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Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in the United Kingdom. The story takes place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another Dark Age. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. A young man known as Equality 7-2521 rebels by doing secret scientific research. When his activity is discovered, he flees into the wilderness with the girl he loves. Together they plan to establish a new society based on rediscovered individualism.  

Rand originally conceived of the story as a play, then decided to write it for magazine publication. At her agent's suggestion, she submitted it to book publishers.

Public Domain (P)2018 Dreamtown Publishing

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A quick and thought provoking experience

A great writer with interesting insights never becomes diminished by time.

In a short time the listener can be introduced to a Writer that has caused so many debates among
intellectuals and observers of society.

Take a listen and get a taste of a brilliant mind.


The Narrator did a good job with the material.



This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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Once we've lost everything we're free for anything

We have all seen dystopian movies and this plays out just the same. There are a number of stories and movies that replicate this style of future. The loss of individuality is not something that we should ever want to see and this story provides a bleak future where that is the case.
Ayn Rand is well known for her thought provoking books. This is a great one to get you into her philosophical stories and get you used to her style before you venture into a longer one. For this story I was happy with the length. I think it could have easily turned confusing or boring if it were much longer.
Jimmy Kiefer did a great job. I have to say that the story didn’t lend itself to dramatic reading and Jimmy was able to keep my attention the entire time.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher

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Anthem

This was a good dystopian short book.Everyone is the same in this world.No one thinks for themselves,the government does it for them.A faction discovers something that not everyone knows of,so it does not officially exist.Jimmy Kieffer does a nice job narrating.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Entertaining with some thoughtful content

Anthem was entertaining and posed some points worth thinking about. With her main character Equality 7-2521, Rand gives a good perspective on what someone raised in her dystopian collectivist society might feel and discover as he unearths his individuality. She also does well illustrating how important individual freedom is in creative thought and progress. I personally disagree with Rand’s philosophy, which I find to be excessively egocentric (through Equality, she even posits that one should esteem and look on oneself as a deity) but because subjective I will try not to use it as a review criterion. Nonetheless, the conclusion is a little flawed not only as a narrative but thematically as well. This will be explained after a brief intermission to address the reader’s performance.

It seems the reader did so well reading naturally that critiquing didn’t even cross my mind while I was listening! I certainly have no complaints about the reading performance. There was never any question who was saying what, and the intonation and tone modulation was all very natural.

[Ending spoilers will be included beyond this line]

For all the focus on individuality and valuing one’s self first and foremost, Equality’s love interest Liberty does nothing but follow him like a puppy and obey him like a servant from the time Equality leaves the city onward. At the same time, Equality monologues on how no one will ever command him again and how he alone is to rule himself, and hence this new philosophy is starkly contradicted by Liberty’s “freed” behavior. As for the narrative aspects, the entire conclusion feels rushed – Equality’s escape and survival come too easily, as does Liberty's sudden tracking ability and intense love for him despite their limited interactions and the fact that she had nothing but those few meetings to lure her our of the brainwashed society that's kept everyone else locked in. Equality's grandiose plan isn't substantiated either.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Short and sweet

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So much to take in for such a short story.

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The Loss of Individualism

No names, No individual thoughts, aged at 40 and unusual to be alive at 45. You are separated and can not pick your wife or husband...your profession is chosen...the counsel is in charge.
An individual thinker begins to question the society he lives in. The lack if thought but controlled by a authoritarian counsel...names one think of what our country is turning towards now..don’t think for yourself..follow a group...punishing those who are different.
Interesting dystopian story..With a excellent narrator
Good for anyone to listen to...

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review