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Atlas Shrugged

De : Ayn Rand
Lu par : Scott Brick
Durée : 62 h et 56 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 notations)

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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.

©1985 Eugene Winick, Paul Gitlin and Leonard Peikoff (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Dovrebbe essere libro di testo. Saremmo tutti più ricchi e felici. le ideologie mortifere non esisterebbero più.

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  • Emily
  • 04/05/2013

A long listen but worth the effort and patience

At 63 hours long, this is the definition of a marathon listening session, but I think it's worth it. Atlas Shrugged is a long story, which presents Ayn Rand's theory of objectivism through a number of speeches and discussions, but it also has a great fictional narrative that goes along side it. You may not like Rand's politics or philosophy, but at its heart this story has a great female lead character who fights to be successful and competent surrounded by idiots, fools and incompetents. So, give it a try, you might be surprised and enjoy it.

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  • Mica
  • 24/03/2009

Hurt version decidedly superior

While I appreciate many of Scott Brick's audiobooks, he misses the emotional impetus behind the characters and Ayn's incredible grasp of satire. Many of her characters are archetypes, and Hurt just plain understands how she intended them to come across. There are some issues with the audio quality(background noise, etc). This drawback is overwhelmed by the brilliance of his acting. He really brings the book to live. Brick on the otherhand comes across flat, misses the characters emotional states and motivations, and turns a great story less so. I have both versions, but if you only purchase one yourself, select the Hurt version. You will not regret it

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  • Wayne
  • 06/01/2016

A true classic! 'Who is John Galt?'

Released in 1956, Atlas Shrugged has become an American classic. I first read in in 1962 as a college sophomore. There are two versions if the novel at Audible, one is narrated by Christopher Hurt and the other is narrated by Scott Brick. Brick is my favorite narrator, but I admit that Hurt does a slightly better job with Atlas Shrugged, but both are superb. I recommend the Kindle version over either Audible version because of John Galt's very, very long speech to the nation which is easier to understand by rereading parts. (The Audible bookmark feature is almost as useful.)

Atlas Shrugged is too long and complex to easily summarize. Dagny Taggart inherits a railroad and expands it into an empire despite her weak brother James. Hank Rearden invents and patents a new steel alloy (Rearden Metal) that threatens to put all of his competitors out of business, but politicians interfere and threaten his patent. Taggart used Reardon Metal to enhance her railroad construction in the Rocky Mountains. Taggart and Readen become lovers and join forces against the thuggery of the politicians. The ultimate hero is John Galt who years before abandoned society when his invention of a revolutionary motor that would have literally changed the world was threatened by politicians and government regulators.

Reading or listening to Atlas Shrugged requires a significant commitment of time. It is well worth it; indeed, it would be worth twice the commitment. Atlas Shrugged is a great novel.

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  • Jody
  • 08/01/2009

Stick with the Christopher Hurt version.

Belive me when I say stick with the Christopher Hurt version. I have listened to both. Scott Brick is said to be "THE NARRATOR" but he can't compair to Christopher Hurt.

The Hurt version isn't great sound quality. I did hear some background noise at parts. There is a part where is stops compleatly for a few seconds but stick it out. Hurt's version of Taggart alone is woth it.

Brick makes this book I belive 11 hours longer using the exact same words. Brick has 1 voice for each male and female character and his book is packed with many characters. I think brick trys to play some parts.

This is my favourite book. I read it every year. Belive me when I say stick with the Christopher Hurt version.

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  • Mike M
  • 09/09/2012

Good with some caveats

I enjoyed this book a lot but there are some negatives that diminished my enjoyment of it.

The Good:
- I loved the protagonists (Dagny, Hank Rearden, Francisco). They were strong, intelligent characters and I was rooting for them right from the start
- the story was interesting. I was anxious to find out how it would all end and it was gripping
- the philosophical disadvantages of Socialism are well-presented

The Bad:
- it seems very exaggerated. I don't think the staunchest defenders of Socialism would identify with the "Incompetents' (my word for them) in this book
- the antagonists in this book (James Taggart, Wesley Mulch, etc.) seemed to be the same person. They are one-dimensional with no redeeming qualities
- it was very, very long. A few times I wanted to stop because it was so long but I really wanted to find out how it all turned out. John Galt's speech on the radio could have been cut down to 10% of its length with no loss of meaning or impact.

Overall a good, enjoyable story and I recommend it

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  • Henrik
  • 03/01/2009

What an incredible audio book

If you want a real treat - download this unabridged recording.

I have been meaning to listen to Atlas Shrugged for years, but I have been put somewhat off by its length.

When I discovered that a new recording had been made with no other than THE narrator Scott Brick the case was settled.

Atlas Shrugged is a story that will stick with you and make you reflect on The World, your life and the future.

It is set in The US and describes what would happen if you took away the initiative of the individual and deprived all of the intellectuals of their rights.

While I understand why many people will find the story political, controversial and even disturbing - it cannot help you appreciate how lucky we are living in democracies.

Download this recording, listen to Scott's mellow voice for 62 hours and prepare yourself for utter joy.

Wow.

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  • Luc
  • 03/04/2009

Amazing Audiobook ruined by poor casting.

There's very few things I can add to all that have been said about "Atlas Shrugged" that haven't been said before. Ayn Rand wrote a timeless masterpiece who put her name across the most influential writers of the english language. The story by itself is an Ode to the Human Mind and the best within us. This book change the lives of those who enter in contact with it and, most of the time, for the better.

The production of this audiobook is perfect. There's no background noise and the sound is as crisp as it could be. Only on the technical standpoint, the recording is as perfect as the state of the technology allows it to be.

So, why I gave it only 3 stars? Because of the casting of Mr. Brick. I have no quarrel with him. He's a talented artist who, I am sure, would give an outstanding reading of "Pride and Prejudice". He's, sadly, a poor choice for "Atlas Shrugged". His voice is unable to carry the certainty of John Galt, Dagny Taggart seems to be a moment away to sobbing, Francisco d'Anconia got a mundane voice while Jim Taggart sounds perfectly sane(!). This mostly ruined my enjoyment of this recording. "Atlas Shrugged" is a righteous book and his voice is too mellow to sound right.

In summary, may I suggest to those who really want to enjoy this story that they acquire the Christopher Hurt's rendition of it? The quality is less than stellar but the reading is perfect. In fact, I listened to the later right after I listened Mr. Brick's recording, just to forget the poor experience I lived.

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  • Gwen K.
  • 04/09/2011

Listen to the Christopher Hurt version.

Where does Atlas Shrugged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my all time favortite books. I have read this book 3 times, but I never made it through the speech but once. I decided to listen, and originally bought this version during an Audible sale. After listening for a few hours, I could not listen to this narrator any longer and purchased the Christopher Hurt version. SO much better. I am sad to know that the book will end in the next couple of commutes.

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  • Danny
  • 14/11/2013

Change your views about life and living it.

Any additional comments?

This author has taught all who are willing to listen to what she has said, truly a life changing, mind provoking life style available to the listener.

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  • John
  • 21/01/2011

great story...perhaps a bit long in the tooth

this is a truly entertaining story. one that many people in america would do well to hear considering our current political and economic situation.

i gave this 4, instead of 5, stars for two reasons:

most of the monologues in this book, and there are a handful, are almost suicidally long. the point is typically made within the first 5 or 10 minutes, but the listener is subjected to exhausting reiterations of the same idea. case in point is john galt's radio address clocking in at 3 hours of listening time. having said this, i loved francisco's diatribe about money being the root of all evil (or not, as the case may be) and that probably came in around 45 minutes or so.

the second reason i didn't give this 5 stars is that i felt the narrator portrayed dagney in an excessively weak and frail voice. i don't know if that was his best impression of a woman, but dagney deserved a more confident sounding voice. he did a great job with reardon and i found myself hating james taggert on multiple occasions because the whining tone of his voice was so grating.

overall, awesome book. would recommend to everyone, young and old.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 22/09/2017

Great book about great people.

it made me think about my own country, Ukraine, governed by people, who want death instead of living. yes, it looks like Rand's world - the worse one, has came true there.

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  • R Thomson
  • 08/01/2020

A stinking pile of fiction...

No wonder this is popular in certain circles... it is full of contrived scenarios intended to justify the author's opinion. It tries to sell 100% free, unregulated capitalism to those who can't think for themselves by using scare tactics, instead of even attempting to take an honest look at the the strengths and weaknesses, benefits and risks, of capitalism vs socialism and the million shades in between - it's all black and white to Rand, and if you disagree with her, then no one should pity you of you should be killed in a tragic train accident.. Fiction it is, but a good "read", it is not.

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  • Patpro
  • 14/09/2019

Life changing book

I have studied economics and I still can‘t believe that non of my teachers made this book a compulsory read! It is hard to define what kind of book this is, as philosophy, economic theory and elements of a novel blend into each other, like I have not encountered before. While many decades have passed since its writing, it couldn’t be more relevant to our time.
If nothing else, every reader will have to question his own ideals, values and his own position in current society... 60 hours of audio book that are definitely well spent!!!

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  • Moara Fischer
  • 07/01/2020

Greatest novel i have ever read.

Ayn Rand brings us the greatest novel i have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is pure gold.

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  • Chris.Bernardy
  • 06/06/2019

A superb book with a interesting question

If you are searching for a LONG and interesting audiobook and are willing to be open minded, this one is for you. While I'll give it 5 stars in general, one has to admit that it is filled with monolouges, which nobody would ever give in real life. Moreover, there are long stretching sequences, between incredible interesting topics.

In short: worthwhile, if you are capable to work with a little bit of suspension of disbelief.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21/12/2018

A monumental work, a tribute to the principles tha

A monumental work, a tribute to the principles of the founding fathers of the USA.

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  • Kevin Schmidt
  • 11/11/2018

Absolutely astonishing

Definitely a must read for everybody affiliating with libertarian values. This book challenged and redefined a lot of moral values I held.

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  • Christoph Rehage
  • 13/10/2018

bloated romance novel with simpleton philosophy

The book is a thousand pages long. None of the protagonists have any individual character traits whatsoever. The good are good. The bad are bad. A lot of it is cheesy romance novel kitsch. The underlying philosophy is as simple as it is bland. Endless dialogues. A laughable action sequence at the end. Whoever claims that this book "changed their lives" has never read it.
The audio presentation was laughably dramatic. At times it seemed to be mocking the novel itself.

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  • Eddi D
  • 21/09/2019

"Lebe selbst moralisch und meide die es nicht tun"

Die Form, eine Philosophie und Beschreibung gesellschaftlicher Prozesse mit einem Roman zu präsentieren, ist genial, da Dinge, die Nachdenken erfordern ohne Langeweile in unterschiedlichen Episoden wiederholt werden. (Beispiel: warum nur schwarz weiss in moralischen fragen)
Die Geschichte selbst ist spannend, die Szenen in denen es um Abläufe in Organisationen, wie dem Stahlwerk, oder in der Tech. Wissenschaftsszene geht sind eine schöne Mischung aus Detailkenntnissen der Realität und dem Verweben mit der Hauptgeschichte. Dass Rand auch Liebe nicht als Thema zur philosophischen Betrachtung umgeht, hätte man sicher akzeptiert. Nachdem man Ihre Beschreibung der rationalen Liebe - rational in dem definierten Sinne, also egoistisch - gelesen hat, kommt man nicht umhin es als notwendigen Kern der Philosophie zu sehen.

Zur Moral von Ayn Rand: Das Konzept einer Moral habe ich durch das Buch zum ersten mal so detailliert und konsistent verstanden. Sie beschreibt den Menschen wie er ist, selbst wenn ihm die Gelegenheit fehlt es den Wert eines eigenen Wertesystems zu erkennen.

Die Geschichte zeigt viele Parallelen zur aktuellen Gesellschaft in westl. Staaten, v.a. die Abkehr des Glaubens, dass man selbst Ursache und Wirkung beeinflussen kann, ohne auf die "Pistole" der Staatsmacht zurückzugreifen. In diesem Sinne prognostiziert Ayn Rand den Untergang einer Gesellschaft in der Moralische Motivationen durch verordneten Zwang ersetzt werden (Umweltgesetze, Sozialstaat etc.).

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  • greg
  • 22/10/2016

Still relevant

a good adaptation of Ayn Rand celebrating how the egoism of a few ruins many and ultimately achieves nothing.

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