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The Virtue of Selfishness Audiobook

The Virtue of Selfishness

Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.
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Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.

Ms. Rand's unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are set forth in this insightful piece of nonfiction.

©1961, 1964 Ayn Rand; ©1962, 1963, 1964 by the Objectivist Newsletter Incorporated; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    John St. Petersburg, FL, USA 12-12-05
    John St. Petersburg, FL, USA 12-12-05
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    "Good Luck!"

    Although Ms. Rand can be very black & white about things (as most in this field tend to be) I found much of what she discusses in this book to be brilliant. I think it would be a better read, as her thoughts deserve more contemplation than the three seconds given between most sentences. WARNING: The narrator is extremely difficult to listen to! Her voice is boring and very cold, giving the impression that we are listening to something evil. If you've recently had some coffee and are in the mood to be challenged then this audiobook is for you. Overall good stuff.

    34 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Scott United States 05-06-13
    Scott United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Rand Lovers Only"

    In classical Rand fashion, she delivers a controversial rebuttal of societal norms. While I am sympathetic to her point of view, I think the book is mostly word play more than truly presenting a new view of ethics. She spends time redefining selfishness, only to come back and coalesce her view close to what is already the norm in society. For those not versed in Rand the content may seem outrageous and lead to a entertaining listen. For those versed in Rand, it is a primer in the underlying philosophy behind characters such as Howard Roark which was not explicitly discussed in the novel.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    R. Aiken 10-29-03
    R. Aiken 10-29-03
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    "Beyond brilliant"

    As an enthusiastic student of Ayn Rand since my days at Princeton in the early 70?s (a member of a yearly trek of mathematicians and physicists to join a soiree of cohorts at Harvard backstage with Ms. Rand after her annual presentation at the Boston Forum) , this wonderfully read rendition of her masterpiece (primarily Chapter One: The Objectivist Ethics) rejuvenates my soul. I am a Medical Director of a very large Child and Adolescent Hospital currently adopting Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as the foundation for treatment and intend to incorporate Ms. Rand's teachings of ethics and morality as the basis for accepting a comprehensive model of CBT. Her philosophy today is more compelling than ever and merges seamlessly into the primary evidence based treatment of dealing with emotional disturbance, the cognitive therapy model. Thank you for putting this on audio!

    52 of 72 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy 05-27-04
    Timothy 05-27-04
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    "Essential for Human living"

    Ayn Rand's "The Virtue of Selfishness" is possibly the most liberating treatise on human living ever put to pen. This work should be at the top of the list of essential reading. Moreover, the world would be a far better place if more people chose to live a rational, conscious life.

    28 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 10-03-08
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 10-03-08 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Read Atlas Shrugged Instead"

    This philosophical treatise is pretty good. But even the author emphasizes that she has made her major points in the novel Atlas Shrugged. I agree that the message is much more clear in the novel and you don't really need to read this if you have read Atlas Shrugged.

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    Kevin Wegner 04-02-16
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    "Intellectual Powerhouse! "

    Ayn Rand at her best. A required reading for those seeking to fully understand Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

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    Alex Hartwell bothell, wa 04-02-16
    Alex Hartwell bothell, wa 04-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "preamble to Libertarianism"

    This philosophy is what lead libertarians to the current ideas of true freedom. This was a really easy to follow version. This book is revolutionary!

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    ben 03-24-16
    ben 03-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A clear view."

    Ayn Rand was ahead of her time then and she is spot on now. If you are someone who feels like life is giving you a beating even though you are "doing what you should be doing" read this book. It gets into a lot of political views that are fantastic as well. I'm not super political but Ayn's words just ring true.

    Worth a listen.

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    jj 02-24-16
    jj 02-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "not what I expected."

    struggled to finish. I actually fell asleep on it a few times. interesting but boring.

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    Daniel 11-20-15
    Daniel 11-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Condensed Atlas Shrugged"

    This book reads a lot like an explanation of the logic presented in Atlas Shrugged. The lecture series was noteworthy, literally. Get a pen and paper.

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