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Chere Theriot

2 Hours 13 Minutes


January 2011

Audio Book Summary

Anthem is a dystopic science fiction story taking place at some unspecified future date. Mankind has entered another dark age as a result of what Rand saw as the weaknesses of socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur, if at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the word “I” has disappeared from the language). As is common in her work, Rand draws a clear distinction between the “socialist/communal” values of equality and brotherhood and the “productive/capitalist” values of achievement and individuality. The story also parallels Stalinist Russia, which was currently going on at the time as the story was published

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  • Mark hughes

    She's not very good. I couldn't take any more. I quit after 15 minutes.

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  • Nick Brown

    This woman is horrid. Incessant pauses before 'big' words, bad pacing, aimless stumbles, muffling microphone noises. Ten minutes was all I could handle.

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  • Jeff Davidson

    Impossible to listen to...gave up. I'll just read it on my own.

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  • Rochelle Rector

    Interesting book. Narrator was bad, but didn't ruin the book for me.

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  • Wendy McCoy

    I think the story would be good but the narrator is annoying. Keeps clearing her throat.

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  • Bob Roman

    terrible reading. I'm looking for this from another narrator

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  • Oscar F.

    The ego-cult of the ending is sickening, sad and philosophically contradictive to me. It has the oppositionen effect on me than seems to be the authors intention... i rather feel disgust of individualisms result and the urge of caring about others.

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  • Jamal D.

    I like the story it's a little dry, but good. The reader isn't to bad I was able to lose my self in the story. The problem with this recording is volume chapter 1 is loud 2 is low, and so on. that's my only complaint.

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  • John M

    Anthem is a great book. It is much better than atlas shugged, Which is a ripoff of Taylor Caldwell the Devils Disciple. It is an original take on communism. It approaches prose poetry, which was and still is approaching extinction. Reading or listening to personal pronouns in the plural is maddening, but genius. The short comings of the narrator result from the book , not the narrator. It is a hard book to read, much less read aloud.

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  • amita buddhdev

    I've read this book several times and was really looking forward to listening to it.. That would be a mistake... I could listen to no more than 5-10 mins... Painful to listen to, really painful. Great book.

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