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"Who is John Galt?" is the immortal question posed at the beginning of Ayn Rand's masterpiece. The answer is the astonishing story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world and did.

As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

Part mystery, part thriller, part philosphical inquiry, part volatile love affair, Atlas Shrugged is the book that confirmed Ayn Rand as one of the most popular novelists and most respected thinkers of the 20th century.

©1957 Ayn Rand, renewed ©1985 Estate of Ayn Rand; (P)2000 HighBridge Company

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A lot lost in the abridgement

I have also listened to the unabridged Christopher Hurt version for the first 20 hours and found the story to have far more depth than this one. Sadly I was unable to navigate the chapters on my kindle on the unabridged version, so was unable to continue after accidentally resetting it to the start again. Audible kindly exchanged it for this abridged version, but the story is simply not as compelling.
I would definitely recommend going with the unabridged version if you can navigate the chapters properly on your device.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Phenomenal!

I'm not even sure how I came across this audiobook as I had never even heard of it before! I'm glad I did though as I'm quite certain this is the best book I've ever listened to or read! Even more amazing is how relevant it is to what's going on the world today! The narration is fantastic as well. Going to get a hold of the book so I can read the full version!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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If only Obama would read this ....

What did you love best about Atlas Shrugged?

Should be required reading by every politician, not just the nuts on the left, but the nuts on the right. And yes, I think they are all nuts. This book is our future. Sad. <br/>But already occurring .

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Missing large sections of the book

This recording is missing large sections of the book. Important sections! I have read this book twice before and decided to download the audiobook to listen to in the car. I thought things were happening quicker than they should but dismissed it to me being a slow reader and taking many weeks to read it. But I knew for sure it was skipping sections after hank and dagny spend the night together at Ellis wyatts house -- the speech hank gives in the morning is completely omitted! So yes this audiobook will give the gist of the story, but the whole story is much, much better.

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Great book!

Considering that I'm not a fan of fictional works, it's even better than great. 2 Thumbs up!

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Edward Herrmann is great, but get the unabriged

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would definitely recomment this book to a friend. I listen to it once a year.

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

This is by far her best. yes, it may be painfully long but once done it is very satisfying.

Any additional comments?

Just get the unabridged version. The abridged cuts way too much stuff out and makes the story hard to follow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Book. Great Quality

I really enjoyed this book. It is Abridged, but don't let that scare you as it is still very detailed. I didn't listen to the enabridged version, but I cannot image I missed anything. The sound quality was great. I had no issues. I think I have my settings set to download enhanced or something. The Narrater is just awesome. He is clear easy to understand and very enjoyable to listen too. He uses different voices for each character and before long you start to recognize each charater voice. This made it very easy to follow along.
I highly recommend this book. Great story, yet has a very important message. Ayn Rand wrote this book so long ago as a foresight to what will happen if the government controls society for our safety and fairness. LISTEN TO IT.

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  • Anne E.
  • Hilton Head Island, SC, USA
  • 04-23-09

Thought provoking, timely,

Ayn Rand is a wonderful writer - she illustrates her perspective beautifully, her views are not necessarily mainstream but they are well presented here.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • DWM
  • Elverson, PA
  • 12-17-08

Frieghtenly current

This book was written in the 50's but has concerning applications to what happening today both in the economy and our governments involvement. You'll listen to the book and then listen to the news and will have to remind yourself you've stopped listening to the book. Amazingly appropriate for the time. I would recommend the abridged version for those with limited attention span like me....

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Absolutely Wonderful

As social philosophy, Atlas Shrugged is a surprisingly well-expressed work that is incorporated into a compelling storyline. The author framed his arguments in such a way that every reader can understand. Moreover, the lessons learned can be applied to today's headlines, and will undoubtedly be applicable tomorow.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful