Atlas Shrugged

  • by Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by Christopher Hurt
  • 52 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Atlas Shrugged is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club.This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves?Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and 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.


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Worse than Bad

I have not encountered a book or audio book that I so strongly disliked. The technical quality of this title is beyond awful. One can faintly hear talking in the background and it is quite distracting. I wanted to return this material but feared that I couldn't. As far as the content goes, the internal conversations of the men in the text are not that of any man I have known read about or even imagined. I can appreciate the broader socio-political context that the author was reaching for but this is never realized. The result is pure dreck. I held on hoping it would emerge as a powerful text if given a chance. It did not. This is a waste of disk space time and energy. I wish I could give it a negative rating if only for its technical flaws.
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- Michael

Intriguing, if not scary to many.

Reading many of the reviews here on audible, I find it incredibly funny the audacity many of them speak with- this novel is a response to that of Ayn Rand's time: For the novel to appear sexist is nothing more than being out of touch with the era it came out in- for at the time, to say it in any other way would confuse people into getting the wrong idea.

Furthermore, the statement at the beginning of the book proves exactly what she was saying by the fact that she herself was saying it- she was exemplary of exactly what the statement embodied. You may disagree of it, but that is exactly that which she aimed for.

Her points against Hinduism/Bhudist philosophy and eastern asia history and lifestyle are pointed out exactly as she wanted them to- even at their peak times, they were not as progressive as America was during its most economically free period, in which it singlehandedly revolutionized the world technologically over and over while introducing a entire socioeconomic system that provides the producer with reward.

But do not mistake this for fellatio in the form of review- the narrator's voice takes some getting used to(though later, you appreciate his skilled ability in making each character sound different, though familiar in his own voice, seemingly hitting each one right on the head), and there seems to be talking in the background- but I believe that is actually echo of the studio, something that even still should not have happened.

The book as well is preachy, and its method of relaying her ideals of objectivism via a novelistic approach is nothing more than a mechanism to deliver her manifesto. The story is predictable, the characters are one dimensional, and largely the views of the enemies and friendlies have been split in modern times, with their properties spread across today's political parties enough that it could be nothing more than a study in socioeconomic philosophy.

A good read for broadening one's mind.
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- Jake

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-18-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.