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Summary

"Anthem" is set in a distant collectivist future, when every form and emblem of individualism has been erased and society has reverted to a preindustrial level. In this novella, as many of her writings, Ayn dramatizes her philosophy of Objectivism in the main character. Its hero is a scientist in a world where the pursuit of knowledge is a crime, and he struggles against the established society to discover the meaning of individual freedom.

©2018 Ayn Rand (P)2018 AB Books

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A rambling monotone, a good book spoilt

The script is interesting as I am a fan of prog-rock band Rush, and this publication has common elements to Rush's Anthem but ....,.

If I was shortlisting people to act as narrator in the dramatisation of the telephone directory, read in a manner to ensure all possible stimulation from exotic or amusing names or addresses was eliminated, this guy would get to interview without needing a CV.

I often have Audible books playing in the background when I'm working, the dreadful monotone delivered here makes even doing this an unpleasant experience.

Just as some describe golf as "a good walk spoilt", the choice of a Boris Karloff voice double for this work makes this Anthem more like a cook falling downstairs carrying saucepans: something difficult to hear regardless of the volume.

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Rush 2112

I really like this book, it's an interesting tale. Try reading the Kindle edition while listening to Rush's "2112" song, it's the same story!

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An interesting take on distopian society

Overall this was a pretty pleasent but concise listen. It did offer an interesting take on distopian society compared to books such as 1984.

A bit of a shame was the performance as it did feel as though it was forced and often lacked the emotion and nuance that are normally present. it wasn't a bad performance but it could have been better.

Either way for 78p I was relatively pleased

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Really interesting concept for a book

But the narrator was awful! The only way I can describe it is its as if the whole book is an action movie trailer. The narrator has no changes in inflection or mood, anything that would add depth to the character.
Other than that, the book is great. I have read a lot of dystopias and this one is interesting but doesn't really delve into anything in great detail. It is quite short but it paints an unique picture and I enjoyed the protagonists journey :)

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  • Lawnchair King
  • 22-12-20

Don't Buy This Recording - it has missing "pages"

As I listened I realized at 19:54 there is a jump of about 700 words to an entirely different part of the story. I didn't get any farther than that, so I don't know if it is the only problem. But OUCH, shame on the Editors. Someone needs to take responsibility for the work that is produced and offered for sale. (Otherwise this book is predicting our actual future.)

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  • Kresha Schulze
  • 13-11-19

Hard to listen to

This is a great book but the reader made it less than enjoyable. Is cadence and internation as he read sounded more like droning on through the story than trying to capture the sense of the book

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  • 7e3zndo6x1m9
  • 20-03-21

Yet another masterpiece

This story is a quick read, especially compared to Rand's "Atlas Shrugged", however, it showcases the evils of government-enforced equality in such a way that it not only manages to entertain readers, but also instills in them the will to resist so-called "righteous" tyranny. These days, it isn't hard to draw parallels between this story and the "Utopian" world envisioned by America's radical left.

There will come a time when those of us who are capable of independent thought will be targeted by the politically-correct hive mind majority, but so long as our will to fight exists, they can't win. Make the time to read this story before it's cancelled as well. You won't regret it.

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  • Bru
  • 20-10-20

Good story, but BAD NARRATION

To be honest, I couldn't listen to 30 minutes of this audiobook.
The narration is really bad, like really really bad. Sometimes I asked myself if the narrator was reading it as a parody.
I have listened to other audiobook by this narrator and it wasn't this bad, I don't know what happened here.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-06-20

We are One

What a prediction of where we are today. Where we strive to be. May we be home soon.

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  • Jessica W.
  • 05-05-20

vindicating

well-crafted basic overview of our society. interesting use of "We". now that it's over I wish it was longer.

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  • Mary Louise Baker
  • 03-05-20

Poor attempt at dystopian fiction

This book was boring. I love dystopian fiction, however, was disappointed in it. The story didn’t develop. No characters. Just rambles on and on about a futuristic society that uses archaic jargon. Not even plausible.

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  • Clifford Bell
  • 24-03-19

Interesting, narrator takes some getting used to

It took me about 15-20 minutes to get used to the voice of the narrator but I loved every minute of it

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  • Bobby Hughes
  • 24-01-19

Amazing!

Great introduction into the writings of Ayn Rand. The use of the plural personal pronouns were very clever.

Not fan of this narrator, but overall it is a rewarding piece.

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  • SMALLEMBERS
  • 20-01-19

needs new narrator

narrator is trash , assgarbage ok?? this reading is not enjoyable. He ruined it. thanks.

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