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Atlas Shrugged (Abridged) Audiobook

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Read By: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Highbridge Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2000 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781598872606

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

10

Longest Chapter Length:

71:13 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

54:50 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

67:57 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

30

Publisher 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.

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"My only complaint with this book is the fifty-page speech at the end where Ayn Rand spells out her beliefs. While her opinion is valid, I highly disagreed with her when she discussed religion and God. But, disagreements aside, Rand is a genius at pointing out the "utopia of greed" and how the world as we know it changes when Atlas shrugs."

— Erin (4 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “[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

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A 1958 National Book Award Finalist
  • A Washington Post Pick of Novels That Changed the Way We Live

Atlas Shrugged Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 3.93478260869565 out of 53.93478260869565 out of 53.93478260869565 out of 53.93478260869565 out of 53.93478260869565 out of 5 (3.93)
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Gavin Hewitt, 3/14/2023
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    " Wonderful book! I did not realize it was the abridged version when I bought it, so you’re missing almost 45 hours of monologues and character building but it gives you all the major points. "

    — aBur, 3/2/2020
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Mark Thorington, 1/30/2019
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Classic book! Love it! "

    — Crystal, 9/23/2017
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I read Atlas Shrugged about 15 years ago but it was even better on auido book. It's a 5 star book that should be required reading in school. "

    — Marty, 7/6/2017
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " So timely for today, regardless of the fact that is was written some 60 years ago. Here detailed writing transports the reader to railroad scenes all over the country. I found myself laughing and answering questions that were meant to be rhetorical or berating one of her characters. Her greatest work! "

    — Byron, 4/9/2017
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is story was written in the fifties and is amazingly accurate in the way our political and social/economic system is unfolding today. The story telling is well done and entertaining with some dramatization of the characters added to enhance the experience. A companion book to this is 'The Fountainhead' which I also recommend. "

    — Ron, 8/7/2016
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Scary to see how this relates to how society is today... "

    — Eric, 2/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " the first 12 hr of listening was lengthy, stretched mostly descriptive. i don't think i can survive the remaining 52 hr. "

    — Khaled, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I loved the book and the thought behind it. The endless diatribe of John Gault was difficult to finish as it was repetitive and obvious from the previous writings in the novel. "

    — Karen, 1/24/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book changed my life. "

    — Pink, 12/26/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " This was not to the standard of The Fountainhead. However, this is worth a read. "

    — Aniruddha, 12/24/2013
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    " I had trouble with this one. The story itself was enjoyable, the preaching from Rand was tolerable. What I really disliked about it, however, was the fact that Rand did not play the devil's advocate in the least. She never accepted or presented the counter-argument except to bring down the characters as sniveling pathetic little things. That bothered me. I think the preaching became so repetitive, too, that I wanted to claw my eyes out at times (50 pages in some instances, no joke!). I guess I liked it? Don't necessary agree with all of Rand's philosophy, but that's life. "

    — Frances, 12/23/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great read, slower than "Fountainhead", but the depiction of characters living Objectivism is fantastic. "

    — Jean-sebastien, 12/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I first read this book in high school. It forever changed how I viewed my own choices and politics. "

    — Pamela, 12/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " O.k. Socialism is bad and greed is good. I stopped reading this book at 487 pages. It does have fine characters, but since the plot isn't going anywhere at 487 pages and the general idea from the book is clear, i didn't find further need to finish the book. And i'm a socialist myself, so... "

    — Lotje, 12/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great book- great theories. The one speech was wayyyyy too long tho!! "

    — Valerie, 10/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was a struggle at the outset of reading "Atlas Shrugged." But the pace of the novel, the quality of writing, and the storyline all seemed to improve beginning with Chapter 8, and that improvement was sustained through the end of Part 1, which is my progress to date. "

    — DougInNC, 10/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Wow. I absolutely love this book. I believe you need to understand the moral to have a liking for it. :) "

    — Lili, 10/1/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Its a good story but the introduction of each character dragged. "

    — James, 9/25/2013
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    " Although Rand is a little (way!) extreme for me politically, I think she's an amazing writer and I love her books! Pay attention because so mic of the talent I her writing comes from sly remarks and connections from earlier in the book. "

    — Whitney, 5/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " The book that just would not end. So I ended it. "

    — Matt, 1/21/2013
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Unbelievable characters, ridiculous situations, and a turgid, long-winded style all combine to earn this absurdly overrated book one star. "

    — Betty, 1/2/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This is a classic. The themes presented are still relevant even 60 years after it was published. "

    — Bill, 10/25/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " the very best book I have ever read. "

    — Roman, 10/6/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I was drawn to this story and couldn't put it down. Don't really believe all of it's conclusions but a good read as a novel. "

    — Justin, 5/26/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Finally finished last night. Just too much of Rand's philosophy for my taste, and there were a lot of times where I think if she were a better writer in general, it could have been a lot shorter. "

    — Michael, 4/28/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I little to wordy, but great story "

    — Donna, 4/11/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I read the original one so I don't know if this is right "

    — Toni, 11/18/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Ashley, 9/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Decided to watch the movie--so lazy!! "

    — Dawn, 9/16/2011
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    " Possibly my favorite book of all time "

    — Deah, 7/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    — Steven, 6/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    — Michael, 6/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " So far a good read and interesting! "

    — Rick, 6/30/2011
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    " Should be required reading for all Americans! "

    — Leekwhittle, 6/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Chi, 6/29/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Westonia1989, 6/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Laurie, 6/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Michael, 6/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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! "

    — Jan, 6/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Brenda, 6/26/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Kay, 6/24/2011
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    " Enjoyed the characters but would not want to live in such a world. "

    — Devi, 6/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    — Luanne, 6/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    — Allison, 6/23/2011

About 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 Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.