Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

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In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? And why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, an electrifying moral defense of capitalism and free enterprise which launched an ideological movement and gained millions of loyal fans around the world.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781455119608
1455119601
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOK
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Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (55hr., 21 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Hurt, Christopher
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sunsandr
Jun 21, 2018

OMG, this book is so long. The long "lectures" given by characters was a big turn off. It made me what to give up and return the book. It was like being stuck in a boring college philosophy/sociology class. But other than that, there is a good story buried with this book.

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jrhiggins1
Feb 23, 2015

This has been misused and skips multiple tracts. When mini climax is about to happen BOOM missed it! When Dagne and ? First "connect" missed it. Someone important is playing jack after a long awaited reunion... Missed all dialogue. Missed it. I have invested a lot of time to just... Miss it. DBRL please take care of your media.

ecrl Sep 26, 2014

Instead of giving trash literature to teens, teachers should have them read this book. It would open their eyes to the evils of socialism. But... yet, maybe this is the reason why they push trash literature instead: don't teach them to think critically, keep them ignorant and complacent. This book is a must read for anyone who would like to understand Capitalism. Together with 1984 and Animal Farm, it forms a trilogy that departs from the typical academic litany.

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naturalist
Sep 25, 2014

The ruthless selfishness of “objectivism” should not be confused with the biology of . . . “The Selfish Gene” . . . by C. Richard Dawkins DSc, FRS, FRSL (1941-) . . published Oxford University Press 1976 . . in which he explores the evolution of co-operation and altruism – behaviour that benefits society also benefits the individual – the antithesis of Ms. Rand’s amoral, laissez faire capitalism. Ironically, Professor Dawkins seems more “Christian” in his appreciation of brotherly love. Christian conservatives revile Dawkins while Rand is their darling. - See more at: http://epl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/938697005908#sthash.TaoYIO3h.dpuf

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InsJavert
May 11, 2013

This is a must read book. I found that the writing of Ms. Rand was very prophetic and insightful. Her book is very hard to describe as at times I would have said it was depressing, but only in the sense of identifying to what Ms. Rand wrote being fulfilled today. It is a long read (listen) but well worth the time and attention.

As you read this book, you have to remember this is a fictionalization of what could be. Ms. Rand uses industrial giants of her time for the reader to relate to an understand from. Though these industry giants may not be the giants they once were, they can still be identified with.

Ms. Rand's predictions are potential possibilities in which government becomes the force to be reconciled with especially when those governed abdicate that authority, then the extent and length the government will endeavor to perpetuate itself.

Highly thought provoking, intellectually stimulating, requiring the reader to truly chew on the theme.

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mdelane2
Oct 15, 2011

Good but over the top. Dispense with the drama & more folks could be reached. A good effort.

EuSei Jul 30, 2011

Objectivist Ayn Rand, born Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum, died at home on March 6, 1982, of heart failure. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in February 2, 1905. Atlas Shrugged is a brilliant, brilliant manifesto on human accomplishment. Yes, it's also about individualism, which is what Human Beings are made of—we are individuals, not masses to be used by some fascist, socialist or communist government, as it happens in the book. Rand fled communism and writes with authority on the subject of government taking over our individualism. You don't need to be a political junkie (as I used to be) to read this book. The movie is an excellent adaptation of this wonderful novel. Long live individualism, accomplishment and freedom. Long live Ayn Rand's ideas—despite the fact that she was not perfect and I disagree with a few of them. (The excellent movie adaptation of Atlas Shrugged, of the same title, had its first part screened Tax Day of 2011; the second part has been schedule to be screened also Tax Day of 2012. Can’t wait to watch it!)

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marine3045
May 28, 2011

Deciding your own value and sticking to the price, the principles, and the responsibilities that comes with that choice. This book is not about self-interest, but self worth.

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sfinley87
Jun 28, 2016

“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

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