Atlas Shrugged is one of my favorite books I have ever read. When I first tried to read the book, I couldn't get past the first couple hundred pages. It took about four tries to get the momentum I needed to finish reading the entire book. If you have never looked at the book, it is over 1,000 pages long. After reading the book, I started hearing and seeing opportunities all around me to make better decisions. Although I don't agree with all of the philosophies in the book, I do agree with the basic premise that mankind should produce something that has value and not look to live off the handout of government.
My wife and I have been on a couple of road trips lately and have two more over the next two weekends. She and I are listening to the book on CD and I am amazed at how much of the book I was able to retain. It has been a great experience.
If you are ever in the mood to read a long but great book, I highly recommend Atlas Shrugged.