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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

Atlas Shrugged [Audiobook]

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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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    Omistitches 12-26-12
    Omistitches 12-26-12
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    "Depressed? Try something else!"
    What would have made Atlas Shrugged better?

    Generations have thought the world of this story. But come on, just how much can you berate the system?


    What could Ayn Rand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Had a more demanding editor! That conrtolled her ramblings.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Brick is the best. He has never failed to present a story in the best possible way. If he performs, I listen.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Atlas Shrugged?

    How about 75% f the book?


    Any additional comments?

    Just try and get a credit!

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    Jayne Randburg, South Africa 12-19-12
    Jayne Randburg, South Africa 12-19-12
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    "BORING!!!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A plot that actually caught my attention as opposed to endless drivel. I didn't even make it through the first 8 hours before I asked to return this.


    What could Ayn Rand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't know. It never caught my interest, I couldn't make myself feel anything for her rather one-dimensional characters, and after nearly 8 hours of listening it didn't seem like anything was happening.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He spoke well and clearly and I could find nothing objectionable in his accent.


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

    Boredom and the wish that it would get interesting enough to make me want to listen to it as it is supposed to be such a classic.


    Any additional comments?

    Probably very good if you are suffering from insomnia.

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    Amazon Customer Orangevale, CA, United States 12-17-12
    Amazon Customer Orangevale, CA, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2017
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    "OUTSTANDING STORY- NARRATIVE PERFECTION"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, will and have been recommending this audio book to anyone who cares to listen. This is my favorite work by any human in my 32 years.I'm almost done a second time! 62 hours! <br/>Scott Brick's narration is perfection. He's successfully captured the character and leaves no doubt in your mind as to the depth and breadth of how evil some of these characters are. The men that are resolute and powerful are read with a very deep, confident tone and cadence that reflects as such. The women that are scandalous and vicious, are read as such. Scott reads for the female characters in such a way that it allows you to immerse yourself in the book and you forget, completely that a man is narrating. <br/><br/> I despise Lillian Rearden. My skin crawls when I hear "her" speak and I cannot discern if it is because I know people like this and the character is spot on.. or if the people I know like that were brought to light by the way Brick represents her. I can't say enough about Ayn Rand, or Scott Brick. This book has had an immediate and powerful impact on my life that those around me have seen, and taken notice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail of the writing allows for mental imagery that demolishes anything modern film can accomplish. Rand's ability to set the scene for what could be camera angles, and the environment is astounding. It has components from every type of work. Philosophy, Psychology, Business, Romance, Fiction, Action, Mystery, Science Fiction and it does every genre justice. Scott Brick's narration fills in the only possible hole that could be left by a reader incapable of assigning character traits to those the manifest in the mind.


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

    I have not but absolutely will. He is a fantastic narrator, and shines the best light possible on a work of this magnitude.


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

    When asking questions that cannot be answered, the answer may be those that seek the answer. " Who is John Galt?"


    Any additional comments?

    Might want to fix that typo in the preceding field. ") other than that.. Audible is a fantastic product and service that gives me my time back. <br/>Thank you.

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    Christopher J. Mcfarland San Diego, CA USA 12-15-12
    Christopher J. Mcfarland San Diego, CA USA 12-15-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Ayn Rand needed a better editor!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, but not because it's a good story. The book is worth reading for the warning story of the Bum's Speech alone, and Hank Reardon's testimony is also worthwhile, but one must have the full context to understand why those two speeches are worth listening to.


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

    When Hank Reardon gave his testimony before the tribunal stating that he had no plea to enter because he hadn't violated any law. The entire book was worth it for that moment alone.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    No, while one was able to get used to the performance after a while, the monotone, down-beat delivery of the performance left me wishing for a better narrator.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Ayn Rand's use of this book to convey her Objectivist philosophy suffers in two major areas:<br/>First, she writes what is essentially a Self-Insert story where it's clear she's intending the Dagny Taggart character to be her proxy in-story, second is the obvious use of a Mary-sue level character in the form of John Galt. Self-insert stories need to be delicately handled, and Mary-sue characters never make good characters at all.<br/>Second, Ayn Rand suffers from the core problem that most atheists suffer; allowing someone else to define God for them. There is no spiritual aspect to this book beyond the physical needs of the moment, resulting in no real driving goals being obvious to anyone, requiring the reader to intuit that there is supposed to be some great spiritual strength to John Galt's "Workers of the Mind" strike. A single charismatic opposition leader who understood the spiritual needs, as well as the temporal needs, of any human would have destroyed the "strike" without even knowing it was taking place.<br/>This is ignoring entirely that Ayn Rand's so-called "perfect man" in John Galt is fairly two-dimensional and is fairly uninteresting.

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    Seung Skokie, IL, United States 12-12-12
    Seung Skokie, IL, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read for anyone who thinks."
    What made the experience of listening to Atlas Shrugged the most enjoyable?

    Rand's logic used to present her ideals were superb.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Rand's ideas on capitalism, happiness, role of government and etc.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Too dramatic of a tone all the time made it weary after a while and took a long time to get used to it.


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    Philip DALLAS, TX, United States 12-11-12
    Philip DALLAS, TX, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

    Self-Reliance Objectivism Philosophy


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

    This is John Gault Speaking.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The preachy radio broadcast.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Too long, but didn't want to stop listening.


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    Patrick Fairfield, California, 94534, United States 12-11-12
    Patrick Fairfield, California, 94534, United States 12-11-12
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    "Required reading for anyone questiong our PC lives"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    It is better than not reading the book, at all. Listening to the audio while reading along is best. There are points she makes that bare consideration. The pause button is important. This book is a feast to be slowly enjoyed and ruminated over.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her use of descriptive titles for the 'Looters', the 'Destroyers', the 'Parasites' is especially good for youthful readers. She makes clear who the good guys and who the bad guys are. "The mind is the fundamental source of wealth." And her comment that 'individuals should pursue life enhancing values'.


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

    No


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

    Cautionary Tale to Modern Society


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    Zartan Bombasto 11-25-12
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    "Well performed, but the story will browbeat you"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone very conservative who is fond of repetition may be fond of this book.


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

    This story was annoying, the author beats you over the head over and over with the same themes and ideas.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my cup of tea, was very disappointed as it had so many high ratings.

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    David West Hartford, CT, United States 11-22-12
    David West Hartford, CT, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Thought provoking and timely, though heavy-handed."

    Rand's individualist philosophy is one worth considering by today's American liberals and conservatives alike, particularly as our two dominant political parties compete to enlarge the federal government and extend its powers for their own purposes. Rand portrays an extreme scenario of the people handing over all responsibility to a government comprised of those whose only goal is to remain in power, even at the cost of the country self-destructing. As this fairly accurately describes our current political system, and the path we seem to be on, I would almost put this one on a required reading list for anyone of voting age in the US.

    That said, Rand leaves no shadow of a doubt when articulating her philosophy via dozens of characters and their dialogs (and several epic monologs), to the point that I had most of the book on 1.5x and even 2x to just get through sections. "OK — I get it!" was a phrase I found myself almost uttering aloud at several points.

    Scott Brick's performance was excellent, and I agree with another reviewer that his ability to read each character distinctly really helped me keep things straight.

    For those who are on the fence regarding abridged/unabridged as I was, I'm glad I went with the full version, as the characters are complex and nuanced; I wonder if that might have been sacrificed in the culling of some content. You'd have to rely on the review of those who have read both, I suppose.

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    Michael Erie, PA, United States 11-22-12
    Michael Erie, PA, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2017

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Chilling story of today written in 1957."

    What a great story! I had a uncle who was reading the book and raved about it, then friends at work were talking about the Movies and I decided to get it through audible. I did some research an Amazon and found that it was written in the late 40's and early 50's and was published in 1957. The similarities between the society in the book and today are astounding. I wish I had read the reviews about the narration before I purchased this version, But I liked all of Scott Bricks other work, but it sounds like a Dune Novel. The narration bothered me from the start, but I became used to it by part 2 and then is was all about a driving story and a great mystery, not the who done it, but what is going on and were will it all lead. This may be the best book I have listened to, I can't believe I never came across it before now. Try this book, I really doubt you will regret it.

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