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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

Atlas Shrugged [Audiobook]

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer 06-03-13
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    "What a book. As relevant today as it was then"

    Hands down one of the best books and performances I've experienced. It makes you think about what is happening around you and question your stances on issues. While at the same time taking you on a great ride and having many believable and complex characters.

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    Ethan Storeng Grand Junction, CO USA 06-02-13
    Ethan Storeng Grand Junction, CO USA 06-02-13 Member Since 2014

    Hero of Time

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    "Excellent performance enlivens dry narrative"
    What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

    Scott Brick's narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

    The first run of the John Galt line


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Francisco crashing Jim Taggart's wedding


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Come for the political dogma, stay for the characters


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    Steve BLOOMINGTON, IL, United States 05-29-13
    Steve BLOOMINGTON, IL, United States 05-29-13
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    "A compelling story weighed down by monologues"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I remember enjoying Atlas Shrugged years ago, but I must have overlooked the logorrheic speeches at every turn. The story was compelling, and even when one agrees with Rand's ideas, the repetitive, overwrought nature of the monologues brings the book to a crashing halt—and not just the crashing halt that happens within the narrative...


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayn Rand again?

    Possibly. Anthem or the Fountainhead appear to be of more manageable length (and hopefully are more concise in monologues).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Yes. It's hard to enjoy anyone's performance when they're tasked with so much dense and redundant verbiage.


    What character would you cut from Atlas Shrugged?

    No characters...just wishing editorial had managed to trim/prune about 30–40% of the speeches.


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    Margaret East Stroudsburg, PA, United States 05-27-13
    Margaret East Stroudsburg, PA, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic Read"
    Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

    Yes, I already have. It's just an amazing story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

    There's too many to count, but the end is unforgettable.


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

    His narration just adds so much feeling to the story.


    If you could rename Atlas Shrugged, what would you call it?

    I couldn't think of a better name.


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    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 05-23-13
    Paul Luthi Dennis, Texas 05-23-13

    I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!

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    "Who is John Galt?"

    Read the book and find out! A great story of a dystopian society where the rights of man are undermined in the name of fairness. If you have half a brain, you can draw comparisons to things happening in our world today.

    Parts of the book actually made my stomach turn. Not because they were gory or anything of the sort, but because the book is so well written that when I hear some of the opinions spouted by some of the elitists (looters, destructors, etc) in the book I actually feel as if I am in a real situation and those words are really being spoken.

    I recommend this book to everyone. Share it with your friends. Listen to it with your spouse. Apply its principles to your daily life.

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    Philippa Powder Springs, GA, United States 05-15-13
    Philippa Powder Springs, GA, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not Impressed"

    The performance of this book was good in all parts. I usually like Philosophy but this book felt to me like a waste of time and money. The story in which the philosophical topics were incorporated was flat and the philosophical topics didn't seem "valid". (I don't know how to better explain this.) I did not like this book at all.

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    Lester Ray Dayton, NJ 05-13-13
    Lester Ray Dayton, NJ 05-13-13 Member Since 2015

    Pedagogical Engineer serving the Digitally Challenged

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    "A bit Looooong"
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Still like The Fountainhead better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong hero, who knows how to use her mind and body at times....


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Great voice and pacing


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    HotDannyGirl Brooklyn, NY, United States 05-06-13
    HotDannyGirl Brooklyn, NY, United States 05-06-13
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    "Great Book, Poor narration."
    What would have made Atlas Shrugged better?

    Atlas Shrugged is a great book. I wish I had read it earlier. But the narration is very poor. First, Ayn Rand is female so why was the narrator male? I HATED the way the Heroine (Dagny) in the book was portrayed by the narrator. Fortunately, I had downloaded the ebook and was reading and listening to the book at the same time.

    Dagny is a tough woman of substance with great passion. It's in everything she does; from her thoughts to the words she says to her actions. But the narrator only portryed her voice as a whisper. I have no idea how to describe it. She could be in the middle of a heated argument with her brother or anybody but the narrator will just whisper her words like she was some kind of weakling. Reading the book for my self, I can definitely say with some level of certainty that Ayn Rand did not picture Dagny talking in those whispery voice.

    An example, she was going to a confrence with her brother and while in the limo her brother sprung on her that she was actually going to give a speech on the 'Rearden Metal'. Her brother had been against her using this metal in the first place. Then all of a sudden, he switched on her and wants her to give a speech on it at the confrence. The book made it clear that she was vey pissed at her brother.

    Direct quote from the book: "'She leaned forward. She pulled open the glass partition of the front seat, ordering, 'stop the car!"

    If you read further, she got out of the car and told her brother that her decision to use the 'Readen Metal' was not open for debate; I paraphrase for space.

    From this scenerio, will any one think Dagny whispered the words, 'stop the car?' Or her words to her brother as she got out of the car? But that is how the narrator presented Dagny to us. The male characters all had strong voice qualities from the narator's portrayal of them but not Dagny. All her great attributes not withstanding. This woman was the backbone running the only operational rail line in the country as per the book but all the narrator could make out of her was another weakly woman who talked in hushed tones afraid to raise her voice above 0 db.

    I'm not trying to say that Dagny would be more aggressive.No. Maybe she was a mild mannered woman. But I believe if the book had been read by a female, being wrtten by a female and all.., she would have understood Dagny's position and would have given more character to her (Dagny's) voice.

    Honestly, this book is so good and I won't let the audio version ruin it for me. I just stopped listening and kept reading the ebook.

    I gave it 2 stars for effort. The paperback is about 1200 pages and I appreciate the effort but I wish I never got it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Atlas Shrugged?

    Still reading it. So far I just love the guts on the Heroine Dagny.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    NO NO NO.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The Book : good feeling of reading a well written book.

    The Narration : Anger


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    Cindy Charlotte, NC, United States 05-06-13
    Cindy Charlotte, NC, United States 05-06-13
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    "LONG book but worth it"
    Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely a lengthy story - but enjoyed it immensely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dagny Taggart - strong woman who stands by her intelligence and convictions


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    Amazon Customer Huntsville, AL, United States 04-21-13
    Amazon Customer Huntsville, AL, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Eerie in the view of today's headlines"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is long, but worth wading through. It is very thought provoking. Parts could have been taken directly from modern headlines.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved John Galt for his quiet courage.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was excellent and played all the parts well!


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