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Atlas Shrugged Audiobook

Atlas Shrugged

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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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    Reaganesque Texas 04-05-17
    Reaganesque Texas 04-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Abridged? Other than that, loved it."

    Hermann does a wonderful job with the narration. Despite the atheism of Rand, I agree with many of her precepts, which she masterfully weaves into her stories. Her characters are richly developed, as are the settings. Our high school and college kids would do more for the world by studying her Objectivism, than they ever will by reading progressive propaganda. Altruism will always have its place, for surely, the poor will siestas be among us, but manipulated service and stolen profits to dump into broken programs is no way to help lift people.

    My one major disappointment: I never would have purchased this copy of I had realized it was abridged. I looked for that designation, but either I missed it or it was in the very fine print.

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    Daniel Gerdy Dale City, VA 03-08-17
    Daniel Gerdy Dale City, VA 03-08-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Interesting."

    I was curious about all the hype surrounding this book. Now, I can see why some people love it so much. I found that it offers some interesting concepts worth pondering, but overall, the driving themes appear a bit too absolute, a little too black and white.
    I find much of it too idealistic to be fully and honestly relatable to real life. It appears, in my mind, as a caricature of some honest ideas. The solutions of society are less about the extreme polls of the concepts presented here and more about the subtleties and compromises.
    I still found it entertaining because it had me contemplating societal norms and their relationship with a free-market economy.
    As I said in the title, "interesting".

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    Jeff Washburn Cypress, TX 03-02-17
    Jeff Washburn Cypress, TX 03-02-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Volume levels too uneven."

    I had to keep making it louder and softer. Good abridgement. Good variety of voices

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    Carolyn Vesecky Arizona, USA 01-10-17
    Carolyn Vesecky Arizona, USA 01-10-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Important"

    I had no idea how important this seminal work was until I finally heard it. Everyone needs to read this book. Wonderful!!!

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    Joel 12-30-16
    Joel 12-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A novel with purpose"

    What a fantastic way to convey a philosophy! The performance was great and the story very intriguing. It was quite difficult to keep all the names straight at first but got easier as the story progressed. I strongly recommend this book!

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    DPhipps 11-27-16
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    "Good book, Not a great Abridgment"

    Love the book, but too much is lost in the story with this abridgment. Y

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    MCBH 11-16-16
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    "My Favorite Book, now on tape"

    The narrator was easy to understand and engaging (despite some of the characters changing accents throughout the story!). Oh well - small complaint for a big book. Kept me awake on long drives and I didn't miss most of what was left out from the novel.

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    Jason 09-28-16
    Jason 09-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting and thought provoking"
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    Overall I really enjoyed the book. The story is overwhelmingly pro capitalism with the idea objectivism should be the foundation that governs society. I tend to be more of a capitalist than not, and as a capitalist I did find myself buying into a lot of the ideas the author pushed, until I thought it through a bit. Objectivism suggests that human beings can only understand reality through our own sense of perception. The problem with that notion is that many studies have since been able to show us how easily we can be deceived by our own sense of perception. So the premise of objectivism (as the book suggests we should always check) is off, so anything that follows that premise, whether it sounds right or not, must be questioned.

    The underlining feeling I got from the book is that it was written from the point of view of an elitist who doesn't want to be bothered with the struggles of society as long as it doesn't interfere with their own gain. It does a great job at portraying the many issues of socialism controlled by a corrupt bureaucratic system ruled by "looters" who are also out for their own personal gain, but swigging the pendulum to the opposite extreme presents its own problems that the book makes no effort to address. If every person lived by the values the characters in this book live by, then both capitalism and social have a shot at working. The problem is always with the greedy and corrupt on either side of the spectrum.

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    Jeffrey 09-23-16
    Jeffrey 09-23-16
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    "Best Book Ever Written"

    Ayn Rand was a prophet a visionary way before her time.
    This book should be mandatory reading by all High School students.
    The parallels to current social and political events is uncanny.
    Good Listening

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    Je Suis Morrisey 09-15-16
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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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