Atlas Shrugged

Written by:
Ayn Rand
Narrated by:
Edward Herrmann

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2000
11 hours 10 minutes
'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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Juliette P.

Glad I read.

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Brilliant and fascinatingly accurate regarding the course government bureaucracies slither in 2020. The narrator should be awarded the highest accolades. Absolutely superb!

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Alyssa P.

Captivating in-depth exploration of industry, values, and mindset. Narrator was great.

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David C.

Wow! What a great book! The book tells why being productive is the most important contribution man can make to humanity! Wonderfully and entertainingly read! Highly recommend this book!

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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.

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