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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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Excellent, consistent narrator.

I've listened to it many times; Christopher Hurt's performance (and of Atlas Shrugged) is excellent, as he consistently portrays the tone of the different characters in a way that fits with the book. The story speaks for itself.

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Alex Dean

I have read this book 10 times i love it. it is only second to atlas shrugged

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Loved it!

I really enjoyed this book.
A must read for all those looking for an illustration of the current ideological battle waging in this world.
Ayn can be draggy with details sometimes, but it is worth it in the end.
I will miss listening to these characters.

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loved this brilliant book

Outstanding brilliant production. Such good narration. Ayn Rand was a genius.Recommrnded.Loved it . Riveting Sad.

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Collectivism versus Collectivism.

This was a terrific read, that sheds light on the meaning of individualism. I recommend it completely. I was pulled in from the start, and the dialog, as well as the great voice acting from Mr Hurt, continued to pull me back in. The story, performance, and overall this book, is magnificent.

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Great book!

If you think for yourself and don't follow the masses then read this book. You will find yourself wanting to be Howard or Domanique and will see the people you work with or are related to in Peter, Touhy, or Mitchell.

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the struggle that no one dares to name

wow unexpectedly brilliant in portraying the battle that we all see before our eyes but can't understand.

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Incredible

I loved everything about this book. Bravo Christopher Hurt. Standing Ovation for all involved. I loved that it is so long but didn't feel as such.

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Read/listen to this!!!

This an Amazing novel! It is long, but worth every minute. The concepts it presents are unrivaled. Rand is an excellent thinker and writer.

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  • 11-03-16

Wow

On par with ATlas Shrugged if not better ... a coin toss which favorite . Can't miss !