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3.00001353179973 out of 53.00001353179973 out of 53.00001353179973 out of 53.00001353179973 out of 53.00001353179973 out of 5 3.00 (147,800 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781455191956
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"Who is John Galt?"

Undoubtedly Ayn Rand's crowning literary achievement, Atlas Shrugged was a veritable tour de force when it was initially published in 1957. Offering a wellspring of new ideas and innovative thinking it outlined Rand's objectivist philosophy eloquently and powerfully.

Set in a dystopian future, Atlas Shrugged lays out Rand's vision though the fictional account of a collapsing U.S. economy assisted by backward governmental policies and an assortment of characters who work to stop the country's decline - Dagny Taggart, Vice President of Taggart Transcontinental, who fights to keep the railroad company founded by her grandfather alive; Dagny's brother, James Taggart, the President of the company who is unwilling to make the tough decisions necessary for its survival; and Hank Rearden, head of Rearden Steel, who dares to buck the system in his quest for the success of Rearden Metal - his specially developed metal alloy which has inspired jealousy and anger among his competitors. When they attempt to constrain his success though treachery and governmental intervention a chain of events is set in place that changes the lives of everyone involved.

Larger than life and singularly thought-provoking Atlas Shrugged effectively blends elements of economic philosophy, romance, mystery and science fiction into an incredible story that truly grabs you and doesn't let go until the book's final pages.

Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey of five thousand people conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club in 1991.

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, he sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battle not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? The answers will be revealed once you discover the reason behind the baffling events that wreak havoc on the lives of the amazing men and women in this remarkable book.

Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] vibrant and powerful novel of ideas.”

    New York Herald Tribune

  • “Ayn Rand is destined to rank in history as the outstanding novelist and most profound philosopher of the twentieth century.”

    New York Daily Mirror

  • Atlas Shrugged is not merely a novel. It is also—or may I say: first of all—a cogent analysis of the evils that plague our society.”

    Ludwig von Mises

  • “Countless individuals working to secure liberty have found inspiration in the works of Ayn Rand. With her unique ability to depict heroism, idealism, and romance behind the creativity of the individual, Rand inspires readers to come to the defense of free minds and free markets.”

    Chip Mellor, Institute for Justice

  • “Narrator Scott Brick takes listeners on a journey so extraordinary they’ll hardly notice the book’s length. While his performance offers little in the way of theatrics, Brick is capable of garnering sympathy and, perhaps most importantly, devout attention for Rand’s plot and characters. On the surface, Brick’s voice is a cool, unrelenting force determined to capture every facet of Rand’s complex story. But amid his calm and collected delivery, he taps into a more colorful emotional palette that will keep listeners involved. Brick’s subtle delivery holds far more than meets the ear.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 1958 National Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Arena | 2/18/2014

    " Should be mandatory reading. This book digs into so many issues that are just as relevant today as when it was first released. Rand eloquently, though sometimes with a few too many words, reveals true good and evil in man. Much like today, mediocrity is revered, while independence and conviction are looked at with disdain. Characters are painted so vividly, that you'll find yourself silently cheering or sneering as they speak. Few books evoke this level of raw emotion, or compel the reader to see the world with clearer eyes, as this does. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Riemens | 2/12/2014

    " My favorite fiction book of all time - by a huge margin. I will write a review that does it justice when the time is right. Ayn Rand is a genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimuldir Monko | 2/7/2014

    " love this book. Finished in 3 days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasey Christie | 2/5/2014

    " I wished that I had read the abridged version of this book. The verbosity of this unabridged book seems to indicate that its editors went on strike. (This is a joke that you only get if you have read the book.) I liked the story and appreciated the points/morality of the book, it was TOO long and rambling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret Roberts | 2/3/2014

    " I found Atlas Shrugged to be very interesting, though repetitive. Ayn Rand's philosophy, which has many aspects that appeal to me, is not applicable in our world. Not only that, but she disregards basic anthropological ideas when discussing the human mind. Her characters are either perfect and infallibly good or stupid and evil. This makes them unbelievable. I did find myself interested in the actual story, though the monologues, particularly the 70-page one, were grueling and consisted of her characters talking about ideas she had previously expressed. I did enjoy the omniscient narrator- different perspectives made the book more interesting than it would've been with only one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lars Børresen | 2/1/2014

    " An incredibly simple book. Black/White. Good/Bad. You can guess everything that happens approximately 100 pages before it does. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 1/23/2014

    " Interesting book minus the hussie who sleeps with every man in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Curtis | 1/21/2014

    " This book is a classic. I know The Fountainhead is her more popular book, but Atlas Shrugged had more of a story. Both novels serve as vehicles to expound Ayn Rand's philosophy, but to me Atlas Shrugged had a better story. Granted, you will be bludgeoned over the head with her philosophy for much of the book, and her page-long paragraphs would never fly nowadays, but when you wade through, it's a great read. I've read the book three or four times over the years and still enjoy it. Her characters are either strong, captain-of-industry types or leaches with no backbones. There seem to be no characters in between. So in some ways there is a black-and-white aspect to her story. Still, I understand she is trying to make a point, and my comments aren't a criticism. It's still a fascinating, entertaining novel and also a cautionary tale. You won't regret reading this novel, a classic of American fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 1/19/2014

    " I read this so so long ago. I remember it getting me to think, and I enjoyed it. To be honest, I don't remember too many details. I might have to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tania Tangalaki | 1/17/2014

    " If you don't know who Rand is, this is the place to start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Sobel | 12/10/2013

    " Phenomenal. I've read it twice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marc Rocket | 12/7/2013

    " Good read. Could have been about 100 pages shorter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Purcell | 10/21/2013

    " It could have been in 200 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Forrest Gaffney | 10/17/2013

    " Was an extremely interesting to read Atlas Shrugged. Was my first glimpse into objectivism. Her Individualism has a special draw to it. Processing her work. Always love asking the question "What does it mean to be human being?" Rand Answer in fascinating, still processing, seams slightly incomplete. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Baracz | 3/14/2013

    " Not sure if anything I can say will do this book justice. Enjoyed the concept and the ending made the 1100 pages worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krisc5 Checkoway | 3/11/2013

    " Yikes. I hope we do not have to go this far over a cliff to see how dangerous a rejection of logic can be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann | 1/24/2013

    " Too long but thought provoking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Williams | 12/24/2012

    " You can tell a lot about a person by how they feel about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Spencer | 12/6/2012

    " This is probably my favorite book of all time. It makes me want to change the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise Mundier | 11/22/2012

    " The book was good. Not a believer in the philosophy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim Davidson | 12/10/2011

    " The best piece of literature I have ever read. Frightening considering our current state of affairs in the USA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga | 10/29/2011

    " It's just one if the best books, I've ever read. I think, it will be my personal bible now. Highly recommended for each intellectual person! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chubby | 7/5/2011

    " loved the book and the thought behind the words. i was dreaming words form this book for days (literally reading the book again in my dreams) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leekwhittle | 6/30/2011

    " Should be required reading for all Americans! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/30/2011

    " I feel honored to have stepped into Ayn's world and to have experienced her passion for capitalism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 6/30/2011

    " So far a good read and interesting! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 6/30/2011

    " I dont care who John Galt is!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chi | 6/29/2011

    " So many bad reviews from the liberal end of the political spectrum, and I can understand why (myself leaning towards the left). I might not fully agree with her views, but I found the book strangely absorbing and thought it was a good read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Westonia1989 | 6/28/2011

    " Intellectually bankrupt and outright offensive piece of trash. Never have I seen a straw-man so artfully constructed. Dangerous to impressionable teenage girls and oafish Republicans. "

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

    " I really liked it. "Who is John Galt?" This book has a lot of political theory, and a lot of common sense that people seem to have lost today. Enthusiastic recommendation for any patient reader! "

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

    " This book changed my life back in college. I've since changed a lot of my opinions about Ayn Rand's life philosophy, but I still love her writing and think she has valid points about a lot of humanity's condition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 6/27/2011

    " Way too long. Offers the best case for radical libertarianism I've encountered. But of course, the book is fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 6/26/2011

    " While I don't agree with her philosophy, this has always been one of my favorite books. I am planning a re-read this year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devi | 6/24/2011

    " Enjoyed the characters but would not want to live in such a world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 6/24/2011

    " It's a good story, captivating, well written. I couldn't disagree more with the philosophy it espouses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luanne | 6/24/2011

    " It's quite possible that this is the book got me interested in reading! I read it for a second time a couple of years later and loved it just as much then. Dagny, Reardon, and John Galt are forever etched in my mind. It was a pivotal book for me. Thank you Ayn Rand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 6/23/2011

    " Loved first half of book. Second half was frustrating. The characters started betraying their own ideals in their own unique ways. "

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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

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.