• Objectivism

  • The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
  • By: Leonard Peikoff
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 11-03-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.2 (334 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This brilliantly conceived book is based on a lecture course given by Dr. Leonard Peikoff in 1976 entitled, "The Philosophy of Objectivism". The lectures were attended by Ayn Rand, who helped prepare them and who also joined Peikoff in answering questions. Ayn Rand said of these lectures: "Until or unless I write a comprehensive treatise on my philosophy, Dr. Peikoff's course is the only authorized presentation of the entire theoretical structure of objectivism; that is, the only one that I know of my own knowledge to be fully accurate." Peikoff, as Rand's foremost interpreter, here reveals both the abstract fundamentals of objectivism and its practical applications, with much new material that Rand offered only in private conversations with Peikoff.
©1991 Leonard Peikoff; (P)2003 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"A revelation. Peikoff is an extraordinary communicator....He brings the most difficult intellectual ideas within the grasp of the general reader....An awesome intellectual experience." (Detroit Free Press)
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By L. Hattery on 06-24-05

The very best overview of Objectivism

If you identified with the heroes of Atlas Shrugged and want to fully explore the philosophical principles on which they were based, this is a great book. There are quite a few good books and lectures available on Ayn Rand's philosphy of Objectivism, but this is by far the best. It starts with the foundation of human understanding and develops the philosophy using self-evident logic and reason. The author does an excellent job of capturing Ayn Rand's compelling philosophy for living a non-contradictory life. If you're going to read only one book about objectivism, this is the one to read and was fully endorsed by Ayn Rand.

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By W G on 05-06-09

Great Listen

Great philosophies, typical Ayn Rand. Definitely something you have to listen to again and again and again and again.

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By Lourens on 10-18-11

Compulsory listening for today's political leaders

The book starts off with a kind of "meta-philosophy" in which it philosophizes about philosophy itself -- which I found very abstract -- but as the book progresses, it becomes more and more concrete and practical, with many hands-on real life examples of how Objectivism could and should be applied in everyday situations.

It covers a wide range of topics such as ethics, law, business, economy, politics, love, sex, art, literature, journalism and more.

Even though the book is written by Leonard Peikoff, a female narrator is appropriate because these really are the thoughts of Ayn Rand. While listening, I got the impression that Johanna Ward enjoyed narrating this work just as much as I enjoyed listening to it.

I will definitely listen to this audiobook often, and I recommend it to anybody who is looking for solutions to the political-social-economic problems we face on a personal and a global level.

Well done to Blackstone Audio and to Audible!

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By Moriarty on 03-01-17

Interesting but hard going

As a fan of Ayn Rand, I gave this a go. slow at first but improves from chap 3 onwards once all of the explanations are out of the way.

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