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In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? And why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies but against the woman he loves?

Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, an electrifying moral defense of capitalism and free enterprise which launched an ideological movement and gained millions of loyal fans around the world.

©1985 Eugene Winick, Paul Gitlin and Leonard Peikoff; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Good, but lacks voice range for female characte

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Always, a great book with a great message and enjoyable, thought provoking storyline.

How could the performance have been better?

The reader could not make an appropriate female voice in the story. Instead of changing tone, he whispered for the female voices. It made the strong female protagonist sound weak and passive in parts of the book meant to be strong and assertive. Overall i enjoyed the book a great deal. Also, the whispering made it difficult to get the volume right when using my mobile speaker to listen to the book.

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Great book. Long but awesome.

The book was long and a bit slow at points but it was a great read. Highly recommended. It makes you think about the way the world works.

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Superb and so relevant to our times

Easily one of the most influential books I've read in my 60 years. A superb performance. With so much of the story in dialogue, the performer did an outstanding job in helping it come to life. Even after 63 hours, I was sorry when it was over

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Amazingly well read!

The narrator did a phenomenal job! Would listen to other things by him for sure.

The book- very interesting. And yet must be read with discernment.

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Disappointing

What disappointed you about Atlas Shrugged?

I read this book about 20 years ago and thought it was great. It's amazing how things change! This time around I found it incredibly preachy and incredibly predictible.

Has Atlas Shrugged turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, I don't like being preached to about anything.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator seemed to make a really slow plot even slower. When I read this book before I don't remember it dragging so much but I sometimes skim over what seem to be insignificant details when I'm doing the reading myself so maybe it was always the book and not the narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Some of the ideals are things I believe in, although in a less rigid way than Ayn Rand. I think it would be beneficial for most Americans to understand what pure capitalism means and Ms. Rand definitely gets that point across.

Any additional comments?

I won't re-read this one again.

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SPOILERS IN THE INTRODUCTION SKIP TO 24:50

What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

Just trying to help somebody out.

What other book might you compare Atlas Shrugged to and why?

Haven't read it yet.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Haven't read it yet.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Haven't read it yet.

Any additional comments?

Haven't read it yet.

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Worth it!

The story and reading were both excellent. It was a long novel but I loved every second of it. Now that it is over I find myself missing the characters. Great book!

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ABSURDIST IDEALISM

Atlas Shrugged is a master piece of philosophy and absurdest idealism. Atlas Shrugged was published in 1957; it was Ayn Rand’s fourth and last novel. It is also an entertaining contribution to the world of fiction.

It is a tale of supernatural human beings that rise to the top of a capitalist pyramid and choose to use their acquired power to humble the post-industrial world. These extraordinary characters believe self-interest makes the world turn and anything that interferes with self-interest impedes growth and prosperity. They believe government is subverting capitalism by overtaxing business entrepreneurs, socializing free enterprise, and interfering with an inherent right of mankind to be free and unfettered; i.e. the heroes and heroine of Atlas Shrugged believe self-interest is the fuel of self-determination and capitalism’s success.

“Atlas Shrugged” is an absurdist tale because it creates fictional beings, like Philosopher Kings, that are unlikely to exist in reality because they are superhuman. The enemy is not government. The enemy is ignorance of human nature. Humans naturally seek money, power, and prestige. Humankind is good and evil. Unfettered self-interest leads to corruption of money, fed by human desire for power and prestige. Thomas Hobbes understood and outlined it in “Leviathan” in 1651.

This critique is not to diminish Rand’s contribution to philosophy and literature but like all sociological treatises or scientific discoveries, mankind has not found a theory that explains everything. Rand has written an enlightening point of view that continues to feed mankind’s quest for perfection; however, individuals, governments, and society are not there yet; and may never be.

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The best book I've ever read

Simply amazing, a must read (or listen in this case). You won't be disappointed in your decision to read or listen to it!

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Must listen

Took me entire school year. But this was by far the biggest accomplishment I had all year. If you embody these principles you will find happiness and success.