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The Fountainhead | [Ayn Rand]

The Fountainhead

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.
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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

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"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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    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 2000

    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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    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carol R McCabe 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.....

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    Ivan Budapest, Hungary 07-24-08
    Ivan Budapest, Hungary 07-24-08 Member Since 2008
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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.

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    DLW Gurnee, IL USA 06-26-14
    DLW Gurnee, IL USA 06-26-14

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    "I listen to this book every few years"
    What made the experience of listening to The Fountainhead the most enjoyable?

    The story of a man standing up for what he believes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fountainhead?

    Testimony at the trial no apology


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

    Absolutely but a little long to pull off


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    "Superb reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend the book. Normally I go for the unabridged version but this selection was was well done. The narrator performed excellently.


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    Gazit Tel Aviv, Israel 09-23-13
    Gazit Tel Aviv, Israel 09-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best books I have ever read"

    In so many aspects, I so enjoyed listening to this book. It is multilayered and on every reading I soak some more.
    Also the narrator is super talented, delivers to story so well.

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    Divya Jersey city, NJ, United States 05-09-13
    Divya Jersey city, NJ, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing all the way"

    The narration has made me fall in love with the book all over. Its an amazing performance and would have given a six star rating if I could.

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    A 01-24-13
    A 01-24-13 Member Since 2003

    Love to read. Mysteries, history, romance, biography, current events, science, classic fiction. No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on GoodReads and BookLikes.

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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.

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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.

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  • Tomas
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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.

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