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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,599 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Anna Fields Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455177127
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“Ideas are the greatest and most crucially practical power on earth.”—Ayn Rand

One of the most controversial figures on the intellectual scene, Ayn Rand was the proponent of a moral philosophy of rational self-interest that stands in sharp opposition to the ethics of altruism and self-sacrifice. Her unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide following. The fundamentals of this morality are vibrantly set forth here by this spokesman for a new class of intellectual. For the New Intellectual is Ayn Rand’s challenge to the prevalent philosophical doctrines of our time and the “atmosphere of guilt, of panic, of despair, of boredom, and of all-pervasive evasion” that they create.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    New York Daily Mirror

  • “Represents Rand’s first step from fiction to public philosophy.”

    James T. Baker, historian

Listener Opinions

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

    " Made up almost entirely of excerpts from her novels. Who is this "New Intellectual"? Only Ayn Rand and those who are willing to adhere to her philosophy. As far as her philosophy - she actually has me agreeing with her most of the time, but to a point. In order for her views to be plausible to the point of implementation, every child in America must be born with equal opportunity and privilege. I submit to you that this is hardly the case. I confess to socialistic tendencies, but I think if Rand's utopia = everyman for himself, I think we should at least even the playing field. But that would be fair, wouldn't it? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 2/15/2014

    " A collection of sections from her other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Art | 2/12/2014

    " "Capitalism demands the best of every man - his rationality - and rewards him accordingly." Ayn Rand is badass. She says some scary things (writing off entire countries as "savages", advocating "conquering nature") and she has a tendency to run tangents to dark, misguided places, but if you moderate her ideas with a healthy amount of common sense, they just might do your life some good. People will tell you Rand's a bad writer but they're wrong. The title essay of this collection gives voice to many thoughts I've had and never put into words properly, thoughts I've had but never found the words to defend. The rest is made up of choice quotes from all her major fiction works, making this a punchy, essential little volume. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 2/11/2014

    " Kind of a funhouse mirror of the intellectual giants who came up with the social contract notion of philosophy. It's a bit like a petulant child, crying out that nobody understands anything but her. Reason is good, sure, and I'll even accept that the Attila and Witch Doctor dynamic is an interesting thread to run through the eponymous essay. I just think it's pretty horrendous to call out, in my mind, some of history's most interesting people -- like Hume, Marx, and JS Mill -- although, this being the fourth of her books I've gone through, I can't say I'm surprised. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Huckleberry | 2/6/2014

    " I liked it perfectly fine. Except for the title essay, it's just a collection of pieces from her fiction "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 2/1/2014

    " My favorite quote from this book: "He will know that ideas divorced from consequent action are fraudulent, and that action divorced from ideas is suicidal." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ibrahim | 1/24/2014

    " That was the lousiest book I have ever read on philosophy and trying to educate a beginner, a new intellectual on philosophy. I would choose Durant instead or Sophie's World by Gaarder which is actually a work of art. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Dishman | 1/19/2014

    " Great collection of excerpts from Any Rand. I love her writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.D. Owens | 1/5/2014

    " Adapt what you will into your life, but remember, she was raised in another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 11/21/2013

    " Essays on the nature and function of thought with specific examples illustrated through quotes from Rand's fiction. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 11/4/2013

    " Read this while I was going through my Ayn Rand phase. It was hard to follow and half of it was from the Jon Galt monologue in Atlas Shrugged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Tretiakow | 9/12/2013

    " brilliant russian woman, made me proud to be an american capitalist, i felt sad for her total ignorance of spiritual realities "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 9/1/2013

    " Had already read her FOUNTAINHEAD, ATLAS SHRUGGED, WE THE LIVING AND ANTHEM. THIS BEING A ROUND UP OF HER THOUGHTS IN THOSE BOOKS. rEMEMBERING THAT MOST OF HER THOUGHTS CAME ABOUT IN 1936, IF MORE PEOPLE HAD LISTENED TO HER BACK THEN, THE WORLD WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. BUT WHO KNOWS. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 9/1/2013

    " Why not? She's crazy. But she does it so sensationally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Hibbs | 3/25/2013

    " Excellent diatribe on Ayn Rand's philosophy. I particularly enjoyed the beginning part where she castigated philosophers like Kant to which i concur. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/26/2013

    " All my favorite speeches from the novels of Ayn Rand. A book that should be kept by everyone's computer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim Weakley | 12/7/2012

    " Very dissapointing. The book consisted of a rant style essay followed by excerpts of other works published by the author. No other comment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samson Blackwell | 9/22/2012

    " A great explication of Ayn's philosophy, and the primary reason I think she's an idiot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Steve | 5/3/2012

    " It's kind of a hoot, historicistically speaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaclyn | 12/7/2011

    " I enjoyed the introduction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris Brimmer | 10/19/2011

    " She thinks she's an uperman-and does a poor job of proving it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Apurva | 6/4/2011

    " Definitely the biggest BS I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paddy O'callaghan | 5/15/2011

    " Her fiction, non-fiction and biographie must be read. Get to it NOW "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginger DePriest | 12/22/2010

    " Wasn't my favorite, but worth reading if you are a Rand fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottprehoda | 8/1/2010

    " Yet another amazing book which details Ayn's philosophy - Objectivism. I swear if the DPS had students bright enough to read above a 4th grade level they should be required to read every single one of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 6/7/2010

    " Great collection of excerpts from Any Rand. I love her writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tim | 9/18/2009

    " Very dissapointing. The book consisted of a rant style essay followed by excerpts of other works published by the author. No other comment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 8/17/2009

    " This is the best single source for the philosophy of Ayn Rand as espoused in her fiction. While she would go on to write some additional philosophic essays that rivaled these - this is the compendium that forms the base of her philosophy of Objectivism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick | 7/26/2009

    " Excellent title essay. The rest of the book is exceprts from her novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/22/2009

    " brilliant russian woman, made me proud to be an american capitalist, i felt sad for her total ignorance of spiritual realities "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 5/28/2009

    " She thinks she's an uperman-and does a poor job of proving it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 4/8/2009

    " Ayn conned me. I thought this will be a new insight from her mind but it was just a culled out chapter and speeches from her characters in her fictional work.

    If you cant be bother to read her voluminous fictional work then you can read this edited version "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Austin | 10/15/2008

    " My favorite quote from this book: "He will know that ideas divorced from consequent action are fraudulent, and that action divorced from ideas is suicidal." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Samson | 9/12/2008

    " A great explication of Ayn's philosophy, and the primary reason I think she's an idiot. "

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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

Kate Fleming (a.k.a. Anna Fields) (1965–2006), winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award in 2004, was one of the most respected narrators in the industry. Trained at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, she was also a director, producer, and technician at her own studio, Cedar House Audio.