Anthem

By: Ayn Rand
Narrated by: Pete Cross
Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Equality 7-2521 is a young man who yearns to understand “the Science of Things”, but he lives in a bleak, dystopian future where independent thought is a crime and where science and technology have regressed to primitive levels. 

All expressions of individualism have been suppressed in his world: Personal possessions are nonexistent, individual preferences are condemned as sinful, and romantic love is forbidden. Obedience to the collective is so deeply ingrained that the very word “I” has been erased. In pursuit of his quest for knowledge, Equality 7-2521 struggles to answer the questions that burn within him.

Public Domain (P)2019 Dreamscape , LLC

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2112 in book form

This of the book that inspired Rush’s epic 2112 album. The individual against the collective of locusts and manipulators. Probably a great place to begin exploring the other works of Ayn Rand.

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The case for “I”

Ayn Rand once again makes the case for individualism.

This book is a cross between Orwell’s 1984 and Plato’s Allegory is the Cave. It’s a warning of the dangers of collectivism and the challenges of those who fight it.


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concise story, excellent world building

the story seems fast, events move from one thing to the next without very much thought. it's not that the events didn't make sense from one to the next, but I felt like there were certain details that were missing that I would have loved to have. overall it is a very concise story, the philosophical argument seems fairly clear if not a bit preachy, but it is a beautifully concise and descriptive narrative nonetheless.

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Another Great Ayn Rand Book

Anthem gave me deeper insights into her philosophy and doctrines. As a Christian, I'm left with a great deal to ponder.