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Anthem

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Chere Theriot

2 Hours 13 Minutes

LibriVox

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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  • 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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  • Mark hughes

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

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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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  • 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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  • Jeff C.

    Narration was great. The is story dystopian Marxist future. Not bad for a short read

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  • George S.

    I love Ayn Rand. Her stories are relevant to today's society and the themes can relate on personal levels. However, if you want to read or listen to her stories, find a different narrator. Unfortunately, I could only listen to this narrator's attempt for less than 30 minutes. The breaths, swallows, gulps, and pauses were cringy to listen to, and it was tough to follow the story. I feel as if the recording equipment she was using to narrate was too sensitive, or the editing involved to clear out a typical human body's noises was not done at all. I ended up finding a free PDF version of the story online to read for a couple hours before I went to bed one night. Great story though. Loved the characters, emotions evoked from reading and putting myself through the characters, and the story itself. Lots of themes relevant to our own society. If you like Ayn Rand, listen to this, and 'Atlas Shrugged'. But find a better narrator.

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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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