Rediscover the World's Greatest Stories

Frank Lavallo hosts two readers and the three of them summarize the world’s greatest works of classic literature, giving their reactions along the way. If SparkNotes had an audio best friend, it would be us!

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"Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand

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Host: Frank Lavallo

Readers: Patrick & Joan Andrews

Endnotes: Ted Schwartz

Author: Ayn Rand

Year of Publication: 1957

Plot: Business owners begin mysteriously disappearing after the government places too many extreme restrictions. Ayn Rand uses this political dystopian novel to explore the relationship between capitalism and government.

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