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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; 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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  • Zachary
  • 04/06/2010

The Fountainhead

This was my first brush against anything Ayn Rand ever did, and it was fantastic. Much of the enjoyment came not only from the elements of the story itself, but from the narrator; he is no Christopher Lee, but the particular voicing of so many various characters was brilliant. Whether it was the slyly pompous Ellsworth Toohey, the ever-stoic Howard Roark, the sad Dominique, or the brash Gail Wynand, hearing their dialogue spoken with such talent was the extra treat to the what they represented within the story itself. If you're looking for a story that transcends mere political philosophy with a philosophy of humanity, one that makes one think and enjoy at the same time, then I highly recommend this particular audio book.

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  • virginia
  • 14/06/2008

Go for the unabridged

My 19 year old son is a great Ayn Rand fan and has read all her books, and I could tell he was influenced by her thinking and wanted to discuss it. I was never going to get the time to read the books. So I tested the waters with Anthem- a good, quick listen, and knew I wanted more. The Unabridged version of The Fountainhead seemed so daunting, but I took the chance and 32 hours later am glad I did! I echo the other reviewers in the riveting interest in the book and would encourage anyone interested in modern thought to go for the whole thing! Today I download Atlas Shrugged... Unabridged!

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  • Christopher Collett
  • 23/05/2009

One of the Best

One of the best narration's, if not the best that I've heard. Apparently, Christopher Hurt is very familiar with the book and captures the tone and attitude of the characters perfectly.
On top of that, Ayn Rand presents her philosophy incredibly effectively in the story. This makes for much better comprehension when you have the characters to exemplify the spectrum of attitudes towards life that exist around us. I personally saw pieces of myself in most of the characters and it has helped me recognize when I am thinking independently and truthfully, and conversely, when collective thought dominates my mind. A very good read for those trying to approach life in a pro-active, self-motivated, and independently chosen way.

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  • Eric Pietz
  • 25/07/2009

Powerful

The prose, philosophy and character development are simply brilliant. Its amazing to think that she was able to fuse these three things together to create such a timeless work at a relatively young age...mid-thirties. Its equally amazing to think this book was rejected by 12 publishers before one accepted it.

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  • Gohar
  • 19/05/2009

Outstanding book....

This is one of the best fictional books I have ever read. Ayn Rand talks about individualism in a beautiful crafted fictional story. The main characters are so different from each other that Rand has dedicated every part of the book to their origin, beliefs and personality. You get to understand where every one of them comes from and their reasons for their decisions. Howard Roark is an emblem for creative minds and an individual who would stand for his own beliefs. Rand uses architecture as a profession to describe her objectivist theory but you'd see in every and specially your own profession so many times in the book. Great listen. And I would definitely recommend this book more than Atlas Shrugged, reasons for which I have already reviewed in that audiobook's section.

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  • Bruce
  • 15/07/2008

it's been 30 years

It took a little while to get into this. Ms. Rand's prose is thick. Her philosophy is as important to me now as it was when I was younger and I appreciated relearning it.

The story is dated (written in the mid 1950s with the scene set in the the 1920s in 1930s).

The narrator is excellent.

I gave this book 4 stars but I think that to enjoy this you have to appreciate "objectivism" or its close cousin "libertarianism". If you don't, I don't think you will be able to l make it through the entire reading.

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  • Richard
  • 23/08/2015

A foundation book

There are books that should be read simply because they're important. Having read Atlas Shrugged, I had high expectations for Fountainhead. This exceeded them by leaps and bounds. Brilliant wordsmithing, exceptional characters, gripping story development are all brought together with great narration.

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  • Rob
  • 21/10/2009

2nd Only to Atlas

I recently discovered Ayn Rand recently, and listened to Atlas Shrugged, and it was the best book I have read or listened to. I read Fountainhead next not expecting it to be anything as good as Atlas, but it was just about as great. It's different but similar, a little quieter but just as thought provoking. Such a range of characters. Is it coincident between the two books, the two main ladies have a name that start with D, and the two main men have the initials HR?

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  • J
  • 06/08/2008

great narration, good book

I think that the narration for this audiobook was excellent-I find that this narrator's voice fits well with Rand's works.
In terms of content-it's really good. However, I listened to it after having listened to Atlas Shrugged, and found that the Fountainhead seemed quite unoriginal and predictable compared to it. So, if you've never read a book by Rand before I'd really recommend Atlas Shrugged (with the same narrator).

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  • David Voelker
  • 28/12/2016

Contrived story of an individualism worldview

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes with some reservations. I know Ayn's books are very well regarded and I agree with much of her worldview myself but the storyline felt incredibly contrived at points. The lavish response to the inner workings of high-powered architects, even for the time period, was simply too grandiose to be believable. I followed along in order to get through the book but I found the glorification and of architects/architecture to be a distraction.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Much of the book seemed to move in slow motion with the ending suddenly lurching forward. The 2% monologue at the end was a thesis worthy of the price of admission alone but for which the listener had to languish through the other 98%.

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

His enunciation of character dialogue helped to more quickly understand and build a solid mental view of the characters.

Did The Fountainhead inspire you to do anything?

Question whether I should plow through a 52 hour listen of Atlas Shrugged...

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  • Marco
  • 21/08/2013

Ein sehr gutes Buch

Sehr seltsam, dass es zu diesem super Buch noch keine Rezensionen gibt. Dann fange ich mal an.

Ich habe das Buch vor rund 10 Jahren gelesen und war damals schon begeistert. Das Buch hat aus meiner Sicht extremen Tiefgang und gehört zu den wenigen Büchern, die nicht nur unterhaltsam sind, sondern auf Jahre meine Gedankenwelt bewegt haben.

Es wird nicht das letzte Mal gewesen sein, dass ich das Buch gehört habe.

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  • Amazon Lover
  • 15/05/2016

Incredible!

Real stuff starts only after 200 pages. Though I had the book since ten years, I never passed first 100 pages and thought another cheesy love story. I did not realise what I missed all these years.. A perspective! A very different perspective.. it's amazing to see a completely different definition of Ego... Really enjoyed every page of it. a must read for everyone.

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  • Storymanufactory
  • 07/04/2016

A Great Literary Masterpiece With A Becoming Performance

An epic story about a dedicated, uncompromising architect who is up against his personal rivals and a society which despises him for his principles. The same principled attitude shines out of Ayn Rand's writing that masterfully reproduces her protagonist's dedication to his craft.

The reader delivers a phenomenal performance, engaging, precise, a unique tone for each character, not overacting or overreaching, but instead maintaining an overall calm, yet fluent pace.

Greatly enjoyable, greatly recommended!!

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  • Florian
  • 07/10/2017

Must hear!

This book is one of those books, every book should be like. Its made for man. It gives certainty to those who strive and a slap in the face for those who don't.
RSD Popular :)

btw the speaker really does a good job!

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  • Anton Foerster
  • 05/09/2017

Time to rethink your motivation

Any Rand has a very clear idea about using ones own life meaningfully. This book is thought provoking but uses great arguments and examples to show how two different lifestyles are leading to happiness or dependence. I like this book because I could gain a new viewpoint on what success is and how to use this life. Big recommendation for anyone who wants to become rich and powerful! ;-)