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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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  • John S.
  • Kirkland, Washington, USA
  • 03-07-15

A great reading of a long, but important, book.

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

I have read Atlas Shrugged a few times before. This is the first time that I have listened to the book on audio. I would say that this book ranks at the top, or very near it. I think the narrator did a great job on a very long and difficult book.

What did you like best about this story?

I am an Objectivist, so of course this book is the very definition of the philosophy I embrace.

I like the lessons, of course, that come from the book. For me, the best part was really the references to what Objectivists call "the Sanction of the Victim." It was good for me to hear that again, in context.

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

I think Scott is a very good narrator. He did a good job with the different voices, and there was a consistency over the length of the book that I appreciated.

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Me...Shrugged

A huge sized classic, it's nearly 48 hours long. The introduction helped a lot, interpreting the book before it wanes on and on and on...actually piqued my interest. Alas, the actual reading was boring. Rand claims that objectivism's tenet is that consciousness exists separately from reality -- this book is supposed to be about that. However, it's not crystal clear and the reader must induce same...over hours and hours and hours of listening. Other evaluators claim that the book is anti liberal or anti conservative....bleah! It's a classic, long, boring book with a philosophy that has attracted some. I don't think I'll read any more Ayn Rand unless I find the Cliff Notes.

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Riveting: The powers of the individual mind

What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

Mr Brick delivers a well-executed narration of Ms Rand's book. He brings the characters to life through this by reflecting their personality and dialogue in a riveting way.

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

With-out giving away the storyline; certainly when the world/society realized what Mr Galt was capable of.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Who was the most memorable character of Atlas Shrugged and why?

Ms Tagart - her tenacity and drive. The realization that her mind is one of the most powerful things and without it, nothing is possible. This reverberates across all the strikers to illustrate that the power of the individuals with their minds can indeed stop the motor & force society's hand.

Any additional comments?

A powerful illustration of the impact of an individual's mind, and when it is stifled or suppressed, the dramatic effects which can be felt across society.

This may be a long listen, but it is worth it to get the entire story-line and how it all pieces together.

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Exceptional!

By far, one of the finest audio books I've listened to in the past 20 years. Exceptionally thought provoking. I can certainly see why Scott Brick considers it one of his favorites. Yes, it is long (8 parts), but the story is so well crafted and the plots so intriguing, I still wanted more. I wish I could have met the author before she passed. What a memorable moment that would have been.

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  • Harriet
  • Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States
  • 01-30-15

Torture! Could not finish this drudgery!

What disappointed you about Atlas Shrugged?

Too long talking about nothing!

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

yes

Which scene was your favorite?

In the beginning it was ok but just went on & on

Any additional comments?

I bought this because it was listed as a "must have" by Audible. What a waste of time!

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Worth the journey

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Yes, it is a long book and there are times when the journey seems as if it will never end. But it does and you are left with an appreciation of just what a amazing journey you have had. She saw many things that have come to pass and many I feel will still come to pass. Some critics point to the book as a promotion of selfishness and greed. Quite the opposite. It promotes rugged individualism. A person has an idea, works hard and reaps the rewards that are due. And others benefit from the idea, the hard work. But government enters the picture and claims the rewards are unwarranted. The idea was of no consequence. The hard work was of no merit. The rewards were greed taking from others and giving nothing in return.

It might be argued what is presented in this book is the inevitable end of the journey we are now on. Might just be.

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  • Jes
  • Hobart, IN, United States
  • 12-30-14

A very long and very in-depth work

Here is a great book that depicts what is really happening all around us. The Government is being controlled by ‘hidden’ power that want the world economy locked onto one course and that is it. They get laws passed to stifle competition and keep innovation to a select few rather than welcoming competition. Look at the Supreme Court allowing business practices to be patented after Congress made it legal despite growing evidence that it’s hurting economic growth! Here the author is warning us about this and it telling us that it’s up to us to end this. I myself own a trademark and no one cared until the word I used in it began to move into the larger audience. I can tell you personally it is a battle to defend my trademark. I have to walk the line of not pissing off the wrong people and keep moving forward because a trademark can now for the first time in US history be revoked with little or no evidence. Keep this in mind as you move forward and understand that based on some of these overly broad patents no new technology can be ‘invented’ without someone already owning a part of it before it’s ever put out to the world.

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A MUST READ

Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

Absolutely! There was so much to process and so much to consider in every moment. I can not wait to read it again!

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

When I realized how relevant the "story" is to the real world.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but I certainly will. He is a brilliant narrator.

If you could take any character from Atlas Shrugged out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Miss Dagny Taggart for sure. She inspires and intrigues me.

Any additional comments?

I urge EVERYONE to read this book, to think for themselves, to develop and identify their principles, and to live life ON PURPOSE.

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Wow! This was written when??

I have listened to this work twice, and know I will listen another time for sure. Some of the parts I have listened to over and over again.

It is unbelievable that this work was written and published in the 1950s and is so applicable to today in the last moments of 2014.

This story needs to be proclaimed over and over, yet because of the 'progressive control' over our world, it never will get very far.

I have not seen the movies from this book, but knowing they come from Hollywood, I know they will not depict the true meaning of the story.

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Values and Principles

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

I would highly recommend everyone reading or listening to Atlas Shrugged. The Values and principles that are instilled in the characters are many of the values that are missing from today's leaders.

What did you like best about this story?

The same thing that I like best about all of Ayn Rand's books. The main character has integrity and perseverance.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. On the other hand, I do believe in Atlas Shrugged that he had a tendency to over do it.