Pain is gain
Many similar themes and characters as Atlas Shrugged
He did a good job of distinguishing characters with his voice
I really loved it because it is so dense and thought provoking.
No. I don't have two days to sit and listen to a book.
I hate being read to. As such, I doubted audiobooks were for me. But the boyfriend convinced me they were worth a shot, so I picked out a good fat book that I wouldn't have the patience to sit down and read otherwise: The Fountainhead.
I listened in transit, in bed, while I cooked and cleaned, while I showered. And I've never left an online review for anything in my life, because I've never been so compelled.
This is a phenomenal audiobook.
For whoever or whatever Ayn Rand is - for whatever you may think of her as a person or as an ethicist - she tells a gripping, sweeping fable that reads almost like an epic poem. There's a reason this book matters, a reason it resonates, and a reason it pisses people off. It hits a pretty visceral chord.
Most critics of this book take it not as myth but as manifesto, and you're kinda screwed if you do that. Realize that this is not a subtle book. It isn't subtle thinking. It's all searing archetypes and bold palettes. And it works. The narrative and the characters who carry it have a lot of force, a lot of impact, which to me is more than enough to make it worthwhile.
Also: Christopher Hurt, the narrator, did an incredible job. I now realize how difficult it must be to narrate an audiobook well. He gave every character shape and distinction with his voice, yet somehow managed to fade into the story, if that makes any sense. Because of him, I'm now convinced that certain books are definitely enhanced by skilled narration.I listened to the whole thing at 1.5x speed, which was perfect.
Yesterday I looked through the other books Hurt's narrated. I'm starting Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein, for the sole reason that he's narrating. :)
So in sum: best first audiobook experience I could've hoped for. Props to Ayn Rand, and to Chris Hurt, and to Audible.
Original, captivating, thought provoking
The originality of the almost "philosophical" plot.
Howard Rourke and Gale Weinand!
Laughter and anxiety.
A definite recommendation for those who like a good plot that gives you plenty to think about.
Yes would definitely recommend audio version because of excellent narration of this book by Christopher Hurt. There is much variation in the voice which suits to particular character.
This book has lot of surprises, you just can't read the mind of Ayn Rand. Excellent story telling with great message.
I almost felt like I am watching a movie. Christopher Hurt has so much variation in his voice and that helps in identifying each character and the personality. I would highly recommend Hurt, in fact I would listen audible if they are narrated by Hurt. Excellent work!
You don't want to miss this book in this precious life.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
Or to put it a little more precisely, what if every occupation was accorded the same creative respect as art? I think that is the key idea needed to accept this book on its own terms. Rand sort of lays this out in her preface. She imagined a man who took his calling completely seriously, and then worked out what would happen to that man in our world.
It seems sometimes that Rand is being repetitive or simply filling space with philosophical speeches. But there are a lot of questions raised by her subject, and it is important to pursue them all and address them. This she does, and it makes for a rather long book. As it is a philosophical novel, there is a sense in which her characters are merely symbols for a certain type of person. But there is also a sense in which her main characters are the most intense individual beings as well. That, I think, is the key to understanding and accepting the very odd actions that they occasionally take. That doesn't mean anyone is likely to get attached to any of her characters. If you want warm and fuzzy, go someplace else.
This theme between the individual and the collective is at the core of this novel. Rand builds a strong case that collectivism is inimical to all that is potentially great about mankind. She is less convincing in justifying the crime that sends her protagonist to trial at the climax of the book. Be that as it may, the speech that results is as clear and concise a recap of her theme as one could wish for.
Leaving aside Rand's philosophical bent, the writing about architecture is intriguing in its own right. The potential of architecture to create a sense of space and control light and interact with the environment is inspiring here. And the derision for meaningless borrowings from the past and clumsy compromises.
Even those who don't buy into Rand's vision of the world will have to admit there is a certain validity to the way she lampoons certain intellectual institutions, self-satisfied pundits, and committees in general.
All of them, because they were true to themselves. Rand does such a good job with the characters.
He did a great job with the voices.
I loved the book, well... If love started at a 9 out of 10, I would give this book an 8.9. I felt like I was listening to the blooming of Atlas Shrugged. Rand is so talented, and it is unfair to compare to Atlas Shrugged. So listen/read both.
Never read the print version.
Subtle philosophical undertones written in such a masterful prose and intricate plot.
Too long for that. But I never would have stopped the tape if I had the time.
This is going on my permanent list partly becuase I love the Fountainhead but mostly because of the awesome narration. I am only half way through but decided to rate this because I am sure it can only get better. A must listen for all the Ayn Rand followers out there.
I enjoyed reading this novel; however, it doesn't stand a chance against Atlas Shrugged. After reading Atlas Shrugged, I felt that the characters and themes were not fully developed; Ayn Rand would revisit some of these themes again in her later novels.
As for the audio recording, parts III and IV for were awful due to an echo in the background. Other than that, the narrator did a good job of differentiating the characters and transmitting their personalities through their voice.