USA 04-29-11 Listener Since 2005
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    "The best introduction to a life changing novel."

    The only way to experience Atlas Shrugged in audio form is to have Edward Herrmann read it to you. His voice, his dramatization...his genuine understanding of the mental state of the characters - both protagonists and antagonists - is without comparison.

    Yes, it's abridged. But, honestly, that's an appealing part. I've read the novel in dead tree form three times and listened to the unabridged version from Audible four times. This abridged version, I believe, is the best way to experience the story. Especially for first timers who aren't sure they want to invest the time and energy in a story of this scope and subject. Trust me when I say, it's worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ry Jones Kirkland, WA 05-12-09
    Ry Jones Kirkland, WA 05-12-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Tedious even in this abbreviated form"

    An objectivist bedrock tome, Atlas Shrugged's walls of exposition are difficult enough when rendered fully on the page; this abridged version cuts out many hours of material, yet the cuts could still go further.

    Well recorded, this version is highly desirable over the unabridged version only for brevity's sake. If you want a short (11 hour) introduction to objectivism, go ahead and pick this up. Beware, though, the walls of text could be shortened at least 50% and still cover all salient points.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Glenville, NC, United States 09-08-09
    Kenneth Glenville, NC, United States 09-08-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Prophetic"

    Wow, this should be required reading. We're seeing this actually happen today. I have heard politicians say things the idiots in her book said. We are seeing the "If I just had more power I could fix it" mentality. I wish someone could make a movie of this.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    William 11-25-12
    William 11-25-12
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    "better than expected"
    What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

    Applies to the situation in our country today. It offers hope for a brighter future. It always motivates me to be my best despite obstacles.


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

    Dagney Taggert trading diamonds for a Rearden metal bracelet, completing the impossible John Gault line and then taking the train across the Rearden metal bridge. There were to many great moments to describe! She weaves a great story into her philosophical points. You will see echoes of what is happening here in the united states and Europe even though this was written 50 plus years ago.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    My biggest compliment was I never noticed him.


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

    I stood up and cheered for John Gault


    Any additional comments?

    I normally stay away from abridged versions but thought this worked well

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jerald L Jackson Pensacola, Florida United States 11-09-12
    Jerald L Jackson Pensacola, Florida United States 11-09-12
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    "Right Wing Manifesto Too Mythical For Me"
    What did you like best about Atlas Shrugged? What did you like least?

    Reading quality high! Unfortunately, the premise of the story is flawed, especially to have inspired a whole generation of Reaganites! As a liberal, I felt like I had to hear this story since it seems to be so important to understand the reds. After finally hearing it, I feel even more compassion for those who are (sadly) using this novel as a basis for their political and social positions. No wonder those positions are losing traction among the ever smarter and more diverse and empathetic populace emerging here in the US.

    Thankfully, 'the believers' of Atlas Shrugged are a waning coalition.






    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 12-29-11
    Brenda LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 12-29-11 Member Since 2010

    I'm a mom of a busy 10 year old daughter, manage a demanding career and depending on my morning read during my commute to improve my happiness!

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    "Really? Are you kidding me with this book?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This was a terrible story - can't figure out why anyone recommends it. One of my friends told me to read it - said she reads it every year to


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    Tisa United States 11-20-11
    Tisa United States 11-20-11
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    "I gave this book the lowest possible rating"

    Atlas Shrugged is full of stereotypes and over-simplifications. Rand continually displays her extreme bias towards capitalism, and distain for any sort of regulation. It makes sense to me that a person with her particular background would hold the opinions discussed in Atlas Shrugged, but I really don't see how any rational westerner can take this book seriously. Any comparisons to modern life are superficial at best, and completely unavoidable. Rand's ideas are so over-generalized that you can find comparisons everywhere you look but never manage to find any deeper meaning. I really wanted this book to mean something, but it's shallow.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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