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We the Living Audiobook

We the Living

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We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

©1936 Ayn Rand; (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Amazon Customer 04-03-16 Listener Since 2009
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    "Ayn Rand's best book"

    This is a perfect combination of Ayn Rand and classic Russian literature. I love this novel.
    I got a new perspective on post revolution Russian life in her unique perspective.

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    Annie 12-27-15
    Annie 12-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "We The Living"

    Because this is audio, the first thing you notice is the narrator. It's difficult to listen to one who whistles every single "s" when speaking. I had to get past that, albeit annoying. Once I could tune the whistling out, narration was good.

    The story itself is tremendous and gives exquisite and painful insight into my own family's escape in 1917. The description of Petrograd and the Winter Palace gave credence to the legends I had heard, making them true.

    I love Keira (sp?). What a girl.

    I now need to listen to something with levity for a while, as Rand does a magnificent job pulling you through the story, making one feel that trapped anxiety.

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    Irina 11-03-15
    Irina 11-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing story"

    The story is amazing. The narrator needs to slow down - at times it was read so fast I could not follow it.

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    Kira87 11-02-15
    Kira87 11-02-15
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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up We the Living in three words, what would they be?

    Life changing story


    What other book might you compare We the Living to and why?

    Hard to compare - uplifting like The Fountainhead, yet tragic like Anna Karenina


    Which character – as performed by Mary Woods – was your favorite?

    Kira - Ms Woods captured her essence perfectly


    If you could take any character from We the Living out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Leo - to try to convince him to keep fighting


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books; Mary Woods did an amazing job capturing the characters.

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    John Z. 09-30-15
    John Z. 09-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible narration"
    What didn’t you like about Mary Woods’s performance?

    Dry, monotone, speed was all over the place. This is the first book I've had to adjust the speed on because it would randomly get way too fast.


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    Amazon Customer 09-16-15
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    "Disappointed "

    It was not what I expected. I liked Atlas Shrugged better. I would not recommend this book.

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    W. G. Ellis Las Vegas, NV USA 05-18-15
    W. G. Ellis Las Vegas, NV USA 05-18-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Early Ayn Rand"

    One of my favorites. A picture of life in Soviet Russia, in the 1920s. Ayn Rand contrasts the differences between sheep and spirited human beings. It is not as polished as "The Fountainhead," or "Atlas Shrugged," but was published earlier than either of them. This is part of its appeal, however, and doesn't detract from the story. The audio version is helpful for pronunciation of Russian names.

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    Douglass A. Lobo Miami, Florida United States 01-30-15
    Douglass A. Lobo Miami, Florida United States 01-30-15 Member Since 2003
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    "Not as good as her other books"

    Somewhat plodding and methodical, much like the post-Czarist Russia.The characters are wooden and two dimensional. It is nowhere near as good as Atlas Shrugged or Fountainhead

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    Thomas Ewing, NJ, United States 12-11-14
    Thomas Ewing, NJ, United States 12-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Nothing wrong with story author-bummer tale"
    Would you try another book from Ayn Rand and/or Mary Woods?

    A great writer.
    An excellent reader.
    Prophetic tale.

    Rands grasp of human psychology is key; all of the characters resemble someone you know--especially the minor and ancillary. It's a tale of a people's relentless decline to resignation, illness and passivity. Call it reportage, but stuffed in a more attractive romance.

    Depressing story nevertheless, made worse by the knowledge that this happened to millions in Venezuela, Zimbabwe, China, and elsewhere. Still worse, it may happen here.


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    53Classic 01-23-13
    53Classic 01-23-13
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    "Heartbreaking!"
    Where does We the Living rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's been a long while since I have been so disappointed and chagrined by the ending of a story. There was not a single story line or character ending that resolved the way I would have hoped or wanted. It left me heart sick and sad. When it ended, I couldn't believe that could possibly be the end. Her other books have had a more hopeful ending. Guess this one just blindsided me.Even so, it is an AMAZING story of love, unrequited love, sacrifice, endurance, courage ... the list goes on. Not to be missed.


    What other book might you compare We the Living to and why?

    Have not read other books with such a completely developed love story. Others fall short of the depth in this story.


    What does Mary Woods bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her characterizations of women were pretty good. There are a lot of very different men in this book with lots of variations in their personalities that didn't quite translate for me in her reading of them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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