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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,539 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayn Rand Narrator: Mary Woods Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781455169993
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We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three people who demand the right to live their own lives. At its center is a girl whose passionate love is her fortress against the cruelty and oppression of a totalitarian state.

Of this book, Ayn Rand said, “it is as near to an autobiography as I will ever write. The plot is invented, the background is not. I was born in Russia, I was educated under the Soviets; I have seen the conditions of existence that I describe. The specific events of Kira’s life were not mine; her ideas, her convictions, her values were and are."

We the Living is not a story of politics, but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the Red banners and slogans. It is a picture of what dictatorship-of any kind-does to human beings. What happens to the defiant ones? What happens to those who succumb? Who are the winners in this conflict? For those who found Ayn Rand’s blockbuster Atlas Shrugged a powerful voice raised in defense of the individual, this book continues the theme of an individual’s right to the pursuit of his or her own happiness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A really excellent piece of work.”

    H. L. Mencken

  • “A colossal love story with a massive philosophical framework.”

    Miami News

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Centuryfor the Reader's List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison Ebner | 2/20/2014

    " Although its a bit too verbose in some parts, I really liked the historical connections it had with Soviet Russia. This is a great book if you want to go beyond the history books when it comes to communism in Russia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Brewer | 2/16/2014

    " Outstanding book set in the aftermath of the Soviet Revolution. Very much a character driven story as the plot centers primarily on the actions of the protagonists and how they fare in the ruins of Imperial Russia. Excellent example of a strong female main character that retains her femininity yet is decisive and thoughtful, not like the male characters with breasts that are so prevalent in modern literature. The descriptions of life in newly minted Soviet Russia are detailed and frightening and provide a powerful bridge to the past and to the future. If there is anything that I felt was lacking in the story it was the ending, but I understand what Rand wanted to accomplish so I can let it slide. Definitely an important read for the youth and adults of today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 2/13/2014

    " Very moving book centered in Russia. A typical Ayn Rand - people struggling to be individuals in a society that doesn't support those ideals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daneeblanche | 1/24/2014

    " very much enjoying this one, despite not enjoying Fountainhead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julianne | 1/22/2014

    " It was my first taste of Ayn Rand as well as a further investigation into communism. This book fueled my hair-brained ideas about pursuing advanced degrees in Russian literature. Need I say more? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 1/20/2014

    " We the Living is an insight into Ayn Rand as an author; her motivations, her politics, and her upbringing. As a lover of both Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, I eagerly turned the pages of this book to learn more about Ayn Rand. It is hailed as the closest thing she wrote to an autobiography and is a heroing story of a free thinker living in Communist Russia. I found tremendous courage in the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 1/14/2014

    " A great book to learn about the Russian society and communisim. Learnt a lot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Toohey | 1/6/2014

    " Nowhere near the level of The Fountainhead. It was either boring and tedious, or just flat out sad and depressing. Yet, still interesting to chart Ayn Rand's development as a writer, and much of it beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 12/18/2013

    " I actually like this one more than her more famous books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess Jackman | 12/5/2013

    " My favorite of all her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hayley | 12/1/2013

    " Interesting but heavy handed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mirela | 12/1/2013

    " I wish that there were more authors who can convey so much through the work of fiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Terri | 11/8/2013

    " I read Atlas Shrugged years ago and quite liked it but this book seemed just like the other one. I tired of Ann Rand's philosophy. Has anyone else read much Ann Rand? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrysti | 9/20/2013

    " My favorite Ayn Rand novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin O'Malley | 5/16/2013

    " Don't tell my Democrat friends and family. I loved this book. Ann Rand has greatly influenced me with this lovely novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suellen | 4/3/2013

    " Bleak as hell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Leigh | 2/20/2013

    " A really interesting look into life in Soviet Russia. However I thought the characters weren't believable and the story wasn't as engrossing as in her other novels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy Hickman | 3/11/2011

    " Amazing. Couldn't put it down. Definitely read the series in order: 1) We the Living; 2) The Fountainhead; 3) Atlas Shrugged "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JaSexxy | 8/14/2010

    " Just finished this book and wow. I won't give a review now as it is late and I am tired and it would not do this book a severe injustice to do a half-assed review. I'll review it this week on my blog and as always post the link. Stay Booked! Happy Reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 6/27/2008

    " This is one of my favorite books and one that I frequently recommend to others. "

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