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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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    Bruce Weaver 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Timeless"

    Even though written decades ago, this piece demonstrates the timeless quality of Ayn Rand’s works and the timeless struggle that man has to endure to maintain his freedom in a society that demands his servitude/slavery.

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    Logan Allen 10-20-17
    Logan Allen 10-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "As relevant as ever."

    This is probably the greatest story based book that I’ve ever read/listened to. The world needs this now more than ever.

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    Igal 10-20-17
    Igal 10-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "very ain rand"

    inspiring big book. liked it very much, though its almost the same as atlas shrugged, which in fact was a bit better

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    Devon Stovall 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Never thought I'd like it"

    For a story with not much going on, it was utterly captivating. Nothing eventful happens, there is no real antagonist, there is no arc to follow, yet with all the being said there has not been a story I felt so invested in in a while. Each character is unique and fleshed out perfectly. For a philosophical book it surprised me how much I was rooting for the characters. Audio was perfect as well. Every voice was different enough for it to seem as if there was more than one person reading it. I loved this audio so much I'm going to buy the book to reread and purchase more of the authors work.

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    David 10-17-17
    David 10-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Masterpiece "

    Clearly Ayn Rand was a masterful author and her choice of words descriptive and powerful. It seems like her style of writing reflexed the greatness of her characters in her books. This is the second book of Ayn Rand I've read. Although not a great and powerful as "Atlas Shrugged" it still possess the quality of that book. Once you start reading this book you'll feel as you know each of the characters, personally. At times, you will get very angry as I did... but it's all because the book draws you in so completely that you begin to take it personally. I am very happy I selected this book for October 2017 - and I would read it again in the future. I recommend this book to my friends and family.

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    MagicMiloX 10-04-17
    MagicMiloX 10-04-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Rand is a hack"

    wah I want to build a skyscraper my way and i have social disorders wah. There, saved you 30 hours. Ayn Rand also seems to dig love triangles and is cool with rape.

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    Coop 09-20-17
    Coop 09-20-17
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    "Great listen"

    Just as good as Atlas Shrugged. The world needs this now also to help guide people away from second ganders.

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    Mike Houston, TX, United States 09-19-17
    Mike Houston, TX, United States 09-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Rand's beliefs expertly show through again."
    What did you love best about The Fountainhead?

    Nice business story to illustrate the book. Strong woman again like Atlas Shrugged, hero with architect (Hank), Liked hearing about the architect battles and Hank's beliefs.


    What other book might you compare The Fountainhead to and why?

    Atlas Shrugged. I listened to these back to back. Strong woman protagonist like Dagny in AS and Hank even had similar personality to Reardon in AS. Loved that confident, short on words, delivery of Hank.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hank's trial after a building is destroyed and his representation of himself.


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

    Impossible due to length.


    Any additional comments?

    Get unabridged version. Worth it.

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    Anonymous 09-18-17
    09-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The story is a must read."

    The story shows the importance of staying true to ones self and individualism as a whole. It provokes thought and shows human character traits that are timeless. Definitely worth the read. Forewarning it is a slow start but after it starts it is 20 plus hours of shear enjoyment.

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    Southernarcher 09-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great book from Ayn Rand "

    This, like Atlas Shrugged was an excellent book. Yes it's fiction but there are so many parallels to life and society in the 21st century.

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  • D. Berry
    York, UK
    12/4/13
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    "Romantic Objectivity at it's finest"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fountainhead to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition was brilliantly read by Christopher Hurt who added a hidden depth to each character, something which I didn't get with the printed edition.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character has to be Howard Roark, as the main focus of the Fountainhead you follow his story. The story of Roark's life is one that won't only entertain you, make you feel the same emotions as Roark in the story but teach you about objectivist philosophy and how a purely objectivist man would live their life.


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

    Christopher Hurt applies a level of depth to the characters which I didn't get in the book, emoting each speech which gives you the ability to feel more for the story and what is going on. Whilst keeping the story alive, Christopher allows you to keep fully immersed in the story without feeling like your being read too.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My emotional response to the book was one of sympathy, sympathy to the reality of today's society and the one that is described in the book. Unfortunately Rand's second-hander society is one I see around me everyday.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Piotr
    2/26/17
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    "Idealists, all creators and designers must read."

    Difficult to compare, as different, but for me just behind Atlas Shrugged. Love, Ideas, Story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shrinivas Siva Prashant Chamarty
    11/18/15
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    "Creator vs Second Hander"

    Very Interesting albeit long book about Creators vs Second Handers. Lot of food for thought and contemplation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • portia
    11/16/15
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    "Exceptional"

    What an exceptionally thrilling story! I enjoyed the different characters, my favourites being Roricke and Dominique of course.

    Applause to the narrator! Magnificent storytelling!

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  • Brian
    4/27/15
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    "Surprisingly exceptionally."

    A real treat. The characters quickly come alive, some will frustrate you, some you'll love, others you'll hate and truly wish a great tragedy befalls them in the next paragraph or perhaps the next. Desperately your mind will try impose a reason for the relationship and later character assassination of Rourke.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    3/6/13
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    "Its no Atlas shrugged"

    Ayn Rand is so good at showing the dangers of central control that it actually hurts to write bad things about her books.

    This is about one mans struggle to make his mark in the world and will make no compromise whatsoever. People will see it his way or not at all and the book is one depressing fall after another until he achieves his ambition.

    It represents her philosophy of objectivism that is an acquired taste to say the least but it’s an interesting subject.

    It’s nowhere near as good as ‘Atlas Shrugged’, which you must listen too.

    The problem I have with Rand is her characters; I hate all of them, good or bad. She is also very pro man. I should not have a problem with this but her views of women do not sit well in my male mind despite not being particularly modern in my mind-set.

    She is very much like her main character in that she writes this book her way despite what others may think which adds an air of authenticity to her works.

    To sum up I suggest you get Atlas Shrugged first and see what you think of it, if you like try this if not stay well away.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    7/12/17
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    "The spirit of mankind"

    If you're a confident, self sufficient human being, this book will give you courage to continue being so.

    If you're a weakling dependent on others for validation, this book will show you a new way to live.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Colman
    UK
    6/30/17
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    "Let down by narration"

    This recording from 1994 suffers from sound quality issues (heavy compression makes it very bassy) which suits some of the more stoical characters, however, with the exception of Howard Roark, most other male characters sound identical to each other... and to the descriptive narration too!

    The story is good, although no masterpiece, but it's the philosophy inherent in the dialogue that makes this book worth reading. It's a fascinating study in human nature and political ideology, notably individualism versus collectivism.

    The villains are, of course, the collectivists but the main antagonist is so self-aware and Machiavellian that he was somewhat unbelievable. I remain skeptical that all altruists are as deliberate as he but he certainly served as an archetype of evil in the book.

    Randian philosophy is shockingly eye opening and I wish more people were exposed to these arguments irrespective of their political bias.

    A great book which might be greatly improved by a fresh recording with a more spirited narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M heath
    Edinburgh
    5/8/17
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    "Classic Vintage Recording"
    What did you like most about The Fountainhead?

    Howard Roark


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

    The general attitude of the main character and how he carries himself in almost any situation.


    Any additional comments?

    I return to this every now and then for a refresher and to help bolster my feelings of independence if the are fading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G D Kearney
    1/16/17
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    "Enlightening"

    A good reflection of human character. Tedious at times but overall entertaining and worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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