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 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
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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.
Its parallel with the current US situation.
Overall did an OK job.
It is a long book, but the story is worth it.
Potent, timely, political
Yes. Made me more angry at the way politics and government work in these current times.
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.
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.
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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