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The Fountainhead Audiobook

The Fountainhead

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Publisher's Summary

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, the genius who is resented because he creates purely for the delight of his own work and on no other terms; Gail Wynand, the newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire whose power was bought by sacrificing his ideals to the lowest common denominator of public taste; and Dominique Francon, the devastating beauty whose desperate search for meaning has been twisted, through despair, into a quest to destroy the single object of her desire: Howard Roarke. Dramatic, poetic, and demanding, The Fountainhead remains one of the towering books on the contemporary intellectual scene.

©1943 The Bobbs-Merrill Company; ©1968 Ayn Rand; Afterword ©1993 Leonard Peikoff; (P)1994 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Ayn Rand is a writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly." (New York Times Book Review)

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    SuzieB 07-15-15
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    "I will read this AGAIN"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fountainhead to be better than the print version?

    I never read the print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roarke


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she goes to look for Roarke in the small town he's working in


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    I can't believe it took me so long to come around to reading this book. It's exceptional and no doubt why its considered a classic.
    I will be reading it again.

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    Benjamin 07-14-15
    Benjamin 07-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic allegory, not an easy read though"

    A book heavy with Character development, the Fountainhead is timeless, not for its inspiring story but for the ideals it portrays.

    For the engineer struggling to find meaning in his work.

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    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 07-06-15
    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 07-06-15 Member Since 2006
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    Even if you don't agree, this is an outstanding listen. Highly recommended and most thought provoking

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    Kiama 07-04-15
    Kiama 07-04-15
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    "Timeless and brilliant"

    A great story read perfectly. Challenges all your values and demands you re-examine the choices in your own life.

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    Geanie Love White Las Cruces, NM United States 06-23-15
    Geanie Love White Las Cruces, NM United States 06-23-15
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    "The preview of what the country has become"

    I first read this book many years ago after I had discovered Atlas Shrugged. It is chilling to realize how Ayn Rand seemed to know what was going to happen to our country. A nation of second handers, with the worst being the president of the United States of America.

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    Jessica L. Hodes Jupiter, FL United States 06-20-15
    Jessica L. Hodes Jupiter, FL United States 06-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible and timeless"

    Captivating story that still holds true so many years after it was first published. Excellent.

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    Andrew Loposser 06-15-15
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    "Better than Atlas Shrugged?"

    Yes, I think so. I would elaborate, but I think you should find out for yourself what makes this book so great.

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    JoshKline 06-12-15
    JoshKline 06-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Still relevant"

    A master piece of fiction and philosophy. Rand's novel stands up after more than 70 years and is as relevant as ever.

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    A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 06-10-15
    A. Baker Amsterdam, Netherlands 06-10-15 Member Since 2008

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    "So good!"

    First of all, the reader was amazing. Secondly, the story is really well done when you consider that it was propaganda for a certain way of thinking. I had heard about Mrs. Rand for years, but I had no idea she was such a good writer. I had only heard the prickly part about her personality and philosophy. 32 hours well spent.

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    Dan 06-08-15
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    "Outstanding book"

    What a fantastic book, the kind that will change you for ever. Would sincerely recommend.

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