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The Fountainhead Audiobook
The Fountainhead
Written by: 
Ayn Rand
Narrated by: 
Edward Herrmann
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The Fountainhead Audiobook

The Fountainhead

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Publisher's Summary

The Fountainhead studies the conflict between artistic genius and social convention, a theme Ayn Rand later developed into the idealistic philosophy knows as Objectivism. Rand's hero is Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect who won't compromise his integrity, especially in the unconventional buildings he designs. Roark is engaged in ideological warfare with a society that despises him, an architectural community that doesn't understand him, and a woman who loves him but wants to destroy him. His struggle raises questions about society's attitude toward revolutionaries. Since this book's publication in 1943, Rand's controversial ideas have made her one of the best-selling authors of all time.

©1943 The Bobbs-Merrill Company, renewed ©1971 Ayn Rand; (P)1994 Penguin-HighBridge Audio

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." (The New York Times)

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    Judith fort Worth, TX, USA 10-28-07
    Judith fort Worth, TX, USA 10-28-07
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    "Fountainhead"

    I waited too many years to tackle this book thinking it would be stuffy and difficult. It was neither. I sat up into the night listening to the rich and thoughtful story which was beautifully performed.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MD 03-17-12
    MD 03-17-12
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    "One of the great books, but long."
    What made the experience of listening to The Fountainhead the most enjoyable?

    This book was narrated very well, with excellent clarity.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    The tone and pitch of his voice was perfect for the story. He really captured the essence of all the characters so well that I could not only picture what they looked like, but felt their attitude as well.


    If you could take any character from The Fountainhead out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None of them, they are all completely dysfunctional.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been trying to read (finish) this book for years. Thanks to Audible, I've finally done it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 08-30-08
    Roger Smith Orlando, Florida United States 08-30-08 Member Since 2007

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Competence"

    This novel is about competence and the value of that to society. It is close to the same story as Atlas Shrugged, and I live that other title better. But would recommend both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A 01-24-13
    A 01-24-13 Member Since 2013

    No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on BookLikes. Audible Member since 2002!

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    "My bad!!"

    OMG!!! I was asleep at the switch!! I bought an ABRIDGED edition of The Fountainhead. I swore I would never buy another abridged title and I was suckered in by the sale. I wasn't paying attention. No wonder I hated it. And what a waste of a sale credit!!!!!!

    Two stars overall because it is abridged--and abridgements are an abomination. They chopped away 3/4 of the book.

    Three stars for the story--one extra for what it could have been

    Five stars for Edward Hermann because he is always five star.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    SasJustMag 04-09-07
    SasJustMag 04-09-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Long Promise"

    About 4 years ago a friend told me to read this book - going to school and holding down a full time job - this wasn't possible - then I found Audibles - I loved this book - wanted more - it was such an insight....I want the next book, next books, I want to follow them through life.....

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Ivan Budapest, Hungary 07-24-08
    Ivan Budapest, Hungary 07-24-08 Member Since 2014
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    "great read"

    It's a great read for everyone, especially people who work in the fields or art and design. An eye opener.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-12-16
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    "One of the best books I've ever read"

    this book was tremendous, downloaded audible version for long road trip, made time fly by!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt C 04-18-16
    Matt C 04-18-16
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    "One of the best"

    Ayn is an influential author who offers an eye-opening perspective on the world. There is no middle ground for this one. It will either change your life or infuriate you. Either way you will learn something about yourself and how you see the world (or you will choose not to).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leonard 02-03-16
    Leonard 02-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Self"

    The book exceeded my exceptions especially since I'm not a fan of fictional books. The conversations between Roark and Wynand are my favorite. I can personally relate to Roark..made me feel not alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Bergqvist Sweden 12-31-15
    Christopher Bergqvist Sweden 12-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A pleasant recap of the book"
    Any additional comments?

    The full-length book version is my favorite of Ayn Rand's works (having consumed 4 so far). This abridged audio version was a good listen but misses out on some depth (as expected) and excludes at least one character completely (Catherine Halsey).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Chris
    London, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Good but I should have waited"

    I guess this is always the fear when you buy an old abridged novel, that the unabridged version is just around the corner - sure enough this is the .



    As with Atlas Shrugged the reader does get bashed by the message but what did you expect.



    While I don't agree with Rand, or Objectivism totally, she sure makes you think.



    Buy the unabridged version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/30/16
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    "Pretentious but provocative"

    This book is certainly a worthy listen, especially with the narrator's performance. He really brings the characters to life, from the despicable ellesworth toole (spelling?) to the fascinating dominique franken. I always knew who was speaking, and felt like a fly on the wall to some historic events.

    While the story itself was sometimes a bit much, with the characters feeling more like a parody and the story a bit preachy, it was still thought provoking, and has led me to much further reading. Also, remember that it was written in the 40s, where people did talk more like they do in this book.

    If you are looking for something a bit more than fiction but less than a documentary, something to challenge your own thought processes and life motivations, I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mads
    4/14/16
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    "Into the core"

    ............ . . . . . . . . . . . . ........ ..... .. . .... ...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tomas
    Mexico, Mexico
    4/8/13
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    "Short Version"

    This is a shortened version from the orginal 700+ pages-long book, so it isn't useful when trying to read the book while reading it ate the same time. Listening to the audiobook while reading the actual book helps me read faster as I go along with the audiobook's speed, and if playing on an iPod (and maybe on iTunes, I haven't tried), you can set the velocity of the audiobook faster or slower, which helps improve either your understandng of the story or your reading pace.
    This audiobook file, although it isn't bad, it is not what I was expecting. At any moment before using my initial credit, did I know this was not what I was looking for as it was never specified to be a summarised version, and so I had to spend an extra credit on buying the complete file, which I thought at first was just another version, but now I know the difference was the other file, was the complete version and this just a shortened one which was no use.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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