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Atlas Shrugged

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Ayn Rand

Narrated By: Edward Herrmann

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: June 2000

Duration: 11 hours 10 minutes


At last, Ayn Rand's masterpiece is available to her millions of loyal readers in trade paperback.

With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, "Who is John Galt?", Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its most influential thinkers.

Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.


  • 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 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.

  • Josh

    The novel would be interesting if it were satire. The book expresses well the theory of laissez faire economics, but we have seen the failure of communism and capitalism. Ms Rand never addresses the corruption of wealth or corporate welfare. An interesting read to explore elitist economic policy, but an insult to contemporary readers who have witnessed the failure of big business to take responsibility of their actions and treat consumers in an ethical manner.

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