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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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    Amazon Customer WA 05-09-16
    Amazon Customer WA 05-09-16 Member Since 2012

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    If you could sum up The Fountainhead in three words, what would they be?

    Caricaturized Atlas Shrugged


    If you’ve listened to books by Ayn Rand before, how does this one compare?

    I much preferred Atlas Shrugged, We The Living, and Anthem. The characters in Fountainhead were too extreme and not as likeable. I would love to be Dagny Taggart and date Hank Reardon, but never Dominique or Howard. I understand they were playing Objectivism to its fullest, but they were overdone. Dagny and Hank and John Galt do it better.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Hurt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is wonderful ... have listened to his Atlas Shrugged and Tom Sawyer. He is not the problem with this audiobook.


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    Kristopher Italiano 05-05-16
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    "An Amazing Book Poorly Made"

    The story is as it should be, a well written effort by Ayn Rand. Unfortunately, the audio version does it no justice. I've had better audio performances by other books on Audible, this one seems to have been done in the early days of audio books. Quality is mediocre at best.

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    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 04-26-16
    Amazon Customer Tryon, NC, US 04-26-16 Member Since 2007
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    "A book you must read."

    A good book is one you enjoy reading. An excellent book is one you can read again and love again. If you have read Atlas Shrugged, and liked it, you will like this one too.

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    dawn 04-25-16
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    "Totally lived up to its reputation"

    I've wanted to commit to this book for years. It was everything I hoped it would be. Brilliant!

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    Venkataraman Palabindala 04-18-16
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    "Breath taking"

    This is the best book I ever read. It's very nicely read too! Just couldn't stop once I started. Didn't expect the happy ending actually.

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    Connor 04-14-16
    Connor 04-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great narrator and amazing book!"

    Will change the way you have thought for years, if you love self development this is for you!

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    Kevin Sosebee Monroe, GA United States 04-12-16
    Kevin Sosebee Monroe, GA United States 04-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Entertaining and Mind Stimulating"

    I think this was a perfect time for this classic; as socialism gains popularity in our country, and we now have a socialist presidential candidate that is doing extremely well. This book does a good job of contrasting the ideas of individualism which this country has strived on since its birth, and collectivism which we seem to be hell bent on moving too. The story was entertaining and the narrator was great. It even made some of the slow moving parts seem more interesting. I highly recommend this audio book.

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    Jonathan NORCROSS, GA, United States 03-16-16
    Jonathan NORCROSS, GA, United States 03-16-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Long book but very good about principles"

    a good book about the principles of man and the masses of the many. I read this because I heard it was one of the best business books of all time. I realized it was a great book whether you buy business or not

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    Jeremy Miller 03-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow"

    Most powerful book I have ever read. Inspiring in a very logical way. It makes you realize a lot of things that were in your mind but did not fully comprehend.

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    "good book"

    a little boring in the beginning but then the story changed and got way better

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