For the New Intellectual

  • by Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is Ayn Rand's challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the "atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion" that they create. One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy, an ethic of rational self-interest, that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice. The fundamentals of this morality, "a philosophy for living on earth", are here vibrantly set forth by the spokesman for a new class, For The New Intellectual. Miss Rand's unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are set forth in four nonfiction books: Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, For the New Intellectual, The Virtue of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal.

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All of Her Short Works Were Good

and she comes up with a lot of still-useful (and still-applicable) phrases (she was a good writer first, then a thinker). Just to note, her primary aim with her philosophy was to prevent another Soviet Union (which she suffered first-hand under).
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- wbiro

Hardly Any New Content

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

New material. This book starts with an original essay and introduction- however the remainder of the book is large passages from her earlier works and novels. If you are familiar with these already and are looking for something new on objectivism this isn't it.


What could Ayn Rand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

New content.


What does Anna Fields bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Good choice for rand's voice.


You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good narrator and solid intro.. if you're unfamiliar with her works, i feel like this might contain too many spoilers, if you are familiar with her work there is nothing new here.


Any additional comments?

In either case, pass on this audiobook. If you want to read the new content, buy a used copy or sit in a library for an hour. I guess it could be good for highlighting if you dont want to taint your physical copies of the original works.

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- Anthony

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-05-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.