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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 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781455193462
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In this beautifully written and brilliantly reasoned collection of essays, Ayn Rand throws new light on the nature of art and its purpose in human life. Once again, Rand demonstrates her bold originality and her refusal to let popular catchphrases and conventional ideas define her sense of the truth.

In her ethics Ayn Rand extolled the virtue of selfishness—and in her theory of art she was no less radical. Piercing the fog of mysticism and sentimentality that engulfs art, the essays in The Romantic Manifesto explain why, since time immemorial, man has created and consumed works of art. Rand eloquently asserts that one cannot create art without infusing it with one’s own value judgments and personal philosophy—even an attempt to withhold moral overtones only results in a deterministic or naturalistic message. Because the moral influence of art is inescapable, she argues, art should always strive to elevate the human spirit.

The Romantic Manifesto takes its place beside The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged as one of the most important achievements of our time.

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  • “Bernadette Dunne is a good match for Rand’s voice, delivering the novelist’s passionate convictions with a metered cadence. Dunne’s clear conveyance of Rand’s essays is important because her ideas are quite controversial. Dunne’s voice has an empirical and authoritative tone that demands a full and concise hearing…a thought-provoking listen.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carly | 6/25/2011

    " Not deserving of the word "philosopher," but the advice she has for writers is concrete and useful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 3/23/2011

    " I am dedicated to the extrapolation and dissemination of the ideas in this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 1/23/2011

    " I'm too much of a naturalist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cameron | 11/11/2010

    " Definitely thought provoking; provides a very interesting perspective on art. This is a must read for anyone with an interest in philosophy and/or art. A radical piece indeed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frynsg | 9/6/2010

    " Another mind whirl. Took me a bit because I mostly read it in the morning to wake up. Forced my brain to focus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denzil | 6/8/2010

    " Great read. Compelling case for what art is, it's purpose, what constitutes good & bad art. Mainly covers literature, visual arts & music. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mon | 3/13/2010

    " Look, just because you're an objectivist doesn't mean you have to hate postmodern or conceptual art. I'm sure Damien Hirst qualifies as a selfish asshole. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/16/2009

    " Great ideas about art, philosophy. Not easy reading, but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim | 9/3/2009

    " An interesting look into Rand's thoughts on how her philosophy is expressed in the arts. It was up and down for me. I saw a lot of sense in her ideas surrounding the literary arts. I'm glad I read the book. The short story in the last chapter was a great way to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddie | 7/2/2009

    " May 19, 2008
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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

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.