Peikoff, as Rand's foremost interpreter, here reveals both the abstract fundamentals of objectivism and its practical applications, with much new material that Rand offered only in private conversations with Peikoff.
©1991 Leonard Peikoff; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
"A revelation. Peikoff is an extraordinary communicator....He brings the most difficult intellectual ideas within the grasp of the general reader....An awesome intellectual experience." (Detroit Free Press)
I am an Ayn Rand and Leonard Peikoff fan. I could not make it past the first chapter or two of this audiobook. The concepts are broken down into such primitive elementals that attention flags. Do you really want to know how a child classifies a table? I suppose these elementary concepts are all put together again to establish the philosophy of Objectivism that we all know and love, but I just could not endure the punishment of listening to it all.
Good narrator, excellent content
There's some issues with Peikoff describing Rand. Remember that this isn't Rand's view of objectivism, despite being portrayed as such - this is Peikoff's view of Rand's view. It's probably the best account of Ayn Rand's opinions to date, but still not her own account.
Leave the first sentence of each chapter, cut the rest, and end up with the exact same information in under five minutes.
Perhaps the problem is Ran'd philosophy itself, which, depending on your take on modern physics and neurology, is either tautologically true and thus a waste of brain cells (
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
If you really, really, really care about this kind of stuff, you might try to get through it. The narration is perfect--it's read with the same kind of sneering superiority one would expect from Ayn herself.
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