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 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.
it was good. the reading was good.
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.
I HAVE LISTENED TO IT 3 TIMES SO FAR AND FIND IT MORE APROPOS EACH TIME. ITS A VERY GOOD STORY AND A PROPHESY.
ATLAS SHRUGGED GIVES SOME CRITICALLY IMPORTANT INSIGHT ON OUR CURRENT POLITICAL SETTING. IT HIGHLIGHTS, IN STORY FORM, THE DIRECTION OUR COUNTRY IS HEADING.
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.
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.
Where did everybody go?
She walked out, she came back, she came back, she walked out.
Ayn Rand wrote another book I read many years ago. I think it was
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.
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.
I felt it was excellent.
Picking up the tab for a free lunch
This is a true modern classic and should be encouraged as part of an over all view of man's journey
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My biggest compliment was I never noticed him.
I stood up and cheered for John Gault
I normally stay away from abridged versions but thought this worked well
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