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    • Atlas Shrugged

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 63 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,847
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,373
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,437

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Hurt version decidedly superior

    • By Mica on 03-24-09

    Regular price: $41.97

    • The Fountainhead

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
    • Length: 32 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,961
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,207
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,236

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Fountainhead

    • By Zachary on 06-04-10

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Atlas Shrugged

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
    • Length: 52 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,646
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,806
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,814

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Book, minor issue

    • By Jay M. on 01-23-08

    Regular price: $48.97

    • Atlas Shrugged

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Edward Hermann's masterful performance.

    • By Shawn Levasseur on 07-17-08

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Anthem

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 753
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 677
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 680

    “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil.” Deep issues of conscience are explored in Ayn Rand’s dystopian tale of a man who dares to fight against a system that invades his very mind and identity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Triumphant! A beautiful molding of the mind.

    • By Kari on 02-17-16

    Regular price: $4.19

    • The Virtue of Selfishness

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: C.M. Hernert
    • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 815
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      4 out of 5 stars 499
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      4 out of 5 stars 504

    Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life - the life proper to a rational being - as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with human nature, with the creative requirement of survival, and with a free society.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Rand Lovers Only

    • By Scott on 05-06-13

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Fountainhead

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 855
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 603
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 605

    The Fountainhead studies the conflict between artistic genius and social convention, a theme Ayn Rand later developed into the idealistic philosophy knows as Objectivism. Rand's hero is Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect who won't compromise his integrity, especially in the unconventional buildings he designs.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Be aware that this is an abridged version

    • By LPSG on 11-01-17

    Regular price: $22.02

    • Capitalism

    • The Unknown Ideal
    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 562
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 312

    The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This was the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constituted a major philosophic revolution. In this series of essays, she presented her stand on the persecution of big business, the causes of war, the default of conservatism, and the evils of altruism.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Capitalism: The unknown ideal

    • By Robert on 12-19-09
    • The Unknown Ideal
    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 05-06-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 562 ratings

    Regular price: $25.17

    • Anthem

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
    • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in the United Kingdom. The story takes place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another Dark Age. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. A young man known as Equality 7-2521 rebels by doing secret scientific research. When his activity is discovered, he flees into the wilderness with the girl he loves. Together they plan to establish a new society based on rediscovered individualism.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A writer well before her time.

    • By cosmitron on 05-02-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • We the Living

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Mary Woods
    • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 717
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      4 out of 5 stars 482
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 495

    We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state. Rand said of this book: "It is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Emotionally intense, historically authentic

    • By Geoffrey on 08-14-08

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Return of the Primitive

    • The Anti-Industrial Revolution
    • By: Ayn Rand, Peter Schwartz
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 272
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 206

    In the 1960s and early '70s, the most prominent, vocal cultural movement was the New Left: a movement that condemned America and everything it stood for: individualism, material wealth, science, technology, capitalism.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Why Hadn't I Read or Listened to This Book Sooner?

    • By Phyllis on 05-13-12

    Regular price: $20.76

    • Anthem

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in the United Kingdom. The story takes place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another Dark Age. Technological advancement is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. A young man known as Equality 7-2521 rebels by doing secret scientific research. When his activity is discovered, he flees into the wilderness with the girl he loves. Together they plan to establish a new society based on rediscovered individualism.   

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Philosophy

    • Who Needs It
    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 288
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 161
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 161

    Who needs philosophy? Ayn Rand's answer: Everyone. This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics. According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy, but which one to have: a rational, conscious, and therefore practical one, or a contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal one.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Deep and provocative

    • By Sierra Bravo on 05-21-09

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Anthem

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Paul Meier
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 702
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 439
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 443

    Rand's Protagonist, Equality 7-2521, describes a surreal world of faceless, nameless drones who "exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen." Alone, this daring young man defies the will of the ruling councils and discovers the forbidden freedoms that prevailed during the Unmentionable Times. In other words, he finds and celebrates the power of the self. In doing so, he becomes the prototypical Rand hero, a bold risk-taker who shuns conformity and unabashedly embraces egoism.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A Disappointment

    • By smarmer on 10-07-14
    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Paul Meier
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 09-26-05
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 702 ratings

    Regular price: $16.07

    • Anthem

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Cary Alan
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 109
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      4 out of 5 stars 54
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 53

    Many of the novella's core themes, such as the struggle between individualism and collectivism, are echoed in Rand's later books, such as The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. However, the style of "Anthem" is unique among Rand's work, more narrative-centered and economical, lacking the intense didactic expressions of philosophical abstraction that occur in later works.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Short, Sweet, To The Point and VERY GOOD!

    • By Paul Luthi on 06-02-13
    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Cary Alan
    • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
    • Release date: 02-26-09
    • 4 out of 5 stars 109 ratings

    Regular price: $7.95

    • For the New Intellectual

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 233
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    This is Ayn Rand's challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the "atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion" that they create. One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy, an ethic of rational self-interest, that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant.<br />

    • By Kate Grace on 01-01-18

    Regular price: $17.47

    • The Art of Fiction

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 182
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      4 out of 5 stars 99
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      4 out of 5 stars 96

    Ayn Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterization, and style, the four essential elements of fiction. Here, too, are Rand's illuminating analyses of passages from famous writers, rewrites of scenes from her own works, and fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Get Stein on Writing

    • By Lois on 12-04-09

    Regular price: $23.07

    • The Romantic Manifesto

    • A Philosophy of Literature
    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 97

    In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned collection of essays, Ayn Rand throws new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again, she demonstrates her bold originality and her refusal to let conventional ideas define her sense of the truth. Rand eloquently asserts that one cannot create art without infusing it with one's own value judgments and personal philosophy - even an attempt to withhold moral overtones only results in a deterministic or naturalistic message.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Essential AYN

    • By Mica on 07-15-08

    Regular price: $17.47

    • Ideal

    • The Novel and the Play
    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane, Robin Field
    • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4 out of 5 stars 29

    Originally conceived as a novel but then transformed into a play by Ayn Rand, Ideal is the story of beautiful but tormented actress Kay Gonda. Accused of murder, she is on the run and turns for help to six fans who have written letters to her, each telling her that she represents their ideal - a respectable family man, a far-left activist, a cynical artist, an evangelist, a playboy, and a lost soul.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Budding Rand

    • By Anthony on 07-07-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Voice of Reason

    • Essays in Objectivist Thought
    • By: Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff
    • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
    • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    In the years between her first public lecture in 1961 and her last in 1981, Ayn Rand spoke and wrote about topics as different as education, medicine, Vietnam, and the death of Marilyn Monroe. In The Voice of Reason, these pieces are gathered together in book form for the first time. Written in the last decades of Rand's life, they reflect a life lived on principle, a probing mind, and a passionate intensity. With them are five essays by Leonard Peikoff, Rand's longtime associate and literary executor.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Many good essays

    • By Anonymous User on 06-21-18

    Regular price: $25.17

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