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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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  • 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.

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  • Justin
  • SPANISH FORT, ALABAMA, United States
  • 06-09-13

My Favorite book of all time

Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

I think they are both worth doing. The audio book was nice for the long monolog toward the end.

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

The name is perfect

Any additional comments?

Francisco is my hero.

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Awesome

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

Compelling, intriguing, scary

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Gault, he was "the man"!

Which scene was your favorite?

When Ragnar blew up the plants trying to make Reardon metal.

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

When Dagne returned to New York to resume her job after the plane crash

Any additional comments?

I heard people critical of the narator, Steve Brick(?), I thought he did an awesome job. If you are for the free market, this is a must read, (listen).

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  • Divya
  • Jersey city, NJ, United States
  • 06-04-13

Aweful narration ....

This is a classic book that I revisit every now and then and when I started listening to the audiobook all I wanted to do was bang my head on the steering wheel (I was in my car). Horrible is probably an understatement. I am not sure how Scott Brick ended to be a featured narrator. The irony is that he is narrating a book which is talking about excellence in men. An actor who cannot establish the characters with his voice doesn't deserve to be allowed to read any of the Ayn Rand's book. I am sure the Ayn Rand's fans would agree. While Ayn Rand is all about excellence, Scott Brick's narration is anything but excellent. Listen to it because the book has a strong story which will make you want to acheive what' best in you but at the same time the being objective about the book with the pathetic narration is not possible.

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  • Tim
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 06-03-13

Amazing Book / OK Narration / 69 HOURS!!!

The book was great. Ayn Rand certainly had her beliefs and they come out in full force in the book. However, even though she left no room for any other point of view, her take on the world is an amazing read. So many great things to take away from the story. Great things to think about. The monologue at the end was the only thing I could have done without. But I really enjoyed it. Just be prepared, it is not for the feint of heart. It is 69 hours long and the story is not super compelling unless you are interested in the social and spiritual questions she raises and talks about. Also, if you are looking for someone who will provide a balanced view of things, she won't. But if you can yourself and then take what she says, she raises some great points. It just seems that she never saw them as discussion points but rather facts to convey. Maybe because she was born in the wrong time period for those discussions =)

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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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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

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

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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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.