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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ayn Rand

Narrated By: Michael Scott

Publisher: Thought Audio

Date: January 2006

Duration: 2 hours 11 minutes


Anthem is set in a distant collectivist future, when every form and emblem of individualism have 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.


  • Phil Grey

    PHIL GREY A beautiful glimpse into the DIRECTION our society is heading, unless through study, and history, and thought we learn to fully grasp the difference in WE versus I.

  • Chad Turner

    To Emma: With respect, I think when you're talking about true equality you have to take it to that extreme, it has to be that way. That's one of many reasons why it's a fairly tale and can't possibly work. I think it's genius that she wrote it this way.

  • Anonymous

    Presented some thought-provoking ideas, but the writing is a bit clunky and disjointed. I think the story and the concepts would be better understood and grasped if actually read vs. listened to on audio. This just didn't quite grip me as I had hoped it would.

  • wlh2040

    This is a good book for political theory, and would be recommended for anybody embracing the left-leaning politics of today, and the destruction of the human spirit it brings with it. While it is no Atlas Shrugged (highly recommended), it's a fairly decent book.

  • Garret Myhan

    This novelette is a great introduction to the work of Ayn Rand. She introduces many of the concepts that are explored in detail in her longer works. Highly recommended.

  • Candy Sigel

    Great Short Story by Ahn Rand. Still relevant in todays culture.

  • Anonymous

    I was concerned that this book might be too "deep" for my liking, but I really enjoyed it. It was very thought-provoking. This novel made me thankful to live in a free country and to be able to seek opportunity and growth individually "and" collectively.

  • Emma Tsai

    A little too much of a parable, too much symbolism, not based in reality enough for me.

  • Jason Peipelman

    This is a timeless book that should be required reading in schools. Its great for anyone age 11 and up. It is the clearest, most concise, portrayal of Ayan Rand's vision of a free world where ability determins what a person deserves, not need. A world where man is held above all things as holy. Move on to Atlas Shrugged after this one if you liked it.

  • Hillary Hawkins

    My first Ayn Rand novel...definitely not the last!! It was thought-provoking, written in beautiful prose and unforgettable in both theme and plot. I had to go to the library and check the out book so I wouldn't have to sit in my car just to finish the last cd.


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