Fascinating story and great character development.
Howard is one of my favorite character in this story! His perseverance and determination is truly admirable. He consistently stays true to his conviction and never forfeits to the mounting pressures of his environment. He is the idol of the story!
Audio quality was not as expected. At the start of some sentences the author is very hard to hear and the audio stutters from time to time - needs to be improved.
At times this book had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next...anticipating the reaction of the situation the character face. The love and passion between two character is amazing...makes you think about what love truly is....
I wish she could see today how right she was even though she wrote the Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged more then 50 years ago.
I enjoyed the opportunity to listen to the book while driving, throughout my workday, having read Atlas Shrugged a drew years ago.
I also enjoyed the reader's performance and feel it kept to the spirit of the text.
I can strongly recommend the Audible Book to anyone who might have interest but limited time to read the book.
That the ending that I had hoped would come, indeed this time did.
I had no favorites - though I felt the voicing was appropriate for each of them.
No - as it was unabridged, it is quite long.
I discovered Atlas Shrugged before this earlier work, which (I think) explains my minor disappointment/complaints. There are many similarities here, as a protagonist stands alone from the masses around them and big moments are spoken in court rooms media (Radio in Atlas Shrugged, Newspaper editorials here). Ayn's thoughts are simply better assembled and the story is more worthy of one's time in the later work IMO. Still, "The Fountainhead" is worthwhile read with top-notch narration (although I found 1.5x playback speed to be best using the iPhone App).
During "Atlas Shrugged," I found the little to support the popular criticism of Rand's philosophy and writing talents. During this work, I found myself frustrated and wanting to echo them at times.
I haven't read the print version, but the narrator, Christopher Hurt, does a sublime job of bringing the characters a verisimilitude.
Atlas Shrugged, simply because Ayn Rand's formula for story telling and characterization through internal monologue and dialogue is so exquisite.
I can't decide, as there are so many scenes where two characters engage, or one engages and the other listens, in which Rand's characters espouse her philosophy, which is deep and provincial.
I felt an extreme sense of connectedness to Ayn and her characters, Roark, Dominique, Tooey, Keating, and Gale. It didn't make me laugh or cry, just feel a deep sense of oneness with them, and her.
I have read many books, though not as much as others, and without a doubt, Rand, in my mind, is the foremost authority on writing and character development.
This book blew my mind. It frustrates me that there are no words to fully explain how much the characters and the way in which they and their world were described affected my thinking about life in general. All I can say is that only reading it will do, as I cannot imagine any film script ever having the capability to express such a philosophical cerebral story with complex yet crisply drawn characters representing every archetype of life on the road to personal success.
Of note is the performance by Christopher Hurt, who gives dynamic discernible voices to so many characters which not only aid in comprehending the book, but also give life and color and fantastic entertainment value. This is the type of actor required for long complex books with many characters, and his work here is what makes the book a pleasurable audio journey in addition to a great work of literature.
I'm very sad that I'm finished with this book now because I want more. Yet none of the Atlas Shrugged versions are read by Mr. Hurt. I'm very interested in hearing more Rand, but I'm not sure I can get through the currently available version of AS, as the narrator is very dry and sleepy sounding. If Mr. Hurt would record one, I'd be listening in a heartbeat.
Enthralling, Thoughtprovoking, Recommended
Realizing that it was the predecessor to Atlas Shrugged, which I also loved.
Great narration. Excellent with different voices for different characters, one who sounds just like George Takei (Sulu from Star Trek).
Sorry, I loved the whole thing.
"Read" it ... listen to it on Audible. You'll be glad you did.
Haven't read the print version
Listening to how Mr. Roark handled himself while building, planning, talking etc... was inspiring
Yes, and he did an amazing job of capturing the exact emotion and meaning of each character.
A must read! For me it was most inspiring to see a demonstration of functional and dysfunctional people, how the act/talk/think and of course how what a person does and believes and feels must be aligned, or else everyone pays a price.
This book is quintessentially Ayn Rand. The characters are created for and the story moved forward by long conversation and monologue pieces. It is a story not about specific characters, but about the entirety of mankind. What begins as an interesting drama about very different people dealing with the social and professional norms of their times, almost imperceptibly slowly becomes a commentary on society as a whole. The major characters that start the story as individual personalities morph into full fledged philosophers, no matter what their original proclivities. The ideas expressed by the author are very thought provoking and the book captivates the attention. If you like Ayn Rand's style of writing or social commentary cloaked in an enjoyable narrative, this will satisfy. This book might have a ficitional story, but that is not the point of it and it won't be the thing one will remember after listening to it.
I found the Fountain Head quite compelling. I am a big believer in self determination and striving to get the most out of this life. But I found myself continuously trying to reconcile my view on the subjects at hand with Rands. Couldn't Roarks personality be a little more accommodating and friendly? Why does someone who believes what he does, as he should, need to be so I don't give a damn about anyone else? You can feel and act the way he does, without needing to be so off-putting. It was hard to root for the main "characters", because outside of their cause, they were people I just didn't relate to. Atlas Shrugged changed my life, and in some ways I felt less like I just mentioned here. In some ways it may be that if I heard Rand explain WHY she wrote these characters the way she did, I may end up understanding or appreciating them more.
I felt like I was taken back in time.
Ayn Rand teaches her beliefs through the characters.
This is difficult to answer.
Absolutely not, I don't think I could enjoy it as much as I did if I didn't take it in small doses.
This is a must listen to.