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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Paul Meier Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2002 ISBN: 9781598872200
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Rand's classic story of a man marked for death because he has committed the unpardonable sin: standing apart from the mindless human herd. She sets this tale in the dark ages of the future, in a loveless world that has lost all trace of science and civili Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colby Bagwell | 2/9/2014

    " The book I read was Anthem by Ayn Rand. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. The youth Equality 7-2521, he has found a hidden tunnel and hides in it to write. Even though he does not feel guilt for writing, because it is against the law, he still begs for forgiveness. As he spends more time alone, he realizes that solitude suits him, and he begins to crave more and more times by himself When the council of vocations assigned him to be a street sweeper instead of a scholar, he was pleased because it meant he could atone for the sins he had committed. The characters consist of Equality 7-2521, Te Golden one, The transgressor of the Unspeakable Word, International 4-8818, and collective 0-0009. Some one who enjoys books that has a little bit of a mystery and enjoy books that have to do with history would enjoy this book, Anthem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kc N | 2/9/2014

    " Very short and interesting. Reminds me of 'the Giver'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trevor | 2/7/2014

    " While I don't agree with Rand's perception of Socialism or her ideology, she wrote a good sci-fi dystopian story here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen Sakuma | 2/3/2014

    " A short but truly enjoyable read. It mixes some elements of fantasy/distopia and reminds me of the giver. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kayce | 2/1/2014

    " This was my first experience with Ayn Rand. I loved it. I'm glad I listened to the introductory material before the book, it really helped prepare me with some good background information. And the history of the book is really interesting. It was really interesting to read/think about a society without the word "I". And for such a short book the characters were really compelling. I can't believe how much she packed into such a short piece of writing. I can't wait to read more of her work (although I am fully aware that Anthem is not typical of her style in general). If you didn't like 1984 you may like Anthem better, but maybe not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley Baskin | 1/21/2014

    " This is my favourite book by far of Ayn Rand's. I had to read it for grade 12 english (more than 25 years ago) I read it 3 times before most of my class got through it once. I have read it a few more times over the years and enjoy it every time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard Temple | 1/18/2014

    " I enjoyed the first 3/4. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shahd Salaam | 12/31/2013

    " Deindividuation is the saddest thing in the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 12/14/2013

    " It was okay I guess. It was really short and I just don't understand why it was written. It didn't really have an interesting plot either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Tinney | 12/9/2013

    " It's so sad the United States is heading in the direction of the story Ayn Rand depicts in book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kameswari | 12/5/2013

    " I loved this book. It was simple and put it's point across. Accepted , Ayn Rand is sort of an 'oddity' but the fact is that I couldn't asked for a better interpretation of a 'collective' society .Period. Short and clear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 12/5/2013

    " I'm glad I took the advice to read this novel. I loved it! A fast read and so incredible! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jazmine Williams | 12/4/2013

    " The beginning was much better than the end in my opinion. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Todd | 11/13/2013

    " I picked this book up used for $1. Many people praise Ayn Rand so I thought I would give her a try. The story was not very good and the philosophy behind it was high school level at best. Really disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stelhan Ariyadasa-Sáez | 10/1/2013

    " Seventy pages of adolescent whinging masquerading as philosophy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ardent | 2/5/2013

    " I personally think that we all should read this book from time to time to remember what is important in our lives. I have enjoyed reading it and I recommend it to everyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D'Ante Goodwin | 9/24/2012

    " This Book Wasnt All That Interesting Too Me. I Kept Getting Confused With The Whole We Instead Of I Thing . I Think If I Read It Again I Will Probably Get Into It . But As Of Now Im Not So Hot About It . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Neeta | 9/14/2012

    " Easy Read but somehow could not quite get into the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina Thompson | 9/10/2012

    " this was a good book it had a good story line and was easily compared to the giver "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Towne | 3/10/2012

    " Could not put this book down!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily Hughes | 12/5/2011

    " I didn't like this book because it was boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allan J. Ashinoff | 8/18/2011

    " As with all Ayn Rand writing the still waters always run deep. This very short read delivers a wallop of a punch that, at times, in an overstated way, conveys a message that all people form every country, particularly the United States, need to hear. "

  • 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

Paul Meier, MD, is a psychiatrist at the Meier Clinics in Richardson, Texas, and the author of more than eighty books, including Love Is a Choice, Happiness Is a Choice, Blue Genes, and Everything I Learned Since I Knew It All. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs over the past thirty years, including shows with Oprah, Tom Snyder, Norman Vincent Peale, Joyce Meyer, Sheila Walsh, Paula White, and many others. He is also the founder of the national chain of counseling clinics called the Meier Clinics, a nonprofit corporation.