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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 Member Since 2013
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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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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-03-14
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 11-03-14 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "Communism, Self, and Freedom"

    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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