Atlas Shrugged

By Ayn Rand
Introduction by Leonard Peikoff
Read by Scott Brick

62.98 Hours 12/01/2008 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

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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
“Narrator Scott Brick takes listeners on a journey so extraordinary they’ll hardly notice the book’s length. While his performance offers little in the way of theatrics, Brick is capable of garnering sympathy and, perhaps most importantly, devout attention for Rand’s plot and characters. On the surface, Brick’s voice is a cool, unrelenting force determined to capture every facet of Rand’s complex story. But amid his calm and collected delivery, he taps into a more colorful emotional palette that will keep listeners involved. Brick’s subtle delivery holds far more than meets the ear.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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Excellent all around!

People need to stop citing this as some sort of objectivist manifesto and enjoy it for what it is. An extraordinarily well written narrative with some great ideas, philosophies and theories. It's beautifully written fiction...that's all. Scott Brick is a great narrator. Say what you will about Ayn Rand. She wrote one helluva book.
by Fred 9/13/2017
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An outstanding book

Ayn Rand accurately predicted what a sad state the USA would be 50 years into the future. It is not too late to stop the forces that want to take away our freedom, but it is very close. Must read Atlas Shrugged to understand what the Left is doing to this country and stop the total Government control of our economy and freedom.
by Jack Vincent 9/13/2017
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A Classic Comes Alive !!

I have heard so much about Atlas Shrugged through the years yet somehow never read the book. I saw the moive part one ( part two hasn't come out yet ) and said to myself I have got to read this book. I was so pleased when I found this Audio Book in a download that I could listen to at my pace on my iphone. The narrator made this already larger than life story come alive, the story is so in tune with the mordern day world it's hard to imagine it was written so many years ago. The ease of using this app was a big bonus for me as I tend to get lost in al the new ways to enjoy books, however this download took just few mintues and worked great. I am looking forward to hearing many more great titles form this site. Atlas Shrugged worth the time , give it a go you'll be glad you did !

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, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 62.98
Audience: Adult
Language: English