Love, Pen Name
This is a long one. The narration is okay. The book is decent, it has themes which are built upon throughout the novel, but the characters are flat without and only there to dole out drawn out speeches illustrating Rand's philosophies.
This was substantially better than reading the book, which I tried on two occasions to do, but was never successful.
Has everything I loved in Atlas Shrugged. A great story with philosophy and romanticism spun in. Definitely worth the credit!
Rand describes the human condition with exquisite detail that truly holds your attention for hours. The reader is great. Every American should read this book as required reading - the public schools and government workers could especially use this illustration of what it means to be free.
If you are considering this, then maybe you've got the brains to appreciate it. I'm not employing the Emperor's New Clothes strategy. The vocab is difficult, and the concepts are complex. But even though it's a hefty tomb, not a word is wasted. I've never read its equal, except for maybe 'Atlas Shrugged.'
The Fountainhead is my favorite book. The narator for your version that I purchased from audible was unacceptable to my ear and I was unable to listen very long. I would encourage audible to obtain the recording that Books on Tape owned. Although I don't recall the narator off hand, it may have been Kate Reading.
Love a good mystery, suspence or southern literature.
just did not like the subject
Maybe, did not like content of the book
I never got past the first 15 minutes
Some interesting ideas and beautiful writing, however the author has sacrificed human emotion and spirit in pursuit of an ideological point. While there is great value in individualism and many of Rand's ideas she had divided the world into stark black and white: individualism=good, collectivism=bad. The world is a spatter of greys, she rails about the evils of collectivism and doing things for fellow man as an extreme evil but creates the same extreme for her own ideology. It's the extreme adherence to an idea without flexibility that makes evil not collectivism or individualism. I found this book to be a dated argument written at a time when collective movements like communism and fascism were real and present dangers to be fought. It also perpetuates the worst stereotypes about artists suffering for their work.
As far as the narration goes, compared to other books I've listened to, I thought it was just passable. The lack of emotion and variation in Hurt's performance only made this book seem drier, more soulless and intellectual to a fault.
While I appreciate the intelligence of the author, this book has entirely too many long winded speeches and unrealistic, selfish characters. This book is the only book I simply could not listen to in its entirety, it was just too depressing and cumbersome.