©1936 Ayn Rand; (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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.
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.
Life changing story
Hard to compare - uplifting like The Fountainhead, yet tragic like Anna Karenina
Kira - Ms Woods captured her essence perfectly
Leo - to try to convince him to keep fighting
This is one of my favorite books; Mary Woods did an amazing job capturing the characters.
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.
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.
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
A great writer.
An excellent reader.
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.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I had very high hopes for We the Living . . . and parts of the story, the true historical parts of communist Russia, were very good . . . I listened intently and sadly as the young, idealistic men eagerly joined "the party", believing the garbage that they were being spoon fed. But I was deeply disappointed in the story of Kira, who was no more free than the communist government that she so despised. I tried and tried to like her, to root for her, but to no avail. She, just like her communist counterparts, justified her own actions, and was not above prostituting herself. You see, that is what happens when you deny that there is a God and you become your OWN God. Ayn Rand's hatred of socialist/communism and worship of freedom above all else . . . I'm afraid it may have made her blind to the only true freedom that is lasting.
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