Anthem


Read by Chere Theriot

(4.2 stars; 404 reviews)

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. (Summary from Wikipedia)

(2 hr 11 min)

Chapters

Chapter 01 32:15 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 02 20:00 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 03 4:50 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 04 3:52 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 05 5:14 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 06 7:08 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 07 13:44 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 08 5:21 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 09 10:00 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 10 8:52 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 11 7:53 Read by Chere Theriot
Chapter 12 12:48 Read by Chere Theriot

Reviews

Such An Inspiring Story!

(5 stars)

This is scathing indictment of the destructive power of collectivism. One of Ayn Rand's best books, it is the story of the struggle of an single individual human mind born into a stale and dead collective society. The hero is a breath of fresh air. It is read well by a female reader and it is written in a clean, simple and appealing style. Highly Recommended!

Very Nice

(5 stars)

The narration was really wonderful. I try not to complain when readers do a poor job, (free after all) but I definately like to point out when someone does such an excellent job of it. I felt that the somewhat monotone reading was actually perfect for the content and character, and she did use some inflections at key points. Again, nice work.

Just another 1948/Fahrenheit 451

(2 stars)

The story itself is just another version of dystopias like 1984 or Fahrenheit 451 where an individual is stripped of their individual rights and treated as a civilization unit instead. These stories seemed to be a big things during the Cold War when they reflected the dystopian image of the big communist enemy but nowadays the idea is used too many times for it to really offer something new. There are numerous things in common for these books, some of which comically unbelievable, like how a love between two human beings can always be started with short gazes and it always goes just the way the main character wishes. This book also ends with a tiring speech about freedom that sounds more than a little bit corny to my ears. The reading is good, but there are minor technical problems with the recording: the volume gets lower and lower the further you get in the book. In the end, I couldn’t crank my car radio any higher and still (at highway speed) could hardly hear the book, yet again my gps blasted my ears out.

Not bad.

(3 stars)

Rand's (little known?) dystopian vision benefits from a female reader whose occasional monotones perfectly suit the somnambulistic society she is describing, while she understanderbly saves the most committed reading to the best chapter (11) and its decrying the "monster of 'we' ". However a lot of what is heard here is rather laboured and elements of Rands's plot development are frankly unbelievable (if this matters to the reader given the genre). Rand's depressing world is not, ultimately that different from others and less powerful than many, while the reintroduction of self-centeredness into the world is perhaos not wholly so worthy as she suggests. The extended use of the third person prose has some power however, which lifts things somewhat above typical pulp prose. Moments of sadism stand out (the naked whipping against the post). The reader is good, with pleasing voice, although there are occasional falters and uncertainties.

Seems more relevant today

(4 stars)

It may have been a more interesting read if the narrator didn't feel hostile and foreign to the work of "And Rand." The rise of support for socialism/communism/Marxism in The West makes this tale seem almost prophetic for the future of man. Ayn Rand has an interesting view of humanity and although her philosophy is almost universally panned, it is more in line with the spirit that drove great men to invent the things that move humanity forward than the collectivist brainwashing we see today.

A Misguided Story

(2 stars)

its pretty good i will not lie but the negative view of collectiviesm is misguided and preaches about its flaws as if collectivism was a boogy man to be feared. He also makes a nod to himself calling himself a champion which is just egotistical but thats the point of the book, to only care about yourself.

Suspenseful

(4 stars)

It not only makes you think about what a world without feelings, thoughts, and emotions would, be like but also gives you an appreciation for the world we live in. It's a good story but the reader however wasn't very consistent and didn't have a natural flow whilst reading the book. It didn't make it unbearable though.

blew my mind!

(5 stars)

great audiobook. The reader stumbles a lot over the transitions in the book but none the less the book was very interesting and written in such a way that it is probably better to be listened to then it is to read it.