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Anthem | [Ayn Rand]

Anthem

Ayn Rand’s dystopic science fiction novella takes place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned -- when it is allowed to occur at all -- and the concept of individuality has been eliminated.
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Publisher's Summary

Ayn Rand’s dystopic science-fiction novella takes place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned -- when it is allowed to occur at all -- and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. As is common in her work, Rand draws a clear distinction between the “socialist/communal” values of equality and brotherhood and the “productive/capitalist” values of achievement and individuality.

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    DLW Gurnee, IL USA 06-26-14
    DLW Gurnee, IL USA 06-26-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Scares me how real this book sounds"
    Where does Anthem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very enjoyable will listen to again


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    The book when written most likely sounded absurd, it is scary how we are moving twords the absurd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Conor 07-27-15
    Conor 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, ok performance"

    A great intro to Ayn Rand. I thought there wasn't enough emotion in the performance, so maybe find another reading of it.

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    Evan Barber 05-13-15
    Evan Barber 05-13-15
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    "Great story; lifeless reader"

    While I might not be a Rand lackey, I do find enjoyment in this classic dystopian tale. It is filled with lovely language and a potent message, even if that message is beat into you repeatedly. I'm no objectivist, but I do find satisfaction in the "selfish" message.

    That being said, Rand haters may find it oddly fitting that the reader here performs with as little soul as they believe is inside of the author. It was just a bit...boring and safe.

    But it isn't horrible and, if you're interested in the story, you'll get used to the voice. It's worth a shot.

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    TRACY Houston TX 04-05-15
    TRACY Houston TX 04-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    Very imaginative story. Would make a great movie! I enjoyed the book, my son had to read it for school so we listened together.

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    brett 05-05-13
    brett 05-05-13 Member Since 2012

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    "I missed the point but Logan's Run is familiar"

    I am glad this was a novella and I had this on 2x speed and it still felt like a chore to get through. The narration was like listening to " How to install ink into a printer For Dummies "
    I had purchased Ayn Rand's other audio book before I had listened to this . So I have 32 hours of The Fountainhead to listen to , I hope it was not a mistake .

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