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The Fountainhead | [Ayn Rand]

The Fountainhead

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, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.
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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.

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"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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    Timothy Chicago, IL, USA 12-02-09
    Timothy Chicago, IL, USA 12-02-09
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    "how honest is the reader?"

    if you read this and don't have a positive word to say, you are perhaps too far gone. expect some very emotional negative comments because the this is so telling. review with friends and you may trash this; listen on your own and keep an open mind

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Nashua, NH USA 09-06-09
    Amazon Customer Nashua, NH USA 09-06-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Great Book - Almost As Good As Atlas Shrugged"

    If you liked Atlas Shrugged, you will like this book. It's basically about the individuality and strong beliefs of a an architect who refuses to compromise or integrate himself in the status quo. Ayn Rand was a philosopher, so a lot of her Objectivism topics are woven in the book. The reader is also pretty good. The plot itself is somewhat thin and convoluted, but it's highly recommended for Ayn Rand fans.

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    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 07-20-09
    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 07-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Just read altas shrugged"

    seems like Ayn's still getting the concept together here that she illiterates so nicely in the other one.

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    Brandon Winston Salem, NC, USA 05-22-09
    Brandon Winston Salem, NC, USA 05-22-09
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    "A Classic"

    Few authors rival Rand for detail in writing. The plot depth and character development are tremendous. Whether you agree with her philosophy or not, it is a great read (or listen). Amazing how relevant her ideas still are despite the age of the book. You won't be disappointed.

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    Pen Name Las Vegas, NV 05-21-09
    Pen Name Las Vegas, NV 05-21-09 Listener Since 2009

    Love, Pen Name

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    "Decent"

    This is a long one. The narration is okay. The book is decent, it has themes which are built upon throughout the novel, but the characters are flat without and only there to dole out drawn out speeches illustrating Rand's philosophies.

    This was substantially better than reading the book, which I tried on two occasions to do, but was never successful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alika Fricke Nebraska 03-12-09
    Alika Fricke Nebraska 03-12-09 Listener Since 2005

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    "Great Book"

    Has everything I loved in Atlas Shrugged. A great story with philosophy and romanticism spun in. Definitely worth the credit!

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    Stephen W. Drinnon 02-15-09
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    "The Fountainhead Narator Not a Good Match"

    The Fountainhead is my favorite book. The narator for your version that I purchased from audible was unacceptable to my ear and I was unable to listen very long. I would encourage audible to obtain the recording that Books on Tape owned. Although I don't recall the narator off hand, it may have been Kate Reading.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Greenock, PA, USA 12-11-08
    Tammy Greenock, PA, USA 12-11-08 Member Since 2007
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    "GREAT"

    Typical Ayn Rand! I wish she wrote more books so I can read them all!

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    Stevan tebbetts, MO, USA 08-05-08
    Stevan tebbetts, MO, USA 08-05-08
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    "Excellent view of the Human condition"

    Rand describes the human condition with exquisite detail that truly holds your attention for hours. The reader is great. Every American should read this book as required reading - the public schools and government workers could especially use this illustration of what it means to be free.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Raleigh, NC, USA 09-05-08
    Mike Raleigh, NC, USA 09-05-08
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    "One of the greatest books ever written"

    If you are considering this, then maybe you've got the brains to appreciate it. I'm not employing the Emperor's New Clothes strategy. The vocab is difficult, and the concepts are complex. But even though it's a hefty tomb, not a word is wasted. I've never read its equal, except for maybe 'Atlas Shrugged.'

    13 of 28 people found this review helpful
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