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Atlas Shrugged

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Ayn Rand

Narrated By: Edward Herrmann

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: May 2000

Duration: 11 hours 10 minutes

Summary:

'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 philosophical inquiry, part volatile love affair, Atlas Shrugged is the book that confirmed Ayn Rand as one of the most popular novelist and most respected thinkers of the 20th century.

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  • George S.

    I have always wanted to read this book, but could never find the time to finish it because of my work and long commute. Thank you Audiobooks! I was finally able to hear this story by Ayn Rand during my 2hr/day commute in the car. What an amazing story, and amazing the relevance of some aspects of the story in today's modern business an global commerce. The narrator was exceptional! After hearing a character's accent or voice for the first time through the narrator's voice, you can differentiate the speakers afterwards. He uses great emotions, sighs, yells, and other characteristics of a character's speech as if you are listening to a movie! Only reason I gave this abridged version of the book a 4/5 stars, is because I did miss out on some pre-plot information. Sometimes, I felt as if I missed a chapter because some pieces didn't seem to go together when back to back. Even rewound the recording to make sure I didn't miss anything in case I dozed off. As with many abridged versions, the scenes leading up to a plot point are sometimes taken away, or redacted too much, as was the case here. But that is why we have sparknotes. If you want to at least get the juicy details and full plot summary, and character struggles from this book, while not having the extra fluff that could make you doze off, listen to this abridged version. At some point, I will listen or read the full version. But with my being too busy, and always wanting to read this book, I am glad I chose this abridged version with an exceptional narrator.

  • Anonymous

    One of my favorite all time books! It was great to have it read to me as I envisioned the world of Dagny! Classic!!! Everyone should read it at least once in their life time!!!

  • Alan T

    I usually don't listen to abridged versions, but I knew this unabridged book is huge. So, I decided to try the abridged version. Big mistake! I liked the material, but about halfway through it there was a big leap in the plot progression that threw me. I had to stop listening and decided to listen to the unabridged version instead...one of these days!

  • Anonymous

    This book is full of exaggeration, and gives the leaders - 4 executives and one engineer much more credit than they deserve. In this book it's only these wealthy leaders who can think while everyone else is a blithering idiot who can't make a decision to save their own life. This book was published in 1954, during the great fear of communism, and the story reflects it. The government takes over and people are paid according to need not ability and productivity is restricted so that output must be equal for all companies. Basically, the author has taken the effort to help those in need to the extreme, and responds by taking greed to the extreme as the leaders form their own group and take a pledge never to give or to live for someone else. These leaders get injured and tortured, but choose not to feel pain - yeah right! If you've ever been seriously injured you know that feeling pain is not a choice! I found myself rolling my eyes much of the time, but somehow got through it.

  • Anonymous

    The concept of the book is interesting, but the pace dragged terribly through the middle. The narrator's voice was also extremely annoying when he tried to act out the various characters' voices. When he read the dialog of the antagonists, he adopted a wheedling or nasal or strange accents. He laid it on too thick with the dramatics and detracted from the story.

  • Anonymous

    The premise of this book is not true. The rich CEO's of companies are not super-intellegent and morally superior. Have we not learned from recent corporation failures? This book also makes everyone else totally inept idiots.

  • Kathy

    I don't do well with long audio books, so this abridged version was great. The story was interesting and kept the listener's attention.

  • nittany1979

    This book was very well narrated, easy to follow, and flowed very well. I have become an Ayn Rand fan from this book.

  • Brian

    This should be required for every Obama follower, maybe Obama himself.

  • Anonymous

    Gentle readers, this book was originally published in 1957 - the author was born at the turn of the 20th century so think of how futuristic this was in it's time. Contemporary readers thinking living in modern times should remember that this author has long ago passed on and was not witness the shameful actions in our capitalist society of late. I agree that the single-track cd's were annoying and distracting.

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