©1943 The Bobbs-Merrill Company, renewed ©1971 Ayn Rand; (P)1994 Penguin-HighBridge Audio
"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)
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.
This book was narrated very well, with excellent clarity.
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.
None of them, they are all completely dysfunctional.
I've been trying to read (finish) this book for years. Thanks to Audible, I've finally done it.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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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.
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.....
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).
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.
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).
"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.
"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!
"Into the core"
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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.
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