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Anthem | [Ayn Rand]

Anthem

This gripping tale of the future anticipates Ayn Rand's later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In the dark ages of the future, individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. In this faceless world, one man dares to love the woman of his choice and to seek and find knowledge.

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This gripping tale of the future anticipates Ayn Rand's later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In the dark ages of the future, individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. In this faceless world, one man dares to love the woman of his choice and to seek and find knowledge.

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    Mac Dude Marietta, GA 01-27-03
    Mac Dude Marietta, GA 01-27-03 Listener Since 2000

    Jimbo

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    Compelling. This is one of my favorite stories, contains a strong message. You will find yourself listening to Rand's story again and again. I find other Ayn Rand's writings a bit long, this one is very much to the point. Other favorite titles: Starship Troopers, Dealers of Lighting, Second Coming of Steve Jobs and Snow Crash.

    21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    R. Kottke Cross Plains, WI 06-15-04
    R. Kottke Cross Plains, WI 06-15-04 Member Since 2003

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    "Anthem is an often re-listen"

    Anthem is one of the most beautiful novellas that I have ever read or heard. Reading the novella, you can feel the struggle, the turmoil, and the character growth. Listening to the novella, the beauty and the near poetry come forward. I found myself backspacing often, just to re-enjoy the power and the beauty of particular sections. This novella will be an often re-listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-26-05
    Matthew Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-26-05
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    "Short and Sweet"

    Anthem (another great title from Rand) has a singular message and it gets right to the point. While the reader is a bit lugubrious, the tale is worth hearing. I would suggest that anyone wanting to listen does not read much about the story as there is a turning point within that loses impact if you know too much. The story is about discovery in a bleak future and it is a clear precursor to "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged." Like with all of Ayn Rand's books, the reader is cautioned to think hard about her politics. They are well thought-out, attractive, but sometimes dangerous. Decide for yourself man's roll in this world!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Westminster, CO, USA 11-19-04
    Donna Westminster, CO, USA 11-19-04
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    I listened to this because my daughter was reading this in her high school English class. I was enthralled with the story. The character really comes to life in my mind. I have always enjoyed Ayn Rand novels and this one was not an exception.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott United States 05-06-13
    Scott United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2002
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    "An Anthem for the Rand Fan"

    While not as epic as Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead, Anthem provides overt insight into the philosophical development of a person's ego. The action is slow, and the arc of the story not strong, so only readers with attachment to the underlying philosophy of the novel are likely to be satisfied. However, the introduction of the word "I" to the vocabulary of the characters is an iconic conceptual device that defines the work, and the author’s objections to the tyranny of society.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tony A. Phillips Delran, NJ 09-03-12
    Tony A. Phillips Delran, NJ 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The catalyst between Atlas and Fountainhead"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is the catalyst or connection between Atlas and Fountainhead. It serves as a continual thought between the two novels. Albeit a short read, the hero in the story is the greatest form of human dignity and triumph. The Anthem is more a sunrise than a musical triumph. As you travel in this story towards the end, you become enlightened. The exaggerated light bulb over the head of cartoon characters at the "ah hah" moment
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    I enjoy the way Mrs. Rand presents the hero and his travel to become himself. In this way, the reader also realizes who they are. A is A.

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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 02-02-12
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 02-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This is a view on how Russia was"
    What made the experience of listening to Anthem the most enjoyable?

    That I could get through it much faster than I could read it. I was able to listen to it at work while working.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anthem?

    When you realize that the perfect society is any closed minded society that says everything should come from central planning like Russia and what the US is leaning back towards.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I did anyways.


    Any additional comments?

    To me this book is meant as a warning not to control everything and at the same time don't let everything get out of control.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 01-23-12
    Richard LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Powerful"
    If you could sum up Anthem in three words, what would they be?

    1 Powerful2 Telling3 Frightful


    What did you like best about this story?

    A wonderful and discriptive view into the future of a society headed down an all too familiar path.Ayn Rand must have enlisted the help of a crystal ball considering when the book was writen, the insight as with all of her books is remarkable. It's very apparent that many authors today have been influenced by her phylosophy.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't recall having heard any previous performances but to sum it up in two words, First class.


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

    Lets call it a page turner.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it were in the form of a more lengthy novel. I found myself wanting more, even though the story, not to mention the point was satisfied.

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    Dara Roslindale, MA, United States 12-19-13
    Dara Roslindale, MA, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book, if you like to stroke Ayn Rand's ego"
    What disappointed you about Anthem?

    The self absorbed prologue, The story with no plot. It's just a philosophical, sociopolitical diatribe. I mean, if it had ANY kind of plot or attempt at character development, it might have been palatable.


    What was most disappointing about Ayn Rand’s story?

    There is no story!


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    The narrator, i guess?


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It assumes that the reader is intelligent... that's nice, I guess.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Surprising"

    I had to read this book for my degree, so was happy to find it on audible. The strange thing is I loved it, while everyone else on the course said it was rubbish. It just goes to show that sometime the imagery projected from listening to an audible version over reading a flat book can make all the difference.
    I thought the subject matter was very interesting and the whole thing really made me think. Have a listen and see what you think.

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