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
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.
No. Too long & too boring.
Make it MUCH SHORTER to get her story across.
He did HIS job.
I've been meaning to read this huge book for quite some time but never thought I'd make it through it because it's so long. Well, the audio book version took no time at all to go through, (especially the abridged version), and I was riveted anyway. The story is quite compelling and it isn't slow. It's an almost Orwellian tale of what can happen when there is too much government intervention that can break down a free market economy, which runs at its best when left alone. If you already have significant liberal leanings, you likely will find this tale over the top. Otherwise, it's excellent and Edward Herrmann does a masterful job with the different personalities and accents.
This is a story as compelling in today's troubled times as it could be. A message of hope in a socialist society.
There was enough detail here, I did not feel like I was getting a Cliff Notes version.
Excellent narration. Kept me hanging on every word.
I would never have read this book, and a 63 hour version would have bored me to tears. There is enough here to really get the message by Ayn Rand!
I will listen again... and this abridged version is a great way to get through this classic novel a first time. The story is engaging and the pace moves fast enough to keep anyone interested.
Even though it was written 70 years ago, the subject matter remains relevant today. It held my interest... in fact, I could not stop listening.
John Galt. At first he is a mystery. Throughout the book you come to know him, and realize his critical role in the plot. His speeches are incredible!
I have read Atlas Shrugged several times in the past, I seem to get more from it each time I read it. Listening to the book was a new experience, and I was able to concentrate more on John Galt's speech by listening to the Audio version.
It is seems to me that Ayn Rand was actually foretelling the future of the United States,
and the way our country is evolving.
The narrator did an excellent job.
Fits today well
Who Is John Gault
If you cant read it listen to it.
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!
It seems possible, in the dystopia that is presented.
His interpretation of each character
When Dagne took Mrs. Reardon's bracelet made of Reardon metal.
The movie, first part, is a fine translation to screen of the book.
Amazing, Terrifying, Eye Opening.
It is relevant to things today. So much so that its almost prophetic.
He seem to capture the emotions of the characters well and was still easy to understand, even through my car stereo.
Many and more, but none I can discuss without spoilers.
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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