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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.
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!
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!
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.
It is wonderful to have a book read to you while you drive, or relax, or go about your business. I like the book and it was a very nice dystopian tale, but I much prefer the gothic tale, Frankenstein. Less political, but equally liberal, it is unique, and full of beauty and mystery.
Most people will be able to finish it within one or two days commute time.
It's a tiny, beautiful gem of a piece. Rand's off his or edited lyricism is in full, youthful force. Listening to the blossoming of objectivism is truly worth the few hours of your time.
The narrator has A clear voice. His voice is very much like the concepts and theories posits fourth. How is it possible to compassionately uplift the poor, yet flourish myself as an individual?
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.
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
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.
That I could get through it much faster than I could read it. I was able to listen to it at work while working.
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.
No, I did anyways.
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.
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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