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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

Written by Ayn Rand

Narrated by Edward Herrmann


Atlas Shrugged

Written by Ayn Rand

Narrated by Edward Herrmann

ratings:
4/5 (660 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Released:
May 25, 2000
ISBN:
9781598872606
Format:
Audiobook

Description

"Who is John Galt?" is the immortal question posed at the beginning of Ayn Rand's masterpiece. The answer is the astonishing story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world—and did.

As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity.

Part mystery, part thriller, part philosophical inquiry, part volatile love affair, Atlas Shrugged is the book that confirmed Ayn Rand as one of the most popular novelist and most respected thinkers of the 20th century.

Released:
May 25, 2000
ISBN:
9781598872606
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was a Russian-American philosopher and author. She is most recognized as the creator of the philosophy of Objectivism and as the author of the influential novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. A forceful and uncompromising author who championed the individual above all, Rand’s works are controversial, thought-provoking and generate strong opinions both pro and con. Her ideas continue to be debated in modern political, business and social life.



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  • (5/5)
    The incomparable novel about the men of the mind on strike against the creed of self-sacrifice.Ayn Rand's epochal novel, first published in 1957, has been a continual bestseller as well as an intellectual landmark. It is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies but against those who needed him most--and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world's motor--and the motive power of every man?Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life--from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction to the philosopher who becomes a pirate to the composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels.Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's masterpiece. It is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.
  • (4/5)
    I had this on my tbr pile for years, but mostly just because I felt like it was one of those books you're supposed to read...also, 1069 pgs of very tiny print was intimidating. Well, I finally read it and actually really enjoyed it. Definitely wordy and soap boxy, but really interesting and thought provoking.
  • (4/5)
    Much has been made of Ayn Rand's political and philosophical views; her belief in the greatness of the individual, the evil of government and the need for everyone to throw off the bonds (physical or mental) of servitude to others. Whatever you think of her views on these matters, it cannot be denied that her witting is superb."Atlas Shrugged" follows the story of the great industrialists in America, focusing on Dagny Taggart, who runs the last great railroads and who is one of the few people that believes in the sanctity of the individual. She, along with Hank Rearden (the foremost steel producer in America), struggle to maintain their singular obsession, their businesses, even as the government begins to nationalize businesses in the name of helping the "common man." It is a thrilling story and holds an important warning to modern society.
  • (3/5)
    Rand somehow manages to develop almost every character to be hated. I don't know how that is possible.If you're looking for the philosophy core of Rand's, just jump to John Galt's radio speech near the end.As a work of philosophy, this work has merit, but I'd recommend a book such as Thinking: Fast and Slow to temper the philosophy.
  • (5/5)
    Rand's magnum opus. This expresses her ideas most clearly, and has the most impact. Read The Fountainhead first, wait a few years, then read this. Then never read another thing by Rand again. Although some of her other stuff is not bad, it all becomes the same after a while. This is one of the two worth reading.
  • (4/5)
    I read Atlas Shrugged when I was young. It is the story of a young, wealthy woman, Dagny Taggart, railroad heiress, who is struggling to keep the family railroad empire profitable in the face of an ever more restrictive government, and unionized workforce. All the while, she notices her friends, magnates in other branches of industry, are disappearing. She learns their disappearances are linked to a man named John Galt.In short, Atlas Shrugged is morality play about the evils of unions, socialism and communism; espousing that nothing should stand in the way of the ambitious and the wealthy. They should be free to do as they please. I bought in when I was young, but with more world experience under my belt, I realize the issues are not that simple.I awarded Atlas Shrugged four stars based only on its merits as a fictional story. It was a good read, one that lends itself to discussion and spirited debates.