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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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    a little boring in the beginning but then the story changed and got way better

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    Lisa 02-22-16
    Lisa 02-22-16
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    Excellent narration! The lead female character's behavior can be perplexing, but the overall story is great.

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    Db 02-17-16
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    If you like philosophy then you can not find a better book, if you like the WOW factor than again you can not find a better book.#triumph

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    keren 02-16-16
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    Ayn Rand

    She describes her perfect man and his ideals.

    What I think is the most important thing in the world is
    is to learn
    And she gave me a lesson, that no one dared to teach me.

    For me this book is the way I want to go, and there was no path
    Until now Until this book.

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    Edd Harrison 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "a classic"

    everyone should read this novel. it is a timeless classic. it is amazing how relevant it is to today's world.

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    Ashley L. 01-29-16
    Ashley L. 01-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    Didn't love the narrators voice at first. But fell in love after a few chapters!

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    Philip 01-22-16
    Philip 01-22-16 Member Since 2014

    Have found audiobooks to be a great way to pass time during long car road trips for work, and Audible makes it easy.

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    "Probably the best audiobook ever"
    What did you love best about The Fountainhead?

    Complex, deep, excellent characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Roark, far and away. Uncompromising genius.


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

    I don't think I have, but Christopher Hurt did an excellent job. I would certainly listen to other books narrated by him.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The world is not what you think it is.


    Any additional comments?

    I had no idea what to expect. This was my first Ayn Rynd book, and while I don't necessarily agree with all of her religious or political points of view, I thought the book was excellent,

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    Akila 01-18-16
    Akila 01-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "One of it's kind!"

    I totally enjoyed the book. It's my personal favorite, though it took a long time to read( I have a paperback book too) & hear. The narration was excellent.

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    Lauren L. 12-31-15
    Lauren L. 12-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous rendition of my favorite book"
    What did you love best about The Fountainhead?

    The Fountainhead is sweeping and beautiful. Although Rand's philosophy sometimes gets too heavy, the story is beautiful and intriguing. It is my favorite novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the characters. Rand characterizes so beautifully, and the performance is superb.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Hurt – was your favorite?

    Surprisingly, Guy Francon. But he does a great job with them all.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


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    Natalia Lal 12-23-15
    Natalia Lal 12-23-15
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    "Delightful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, always keeps you on the edge.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I want to be like Howard Roark.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Hurt – was your favorite?

    Guy Francone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would love to, but its 32 hours long! :)


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book, cant believe I waited 31 years to read it. Worth every minute.

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