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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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    Essence H. 10-18-15
    Essence H. 10-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "exceptional"

    one of the best stories that I have read awesome awesome awesome thank very much

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    Barry 10-17-15
    Barry 10-17-15 Member Since 2008
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    "well written, but a bit dated and very long"

    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.

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    LEE BRUMLEY TUCSON, ARIZONA, US 10-14-15
    LEE BRUMLEY TUCSON, ARIZONA, US 10-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "optional"

    it was great. I really enjoyed both the story and narrator. highly recommend it.

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    Stephen Ranicki 08-31-15 Member Since 2006
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    "The most influential book I've ever read/listened to."

    This book teaches so much about integrity and heroism. You can build bullet-proof self esteem with the ideas presented in this story.

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    Andrew E. Budson, MD 08-19-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Truly great book"

    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.

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    Lisa Negrycz 08-13-15
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    "Amazing"
    Would you listen to The Fountainhead again? Why?

    I wanted to listen to something that made me think


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Howard


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

    Howard


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt a rebirth and hope for mankind


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Just Me 07-24-15
    Just Me 07-24-15
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    "Can't get past the rape scene"
    What disappointed you about The Fountainhead?

    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.


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    SuzieB 07-15-15
    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?

    no


    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


    Any additional comments?

    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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    "Great listen"

    Even if you don't agree, this is an outstanding listen. Highly recommended and most thought provoking

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