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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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  • Michael
  • Alexandria, VA, United States
  • 09-01-13

Things Change

If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

scarier now

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

No

Any additional comments?

I first read this before Barak Obama's election (ca. 2007) and thought, how absurd! Now it just seems like hyperbole.

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  • Anthony
  • Grand Prairie, TX, United States
  • 08-25-13

awesome

there is a comic book purity to the story. I love the themes and the characters.

Batman, Superman, Louise Lane, a pirate all appear in the characters of this book. Don't get me wrong its view of the total destruction of civilization will not actually come if the "best" people decide to leave us to our rotten selfless goals. great theme and execution.

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  • Jay
  • Clnton, SC, United States
  • 08-25-13

I enjoy in depth stories, but ...

Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

I don't think I could trudge through that 2.5 hour monologue in the 7th book of the download again.

Any additional comments?

I look for very long books because I spend a lot of time in my car, and up to a point I really enjoyed this book. She quickly challenged me to think about the mediocrity around me and reenergized me to pursue excellence. However after awhile the story got drowned out by so much existential psycho-babble that I don't know if I can drag myself through to the end. Still I'm over seventy five hours into it so I've invested enough time that I want to make it through to the end. At one point I Googled Ayn Rand and was not surprised to learn that she spent most of her twilight years lecturing and trying to start some kind of new religion, probably based on the ideas she expounds and expounds, did I mention that this is a really long book?

Although written shortly after WWII when communism was on the rise, I see much of the socialist characteristics that she portrayed lived out in our current political and economic climate. From politicians who talk without actually saying anything to people who have jobs but don't want to work, many of Ayn's story lines are being played out before us. Hopefully we won't go as far in real life as she depicts in the book.

This book is one I will think about for many years to come. I'm glad I've read it, but I also look forward to being done with it. I guess if Ayn were still alive I would tell her I've read this book and have it too!

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Enjoyed the journey

Firstly I wanted to praise the narrator who kept this in a wonderful 50s style, like a radio drama. He was excellent and I did not notice one single mistake, his pronounciation was perfect.

Atlas Shrugged is an interesting observation about socialism versus capitalism. Ayn Rand was born in Russia and immigrated to America and you can see the obvious slant or her arguments from her own experiences and intellligence.

There is much food for thought in this lengthy tome and at times it seems a little wordy but as you get used the the style it no longer seems to stand out.

At times some of the methods to prove points seem a little far fetched and perhaps this should have been set in an alternate Universe. When reading I saw it as a black and white movie with lots of white shirts, men in suits and dramatic skies.

The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, is most likeable and a highly logical and powerful woman. She alone stands out as a beacon to women for not giving their power away and standing their grounds. An early women's lib novel.

If you like very detailed authors, J K Rowling being one that springs to mind you should enjoy this.

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  • Rick
  • BRISTOW, VA, United States
  • 07-26-13

Required reading (or listening)

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

This is the best book and audiobook I've ever read. It provides an insight to what is going on with this country and how we are approaching a downfall not unlike the Roman Empire.

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

Who Is John Galt?

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  • Sharon
  • Preston, Australia
  • 07-01-13

Tedious and long winded

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story in itself is potentially very interesting, however, there are too many long winded chapters that could be edited or perhaps deleted.

If you’ve listened to books by Ayn Rand before, how does this one compare?

I haven't read any.

Was Atlas Shrugged worth the listening time?

No, the book would benefit from editing

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  • Mark
  • United States
  • 06-28-13

great performance. Bad Philosophy

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A better book, or a shorter length. I'm not sure what is unabridged about this book, but I think you'll get the general idea by listening to the abridged version.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ayn Rand again?

yes, but only to gain more insight into the cult of Ayn Rand and the people who think her 'philosophy' of makers and looters provide realistic answers to today's economy.

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  • Sean
  • COLUMBIA, MD, United States
  • 06-24-13

Engaging story and philosophy

Would you listen to Atlas Shrugged again? Why?

No. It's too long. But I'd consider it if I had the time and wanted to re-enjoy the beauty of language used well and the story of important philosophy woven into a story of several people.

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

A discussion on the purpose of money.

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

Elements of tone and personality to the characters and situation which helped make the story come alive.

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

Many. Discussions of trade and money. Logic tirades arguing the harms of socialism and the value in a merit based system.

Any additional comments?

Though I drool over pro-capitalism and meritocracy literature it should be noted that not all of Rand's points make sense universal. She does tend to make things linear and absolute which in reality are not. Perhaps that's the beauty of her work in that she can make things absolute and clear to illustrate her points. Although, I would caution a reader that if they have conservative views or understand a more balanced approach to marketplace interaction some parts of this book may rub the wrong way.

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  • Geoffrey
  • Citrus Heights, CA, United States
  • 06-19-13

Fantastic book

If you could sum up Atlas Shrugged in three words, what would they be?

Every real producing person alive should listen to this book.

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

Excellent author

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  • G.T.
  • Saint Cloud, FL
  • 06-11-13

Pleasantly surprised

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

It's definitely one of the better audiobooks I've listened to. The narration is superb and the story is captivating. The only thing I anticipate others would complain about is the fact that this story is also an immersion into objectivism, Ayn Rand's own brand of philosophy. I didn't mind it; knowing Rand's feelings on art puts her own work into perspective. It does feel a little preachy at times, and Rand does not hold punches when it comes to the antagonists, the so-called "looters." Within one paragraph of introducing a new character, you will know whether the character is "good" or not (the only possible exception being Cheryl Brooks). Yet it's amazing to see how her philosophy and the story were so intertwined to create such a complete story. Everything falls into place. The characters are extremely well developed, and the conclusion of the story was well worth the 60 hours devoted to listening.

What did you like best about this story?

The suspense. It was very well paced, that is if you like longer stories. I can see how someone might become bored with this story after a while. It takes time and patience, but it certainly pays off.

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

Yes, I didn't want to stop listening.