Having read this after Atlas Shrugged it was interesting to see how the author developed her philosophy in the plot and characters more subtly in Fountain Head. For example I thought it odd the main characters had a spiritual component that could lead one to read in a religious undertone which contrast with the author's admitted atheism. The story is engrossing and the underlying socialist villains must have been alarming given the world political status when this book was originally released. All and all it is well worth a listen.
The narrator was wonderful and made it vivid and I believe read it the way Ayn Rand would have wanted it portrayed....
Ayn Rand's grasp on human nature was a prophetic view of present day politics. Her story is set in the 1950s. But while listening you will find yourself drawing parallels to present days events.
This book should be required reading in high school. The lessons Rand teaches cut right to the heart of where we are and much of Europe is headed right now.
This was much more fun listening to than reading it in college. Who can remember it all back then anyway? And boy, I appreciate the author's writing so much more now!
Economics, Philosophy, business strategy
This book is a wonderful novel. Additionally, it shows the break through philosophy of Ayn Rand. It shows real life scenarios that prove out the root causes of the importance of Objectivisim.
It then shows real life scenarios (office politics, etc.) where violating the integrity of a complete philosophy (Objectivism) results in big problems in society.
It was a wonderful audiobook. Well written, well voiced, enjoyable and in every way recommended.
Don't waste your time with Atlas or Anthem. This is the one that will resonate. The entire time you listen/read you will find yourself asking whether you yourself can ever hope to live up to the ideals and passion about which Rand writes. Though some have used this (or other Rand writings) as a direct rebuking of a single political ideology, once you start to unravel the words before you... you realize this work would be more appropriately billed as an indictment of the entire spectrum of our current state of politics.
I couldn't get through this one, but I loved and recommend Atlas Shrugged. This one is faintly disgusting. The rape scene, and the tolerance for it in particular. She is a blatant Atheist in this and it shows much more so than in Atlas Shrugged. She seems to be putting her own fetishes up for display in the Fountainhead.
All Americans should read Atlas Shrugged. Nobody need bother with the Fountainhead.
Anyone who believes in personal responsibility and being the primary beneficiary of their own ingenuity and hard work should read this book. Come to think of it, maybe the people who don't believe in those things should read it too. They might learn something. Everything about this book is superb. From the ideals it espouses, to the writing, to the narration, it was a pleasure from beginning to end. Any man who does not aspire to be like Howard Roark or any woman who does not aspire to be like Dominique Francon is just one more of the milling masses who want to live off the backs of others. I read Atlas Shrugged probably 25 years ago and thought it was just okay. After reading The Fountainhead I revisited Atlas Shrugged and realized I was just to young and naive to understand it back then. After a lifetime of seeing mediocrity rewarded and excellence punished, I now understand it. Thank you Ayn Rand, wherever you are, for having the courage to write these two books.
Can somebody tell me what this book is about? I tell you what this book it is about - it is about 200 pages too long! But seriously - the message in this book is so important and Ayn Rand does a fab job at pounding that message in our head - over and over again - Parts of these book I thought were amazing and I really enjoyed - Other parts were slow and dragged on way too much - I started to lose interest after a while. If one wants the Ayn Rand gest I'd suggest Anthem - Pretty good nutshell.
WoW!!! I was shocked at the fowling and acclaim this book had???So I decide to pursue it.
Sure man is crap and wonderful all in the same hand. I???m underwhelmed with the content.. Nothing can hold value expect for the great structures man has created.. Socialism, individualism, freedom and collectivism ??? Blah, and a Niche disclaimer at the beginning. Atheism, and not even original in the approach. Well written.
Listen, however so when some speaks to its greatness, you may understand them better.