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3.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 53.7 out of 5 3.70 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455180448
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Who needs philosophy? Ayn Rand’s answer: Everyone.

This collection of essays was the last work planned by Ayn Rand before her death in 1982. In it, she summarizes her view of philosophy and deals with a broad spectrum of topics. According to Ayn Rand, the choice we make is not whether to have a philosophy but which one to have: a rational, conscious, and therefore practical one, or a contradictory, unidentified, and ultimately lethal one.

Written with all the clarity and eloquence that have placed Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy in the mainstream of American thought, these essays range over such basic issues as education, morality, censorship, and inflation to prove that philosophy is the fundamental force in all our lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ayn Rand’s writings have altered and shaped the lives of millions. This selection of essays is an example of her best.”

    Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve 

  • “Although this omnibus volume…is written for an audience of believers, readers unfamiliar with [Rand’s] novels might find it a useful starting point.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For those who want to understand the philosophic implications of our era, this collection by Ayn Rand is an excellent place to begin.”

    Richmond News-Leader

  • “Her essays are lively, spirited, and challenging.”

    Best Sellers

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joao Trindade | 2/6/2014

    " Collection of several speeches by Ayn Rand. A little bit repetitive. First speech is amazing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor | 1/24/2014

    " I love the severity of her novels and can almost hear her reading the dialogue to me with a great intensity. But to have to deal with that narrative intensity outside of fictional characters and to imagine this rigid capitalist immigrant sitting next to me prattling about the evils of babying your brother.. well I just find it easier to absorb through the analogy of her fictions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hawkgrrrl | 1/18/2014

    " Another one only for the die hard Ayn Rand fans or the pure in heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Gastulo | 1/5/2014

    " Rand can get pretty annoying at times, but I recommend this book to anybody who wants to know more about capitalism and the philosophy behind morality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret Higgins | 9/5/2013

    " Good for explaining her philosophy "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denzil | 8/20/2013

    " 2nd time through...great book! Clear, concise & optimistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian Garrison | 8/19/2013

    " Who needs philosophy? Everyone! An eye-opening work that illuminates the disasterous effects of the Kantian legacy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/8/2013

    " Who am I kidding, I don't remember what month I read this. I know it was 1996 or 1997. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim Weakley | 3/11/2013

    " For me not as enjoyable as The Virtue of Selfishness. For some reason the ideas tended to sail off into left field in this one. I don't know if that has anything to do with when they were written. While clearly written this one just didn't get my attention. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Musselman | 10/31/2012

    " Haven't read all of it but it definately make you think if you don't consciously formulate your personal philosophy you will live a life with a mongrel philosophy bestowed upon you by others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler Nading | 10/29/2011

    " Enjoyed this book but it was a battle to get through it. Some really good concepts of her philosophy, but you really have to want to get through it to get something out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keish | 10/4/2011

    " easy read, very insightful, interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 9/30/2011

    " Out of her philosophy books, I thought this was best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luis Carlos | 2/24/2011

    " Great speech, It would´ve been great to be on that generation of graduates from West Point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denzil | 6/7/2010

    " 2nd time through...great book! Clear, concise & optimistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 4/23/2010

    " Oy, this suffers from one of the worst titles ever. It is however, a nice little work concerning the importance of developing a personal philosophical system to live by. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabriel | 3/7/2010

    " Out of her philosophy books, I thought this was best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tim | 8/26/2009

    " For me not as enjoyable as The Virtue of Selfishness. For some reason the ideas tended to sail off into left field in this one. I don't know if that has anything to do with when they were written. While clearly written this one just didn't get my attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eddie | 7/2/2009

    " April 7, 2008
    April 17, 2008 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/9/2009

    " Haven't read all of it but it definately make you think if you don't consciously formulate your personal philosophy you will live a life with a mongrel philosophy bestowed upon you by others. "

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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

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.