Atlas Shrugged

Audible, 63 pages

English language

Published Dec. 2, 2008 by Blackstone Audio, Inc..

3 stars (122 reviews)

Atlas Shrugged is a 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. Rand's fourth and final novel, it was also her longest, and the one she considered to be her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing. Atlas Shrugged includes elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance, and it contains Rand's most extensive statement of Objectivism in any of her works of fiction. The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is "the role of man's mind in existence". The book explores a number of philosophical themes from which Rand would subsequently develop Objectivism. In doing so, it expresses the advocacy of reason, individualism, and capitalism, and depicts what Rand saw to be the failures of governmental coercion. The book depicts a dystopian United States in which private businesses suffer under increasingly burdensome laws and regulations. Railroad executive Dagny Taggart and her lover, steel magnate Hank Rearden, struggle against "looters" who …

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Review of 'Atlas Shrugged' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

"For you, who are a human being, the question ‘to be or not to be’ is the question ’To think or not to think..‘"

It seems to be difficult to find another book that elicited such a wide range of emotions and opinions: from glowing praise to horrified condemnation. But of all labels attached to this work "mediocre" is not one of them.

Looking at this book as a literary work of art, there's a lot of issue to take: from characters verging on the point of being cartoonish (especially the antagonists), to sometimes unbearably long-winded dialogues (advice to Mr. Galt: a three-hour manifest could probably be reduced to a 45-minute one without loosing any detail and probably without having lost 80% of your radio audience). However, I forgive all of that for the motive and the message.

It is crucial to remember, that this book is not a recipe …

Review of 'Atlas Shrugged' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Wow. Now that's a longread.

There's some interesting ideas in the book - ideas that were completely new to me. The story is not half bad, nor is the writing. It has its shortcomings - straw man reasoning the most obvious one.

What I don't get is why people would get upset over Ayn Rand's ideas. Disagree - yes, but upset? They're outlandish, immoral nor revolting as far as I can see.

Review of 'Atlas Shrugged' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BOOK I'VE READ IN A LONG TIME!

Despite a huge number of pages and despite a very annoying and hard to follow monologue in one of the last chapters.

Yes, I know I wrote the first sentence in capitals and for good reason: it has influenced my world view.
The book hides the basics of objectivist philosophy in it's covers.

I'm not going to give any spoilers, this book is very dear to me and I'm ready to discuss about it with anyone who is interested.

Review of 'Atlas Shrugged' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

This book was just horrible. So dreary and blah. The characters were like cardboard cutouts. I don't get it. The moral? People with big ideas deserve to get rich and the rest of us should just slave away bringing their dreams to fruition and be happy about it? What?

Review of 'Atlas Shrugged' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

This vaguely interesting story is the propaganda vehicle of Rand's political ideology, Objectivism, one of the foundation stones of American Libertarianism.

Whatever your views of those ideologies, this tome contains a number of multi-page monologues that read more as an instruction manual than as part of a storyline. Proper fourth wall-busting stuff that led to me quietly putting the book down and giving it away.

But it's clearly a polarising book, as shown by the number of 1- and 5-star reviews on this site. That alone makes it worth a try, if you're so inclined.

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Review of 'Atlas Shrugged' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

Original review said this was my favorite book of all time. New revised review says that the philosophy espoused by this book is toxic and will lead to the collective death of humanity as a species. I'm not a Nazi so I don't think we should burn this book, but I do believe our society would be significantly healthier for future generations if we just composted every copy in existence.

Original score: 5 stars New score: 1 star

Review of 'Atlas Shrugged' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was on my "to-read" list for a long time until I finally buckled down and--well, listened to it.

To be honest, I don't think I could have finished reading it. Not to say that I wouldn't have wanted to, but it is a weighty tome, and even listening to it was a daunting task.

But it was a great book for the ideas it presents. Even if you don't agree wholly with Rand's "Objectivist" outlook (which at times seems not exactly objective in the usual sense of the word), the concepts that she presents as her characters struggle through their sundry and varied persecutions are indeed fascinating.

There are two shining gems of this book which are must-reads for anyone interested in the ideas of freedom and individual responsibility. The first is d'Anconia's speech about money, which offers keen insight into the oft-stated but more often misunderstood quote "love …

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Subjects

  • Fiction
  • Capitalism in fiction
  • Egoism
  • Egoism in fiction
  • Capitalism
  • Objectivity
  • Objectivity in fiction
  • Objectivism (Philosophy)
  • Adventure stories
  • open_syllabus_project
  • Adventure stories.
  • Science fiction.