©1943 The Bobbs-Merrill Company, renewed ©1971 Ayn Rand; (P)1994 Penguin-HighBridge Audio
"Ayn Rand is a writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly." (The New York Times)
This book was narrated very well, with excellent clarity.
The tone and pitch of his voice was perfect for the story. He really captured the essence of all the characters so well that I could not only picture what they looked like, but felt their attitude as well.
None of them, they are all completely dysfunctional.
I've been trying to read (finish) this book for years. Thanks to Audible, I've finally done it.
Say something about yourself!
This novel is about competence and the value of that to society. It is close to the same story as Atlas Shrugged, and I live that other title better. But would recommend both.
About 4 years ago a friend told me to read this book - going to school and holding down a full time job - this wasn't possible - then I found Audibles - I loved this book - wanted more - it was such an insight....I want the next book, next books, I want to follow them through life.....
I waited too many years to tackle this book thinking it would be stuffy and difficult. It was neither. I sat up into the night listening to the rich and thoughtful story which was beautifully performed.
In so many aspects, I so enjoyed listening to this book. It is multilayered and on every reading I soak some more.
Also the narrator is super talented, delivers to story so well.
The narration has made me fall in love with the book all over. Its an amazing performance and would have given a six star rating if I could.
I was continuously astonished by the fact that this book was written by a woman in the 1940's, yet the entire story could take place in the new millennium from the viewpoint of modern men & women of our time. I am intrigued that Rand wisely chose the world of architecture to perfectly parallel the way men chose to reflect society's perceived desires, opinions and beliefs. She is an inspiration to me as a woman, who has allowed herself the freedom to think beyond the limitations of society's standards. I love her raw honesty of true human nature and the way she depicts how individuals chose their paths.
I definitely want to read more Any Rand books. This is the first novel of this type that I have ever read. I can only compare the philosophical journey to Herman Hesse's "Siddhartha;" and my utter fascination with the author's ability to depict the characters of opposite gender with accurate and believable inner dialogues, with Arthur Golden's "Memoirs of a Geisha."
He animated Gayle Wynan and Edward Toohey very well. His attempt at performing Dominique's voice was funny. He gave her a low-toned, smokey Stepford Wife voice.
The two separate moments when Toohey and Roark spoke of their philosophy on altruism. I could contemplate and listen to them over and over again.
I started reading the unabridged version but lack of free time was keeping me from making the progress that I wanted to make. I hesitantly chose the abridged version when I ordered this audio book to be time efficient, but now I wish that I had ordered the unabridged. I kept going to the book to see what I was missing in between. I will probably continue to read the unabridged version after all!
The detailed description of a person who is totally and uncompromised to his own ideas.
Howard Roar because he never doubts his choices and dont need the blessing of others.
Expertly narrated, good audio quality. Great novel, I wish it were abridged to about 12 hours instead of 8.5 so I could have gotten more of Ayn Rand's writing. The plot moves along smartly and the speeches make their points much more succinctly than in Atlas Shrugged. Dominique is not someone I'd hold up as a role model for how to make a happy marriage, but I don't think this novel is an allegory about marriage. It is about quality and competence. Nearly all the characters are archetypes or stereotypes. But the points and philosophy are important for everyone to understand. Highly recommended.
"Good but I should have waited"
I guess this is always the fear when you buy an old abridged novel, that the unabridged version is just around the corner - sure enough this is the .
As with Atlas Shrugged the reader does get bashed by the message but what did you expect.
While I don't agree with Rand, or Objectivism totally, she sure makes you think.
Buy the unabridged version.
This is a shortened version from the orginal 700+ pages-long book, so it isn't useful when trying to read the book while reading it ate the same time. Listening to the audiobook while reading the actual book helps me read faster as I go along with the audiobook's speed, and if playing on an iPod (and maybe on iTunes, I haven't tried), you can set the velocity of the audiobook faster or slower, which helps improve either your understandng of the story or your reading pace.
This audiobook file, although it isn't bad, it is not what I was expecting. At any moment before using my initial credit, did I know this was not what I was looking for as it was never specified to be a summarised version, and so I had to spend an extra credit on buying the complete file, which I thought at first was just another version, but now I know the difference was the other file, was the complete version and this just a shortened one which was no use.
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