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  • Ninety-Three

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
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    4 out of 5 stars 80
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

It is 1793 in France, the year of the guillotine. Already, Louis XVI has been sentenced to the scaffold, and Terror reigns. The architects of the Revolution (Marat, Danton, and Robespierre) have set up the Convention, an embryo parliament, designed to stem social chaos. But ideals topple in the face of political necessity, alliances founder, and intrigue is a way of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never again

  • By Richard T. Whalen on 12-06-16

Fabulous storytelling. Heroic struggles.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Great job with one of my favorite Hugo novels.Very happy this was converted to audio.

  • In Defense of Selfishness

  • Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice Is Unjust and Destructive
  • By: Peter Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

In Defense of Selfishness refutes widespread misconceptions about the meaning of selfishness and of altruism. Basing his arguments on Ayn Rand's ethics of rational self-interest, Schwartz demonstrates that genuine selfishness is not exemplified by the brutal plundering of an Attila the Hun or the conniving duplicity of a Bernard Madoff. To the contrary such people are acting against their actual long-range interests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and concise

  • By none on 06-26-15

Fabulous!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-04-15

Excellent clarification of what a proper ethics is based on. Good follow up to Ayn Rand's The Virtue of Selfishness

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Romantic Manifesto

  • A Philosophy of Literature
  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned collection of essays, Ayn Rand throws new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again, she demonstrates her bold originality and her refusal to let conventional ideas define her sense of the truth. Rand eloquently asserts that one cannot create art without infusing it with one's own value judgments and personal philosophy - even an attempt to withhold moral overtones only results in a deterministic or naturalistic message.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential AYN

  • By Mica on 07-15-08

Excellent art analysis of art, done artfully.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-12

If you could sum up The Romantic Manifesto in three words, what would they be?

Art explained rationally.

What did you like best about this story?

Insight about sense of life

Which scene was your favorite?

The Goal of My Writing

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The final verison of Roark is much stronger than the attempted version.