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3.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 53.63 out of 5 3.63 (63 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781455173327
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A intriguing novella from the critically acclaimed author of The FountainheadAnthem is a thought-provoking dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, written in 1937 and first published in 1938 in England. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age, this one characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated.…

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is the most beautiful, the most inspiring novel this reviewer has ever read. It is an ethical and philosophical rather than a religious dedication to freedom and the individual.”

    Joan DeArmond, Fact Forum News

  • “Contains much food for thought. It is original and powerful, and the author has made good use of the theme.”

    East Anglian Daily Times

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Christensen | 2/14/2014

    " Enjoyed Rand's ideals of liberating oppressed individuality. Be yo'self! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Readread | 2/12/2014

    " Ayn Rand is a whacko, weirdly chauvinistic woman, and a product of her childhood surroundings. Two stars for some interesting/clever literary style points like lack of punctuation and we vs. I language (which I have learned she probably ripped off), and because the writing itself is competent even if the content is cray-cray. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariya Jose | 1/29/2014

    " Loved this book for the language element. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 1/25/2014

    " I enjoyed her perspectives of individualism and satire of religion, though found the storyline flat. Not necessary flat in plot, as plot is not necessary for her point, but flat in her strength. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Schmidt | 1/23/2014

    " i liked it up to the end with the word ego "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drinu Camilleri | 1/22/2014

    " Published ten years before Orwell's Nineteen Eight-Four, this is the original dystopian tale. Fiercely individualistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brent Mckay | 1/20/2014

    " interesting, quick-reading, and heavy-handed dystopian novella. the ending was far too messianic and wrapped-in-a-neat-package for me. but the details and world she created were fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julia Turk | 1/19/2014

    " This book is great and surreal! it gets confusing at some points you just have to stay I'm track with the reading. I would hope you all would give this book a chance(: "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariya Jose | 1/15/2014

    " Loved this book for the language element. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zenkalia | 1/15/2014

    " as usual, ayn rand doesn't know how to end her books. this time with weird sci fi stuff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Wlodarczyk | 1/11/2014

    " Really liked it, but it was hard for me to get into due to the way they spoke. I also really wanted more and I feel like the story wasn't actually finished. Other than that I really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kenzie | 12/13/2013

    " It was a interesting book. I liked it. It is something I recommend to people if you like adventure/ action/ romance books! The thing I loved about his book is the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 12/4/2013

    " Beyond the political philosophy, it is an obvious influence on contemporary young adult dystopian fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Tatelman | 11/21/2013

    " Beautiful and concise declaration of individualism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haniah Griffith | 11/13/2013

    " I thought Anthem was an okay book, but I wanted a more exciting ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kyla loveofwolves | 11/8/2013

    " It was different, I loved it! I really got to see how wonderful individuality is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Preston Sinclair | 10/18/2013

    " This book is really difficult to read. It is very confusing when she substitutes the word 'we' for 'I' all the time, especially when there are more than two characters involved. It's just poor grammar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Levi | 9/30/2013

    " She was long before her time in her way of thinking. A quick and pithy read. A wonderful addition to anyone who's into philosophy or the power of the self. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beccue | 7/8/2013

    " I agree with the publisher who rejected this early Rand manuscript with the note, "The author does not understand socialism." However the first half of the novella is a decent read, in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi kinda way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louise | 4/3/2013

    " I enjoyed her perspectives of individualism and satire of religion, though found the storyline flat. Not necessary flat in plot, as plot is not necessary for her point, but flat in her strength. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Mederios | 3/26/2013

    " Not the best thing I've read but a worthy read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Vendetti | 3/11/2013

    " I read this as an audiobook. It is what it is, a novel of a dystopian future. Ayn Rand grew up in a very repressive society, and planned this as a play when she was a teenager. A short and interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Johnson | 3/7/2013

    " The only novel I ever liked "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Roxann | 2/26/2013

    " I didn't get it. Sometimes the writers back in the day are hard to understand. It must of been great then but today not so much for this girl. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denise | 1/27/2013

    " Having never read Ayn Rand (and meaning to read her one of these days), I thought I'd pick her up now that a VP pick is a devotee. I have to laugh that the party of GOD, the GOP, would pick a nominee who follows her tenants. Pretty hilarious, actually...the anthem should be: "Assholes, unite!" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Hemphill | 1/25/2013

    " Pretty interesting concept! Makes you think a little an is entertaining at the same time. Highly recommend it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 1/11/2013

    " I love this book. I love teaching this book. If you read this in school and didn't like it, shame on your teacher...he/she has done you a disservice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Zahava | 12/11/2012

    " An interesting political view and with good points, but not an engaging story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sarg | 10/18/2012

    " A Fahrenheit 451 like read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 7/31/2012

    " You can really tell this is an earlier work of hers.....Mason is reading for his Language Arts class, and I thought I would give it a whirl. I definitely enjoyed Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ty | 6/25/2012

    " Good book. Makes you think. Has some interesting parts that you may want to skip but it is none the less good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 5/31/2012

    " An adult version of The Giver. Even though it was written in the 1940's, many of its themes are currently relevant. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Noah | 5/26/2012

    " Thought provoking. Interesting a society that forces people to work for the good of the group eliminates the concept of love. Falling in love is the greatest joy and I would not want to be in a society without it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allie | 4/10/2012

    " I liked it! It wasnt the best book in the world, but becuase I had to read it for a school summer assignment I was pretty happy with the way things turned out and it wasnt boring! Its a little confusing at first though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 3/21/2012

    " Read this book in an hour. It was very confusing for the first few chapters, but then I got it. Very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Analynevarez | 2/5/2012

    " I learned that individuality is something that is part of you and the moment it is taken away you no longer own a life. When a society takes away your individuality you are no longer free you are oppressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 12/16/2011

    " A chilling view of a most despicable society where an individual's worth is determined at face value and individual feelings are a capital offense judged without jury. This book is a terrifying dystopia and I would recommend it to anyone that likes this genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shahd Salaam | 10/10/2011

    " Deindividuation is the saddest thing in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Hicks | 9/19/2011

    " Ayn rand's easiest read. Deals with individualism from not only the state but also mindlessness and the status quo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe | 9/19/2011

    " Very interesting concept using 'we' instead of 'I' for most of the book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lara Roth | 9/6/2011

    " Dystopia story, interesting but predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caffeine | 8/21/2011

    " Even class assigned i completely adored this book unlike most of my fellow classmates, the book was well written and is obviously a timeless classic i would recommend to anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 6/28/2011

    " One of the best books I've ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irina | 6/28/2011

    " It's a great idea to touch upon. However, something is missing and wanting in this story. It didn't touch me the way I expected it to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 6/27/2011

    " Ayn Rand blew my mind with this. Confusing at first, but impacting by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 6/24/2011

    " Compelling and compact. I was sad to see this one end when it did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 6/17/2011

    " I don't understand why there are so many bad reviews for this, it's a far cry from the horrors of the Twilight saga. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this book, it's not the best book ever, but it definitely isn't what the rest of you make it to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 6/16/2011

    " Other than the clipped ending, I thought the book was great! I imagine myself rewritting her ending over and over so that it would be perfect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chy | 6/15/2011

    " Maybe, if we hadn't expected so much from our first reading of Ayn Rand, we would not have been so disappointed. We're not sure, though. We don't much like being preached at, by anythem.

    Heh. "

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About the Author
Author Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand (1905–1982) was born in Russia, graduated from the University of Leningrad, and came to the United States in 1926. She published her first novel in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved a spectacular and enduring success, and her unique philosophy, Objectivism, gained a worldwide following.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.