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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.

Public Domain (P)2009 B.J. Harrison

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Great read!

I was really surprised. The students were highly engaged from first words! Excited to teach it again.

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Triumphant! A beautiful molding of the mind.

I'm writing this a week later and have already started another book. Though I must say this short book is still ringing in my head. We all know that moment in a good movie, the explosion the bridge brings in a powerful song and the whimsical climax of a well written book.. This book gave me that. Is it for everyone, probably not. If you struggle getting out of your bubble and are so gripped by your own understanding and way of thought.. Find another book. If you can appreciate where this character is in time, where he is coming from and where he ends up.. If you can understand that without the teachings of a god, this is the most precious gift. Understanding ones self. It's beautiful; the explanation of love, friendship, hate, ego and reason you breathe. I can go on and on, but why should I? It's all in this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Free will

BJ Harrison was amazing... I think Ayn would have like it
It was exactly what Ayn Rand has always taught.

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Very captivating

Intelligent and life changing. Shows just how important individual liberty is in society. I was moved and inspired

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Test your tolerance for Ayn Rand

Anthem is a good starting point for Ayn Rand's novels.
Dip your does into Objectivism with Anthem to see if you agree with her preachings.
It is short enough to tolerate if it does not sit well with you but will leave you wanting more if it does, especially with Anthem's strong ending.

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Too short but powerful!

It had everything I needed in a small bite sized package with a great moral and lesson to the story.

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Always Helps

This is one of my favorites. Since High School, it captures what it feels to feel alone in a sea of people. As some in High School like me or others in there grouping. I am... is such a powerful quote.

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Rand’s individualistic philosophy

I don’t agree with Rand’s philosophies, but this was a great listen with salient points

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Skip to the last chapter if you want philosophy

Bit o' a slog, but the last chapter summarizes Rand's philophy with concision. Listened to this just to find out more about her worldview.

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Awesome book

This book is a way or meaning of life and why u should appreciate the life we live everyday and that u shouldn’t take anything for granted. I love this book because it was very in depth of the story and very thoughtful of the way we live today and how it could’ve been. The only thing did not like was it was a short book, also at first I thought this was gonna be a boring book since it was a summer homework book and I had to write a dialogue about it and also answer a lot of questions but I enjoyed it and I think a lot of people would enjoy and it also teaches u to live life and not be afraid to go out there and make changes to the world and make the world a better place.

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  • TheZee
  • 01-14-16

A Little Dose of Atlas Shrugged

Listening to this novella was strangely empowering even with the dystopian feel it carries. l had to get to the end to make up my mind. lt dawned on me that it was a little dose of Atlas Shrugged.

lt got me revisiting my struggles thus far. The ending is magic. You'll see.

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  • Chris
  • 12-25-17

Great start to Randy’s work.

I think this is the best book to start Ayan Rand’s work. It’s short and sweet and gives you a great stepping stone into her work. Audiobook is well narrated and easy to follow.