I read this after listening to Atlas Shrugged. I work with architects and found this to be very enjoyable. It helps if you agree with Ayn Rand's political viewpoint as well.
I started my journey through the psyche of Ayn Rand with Atlas Shrugged and didn't think I could possibly enjoy the Fountainhead as much, I did. The theme's of the two are similar but that is where the similarity stops, this is not a variation of Atlas Shrugged. I loved the charachters, the story and the message. It's half as long as AS which is a plus but The Fountainhead is just as engaging and enlightening. Thank you Ayn Rand (wherever you are) for sharing your mind with the world.
First off, I enjoyed Atlas Shrugged immensely. The plot and prose of this were not of that same caliber. The philosophy's application here seems to disprove the philosophy. It doesn't really fit. It's hard to swallow that one would work to fight every effort of the one she loves as the heroine does in this book. I guess it is a statement of "what if we didn't care to make babies with the best we could get" philosophy, but truly the reality of human mating instinct is the gaping wound in this one. Rand dances all over it by applying it to a romantic case such as this. Objectivism worked well in Atlas; in this book, not so much.
Brilliant novel: sound and logical ideas, complex and unpredictable characters, fluid and organized plot and in true Ayn Rand style, her message of capitalism, liberty, individualism and glorious selfishness ring through and through… if you loved this book, you must read Atlas Shrugged. You will undoubtedly be blown away. The narrator also does not disappoint. He also narrated the version of Stranger in a Strangeland I recently listened to. I preferred him in that, but he was still marvelous in this reading as well.
if you read this and don't have a positive word to say, you are perhaps too far gone. expect some very emotional negative comments because the this is so telling. review with friends and you may trash this; listen on your own and keep an open mind
If you liked Atlas Shrugged, you will like this book. It's basically about the individuality and strong beliefs of a an architect who refuses to compromise or integrate himself in the status quo. Ayn Rand was a philosopher, so a lot of her Objectivism topics are woven in the book. The reader is also pretty good. The plot itself is somewhat thin and convoluted, but it's highly recommended for Ayn Rand fans.
seems like Ayn's still getting the concept together here that she illiterates so nicely in the other one.
Few authors rival Rand for detail in writing. The plot depth and character development are tremendous. Whether you agree with her philosophy or not, it is a great read (or listen). Amazing how relevant her ideas still are despite the age of the book. You won't be disappointed.
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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!