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    • Atlas Shrugged

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,521
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,985
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,052

    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 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,611
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,821
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,848

    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 5,274
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,398
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402

    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
    • Epic in Scope, Simplistic Characters

    • By Rich on 02-04-08

    Regular price: $48.97

    • Atlas Shrugged

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267

    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 899
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 813
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 816

    “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
    • Great read!

    • By Anonymous User on 06-28-17

    Regular price: $4.19

    • The Fountainhead

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 911
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 651
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 654

    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

    • 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 854
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      4 out of 5 stars 533
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      4 out of 5 stars 539

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good Luck!

    • By John on 12-12-05

    Regular price: $17.47

    • 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 583
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 328
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 330

    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 583 ratings

    Regular price: $25.17

    • We the Living

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Mary Woods
    • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 755
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      4 out of 5 stars 519
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 532

    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 285
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 218

    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

    • For the New Intellectual

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Anna Fields
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 238
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 117
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 121

    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

    • Anthem

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Jimmy Kieffer
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    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.   

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A quick and thought provoking experience

    • By cosmitron on 08-08-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Anthem

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    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

    • 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 157
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 92
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    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

    • Anthem

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Paul Meier
    • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 715
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 451
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 455

    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 715 ratings

    Regular price: $16.07

    • Philosophy

    • Who Needs It
    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Lloyd James
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 168
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 168

    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: Carson Beck
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 11
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      5 out of 5 stars 10

    Ayn Rand's Anthem is a classic that projects the current societal trends into a new, evolved, futuristic world. Rand paints a dark dystopia in which there are no names, no individuals, no independence - essentially nothing but the collection of government-ordained jobs and lives. Collective thought and action, similar to communism, have overtaken the new world. The story centers around Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000 and their forbidden inventions and thoughts.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 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 183
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 101
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    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

    • The Art of Fiction

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 184
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 101
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      4 out of 5 stars 98

    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

    • Anthem

    • By: Ayn Rand
    • Narrated by: Michael Scott
    • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3 out of 5 stars 4
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      3 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    "Anthem" is set in a distant collectivist future, when every form and emblem of individualism has been erased and society has reverted to a preindustrial level. In this novella, as many of her writings, Ayn dramatizes her philosophy of Objectivism in the main character. Its hero is a scientist in a world where the pursuit of knowledge is a crime, and he struggles against the established society to discover the meaning of individual freedom.

    Regular price: $0.94

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