©1943 The Bobbs-Merrill Company; ©1968 Ayn Rand; Afterword ©1993 Leonard Peikoff; (P)1994 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"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)
I found myself trying to get through this book. Fortunately it's very well written. But I found the characters unlikable and, even with all the character development, very one dimensional. It seems like the main characters did things simply because they were locked into a short set of rules. In fact, even the main character who is supposed to embody creativity and rebelling against the mainstream because of how he thinks things should be done, is still fully constrained. I think every bit of this book could have been brought across in a much shorter book - almost as if she decided to use 10000 words when 100 would do. It makes me concerned about trying something like Atlas. I never read abridged works, but that might be a consideration with this one.
This book teaches so much about integrity and heroism. You can build bullet-proof self esteem with the ideas presented in this story.
This is the second time I have read this book, first as a audiobook. The recording and quality are outstanding. The story appeals to me in some of the same and some different ways since I last read it 15+ years ago. It gives me hope for the human race.
I wanted to listen to something that made me think
I felt a rebirth and hope for mankind
I think this book should be read by everyone so that they can see that conformist are not the healthy but it is those that stand out in the storm that are leaders. They are true to the art and conviction that life was breathed into our soles initially.
I was enjoying the book until the hero character suddenly raped a woman. It just came out of the blue. I did not see that one coming. He was a man of principal and wanted to succeed or fail in life based on doing things the way he felt was right. Then this scene happened. I have tried to continue but I can't get over the violent rape scene. Thankfully it was not depicted too graphically. But the image is still in my head and I can't proceed. I hope that audible gives some kind of rating system for books so when I try to lose myself in a book, I am not blindside by things that I do not want in my mind.I will have to return this book and cross my fingers that the next book is going to gut punch me once I get interested in the story.
I never read the print version
When she goes to look for Roarke in the small town he's working in
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.
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.
"Romantic Objectivity at it's finest"
The audio edition was brilliantly read by Christopher Hurt who added a hidden depth to each character, something which I didn't get with the printed edition.
My favorite character has to be Howard Roark, as the main focus of the Fountainhead you follow his story. The story of Roark's life is one that won't only entertain you, make you feel the same emotions as Roark in the story but teach you about objectivist philosophy and how a purely objectivist man would live their life.
Christopher Hurt applies a level of depth to the characters which I didn't get in the book, emoting each speech which gives you the ability to feel more for the story and what is going on. Whilst keeping the story alive, Christopher allows you to keep fully immersed in the story without feeling like your being read too.
My emotional response to the book was one of sympathy, sympathy to the reality of today's society and the one that is described in the book. Unfortunately Rand's second-hander society is one I see around me everyday.
"Its no Atlas shrugged"
Ayn Rand is so good at showing the dangers of central control that it actually hurts to write bad things about her books.
This is about one mans struggle to make his mark in the world and will make no compromise whatsoever. People will see it his way or not at all and the book is one depressing fall after another until he achieves his ambition.
It represents her philosophy of objectivism that is an acquired taste to say the least but it’s an interesting subject.
It’s nowhere near as good as ‘Atlas Shrugged’, which you must listen too.
The problem I have with Rand is her characters; I hate all of them, good or bad. She is also very pro man. I should not have a problem with this but her views of women do not sit well in my male mind despite not being particularly modern in my mind-set.
She is very much like her main character in that she writes this book her way despite what others may think which adds an air of authenticity to her works.
To sum up I suggest you get Atlas Shrugged first and see what you think of it, if you like try this if not stay well away.
"challenging and thought provoking"
this classic doesn't disappoint - i loved the characters and found it very thought provoking even though I didn't agree with all the ideas it promotes. Would recommend to any thinking person.
What an exceptionally thrilling story! I enjoyed the different characters, my favourites being Roricke and Dominique of course.
Applause to the narrator! Magnificent storytelling!
A real treat. The characters quickly come alive, some will frustrate you, some you'll love, others you'll hate and truly wish a great tragedy befalls them in the next paragraph or perhaps the next. Desperately your mind will try impose a reason for the relationship and later character assassination of Rourke.
"Great underlying concept but a bit stretched out"
The book is well written and talks about individualism as being of utmost performance. The story line is pretty good in trying to make this point. The first half of the book can be very depressing at times though. Also, there are large portions of the book where the presence of the protagonist is really missed. Overall it is a good read. I would recommend the abridged one to people short on time.
Good quality and reading speed. Enjoyable and highly recommended.
The only thing is that recording broke a few times. Thanks
If you love Ayn Rand and loved Atlas Shrugged, you will LOVE this book. As many people, after reading Atlas Shrugged I spent a couple years trying to find another book that would be at least just as good as A.S. And my main mistake was that I was searching among other authors, while the next masterpiece was right there, waiting for me, written by Ayn Rand. I know that people usually Love or Hate (don't understand) her books. So don't waste your time if you don't feel like it's something special from the first pages. And those who are on the Love side after reading Atlas Shrugged, don't hesitate, read The Fountainhead!
"Creator vs Second Hander"
Very Interesting albeit long book about Creators vs Second Handers. Lot of food for thought and contemplation.
"A slow start into the rules of being selfish"
I have to be fair I gave it an hour. In that time i didn't connect with any of the character. I thought the story was setting up to some great insight, but instead it left me cold. It's just not my cup of tea; however, if you like the capitalist story on steroids or if you find that every man's for himself, then you might be able to connect. BBC you gave the story more hype than it deserved.
I might try to understand her politics again at a later stage
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