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3.00001354490475 out of 53.00001354490475 out of 53.00001354490475 out of 53.00001354490475 out of 53.00001354490475 out of 5 3.00 (147,657 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9781598872606
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Who is John Galt? This 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.

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 novelists and most respected thinkers of the twentieth century.

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  • 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 Ron | 8/7/2016

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Barnes | 2/20/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Khaled | 2/16/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Sorensen | 2/8/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Mcneil | 1/24/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pink Skies | 12/26/2013

    " This book changed my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aniruddha Roy | 12/24/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances Davidson | 12/23/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean-sebastien Paul | 12/21/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Kan | 12/10/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lotje | 12/5/2013

    " 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... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 10/28/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DougInNC | 10/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lili Besim | 10/1/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Monge | 9/25/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney Flygare | 5/5/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 1/21/2013

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

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betty Cross | 1/2/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 10/25/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roman | 10/6/2012

    " the very best book I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Brown | 5/26/2012

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 4/28/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Moody | 4/11/2012

    " I little to wordy, but great story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni Trager-bradley | 11/18/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Baracz | 9/21/2011

    " 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 Dawn | 9/16/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deah | 7/28/2011

    " Possibly my favorite book of all time "

  • 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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