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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company; Abridged,Abridged; 12 hours on 10 CDs edition (May 25 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565114175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565114173
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 14.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,206 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #350,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the Listen Up Award-Best Packaging/Cover Art of 1996 [brought to you by HighBridge Audio] -- Publishers Weekly, January 6, 1997 --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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AYN RAND is the author of Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged, and numerous non-fiction essays on philosophy, ethics, politics, art, and literature. Her philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience of adherents and admirers. She died in March 1982.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 23 2006
Format: Hardcover
In case this is your first encounter with this book, It is a fresh story but a continuation to Ayn Rand's philosophy that started out with books like "We the living" where she new something was wrong but could not put her finger on it. She progressed to books as "The Fountainhead" where she could describe the problem quite well. Now in "Atlas Shrugged she has come up with a plausible answer to the problem. In essence your head can work without your hands yet your hands can not work without your head.

The story is not unique but it still holds you attention. The world is becoming more socialized and it is harder for individuals to make an impact without having a multitude of parasites on their back. Some chose to fight, others chose to ignore, some do not have a clue as to what is happening. The world seems to be gearing down is just coincidence or is there some one taking a hand in it. "Who is John Galt?"

I can tell you of my experience with the book. I must have been a late bloomer or just unlucky, because I did not come across "Atlas shrugged" until I was 20 years old. I was in the military and needed some reading material. My younger sister sent me the book. It looks just a little thick to me but I started reading, and reading and reading. I do not know if it was the story or the clarity of thought. Now I saw everything in a new or different light. It felt weird to see the newspapers and politics paralleling the book.

I was in New York (West Point) at the time and three things stood out to this day. The was a public service announcement on the TV "The law says that an apartment owner can not charge more than 30% of what you make" and at the same time the apartment buildings were closing down.
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By A Customer on June 14 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was a hard book for me to read and fully appreciate. Having been brought up in an Italian, Catholic and Democrat family, I was brought up with all of the misconceptions about wealth and money.
"Money is the root of all evil." My parents would say. But funny how tightly they held on to it! Even as a child I felt that something was wrong. The first reference I got was from our Priest who clarified that terrible misquote from the Bible and said "the love of money is the root of all evil."
None the less Rands book seemed too capitalistic to a smalltown boy like me. I was introduced to this book in high school and had a hard time accepting it's contents.
In fact, I had to read it several times to understand it so deep were the roots of democrat, small town thinking.
Even though Atlas shrugged is a novel, I am continually impressed by the quality of people that I have met who have achieved high levels of wealth and recommend this book.
It is a bit of a hard slog, read a few pages per day. Evenif it takes several weeks. It will be worth it. As an aside, I also recommend the tapes to play in your car. Beats listening to murders, robberies or democrat commercials.
Al in all, this is a great book and tape set. Highly recommended. By the way, my Priest now recomends this book as well. Nothing evil about money. Thank you Ayn Rand
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By Mr. A on May 13 2004
Format: Hardcover
An old lie about this novel is cropping up again in some of the reviews below, and readers considering whether or not to buy and read *Atlas Shrugged* should not be fooled by this lie.
Critics who don't like the novel's politics charge that the author (Ayn Rand) was, in this novel, advocating the murder of her opponents. This is the reverse of the truth - a "Big Lie" on the scale of a Goebbels whopper.
Here's an example. One reviewer writes that in *Atlas Shrugged* "the bulk of the human race [is murdered] so that an ultra-talented, atheistic cabal can inherit the world." He then speaks of "the resultant society of mass-murderers."
The truth is that the novel shows its heroes persecuted for years by statists - fascist/communist types who destroy freedom at the point of a gun and send the country (and the world) down the drain. In response, the heroes do no violence to the villains. They don't lift a hand against them. Instead, they withdraw to a secret valley where they can no longer be harmed. As a result, their talents are no longer available for the villains to take advantange of and the villains' society and government collapses. (The resulting state is described as being akin to the "chaos" of pre-industrial China.) Just after this happens, the heroes return to rebuild and their rights are better appreciated.
Now, to believe that this story is an advocacy of *murder* is the same as believing that standing up to crooks is "robbery." After all - this so-called argument runs - not allowing crooks to steal what you have is the same as taking it from them.
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By A Customer on May 6 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As noted above, 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, gives you a good starting reference on how enduring the story is, decades after publishing.
This is one of the few books I have ever read multiple times. The first couple times as just a great novel, then as societal commentary. So I guess both need to be addressed in a review.
As a novel: The story follows Dagny Taggart, executive of a railroad as she struggles, along with other achievers, to succeed while the bulk of the human race stands idle. Eventually, the achievers start disappearing and the resultant society of "looters" begins to fail on a grand scale, without a system of work ethics or morals to guide them.
Good character development in the leads, supporting characters are numerous and provide ideas and contrasts more than anything. Provides examination of complex issues, and raised a lot of thought provoking questions. The only downside to the book is the overly long speech by a lead character at the end, otherwise moves along quickly for its' size.
As a commentary on society: The storyline parallels today's America to a point, as we become more and more of a welfare state and a society of self-described victims who don't take personal responsibility for our choices to chain-smoke, overeat, etc, etc.
I recommend it as a novel, regardless of your take on the philosophical portion because it has a great epic storyline. An even more satisfying read if you are a self-starter or small-businessperson type who has dealt with government bureaucrats and assorted hangers-on.
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