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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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    David 09-07-16
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    "Great book"

    The book was very well written, it had a great story, the meaning behind the book was extremely insightful. It was an all around excellent read.

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    yogesh 08-22-16
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    "Fantastic narration & wonderful story"

    Strong characters, superb story line and fantastic narration made it a great performance. It is a must listen for the people who want to follow there dreams and who face various types of pressure from family and society.

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    Jon 08-09-16
    Jon 08-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Game changer"

    Great book with such valuable lessons which can and should be applied for all time. Thank you so much

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    Catalina Ortiz Mexico 07-23-16
    Catalina Ortiz Mexico 07-23-16

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    "This book should be read by everyone!"

    I never heard of the author or the book, or the movie for that matter and I feel ashamed for such thing... I should have known before! What an excellent book!!!

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    Chris Bailey 07-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, audio needs some editing"

    I like Ayn Rand, and the story is great. The narration is generally good, and there were only a few times when I couldn't differentiate voices. But towards the end there were some odd pauses, then the last sentence of a chapter would be cut off by the heading off the next chapter. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience.

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    Lucas Gerow 07-15-16
    Lucas Gerow 07-15-16
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    "The Fountainhead"

    If you wish to fall in love with complex characters that teach you about yourself, or if you are an American (or anyone really) who sees our (America's) embarrassing society for what it truly is and wants an avenue of thought to explore in the direction of some sort of explanation, this is a book I would highly recommend.

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    "In my top 3"

    One of my favorite books. Hard to imagine that a book with the main character being an architect could be so great.

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    Matthew D. 07-11-16
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    "My love of this book is built out of hate"

    I spent 30 chapters wondering what the damn book was about, but was unable to quit reading it because of the deliciously pretentious writing style of Rand. I had to know what gave her such motivation to scribble this soap opera out.

    It's not a soap opera at all.

    It's a masterful work and my mind was manipulated through the whole thing. By the last 3 chapters, all the debauchery seemed to make sense, and I even learned something about myself.

    The narrator also is a master of his craft.

    The whole thing was a long, embattled process, and I feel better for having listened to it. It's in my top 5 all time books.

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    MARC waish 07-10-16
    MARC waish 07-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Seemed longer than I remember, but worth the time"

    The characters in this book are classic, especially Howard Roark who is certainly in my top 10 all-time if not #1. I want my teenage boys to read this but I'm not sure they can handle the length. I originally read it when I was about 20... it was my dad's favorite book. I really enjoyed it then and I did now as well (at 56), but it seemed longer. It didn't need to be this long. I worry it's a little dated for this generation.

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    Amazon Customer 07-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Performance of an Excellent Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fountainhead to be better than the print version?

    I am in love with Ayn Rand, I read Atlas Shrugged and then listened to it. With The Fountainhead I did the opposite. The experience is different when reading or listening, but if you are a person who spends a lot of time in the car or doing mindless tasks listening is certainly the faster way to do it. Christopher Hurt is obviously familiar with the story as his narration does nothing but add to the enjoyment, and the understanding.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I couldn't choose just one character to be my favorite, but my top two would have to be:1. Roark - He is pure. The ideal. His character is similar in stature to Reardon or Dagny or even Galt himself. He is the physical manifestation of the ideals Rand believes in. 2. Dominique - She is the embodiment of the feeling you get when you see the world through Rand's eyes the first time. There is so much anger and sadness. Anger at the countless masses who are ok with the world as it is. Sadness that you can't have the world you know should be.


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

    He brings the story to life. His voice and the effects he uses to show the nature of each character is simply spell-binding. You don't get that same effect when reading in your head.


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

    At 30+ hours there is no way this is a one sitting read or listen.... But it was all I listened to on my drive to and from work for three weeks.


    Any additional comments?

    If you had a hard time swallowing Atlas Shrugged for length, plot, or it's unrealistic world, try this first. I guarantee you will go back to AS afterwards. The plot and characters are more realistic, and the characters who can "See" react differently to their knowledge as opposed to AS where you are either 100% good or 100% evil. Dominique and Wynand especially deal with the "Truth" in very interesting ways. Unfortunately Jim Taggart makes an appearance in the guise of Peter Keating... Brilliant book, brilliant listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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