Why not about architecture. But it is all about the unconventional and how being different is ever a problem. A moderne tale about self image, value and belief. Also the way looking at life in reverse i.e. being selfish in order to be generous or generous in order to acquire merit and fame is interesting.
Subject and the way it is handled. It gets a bit long at times
None proeminent but the way all characters have their part in the book to tell their tale.
yes when you realize humanity and generosity can hide the worst schemes. the plot is absolutely amazing at times
Thank you for the good time!
I like to read books from authors who are widely regarded as influential. The Fountainhead served as my introduction to Ayn Rand, and I dove straight into it with little to no knowledge of what the story was about or her underlying social beliefs. I had a hard time getting used to this reader, however the sound quality was crisp, his annunciation perfect, and he spoke with a steady confidence that made each sentence easy to follow. For the first half of the book I found him bland; yet, toward the end I was pleasantly surprised with his tonal inflection and pleased with the depth it added the characters - it really captured me. I did not "like" the story - but that does not mean I did not enjoy it. Often, found myself rolling my eyes at the (extreme) dichotomy created between the idealistic protagonist and meek antagonist... The book follows two men who are linked by common origin, their pursuit of architecture, and finally the ultimate externalization of their "true selves". We have the "bold" purist who is unapologetic of his unyielding devotion to his unconventional views of architecture, starkly contrasted against a power-hungry social-climber who lacks any conviction or architectural ideals. Developed alongside these two men, are their female counterparts - who serve as "meek" reflections of their male companions. This book gives the reader all one may expect from a (looonnng) novel: good/evil, strife/achievement, internal/external conflict, morality/lack of, social commentary (politics, economics, gender roles), excellent character development, rising action, and a tidy ending. Overall, I recommend this book. I least enjoyed Rand's portrayal of her female leads and the (odd) romances she created. I felt like she was expressing some sort of inner sexual repression, haha, but I also wonder if I just "didn't get it". I most enjoyed the end of the book; which explicitly presented some strong perspectives on politics and virtue (I wish the book was more like this). I will definitely be re-listening to the last 3-4 hours ~ Happy listening!
Ayn Rand exceeded John Steinbeck in giving me a visual of the character's physical and mental presence, and of their surrondings.
I have not listened to any of his other works, but he did an outstanding job with book.
It was delightful. Howard Roark is the perfect man.
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.
66 year old Doctor of Optometry Dad, Husband
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.