We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
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.
    • 1 audiobook per month
    • 180,000+ titles to choose from
    • $14.95 per month after free trial

Publisher's Summary

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (570 )
5 star
 (313)
4 star
 (114)
3 star
 (82)
2 star
 (27)
1 star
 (34)
Overall
4.1 (292 )
5 star
 (159)
4 star
 (49)
3 star
 (45)
2 star
 (20)
1 star
 (19)
Story
4.0 (285 )
5 star
 (130)
4 star
 (73)
3 star
 (54)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (16)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    John St. Petersburg, FL, USA 12-12-05
    John St. Petersburg, FL, USA 12-12-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    34
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Scott United States 05-06-13
    Scott United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    25
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    22
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Richard Springfield, MO, USA 10-29-03
    Richard Springfield, MO, USA 10-29-03 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    52
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    Timothy 05-27-04
    Timothy 05-27-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    28
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    50
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "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
  •  
    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!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    280
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    371
    117
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    27
    0
    Overall
    "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.

    16 of 24 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel 11-20-15
    Daniel 11-20-15 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mark J United States 08-08-15
    Mark J United States 08-08-15

    Professional Appreciator

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Timely, rational warning against collectivism."

    The title, The Virtue of Selfishness, is purposefully provocative. Don't allow the title to keep you from reading this gem of rational essays making the case for capitalism, individualism, and individual rights. While Rand is clearly critical of religion (my only real quibble with her philosophy of objectivism) this collection should be considered the antidote to the progressive/liberal playbook, Olinsky's "Rules for Radicals." Timely and full of the soul of the nation's founders.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Masonic Prince 04-17-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Classic!"

    Direct, realistic & accurate. Worth the price as well as the time it took to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ryan M. Gurley 03-12-15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "excellent"

    Rand clarifies her philosophy in this book. It was great to listen to. This will be a resource that I reference often and will go back and look to for research!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dale California 12-06-14
    Dale California 12-06-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A "Must" read for any budding capitalist!!!"
    Where does The Virtue of Selfishness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I first read "The Virtue of Selfishness" way back in the 1960,s or maybe the 70"s. does not matter, listening to it now as I walk alone in the darkness each morning brings the truth back to me clearly. It is Number one on my list of great books I have listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is not a book with characters. It is about personal growth and being a "REAL" capitalist or as some liberal might put it dirty MONEY. Money is never dirty the people are dirty.


    Did C.M. Hernert do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were no characters, however she is a great narrator.


    If you could give The Virtue of Selfishness a new subtitle, what would it be?

    $$$$$


    Any additional comments?

    It should be on every teachers required reading list from 6th grade to a Ph.D.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.