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Capitalism Audiobook

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

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Publisher's Summary

The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This was the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constituted a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presented her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism. Here is a challenging look at modern society by a woman who was one of the most provocative intellectuals on the American scene. Ms. Rand's unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience.

©1946 Ayn Rand; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Dante T. Ferrigno Bronwood, GA 05-31-05
    Dante T. Ferrigno Bronwood, GA 05-31-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Amazingly accurate even today"

    This book should be required reading for college students.

    31 of 48 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan M. Gurley 07-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for those into Objectivism."

    somewhat of a struggle to finish. The content was good but the narrator was a little bland.

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    ben farr 06-25-16
    ben farr 06-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Perfect"

    Read with wit and venom. I cannot think of a better possible delivery for this text

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    Nathan and Heather Merrill 01-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "required reading"

    this book along with Atlas Shrugged should be required reading for every college and high school student in America

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    olivia a neukuckatz 10-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read/listen."

    I don't think I will ever tire of listening to this book. I will take notes next time, and the time after that, and the time after that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrew Lakeland, FL, United States 04-21-15
    andrew Lakeland, FL, United States 04-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Lots of info."

    Rand can get into a "use all of the worlds massive words in one sentence" mode every so often, so if you zone out while driving you have no chance of filling in the gaps. Lots of rewinding.

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    Marco Otero 03-06-15
    Marco Otero 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    For those trying to learn the nitty gritty of Rand's philosophy. Definitely do not recommend it as a first Ayn Rand book, you should read this only if curious about the specifics of her philosophy.

    The second to last chapter and the last chapters are amazing and I will definitely reference them in the future.

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    CoveKitty 11-13-14
    CoveKitty 11-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "too deep to listen to"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    after several replays, and that's not easy on an ipod, i made the decision that this is not a book to listen to. the concepts are such that you need to stop and ponder what you just read. so, i bought the book in print. and it's a good thing. i can read only a few pages before i have to stop and discuss what i just read with my husband and compare it to current events and discuss accuracy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    there is no character or character development other than for comparison.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    this book is not movie material. it's more economics and philosophy class material.


    Any additional comments?

    don't give up on this title if you find you can't listen to it. get a print version. you'll be glad you did.

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    John 06-10-13
    John 06-10-13

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    "A Lot Of Redundancy. You Can Say That Again."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ayn Rand makes excellent, well-researched points early on. Then, just won't let go. The constant restating of her points begins to wear thin. I stuck through, but it was work.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ayn Rand? Why or why not?

    Not right away. I probably should have read "Atlas Shrugged" first. I'm not eager to try it now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None sticks out.


    Do you think Capitalism needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Isn't going to come too soon from Ms. Rand, I expect.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are already a die-hard capitalist, this book will reaffirm everything you already know and believe. I'm not sure that Ayn Rand's zealotry stands the test of time. Some of her theories, especially about companies' naturally seeking to do the right thing, simply do not hold true, especially in the food and drug industry category.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Morgantown, WV, United States 05-12-13
    Peter Morgantown, WV, United States 05-12-13
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    "Fuzzy Thinking"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend it. Ayn Rand is currently an influential author. However, her reasoning is frequently weak. There is, however, one insight that comes early in the book that is important and deserving of more attention than it is receiving. Rand reminds us that an economic order without a moral and ethical foundation is bound to fail.


    Has Capitalism turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    Goo reader


    If you could give Capitalism a new subtitle, what would it be?

    no suggestion


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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