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  • Anthem | Ayn Rand

    Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By B. J. Harrison
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    “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil.” Deep issues of conscience are explored in Ayn Rand’s dystopian tale of a man who dares to fight against a system that invades his very mind and identity.

    Kari says: "Triumphant! A beautiful molding of the mind."
  • Anthem | Ayn Rand

    Anthem

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    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Ron Welch
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    It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil. It is as if we were speaking alone to no ears but our own. And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone. We have broken the laws. The laws say that men may not write unless the Council of Vocations bid them so. May we be forgiven! But this is not the only sin upon us. We have committed a greater crime, and for this crime there is no name.

    Mr. Evensen says: "Amazing story, narrated expertly"
  • Anthem | Ayn Rand

    Anthem

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    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Mike Vendetti
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    First published in 1937, this dystopian novella by Ayn Rand was conceived as a play when Ms. Rand was a teenager in Soviet Russia. Mankind has reached a dark age somewhere in the future. Individuality is a crime, and the word "I" does not exist. Men live for the good of their brothers. Equality 7 - 2521, seems, although he tries not to, to be continually breaking the rules.

    David E. Haffner says: "amazing performance by the narrator."
  • Anthem | Ayn Rand

    Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Edward Miller
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    "Anthem" is a fascinating dystopian sci-fi novella by Ayn Rand, published in 1938. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated... Equality 7-2521, our hero, realizes the importance of his own existence only when he comes to know and feel that one is the centre of one's universe, and that one's own perception gives the world and one's life its meaning.

  • Anthem | Ayn Rand

    Anthem

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    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Jason McCoy
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    Ayn Rand’s dystopic science fiction novella takes place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned -- when it is allowed to occur at all -- and the concept of individuality has been eliminated.

    Jennifer says: "Amazingly GOOD READ!!!!!"
  • The Cop and the Anthem | O. Henry

    The Cop and the Anthem

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    • By O. Henry
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    This is a story from the More Classic American Short Stories collection.

  • Anthem | Ayn Rand

    Anthem

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    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Cary Alan
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    Many of the novella's core themes, such as the struggle between individualism and collectivism, are echoed in Rand's later books, such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. However, the style of "Anthem" is unique among Rand's work, more narrative-centered and economical, lacking the intense didactic expressions of philosophical abstraction that occur in later works.

    Paul Luthi says: "Short, Sweet, To The Point and VERY GOOD!"
  • Anthem: A Reader's Guide to the Ayn Rand Novel | Robert Crayola

    Anthem: A Reader's Guide to the Ayn Rand Novel

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    • By Robert Crayola
    • Narrated By Jon Diienno
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    Anthem has proven to be one of Ayn Rand's most enduring books. With this new guide, you can take your understanding of Anthem to a higher level. Included are: a biography of Ayn Rand, detailed chapter summaries and analysis, examination of the book's context and history, and much more in a concise and easy-to-understand format, making this the essential guide to help you navigate Ayn Rand's Anthem.

  • This Is What Happens When People in India Refuse to Stand for Their National Anthem | Derek Hawkins

    This Is What Happens When People in India Refuse to Stand for Their National Anthem

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    • By Derek Hawkins
    • Narrated By Sam Scholl
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    In the United States, Colin Kaepernick gets death threats when he refuses to stand for the national anthem. In India, you can get handcuffs for the same thing.

  • Ready for a Brand New Beat: How

    Ready for a Brand New Beat: How "Dancing in the Street" Became the Anthem for a Changing America

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    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
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    In 1964, Martha and the Vandellas recorded "Dancing in the Street." at Motown's Hitsville USA Studio. By the summer, the sixties were in full swing. As the country grew more radicalized in those few months, "Dancing in the Street" gained currency as an activist anthem. Told by the writer who is legendary for finding the big story in unlikely places, Ready for a Brand New Beat chronicles that extraordinary summer of 1964 and showcases the momentous role that a simple song about dancing played in history.

    Andy says: "almost as good as the song"
  • Anthem | Ayn Rand

    Anthem

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    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
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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.

    Mac Dude says: "Anthem"
  • Sweet Home Everywhere: The Life and Times of an Unlikely Rock and Roll Anthem | Jonathan Bernstein, The New New South (Editor)

    Sweet Home Everywhere: The Life and Times of an Unlikely Rock and Roll Anthem

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    • By Jonathan Bernstein, The New New South (Editor)
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    Released in 1974, Sweet Home Alabama has become synonymous with Southern rock. From its opening guitar riff, it is instantly recognizable, a raucous, irreverent defense of a Deep South state and its segregationist governor against the jabs of Neil Young. But the roots of Lynyrd Skynyrd's best-selling anthem go much deeper than regional pride or resentment of a fellow rocker.

  • Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She Is Both Too Much and Never Enough | Hayley Morgan,Jess Connolly

    Wild and Free: A Hope-Filled Anthem for the Woman Who Feels She Is Both Too Much and Never Enough

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    • By Hayley Morgan, Jess Connolly
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    Wild and Free is in equal parts an anthem and an invitation to find freedom from the cultural captivity that holds us back, and freedom to step into the wild and holy call of God in our lives. With fresh biblical insight tracing all the way back to Eve and a treasury of practical application, Jess and Hayley reveal how women today can walk in the true liberty we already have in Jesus.

    brett keller says: "I want to scream freedom for the captives!"
  • Anthem | Ayn Rand

    Anthem

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Paul Meier
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    Rand's Protagonist, Equality 7-2521, describes a surreal world of faceless, nameless drones who "exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen." Alone, this daring young man defies the will of the ruling councils and discovers the forbidden freedoms that prevailed during the Unmentionable Times. In other words, he finds and celebrates the power of the self. In doing so, he becomes the prototypical Rand hero, a bold risk-taker who shuns conformity and unabashedly embraces egoism.

    smarmer says: "A Disappointment"
  • Sorrow’s Anthem: A Lincoln Perry Mystery | Michael Koryta

    Sorrow’s Anthem: A Lincoln Perry Mystery

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    • By Michael Koryta
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    In the beginning, it was just about the money. Then things got personal. This is the story that Ed Gradduk tells his best friend, private investigator Lincoln Perry. Ed is on the run, hiding from the police who are looking to arrest him for arson and murder. When Gradduk is killed in a brutal confrontation with the Cleveland police, Perry is shaken. How could this have happened to his friend? With his trademark grit and determination, Perry sets out to understand the forces that brought down Ed Gradduk.

    Think about this says: "Excellent addition"
  • The Battle of Baltimore During the War of 1812: The History of the Battle that Inspired the National Anthem |  Charles River Editors

    The Battle of Baltimore During the War of 1812: The History of the Battle that Inspired the National Anthem

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    • Narrated By Edwin King
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    Sandwiched between the Revolution and the Civil War, the War of 1812 is one of America's forgotten conflicts, and the stalemated nature of the war (which resolved virtually none of either side's war aims) has also ensured that it is often given merely a cursory overview. One of the battles of the war inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the Star-Spangled Banner, which ultimately became America's national anthem. While the British horrified many Americans with the ease in which they sacked the capital at Washington, they faced stiff resistance around Baltimore.

  • Nowhere with You: The East Coast Anthems of Joel Plaskett, the Emergency and Thrush Hermit | Josh O'Kane

    Nowhere with You: The East Coast Anthems of Joel Plaskett, the Emergency and Thrush Hermit

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    • By Josh O'Kane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Watton
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    Joel Plaskett has earned an awful lot of honourifics in his career so far, counting folk hero, indie darling, and national treasure among them. And that's just since the Halifax musician started making records of his own in 1999. For a decade before that, he was one quarter of Thrush Hermit, a band of scrappy Superchunk disciples who became hard-rock revivalists and one of the last survivors of the '90s pop "explosion" of major-label interest in Halifax.

  • This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems | John Shaw

    This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems

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    • By John Shaw
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    February, 1940. After a decade of worldwide depression, World War II had begun in Europe and Asia. With Germany on the march and Japan at war with China, the global crisis was in a crescendo. America's top songwriter, Irving Berlin, had captured the nation's mood a little more than a year before with his patriotic hymn "God Bless America."

    Dana says: "Name-dropping history book (in a good way)"
  • The Cop and the Anthem: An O. Henry Story | O. Henry

    The Cop and the Anthem: An O. Henry Story

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    • By O. Henry
    • Narrated By Deaver Brown
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    >"The Cop and the Anthem" may be the third most widely read O. Henry story in grammar, middle, and high school. "The Ransom of Red Chief" rates number one, "The Gift of the Magi" number two, and "A Retrieved Reformation" number four. Young readers enjoy this story a lot because of the hilarious plot of Soapy, the only named character, trying to get arrested so he can spend the winter in jail. Adults tend to like the ironic approach of Soapy’s potential victims....

    Jeremy L. Hebert says: "Terrible narrator. buyer beware. Non-professional"
  • That Star Spangled Banner: The War, the Flag and the National Anthem | Gabrielle Stewart

    That Star Spangled Banner: The War, the Flag and the National Anthem

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    • By Gabrielle Stewart
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    Ten-year old author, and native Marylander, Gabrielle Stewart, tells the story of the danger, dedication, and bravery behind our national anthem and the special role Maryland played in saving the nation during the almost forgotten War of 1812. The song we sing to celebrate America is now over 200 years old. Gabrielle not only recounts the story of how the song was written, but explains how important the American flag was to the song's author, Francis Scott Key.

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