Ideal by Ayn Rand audiobook

Ideal: The Novel and the Play

By Ayn Rand
Introduction by Leonard Peikoff
Read by Christopher Lane and Robin Field

Blackstone Publishing 9780451475558
7.15 Hours Unabridged
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Author Ayn Rand’s novel Ideal, in print for the first time ever—a landmark event for fans of the groundbreaking philosopher Originally conceived as a novel but then transformed into a play by Ayn Rand, Ideal is the story of beautiful but tormented actress Kay Gonda. Accused of murder, she is on the run and turns for help to six fans who have written letters to her, each telling her that she represents their ideal—a respectable family man, a far-left activist, a cynical artist, an evangelist, a playboy, and a lost soul. Each reacts to her plight in his own way, providing a glimpse into their secret selves and their true values. In the end their responses to her pleas give Kay the answers she has been seeking. Ideal was written in 1934 as a novel, but Ayn Rand thought the theme of the piece would be better realized as a play and put the novel aside. Now both versions of Ideal are available for the first time ever to the millions of Ayn Rand fans around the world, giving them a unique opportunity to explore the creative process of Rand as she wrote first a book, then a play, and the differences between the two.

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Author Ayn Rand’s novel Ideal, in print for the first time ever—a landmark event for fans of the groundbreaking philosopher

Originally conceived as a novel but then transformed into a play by Ayn Rand, Ideal is the story of beautiful but tormented actress Kay Gonda. Accused of murder, she is on the run and turns for help to six fans who have written letters to her, each telling her that she represents their ideal—a respectable family man, a far-left activist, a cynical artist, an evangelist, a playboy, and a lost soul. Each reacts to her plight in his own way, providing a glimpse into their secret selves and their true values. In the end their responses to her pleas give Kay the answers she has been seeking.

Ideal was written in 1934 as a novel, but Ayn Rand thought the theme of the piece would be better realized as a play and put the novel aside. Now both versions of Ideal are available for the first time ever to the millions of Ayn Rand fans around the world, giving them a unique opportunity to explore the creative process of Rand as she wrote first a book, then a play, and the differences between the two.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ayn Rand is destined to rank in history as the outstanding novelist and most profound philosopher of the twentieth century.” New York Daily Mirror, praise for the author

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by ShortNFuzzy 9/13/2017
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Early Rand---not what you expect

This is really interesting. This book (and/or audio book) is more for Ayn Rand completists. Consisting of a Play (Ideal) and Novelization OF that play, it gives us a snapshot of Rand - the developing writer. If you are thinking that it will offer a germination point of the origin of Objectivism, you'll be sorely mistaken. This being said...it's quite good writing. Much closer to Dashiell Hammett in the story and style. However, as the story goes, the reason why you've never heard it until now is because Ayn Rand REALLY didn't like it (both the play and the novel). I suspect at the time of the writing she was developing her Objectivist theories and this writing was merely pushed aside. Definitely worth a listen, but don't try and dig deeper into the story. There is not much below the surface...

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Author Bio: Ayn Rand

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/Political
Runtime: 7.15
Audience: Adult
Language: English