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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.

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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." (New York Times Book Review)

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Makes you think

I enjoyed reading this book, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who questions the world today. Definitely a good read!

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Be Patient

Interesting, be patient it wraps up well. the book is long in the detail and verrryyy utopian.

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Fountainhead is an inspiring book


easily one of the best book for mature Minds that can open up wonderful ideas regarding how to look at life

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The Most Intelligent Book I've Ever Read

Ayn Rand grasps the heart of man's soul and the way that society operates, and proves that men and women of integrity have the only truly original, lasting ideas in the world. The only other alternative is the "second-hander," the one who relies on everyone except himself for happiness, approval, fame, power, and more. Second-handers are - whether intentionally or not - the sources of destruction, poverty, tyranny, etc. in the world. The only way to combat it is to grasp what it means to be "selfish," not in a bad way as the world sees it, but as a way of living in which one does not compromise principles, ideas, or individual rights for anyone or anything. As it turns out, individualism is the path to freedom and a better world. Anyone who has lived in or studied communism can tell you that the collective mind, disregard for individual achievement, and pandering to the lowest common denominators in society are the surest ways to destroy mankind's potential to better itself. Ayn Rand makes this subtle but obvious through the lenses of each of her characters. This book will absorb you, make you think deeply, and remain a part of you long after you're done. It is so applicable to our world today even as it was then. Further, the narration was incredible. The voicing of the characters was genius, and his reading was truly captivating. Definitely the best audio book I've ever heard, and the most intelligent book I've ever read.

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Always something new!

I was given this book in 1988 by my to be and now beloved and now widowed ex-wife. I was in the Military and I was in hell at the time. It was the base in Grafenwoehr Germany where I got my permanent and total military sexual trauma PTSD disibility. I could only read at about a 6th grade level at the time. Nine months later having spent well over half of the time reading definitions of words from my new Webster's and I was addicted to the written word. It saved my emotional being and probably my life back then. I believe firmly that I would not have survived...well lets just say they do not hand out a permanent and total Commissary Card for simply having been raped or shot at in the Military. Then I lost track of how many times I have read it at one dozen times over a dozen years ago and think I have read it at least a dozen times since then. Sometimes I have dreaded reading it but knew I needed it and others I dropped my life to spend a month not getting enough of living in Ayn Rands world of The Fountainhead. This time was delightful as I read other books amid its reading. I always see something new. Change your life, laugh at the sky, take a leap into the mirrored image and renivate the way you experience YOUR WORLD by indulging in the world of the Fountainhead.

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Not just a book

A legend, a classic and absolutely deservant of the same. Its imperative for everyone to read it, and atleast once in their early 20s.

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This is a great book but editing is bad

Great book but editing of the performance is bad. Sometimes there are long unexplained pauses, other times the reading is hurried and breaks between chapters is bad. Wish audible offered a better, updated performance of this timeless story.

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Amazing book

After atlas shrugged I decided to read the fountainhead on a whim knowing little about it, but it dealt with architecture. What was to follow is perhaps the most enjoyable and satisfying book I have ever encountered.
It caused me to think, ponder, even replay sections. In a way it seems the fountainhead is more relevant to today than atlas shrugged - though both go together like hand and glove. This is the social side to atlas's economics. There are many similarities and the feeling of listening to the final page - like a close friend departing on a long journey. I will probably read again. There is so much that listening to the foundation(beginning) again after the realization of the structure that rand erected will certainly be satisfying.

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Interesting

Many things struck me in this book. The lack of emotion seen as a great quality. Rand without saying outright saw this as the greatest achievement. Her characters maniacal in all aspects; to each other and to themselves. The torment they caused but wouldn't or couldn't feel.

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Really great tale

Was recommended this book from a friend of mine that loves existential adventures, and it did not disappoint. Great story about the struggle to peruse your dreams against giving in to the easier path to normal Dom. Great story for anyone!