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Atlas Shrugged

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Aynee Rand

Narrated By: Scott Brick

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: September 2009

Duration: 63 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey of five thousand people conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club in 1991. In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, he sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battle not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? The answers will be revealed once you discover the reason behind the baffling events that wreak havoc on the lives of the amazing men and women in this remarkable book. Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms. A New York Times bestseller. A 1958 National Book Award Finalist.

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  • Skyler

    I read Atlas Shrugged to check it off my life list. My left-leaning friends said it was mindless garbage, while my right-leaning friends proclaimed it to be an important political novel. Here's my assessment. Think of Atlas Shrugged as SF written in the 50's like the works of Heinlein, in that you have a moralistic tale populated by idealists fighting bad men. I would also label it apocalyptic, in that we get to watch the disintegration of society, brought on by the evils of a collectivist state run by bureaucrats. Rand's philosophy manifests itself in the minds and speeches of the heroes - the industrialists. This is a work of fiction, that tries to relay caution and hope. Caution is centered on the pitfalls of socialistic policies that penalize ideas and productivity; while hope is the innovation and benefits that market forces deliver. Its a captivating story, with even some sexual tension. My biggest complaint is the length and redundancy. The real world is much more complicated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • John m

    Most influential book I’ve ever read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Donnie W

    Wonderful! A book of adventure, drama, romance, and philosophy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Nestor O

    LONG WINDED AND PHILISOPHICALLY sophomoric. Characters are extremely boring, This book is a never-ending sermon from a windbag of a pastor, and totally overrated.

  • George O

    Excellent book especially for listening (long) great story and very insightful. Ayn Rand story will provide you some thought on the direction of the world and politics today even though it was published in the early 50's. Too bad the recording had a slight squeak in the background most of the time and jumbled at times - was the poorest recording I've had.

  • THOMAS L

    Invaluable, indispensable. Well done narration. Love it and believe it's value is lost on far too many.

  • Robin C

    Hard to distinguish which character is speaking. Couldn't complete the book

  • Daniel Hancock

    Fantastic read, and beautifully narrated. A wonderful novel would recommend to most as long as you don't mind 62 hours of outstanding plot and characters.

  • Melissa Rhoades

    A friend of mine who used to be my teacher in middle school told me about this book. I bought a copy of it at a bookstore and I was hooked. I read the paperback a few times then went to audiobook so I can listen while I'm at work. My left minded friends say it's gibberish while my right minded friends proclaim it's importance. It absolutely changed my life. I love this book.

  • Trax

    I am on a mission to read the Classics that I never got to while in school. I will confess that I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I loved the strong female character and the interesting perspective on what makes this country successful. Four stars instead of five only because the book is a bit over-descriptive at times.