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Atlas Shrugged is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club. 

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? 

Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and 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.

©1957 Ayn Rand, 1985 renewed Eugene Winick, Paul Gitlin, and Leonard Peikoff, Introduction 1992 Leonard Peikoff (P)1991 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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Marvelous

Atlas Shrugged is the only book I have ever read more than once. The Fountain Head is also wonderful and probably better written but the values of Atlas Shrugged are wonderful and I am writing this at a scary time of pandemic 2020.

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A message for the world.

An Astounding and Awesome piece of literature!! I would like to have meet Ayn Rand!

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Amazing Story!

Already a fan of Ayn Rand’s works, I’m happy to have finally taken on this mammoth story with the help of Christopher Hurt’s interpretation (which was great, to say the least). A must read for everyone, especially those who are fans of individual freedom and personal responsibility.

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classic

Everything you've heard is true. This is a classic. there is good reason why it's one of the all time most influential books.

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Incredible book - prophetic

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!! so many similarities to today's age that it's hard to believe it was written in the 50's.

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Long, repetitive book against socialism.

A long story about industry collapsing because of the horrible systems put in place by pathetic Liberal socialists where all the Conservative capitalists decide to leave together and hide out while the world falls apart while all the Liberals try and out "needy" eachother instead of trying to succeed cause they made it so successful and rich are punished and thought to be evil and greedy. The book has some really amazing quotes and ideas but be prepared for them to be far apart from eachother cause book is a long one. it's pretty good though. I would call it a must read just for some good knowledge on how the world works even though this is set in like the 30s or something? 40s maybe ? I forget. Get it if you have some long drives ahead.

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A good and entertaining fiction and a interesting critique of socialism. Stronger in the first half and repetitive in the second. I got bored with the four main characters, too perfect and predictable. Its seems the author wrote all the characters as two opposed archetypes and there is very little variety or nuance of the characters inside the two different ideological camps. I'd say read it for its cultural impact but the end will disappoint you if you're looking for a great and hitting culmination.

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Dated but a good story

At times it read like a 50s detective novel. The political dogma of Ms Rand was extreme but to be expected. The story held together well and except for John Galt’s tiresome sermon near the end it was a delightful read/listen. Narrator Hurt was brilliant, navigating all the character voices with subtle clarity. I’d recommend it to anyone seeking perspective from a voice from the right, even though it screams a bit much.

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Amazing Listen

Even if you have read the book, the narration is excellent. It starts of slow as the book does but Christopher Hurt does a great job in giving each character their personality. It was great to hear speeches like the money speech come to life.

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Favorite story of all Rove

This is my favorite book, I've read it at least 10 times. Hurt did a great job with the narration. *UNABRIDGED*

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  • 2009-03-19

Atlas Shrugged - Christopher Hurt

Atlas Shrugged is in and of itself an amazing work. Christopher Hurt's vocal interpretative reading brings Rand's work to life. Hurt is head and shoulders above other readers available on audible.com. His subtle vocal charecterizations of the various roles is excellent.

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  • Rich
  • 2008-02-04

Epic in Scope, Simplistic Characters

Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged both come with a lot of baggage. Some people love it, others loathe it.

Bottom line, this story is epic in scope. I've read the book before, and now my wife and I are listening to it together every chance we get. We discuss the ideas, talk about the characters, and often laugh at the two-dimensional characters.

Yes, it's true. This book's plot is amazing, and thoroughly enjoyable on a lot of levels. It truly is a classic. However, a lot of the writing makes us laugh out loud. Especially in discussing sex and relationships.

Selfish business people are held up as heroes. They have no faults. Sensitive, empathic business owners and gov't types are all portrayed as sniveling losers. Everything is black and white; none of the characters are complex, although many are fascinating. I find myself wanting to chat with Hank Reardon or Dagny Taggart, or bounce business ideas off them.

If you've got the patience, this book is worth the listen. Even if you consider yourself to be liberal and fear big business more than big government, this book is a fascinating read.

Although I don't believe in the absolutes that Rand puts out there, it did "rewire" my brain, and allowed me to view current events through an additional point of view. It challenged me to defend some of my deep-seated beliefs, and even discard a couple.

And isn't that the kind of challenge that's worth your time?

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  • Dan Connors
  • 2007-09-24

Stop and smell the roses

When I read this book 40-some years ago, I rushed through the long-winded speeches. One benefit of having it read to you is that you cannot. I was surprised to discover how much Ayn Rand's philosophy seemed to develop during the book. I really enjoyed looking for things that dated the book--like driving 200 miles to find a long-distance phone! It is a wonderful story, albeit with a pretty heavy message. If you've not read Ayn before, start here!

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  • Robert
  • 2008-04-19

Over before you know it

Clocking in at 50+ hours, some might think the length of this audiobook is prohibitive. Believe it or not, I can honestly say that it is such a riveting and compelling novel and philosophical discussion that it truly is over before you know it.

Highly, highly recommend this book to all readers. Also, if you're wondering which Ayn Rand to start with, start here. Her philosophy is best summarized in Atlas Shrugged.

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  • Kuldeep
  • 2009-01-19

Outstanding book, outstanding narrator

The narrator, Christopher Hurt, does as much for this audio book as the book itself. Being such a tome containing sophisticated and complex ideas, it would have been a disaster if the narrator was weak. He is simply outstanding. Never falters once in a book of 645,000 words. Yes, it's that big. Uses intonation to anticipate 2 sentences ahead, and does a marvelous job of using different voices without crossing the line to being cheesy. I recommend this book highly.

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  • Zed
  • 2008-10-26

Didn't know what I expected, but wow...

I normally read sci-fi, fantasy, etc. Something to escape the day to day. This book had been on my 'to read' list for a long time, but I was always put off by it's length (1200 pages), and that it was old (1950s). I mean, how good could that be? Woah was I wrong. I so wish I would of read this book earlier! Incredible page turner with some of the most amazing writing I have ever read. Without question the story will cause you to look at the world differently. Truly a MUST READ/LISTEN. I just finished listening to it, and now I have the book and I'm going to read it again as well. Simply an amazingly engaging, suspenseful, and moving book.
As for the audio-book: This book was wonderfully read/performed. There is a bit of background 'noise' at a few points... but nothing serious.

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  • Jay M.
  • 2008-01-23

Excellent Book, minor issue

This is an excellent book, with a very good narrator. My only issue with it is that it appears there was poor sound insulation between the studio this book was recorded in, and another studio. I would often hear quiet murmurings from (I assume) another audiobook reading. It was a bit distracting at times. However, I reiterate the quality of the material and the narration. I often found myself sitting in a parking lot for an additional 10-15 minutes, not willing to turn the book off and get out of the car.

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  • Andrew
  • 2008-07-08

A Classic Well Told

At first blush, the length of this work, combined with how dry it can be in print made it daunting.

However, this reading made a very viable presentation of the material. Mr. Hurt has good pacing and intonation. He makes reasonable character voicings, and does a really superb job of keeping the long monologues and introspections interesting.

The reading was also very well paced. I was particularly impressed that the length of the summary speech near the end of the work matches almost exactly the times in the text which reference it.

Overall, this is a very accessible and insightful presentation of subject matter which could under other circumstances be particularly onerous.

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  • Rob
  • 2009-02-16

Love the book, funny echo in the audio

Great book, exceptionally well read by the narrator. I especially liked the clarity of voice when changing characters. In spite of few written clues, the narrator's changing voice always made clear who was speaking dialogue.

Unfortunately, a distracting echo or some other audio effect was present throughout the audiobook. Not bad enough to ruin the book, but noticeable enough to distract the listener.

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  • Rohit
  • 2008-04-17

The best defense of capitalism- Rohit Soans

This is a long listen. However, this is a true classic and one of the best defenses of capitalism ever written. Although Rand's objectivism philosophy may not appeal to all, the ideals of free thinking and evils of unsolicited government interference/control are all well illustrated. The book as a whole is good, but some of the rants these characters make are absolutely brilliant. A book that truly makes you want to be productive.
The length is the only real drawback, the pearls are some times muddled in too much narrative and this can sometimes get old, but overall this was a great listen.-Rohit Soans

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