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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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Very captivating

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

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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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I’m speechless. Must listen. High quality

I listened to this at 1.75x speed and had the accompanying book with it and followed along. This book is absolutely incredible. If only everyone in America would read this as we approach an election where we are openly considering socialism. The last few chapters were damn chilling. I near loosed a tear.

The narration at that speed was INCREDIBLE. B.J. Harrison nailed this. Im actually going to try and listen to more from him! Also, my first Ayn Rand text. I’ll be reading all her works next.

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Can't believe I slept on this in highschool

Excellent book, in today's climate this book hits especially deep where more and more people are starting to believe in the collective and discouraging others from becoming exceptional. Its a nice reminder of what could happen if everything was done in the efforts of equality through mutual destruction.

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Love

Starts off super confusing but if you try to understand then your mind will be blown.

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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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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.