I was continuously astonished by the fact that this book was written by a woman in the 1940's, yet the entire story could take place in the new millennium from the viewpoint of modern men & women of our time. I am intrigued that Rand wisely chose the world of architecture to perfectly parallel the way men chose to reflect society's perceived desires, opinions and beliefs. She is an inspiration to me as a woman, who has allowed herself the freedom to think beyond the limitations of society's standards. I love her raw honesty of true human nature and the way she depicts how individuals chose their paths.
I definitely want to read more Any Rand books. This is the first novel of this type that I have ever read. I can only compare the philosophical journey to Herman Hesse's "Siddhartha;" and my utter fascination with the author's ability to depict the characters of opposite gender with accurate and believable inner dialogues, with Arthur Golden's "Memoirs of a Geisha."
He animated Gayle Wynan and Edward Toohey very well. His attempt at performing Dominique's voice was funny. He gave her a low-toned, smokey Stepford Wife voice.
The two separate moments when Toohey and Roark spoke of their philosophy on altruism. I could contemplate and listen to them over and over again.
I started reading the unabridged version but lack of free time was keeping me from making the progress that I wanted to make. I hesitantly chose the abridged version when I ordered this audio book to be time efficient, but now I wish that I had ordered the unabridged. I kept going to the book to see what I was missing in between. I will probably continue to read the unabridged version after all!
The detailed description of a person who is totally and uncompromised to his own ideas.
Howard Roar because he never doubts his choices and dont need the blessing of others.
Expertly narrated, good audio quality. Great novel, I wish it were abridged to about 12 hours instead of 8.5 so I could have gotten more of Ayn Rand's writing. The plot moves along smartly and the speeches make their points much more succinctly than in Atlas Shrugged. Dominique is not someone I'd hold up as a role model for how to make a happy marriage, but I don't think this novel is an allegory about marriage. It is about quality and competence. Nearly all the characters are archetypes or stereotypes. But the points and philosophy are important for everyone to understand. Highly recommended.
Cape Town, South Africa
I have not rate this book as 5 star not because I don't believe it is excellent, but because it is challenging and many of the ideas that Ayn Rand suggests are controversial. This is a book that will really make you think, question, reflect, debate, and think again. There are several powerful themes in the book and I imagine that different themes will grab different people or even the same person at different times. This isn't the kind of book you read once and forget, it stays with you and likely only has justice done by rereading it, several times at different life stages. I highly recommend the book to readers keen on having their ideas stretched a bit. The narrator Edward Herrmann is just superb, I felt he was a true actor and conveyed the characters and complex emotions and ideas masterfully!
Yes. Great Court scene with Howard Roark
If you read only 1 Ayn Rand book let it be Atlas Shrugged.
I did'nt read the book, just listened to the narration and it was very good.
The speech of Howard Roark in the court.
the book shows something about the writers personality, she believes in the superiority of some peaple above others, even she justifies destroying buildings for personal interests.
Atlas Shrugged, Fahrenheit 451, The Chicago Abyss, Animal Farm, 1984, as they all deal with totalitarian dystopias.
The reader did a fine job with the material, allowed my imagination to work well.
Warning to all who are reading (listening to) Ayn Rand's works for the first time: This is a romance novel. It has the social/philosophical message that you're probably expecting, but the reasoning behind the message is in such strong contrast to the backdrop of absurd, pathological, personal relationships, that the messengers lose their credibility and the issue declines in the priority of problems that need fixing.
If you enjoy romance novels, you probably won't notice any of this, and my opinion should be irrelevant to you purchasing decision.
A better story line and one that made sense.
He did the best he could with the material provided
As a teenager It was a very influential book for me .
Today, after many years, the ideas of extreem individuality is a fact,
No need to fight for it.
I am a sculptor-es and it is natural for me to identify with Roark.
Dominic is too artificial: too beautiful, too angry, messed up in every aspect of life
She definetly needs a good shrink.