Anthem

By: Ayn Rand
Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
3.6 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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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.

Public Domain (P)2019 Flaneur Media

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The Fallacy of "We" And The Power of "I"

I really wish I would have discovered this gem earlier in my life. It is powerful message of what it means to have individual freedom. It fits right in with 1984 & A Brave New World. Definitely worth a listen. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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To be an individual

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author. I quite enjoyed this story. Equality 7-2521 is different from his peers and other citizens. Thinking for yourself, thinking or doing outside your given profession, discovery, asking questions- these are all forbidden. Only the scholars can discovery and invent. Although Equality 7-2521 wishes to be a scholar, when it comes time to assign him his vocation he’s given street sweeper. But he can’t stop thinking, trying to find a better way to do things. Showing affection for another person is also unacceptable as this shows partiality. Equality 7-2521 finds one girl particularly attractive. Eventually he individualism is discovered and he flees. Is it possible to create a society where individuals may exist? This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Roberto Scarlato) and I would listen to another. His style works for this book. It adds to the conformist idea of this book and Equality 7-2521’s self discovery. There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review. Please feel free to comment on whether you found my review helpful.