Atlas Shrugged

By Ayn Rand
Read by Christopher Hurt

52.50 Hours 01/01/1991 unabridged
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Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey of five thousand people conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club in 1991. 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? This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, he 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? Why does he have to fight his battle not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? The answers will be revealed once you discover the reason behind the baffling events that wreak havoc on the lives of the amazing men and women in this remarkable book. Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn rand’s magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for Capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard Capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times Bestseller

A 1958 National Book Award Finalist

Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey of five thousand people conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club in 1991.

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?

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, he 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? Why does he have to fight his battle not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? The answers will be revealed once you discover the reason behind the baffling events that wreak havoc on the lives of the amazing men and women in this remarkable book.

Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn rand’s magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for Capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard Capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] vibrant and powerful novel of ideas.” New York Herald Tribune
“Ayn Rand is destined to rank in history as the outstanding novelist and most profound philosopher of the twentieth century.” New York Daily Mirror
“Atlas Shrugged is not merely a novel. It is also—or may I say: first of all—a cogent analysis of the evils that plague our society.” Ludwig von Mises
“Countless individuals working to secure liberty have found inspiration in the works of Ayn Rand. With her unique ability to depict heroism, idealism, and romance behind the creativity of the individual, Rand inspires readers to come to the defense of free minds and free markets.” Chip Mellor, Institute for Justice

Reviews

Reviews

by Janet 9/13/2017
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Finally, I know what the Atlas Shrugged buzz is about

I've always like post-apocalyptic novels... this one is a pre-apocalyptic novel and is equally interesting. The main point of this book is for the author to expound on her philosophical point of view, which she does endlessly, until you want to say OK, OK, I get it! but she does put the whole thing into a story with characters you care about and a story the moves to a satisfying conclusion. The world Ayn Rand creates is very black and white, evil and good; but her ideas of what is evil are very different from any I've heard before, and as intended, the novel makes me THINK.
by Dag 9/13/2017
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Masterful Performance

I don't know if it's called a performance in audio books, but Christopher Hurt is absolutely captivating in his reading of Atlas Shrugged. It was my first time reading the book and I was gripped by both Ayn Rand's writing and the dramatization that Christopher was able to accomplish with just his voice. I now want to know every other recording he has done with Blackstone. Thank you thank you.
by Ash Ryan 9/13/2017
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A literary and philosophic masterpiece

I just re-read Atlas Shrugged, which gets better each time, and can say with certainty that it is among the greatest achievements in history, in part because it provides the fullest identification of what makes all the others possible. It is a hymn to unfettered human intelligence.

It is also the most spiritually rich work of literature I have ever read. A lot of people are turning to it now because of its prescience, but its description of political control and economic collapse are not what's most important (Rand herself, far from aiming at being a prophetess, regarded as one of the novel's strengths the fact that it wasn't even particularly realistic but rather her most fully Romantic work). In an interview with the author of one of the recent biographies of Ayn Rand, Jon Stewart winkingly referred to her novels being filled with lots of "dirty, dirty sex." Those are, in fact, the best scenes. Francisco and Dagny learning together about the wonderful pleasure their bodies can give them the summer after she begins her first job on the railroad as night operator of the Rockdale station; her affair with Rearden beginning at Ellis Wyatt's house after their first run on the John Galt line; and, of course, the encounter in the underground tunnels of the Taggart terminal...it simply doesn't get any better than that. Sure, Rand was prescient---because she identified clearly what certain principles would mean in practice, principles which are now being implemented. But she was much more concerned with what might be and ought to be.

Christopher Hurt's narration could be a bit better in places---his reading of Galt's speech in particular is somewhat dry---but overall it's very good. This is the audio version to get.

Author

Author Bio: 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 52.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English