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Atlas Shrugged

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ayn Rand

Narrated By: Christopher Hurt

Date: May 2011

Duration: 52 hours 21 minutes


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.


  • Christine LaRocca

    The narrator did an excellent job. However, The audio quality was a bit inconsistent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Michael Bottiggi

    One of the best books I have ever read. There are plenty of reviews out there to describe the book, so I'll write a bit about the narration. The narrator was great, and I'm happy that he did the Fountainhead as well, which I am currently listening to. He does a great job of interpreting Rand's intention. You know which characters are to be loathed, and which to be loved by the tone of voice. Pleasing voice and easy to listen to. Unfortunately, the audio has some issues. You can tell where they stopped and picked back up due to change of EQ and volume, and you can hear speaking and noises in the background. But honestly, it's totally worth it to hear the Christopher Hurt version vs. the remastered one, which is actually 6-7 hours longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    The audiobook is fine. The story itself is painfully drawn out, however. I think I would've enjoyed a condensed version better.

  • Sherine R.

    My favourite all time book - as good in audio as it is in print


    As the United States continues to be pushed to the left, this book reminds us of our roots. We never would have achieved all the things America has achieved if we would’ve been a socialist country.

  • Cody B

    A book for those who want a deeper understanding of the laws of Life.

  • Tiffany Rau

    Great read!

  • Arthur Subklew

    I knew nothing of Ayn Rand when I read her book Anthem. I was profoundly stirred. That's when I found Atlas Shrugged. No book has ever moved me more.

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