Anthem (version 3)


Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.4 stars; 53 reviews)

This Novella by Ayn Rand was first published in England in 1938. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the use of the word "I" is punishable by death). Rand, as a teenager living in Soviet Russia, initially conceived Anthem as a play. This is a novel upholding Rand's central principles of her philosophy and of her heroes: reason, values, volition, individualism. (Summary by Wikipedia and the Reader) (1 hr 18 min)

Chapters

Part 1 33:40 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 2 21:38 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 3 5:00 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 4 4:04 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 5 5:32 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 6 7:18 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 7 13:49 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 8 5:03 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 9 9:15 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 10 9:06 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 11 6:46 Read by Phil Chenevert
Part 12 12:13 Read by Phil Chenevert

Reviews

great reader

(5 stars)

he suffered for his deeds as all bearers of light must suffer

A person raised in a socialist communist

(2.5 stars)

let freedom ring!

(4 stars)

In this book, Ayn Rand proclaims the anthem of freedom against the tyrannical backdrop of collectivist ideologies that drown political individuality. This is the story of Equality 7-2521, and his journey from civic drone to the empowerment of self-determination. In a socialist dystopian future (can socialism offer any other kind of future?) not too far removed from Orwellian proportions, our hero rediscovers the joy of Liberty, though it may result in martyrdom: the right of self expression without fear, the right of choosing against social mores without the fear of retaliation, the right to live and die not as a means to an end but as an end in himself. The book is written with much pathos but lacking in finesse. I consider it a channel through which Ayn Rand communicated her political Philosophy rather than a piece of literature in its own right. Libertarians may love it. Liberals may hate it. In any case, it is worth your while if for nothing else than to broaden your political perspectives.

Great book- Grear Reader!

(5 stars)

This was my first Ayn Rand book and I thought it was very good. The storyteller was the best yet.

Interesting

(3 stars)

This book brought up many interesting points about individually. I enjoyed the reading, but this book lacked character development and excitement.

enjoyed it

(5 stars)

I knew the story as a song but it was great to hear it as abook

(3 stars)

Not bad. A bit slow paced but interesting. Well read as always by Phil.