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Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ayn Rand

Narrated By: Paul Meier, M.D.

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: March 2002

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes


Available for the first time in trade paperback--this provocative book is "an anthem sung in praise of man's ego"--from the legendary author Ayn Rand

Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand's classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him--a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd--to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin. In a world where the great "we" reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word--"I."


  • 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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