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Anthem Audiobook

Anthem

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Enjoy this classic dystopian fiction novella written by Ayn Rand in 1937. Taking place at an unspecified date in the future, individuality has been eliminated, and mankind has entered a new dark age. Take a listen to this exception novella narrated brilliantly by Carson Beck!

Public Domain (P)2017 Hunter Olson

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  • Adam
    08/08/17
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    "The fountainhead of many of the greatest themes in dystopian fiction"

    After my third time listening to this book I am convinced that many of the most potent themes in the best selling dystopian fiction borrow capital from Rand or from those who borrow from her.
    A keen observer can see the pure distillation of collectivist/statist ideology represented in the horrifying future she depicts.

    Coming out of Atheist/Communist Russia, she only had the courage to question the communist part of her national heritage, too bad.

    After this read Atlas Shrugged, then Desiring God by John Piper. I dare you.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Mahoney
    Golden Valley, AZ USA
    07/08/17
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    "Ayn Rand Classic Novella"

    In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values.The people in this book aren't individuals and individuality is doomed.The characters even have odd names such as Equality 7-2521 or Liberty 5-3000. The strongest part of this book is the struggle to find identity, individuality, and freedom.In Anthem, individuality is erased from language in order to erase it from thought. Something like this appears to be happening in our society. Pronoun usage in English may present some difficulties, but reducing us all to nameless, faceless, sexless “they” is not the answer. Dehumanization is never the answer. I highly recommend this book.

    Carson Beck does the narration and does an amazing job. This is the third time I have heard a performance from this great narrator and was not disappointed.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley Hedden
    03/08/17
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    "Great read"
    Any additional comments?

    Anthem by Ayn Rand was a great classic read. Anthem is a great look into a future where people have no name, no value and no independence. This was a great look into what could possibly be of the future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    Nampa, ID
    01/08/17
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    "A truly thought provoking read."

    Here is a story of the future of our race. We work diligently every day in our governments to prove that all are truly equal (even though some groups seem to believe they are more equal than others). The fact is that it is our diversity that is our greatest asset. We truly are not all equal. And we should not want to be. Every person is different. Some are artistic. Some are mechanical. Some are scholarly. Most are some combination of talents and abilities either through training or natural skill. But all are different and individual in their abilities and preferences. It is truly this great diversity that is our creativity. This allows our expansion and growth both as individuals and as a people. If two people are exactly alike, then one of them is not necessary.

    Carson Beck has done an excellent job narrating this novel. I had not read this one before now but he was able to capture the feeling of the characters in a way that let you know what they were thinking.

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Teresa
    United States
    01/08/17
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    "An Important Work of Literature"

    Anthem was an incredibly interesting listen. I think it's an important work knowing Rand's background. I loved this audiobook and found it absorbing and can't believe I haven't listened to or read it before now. I'll listen to it again so I can better understand the meaning. I think though that each person can take away their own interpretation.

    Carson Beck's performance was outstanding. I think he read this the way it should be read. The more the story progressed the more it sounded like an Anthem or oath for the dystopian world in which this was set. Very well done.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deedra
    United States
    20/09/17
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    "Anthem"

    This was a good dystopian short book.Everyone is the same in this world.No one thinks for themselves,the government does it for them.A faction discovers something that not everyone knows of,so it does not officially exist.Carsen Beck does a nice job narrating.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa and Josh
    USA
    19/09/17
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    "What an interesting short story."

    I'm not really sure what to say about this story (besides that it was interesting). It was simple, yet, held a lot.

    The story, in the beginning, had me thinking of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho based off the way the narrator spoke and what he was speaking. The story itself, later on, had me thinking about the Divergent series with the variety of groups the society was broken up into and how each group basically stayed within their own spot. The difference was that this society was all about everyone as opposed to just the single person. When I heard that there was a "bad word" which resulted in one guy's death, I was so thinking it was going to be "No," but then "I" made more sense after I thought about it more. I had surmised that the characters referred to themselves in the plural tense because they had no individuality, similar to a hive mind, but really it was because life wasn't about them, it was about the society--everyone. That was a really different take on the usual kind of stories in this genre that I've read.

    The narrator, on the other hand, did a good job. There wasn't much dialogue between characters, so what he did do was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lomeraniel
    Spain
    30/08/17
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    "A must read"

    Being a fan of dystopian novels, I could not let this pass. Ayn Rand tells us about a society in the future where people have lost their individuality. They have names nor individual rights, and the singular pronoun ‘I’ does not exist. It was a bit confusing at first, until I realized that when they said ‘We are’, they meant ‘I am’.

    The protagonist of this story is Equality 7-2521, a street sweeper who one day discovers the power of electricity and takes the initiative of showing this to the scholars. He is then persecuted and imprisoned for criminal acts against society.

    ‘Anthem’ and ‘Brave New World’ are the pillars where dystopian novels nowadays are based upon. Ayn Rand knew how to see the dangers of Communist Russia, and elaborated a theory of what could happen in a not so distant future.

    Something that did not completely convince me was how easy was for Equality 7-2521 to escape from his imprisonment and start a new life. No one seemed to watch him or look for him. I was able to accept the rest of the tale, but I think this part could have done with some more work.

    Carson Beck did a wonderful job narrating this book. His compelling tone kept me interested from beginning to end. His diction is clear and the audio production was correct.

    I found this book to be less popular than ‘Brave New World’, which I had to read for high school. I find ‘Anthem’ to be at the same level, and a must read too.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Preneeo
    Wisconsin
    17/08/17
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    "NOT A ROUTINE AYN RAND BOOK"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I received this copy at no cost at my request in lieu of a review freely submitted by myself. For this, I thank the sponsors.
    While I have enjoyed much of Ms Rand's work in the past, I do feel an obligation to inform potential readers that this is/was not like her most popular books...(I.e "Atlas Shrugged" or "Fountain Head". I am glad I was able to to peruse/listen to this book but prefer her other writings that espouse her philosophical views.


    Has Anthem turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carson Beck’s performances?

    No


    Could you see Anthem being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Christine Newton
    16/08/17
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    "Excellent narration of a Rand classic"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm not even going to attempt to review the content of this short novel by Ayn Rand - it's a classic and I'm sure that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of reviews/ essays/ theses/ doctoral dissertations about Ayn Rand and this story. If you do some digging around on the internet, you'll likely discover that her writing and her ideas were/are greatly admired by some people, but her work wasn't/isn't universally acclaimed (or easy to understand/ interpret).

    I was impressed by the narration by Carson Beck, who did a great job with this narration. The writing style is a bit clunky or awkward in places (e.g., lack of contractions), but Carson makes the story flow with his vocal inflections.

    As an aside: I was a teenager in the 1980's and one of my favourite albums was "Human's Lib" by synthpop artist Howard Jones. (If you're a Gen X'er, you might recall some of his singles, such as "What is Love?" or "New Song".). Anyway, there's a song on that album called "Equality". Because the song title is the same as the hero of Anthem, that Howard Jones song continually played through my mind as I listened to this audiobook. The song lyrics are almost a mirror reflection of Anthem; according to Wikipedia, the song is about South African apartheid. Funny how the mind works sometimes - my brain wanted to make an association between this story and a song that I hadn't heard for decades.....

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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