My favorite genre is mystery/thriller especially espionage. I dislike the paranormal. Some non-fiction. 1000+ books in my Audible library.
This book was released the year I was born and I first read it in high school. My advice to the listener is to read the book as a novel rather than as political philosophy. For political philosophy read F.A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom written the same year.
The Fountainhead is a classic novel. The protagonist is architect Howard Roarke as well as his love interest Dominique Francon. The bad guy is millionaire Gail Wynand. Roarke believes very strongly, even with obsession, that his designs should be constructed exactly as designed. Christopher Hurt does a fantastic job of narration.
Critique: In her three best known novels Rand depicts strong women as dependent on strong men for their identity. That is true in We the Living where a man has to convince the heroine to defect. It is true in The Fountainhead with Francon's dependence on Roarke for her identity. It is even more true in Atlas Shrugged where the very strong Dagny Taggart is passed on from the very strong Hank Rearden to the even stronger John Galt almost as a prize. Rand seems to view strong women as rewards for even stronger men. The men are the ones who accomplish most.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
The Fountainhead is set in the 1920's and 1930's in the building boom of New York. Most concentrate on this book's main characters business intrests and the building related activities of an Architect who deems his buildings as pieces of Art. Others around him seem to share this view in both raptured jelousy of his talents, and of those viewing the results. I enjoyed more the underlying passion between Rourke and Domonique, the true plot lays with in their intertwined souls and shared world view.
This books is a love story about two people and how that bond can withstand a life's storms and seperations. To me this is the message delivered by Iyn Rand, not the political intrigue, artistic steadfastness, or even megolamainia other comment on. Simply two peoples passion and its enduring truth.
The prose, philosophy and character development are simply brilliant. Its amazing to think that she was able to fuse these three things together to create such a timeless work at a relatively young age...mid-thirties. Its equally amazing to think this book was rejected by 12 publishers before one accepted it.
As a huge fan of the written work, I was very excited to download and listen to the spoken version. The reader does a great job of making what is a very long book into an enjoyable listen.
I cannot recommend the written or audible versions highly enough.
Over 32 hours for one credit should be reason enough. If it isn't, then know you are listening to one of the great existentialist pieces of our time. If that isn't enough, know that you will be hearing it through a great narrator who encapsulates everything you think the characters should be. Highly recommended.
The books "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged" are must reads for anyone who is on a path of greatness or are looking for one. Although I disagree with Rand because I do believe in God the book is just what I needed to read especially with what is going on in our Country's current circumstances.
It took a little while to get into this. Ms. Rand's prose is thick. Her philosophy is as important to me now as it was when I was younger and I appreciated relearning it.
The story is dated (written in the mid 1950s with the scene set in the the 1920s in 1930s).
The narrator is excellent.
I gave this book 4 stars but I think that to enjoy this you have to appreciate "objectivism" or its close cousin "libertarianism". If you don't, I don't think you will be able to l make it through the entire reading.
Well read and a terrific story. I found the characters riveting, the story interesting and the character interactions very thought provoking.
I read both this and Atlas Shrugged and honestly is made me wish I was reading this in a college class so that I could discuss all the ideas thrumming around in my head with someone else!
Very worthwhile, I highly recomend it.
Though this book was written over 60 years ago, the story and underlying message hold up well. Despite its length, I found myself engaged throughout. I have read both this and Atlas Shrugged and even though there are many similarities between the two, I preferred this. The underlying message is more subtle than in Atlas Shrugged. I'd recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind thinking while they read.
Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.
This is one of the great literary works of the 20th century, so it is not my place to judge.
However, the production quality on this particular recording is very good.
The story is about an architect who struggles for the creative integrity of work in a world that is bent on suppressing individualism and creativity. It is hard not to relate to many of the characters both good and bad, perhaps more so today than when the story was first created.