Ayn Rand's classic best seller, Anthem, is the unforgettable tale of a nightmarish totalitarian future and the ultimate triumph of the individual spirit. First published in 1938, and often compared with Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World, this beautifully written story has introduced millions to Rand's provocative worldview.Rand's Protagonist, Equality 7-2521, describes a surreal world of faceless, nameless drones who "exist through, by and for our brothers who are the State. Amen." Alone, this daring young man defies the will of the ruling councils and discovers the forbidden freedoms that prevailed during the Unmentionable Times. In other words, he finds and celebrates the power of the self. In doing so, he becomes the prototypical Rand hero, a bold risk-taker who shuns conformity and unabashedly embraces egoism.
This exciting dramatization features an electrifying performance by veteran actor and former BBC Drama Repertory Company member Paul Meier. It is certain to be the definitive recording of Anthem and a milestone in audio interpretation of literary classics.
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I thought Atlas Shrugged was the best "Russian" novel written in English. Ayn Rand wrote it following the form of The Brothers Karamazov and while she is nowhere close to Dostoyevsky in skill, the novel was still worthy. (I did think it flagged after "the speech" section about 80% toward the end.)
And I enjoyed The Fountainhead, though its philosophy was troubling in certain respects.
But this book was a great disappointment. The only merit might be that it was the kind of fairy tale that might be interesting listening for a ten year old. And the narrator was so "over the top" in style that it took away from the experience, at least for me.