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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 Wood Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Daneeblanche | 1/24/2014

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

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