It's messed in the head and a good listen. If it was shorter and more refined like the main character I think this would be a far better book.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
EVEN IF HE DOES TALK LIKE A TRUCK DRIVER
There are some interesting characters. I learned more about architecture then I though I ever wanted and there was some weird sex. After long stretches of nothing or gossip or philosophy something interesting could happen. The main character stands for what he believes in and will not back down.
THERE ARE THINGS IN LIFE THAT MUST BE DESTROYED OR THEY WILL DESTROY US.
Like the main character, I must write what I believe. I must not let the common egghead influence my thinking. Howard Roarke is a Vulcan. This 32 hour diatribe is a thinly masked attempt to turn us all into mind numb robots. Who wants to admit that they listen to 32 hours of boring tripe. If you listened that long, you must convince others that it is great literature. It has happened before. Look at Moby Dick. I was able to break out of the trance after 14 hours. Friends don't let friends read Ayn Rand.
Before Audible, there was Books on Tape. If you have listened to Books on Tape, then you will probably remember Christopher Hurt. His smooth narration will take you back, will soothe your nerves, will help you fall into the trap.STOP!!!!!
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
This book is great. The production, Christopher Hurt the narrator and thank you Ayn Rand for writing it. The story moves along nicely. The principles and ideas are nicely put and characters real and interesting. The reason I call it a novel for creatives, is that it spells out creative integrity and what it means. It rips up altruism, the concept we all have of selfishness and doing good for the good of all. Makes you think, so much I am going to listen to it again to pick up on those themes. I think every creative starting off in their pursuits should read this book as now more than ever we do need original thinkers who aren't some second hand junkie. Even if you are not a creator, then enjoy the story and open your mind.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
Second Comers of altruism (someone else does the hard work but they latch on for the good of society) vs the true creator of the individual seeking personal gain sums it up. Rand paints a list of characters who are very black and white to build her philosophy of objectivism around. The book has some interesting points to consider but the characters who are on either end of the spectrum with no grey makes it a difficult to swallow.
I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.
A rape scene in which the man "knows" that a previously frigid woman fights, bites and battles because she is overcome with passion that she has never felt before. This is an old male fantasy apparently and, the way in which Ms. Rand perpetuates it is sad, but not surprising, because of the time in which it is written. This made me a little angry. I am not surprised that Ms. Rand enjoyed being referred to as a man, she seems to have believed that women are a little pathetic.
What also made me slightly nauseas was the characters. Their relationships were absurd. This woman who the main character raped, then loves him madly and he, her. She however, promises to destroy him and has a damned good go at it, rather by omission than by any other means. But this is a relationship where these two people are so close to one another that they start conversations in the middle because they know one another so very well.
I know that this book is supposed to have some deep seated philosophical importance concerning objectivism, capitalism and so forth. Well, I just thought it was a rather plodding story of it’s time. Maybe I am not clever enough to read the subtext.
It appears you either love Ayn Rand or hate her; there doesn't seem to be a middle ground. I find myself more on the love side and decided to "read"; this as my first audiobook selection since I had enjoyed another work by her (We, The Living) and this book seemed pertinent to the times. I enjoyed the book a lot and it had a good narrator (which I've come to learn is key). It got me thinking about my perspective on the world and noticing the architecture in NYC, as the main characters are architects. And despite her claim that even though the book is being set in NYC, nothing is meant to represent or elude to any person or place in the City, I can't help but notice that the Castle Hill projects in the Bronx are designed exactly as those envisioned by Rourke. It can get a little tedious at times, but is beyond worth sticking it out.
I've read this book too times but this is the first time I have download it. In my opinion, this is Ayn Ryan best work. It is timeless and each time I read or listen to it I get a new perspective on the characters and the story it self.
This audio book became my obsession for a whole week. I couldn't stop listening to it. The narrator was captivating. This is the first of Rand's books I have ever read or listen to. I recommend it to all.
This book is more relevant today than it ever was. The struggle between individualism and collectivism, freedom and socialism. A great collection of characters on both sides. The hero is superb. Read all the Ayn Rand that you can get.
Don't miss this or Atlas Shrugged. I purchased Atlas Shrugged early last summer. I couldn't get myself to start it because of the length. When I finally started it and when I was half way through the first section I became hooked. I purchaser the Fountainhead because Atlas Shrugged was so good and I was not disappointed. The narrator on both books was excellent, same guy. It is amazing how a book(s) written so long ago can hold up as good as it does. If you are an economic conservative do not hesitate. If you are an economic liberal don’t bother. She does a great job making economic liberals look stupid. This book is about greatness and how we as a society must encourage it. Even though she was an atheist, I say thank God for Ayn Rand.