Addicted to audible. One the best things that happened to me
This novel is by far the most memorable I have ever read. Ayn Rand is surely a different author by all means and this novel is not for the close minded. Despite its excessive length, I enjoyed every day the turn of events and the interaction between the characters to the extent that it caused real mood swings for me!
After reading the fountainhead, I don't think I'm the same person at least in the way I view people around me. Try it but be guarded with the length; you need to assign a lot of time for this listening.
This book is worshipped by High school student's everywhere who are prideful in their easy victories over the world they see. This book is perfect for them, creating a Romeo-esq super hero of undying fortitude. But reading this as an adult, this book is ridiculous and overly romantic about "things." Ayn Rand was an atheist and elitist who was scared by the 1917 Russian Revolution. I honestly don't even disagree with her philosophy, just her sophmoric medium of expressing it. There is no thought for discussion, question to be mused over, just a preacher giving a 2 dimensional sermon. Christopher Hurt does a great job, my only fault is with this book.
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.
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.
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.