I read it because there are some books that you should just read. I can't say that I agree with-- or even entirely understand-- her philosophy and for sure some of her characters drove me up a wall. But now I can say that I have read Ayn Rand.AAGHH!!! After I listened to the title and wrote the review I realized that I had purchased an abridged title. No wonder I reacted the way I did; three-quarters of the book was chopped out. On the other hand, if I had to listen to 30 plus hours, I'm not sure I would have stuck with it.