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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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    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
    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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    Tom Perrysburg, Ohio 06-07-15
    Tom Perrysburg, Ohio 06-07-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Finally a classic that lives up to the billing!"

    This was a unique and well written story. It is as concise an explanation of conservatism, as you're likely to find. It surprises at times, but the story is satisfying, even after all these years. The characters in this story are bold an memorable, and I would recommend it .

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    Rob 06-03-15
    Rob 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story..."

    But it's exhausting. I found it difficult to pay attention to all of the seemingly unnecessary details. Also, to learn so much about so many new characters still being introduced well into the book. It's a great story, and very thought provoking and makes u self evaluate. However, I was happy to hear "the end."

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    Robert 06-02-15
    Robert 06-02-15 Member Since 2012
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    "So good!"

    It's long but worth it! Great points and things to think about. Also makes you want to study architecture and society.

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    Michael Cunningham 06-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So amazing"

    Every artist should read this. I highly recommend it. Howard Roark is the perfect character.

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    Woodward 05-24-15
    Woodward 05-24-15
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    "Love this book"

    Presentation is awesome. Everytime I listen to this book, I learn something new. This is a book I listen to once a month.

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  • D. Berry
    York, UK
    12/4/13
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    "Romantic Objectivity at it's finest"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fountainhead to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Christopher Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


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

    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.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
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    3/6/13
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    "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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    12/10/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • portia
    11/16/15
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    "Exceptional"

    What an exceptionally thrilling story! I enjoyed the different characters, my favourites being Roricke and Dominique of course.

    Applause to the narrator! Magnificent storytelling!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    4/27/15
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    "Surprisingly exceptionally."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shabbir Mookhtiar
    3/23/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katarina
    3/19/15
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    "Great story"

    Good quality and reading speed. Enjoyable and highly recommended.
    The only thing is that recording broke a few times. Thanks

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shrinivas Siva Prashant Chamarty
    11/18/15
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    "Creator vs Second Hander"

    Very Interesting albeit long book about Creators vs Second Handers. Lot of food for thought and contemplation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    United Kingdom
    1/18/14
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    "A slow start into the rules of being selfish"
    What would have made The Fountainhead better?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ayn Rand again?

    I might try to understand her politics again at a later stage


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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