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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; 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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One small voice

I only read this book cause of 2112 by rush and it blew my mind

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An amazing book

Ayn rand is an excellent writer, the reader or rather the listener can effortlessly imagine the world she has created. If by chance you already have an opinion on the book, you should give it a try.

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Amazing

I saved several chapters as I have been inspired in many areas such as the courtroom speech by Howard Roark. The reading was clear and very engaging. Fully recommended!

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World Changing

This book is too real to be a fiction, yet it is one of the best fictions I have read in my life. My next book will certainly be another by Ayn Rand.

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Beautiful. Worth every minute of your time!

The story is disgusting, immoral, outrageous, gross, realistic, incredibly detailed, well written, very well told, sad, beautiful, interesting, and unfortunately very life like.
It is a VERY long book, Tho I think I had it finished in 5 days... I couldn’t put it down. Written some 70 years ago, and it’s sad to me that it could’ve been written last year or any year. The politics are the same then as they are now, it just louder now.
The main character Howard never sells himself short, and is a genuine man of his word. And the sultry Dominque is most of the time a distorted mirror reflection, of him. All of the characters portrayed are likely in your life, in your circle. That’s what’s sad and gross about the story. The world needs more Howard Roarks, and far less of all the useless chaff.
Well written, well worth listening too.

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  • Lee
  • 2021-07-02

Atheistic satanism for the perceived greater good

I honestly love the story of Howard Rourke, and the narrator is fantastic! Whatever your beliefs, this book provides for good thinking matter.

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Triumph of the individual

Ayn Rand at her triumphant best, particularly poignant in the face of the woke oppression of our day...

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Enjoyable Listen

Narrator did a great job.
Whether or not you agree or disagree with Rand's position...there are many lessons and things to use as a source of inspiration.

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Put my mind at ease.

Too many times I’ve felt like I didn’t understand the people around me and why they behaved the way that they do.

This book helped me understand much clearer than I could have asked for.

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Incredible novel read well

While there are some blips and a few small audio issues, this is an incredible story and the narrator does a wonderful job. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

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  • Eric Pietz
  • 2009-07-25

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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  • Zachary
  • 2010-06-04

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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  • CMC
  • 2009-05-23

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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  • Mike
  • 2018-09-16

Every American should read or listen to this book

I read this book in High School and it helped shaped my perspective on how to live a valuable life. I just listened to it again, 35 years later, and it reaffirmed that perspective. This is a great book with an important message; a message that is uniquely American. Find your own path, open your own doors. The story is dated, but still compelling. The message is still important and the audible performance is well done.

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  • Matthew
  • 2009-05-07

Worth it!

Over 32 hours for one credit should be reason enough. If it isn't, then know you are listening to one of the great existentialist pieces of our time. If that isn't enough, know that you will be hearing it through a great narrator who encapsulates everything you think the characters should be. Highly recommended.

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  • V. A. Klair
  • 2008-06-14

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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  • Gohar
  • 2009-05-19

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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  • Richard
  • 2015-08-23

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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  • auerdoc
  • 2008-07-15

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-10-24

Fails the test of time

Fountainhead is still a compellingly interesting & well crafted book. I remember reading it 50 years ago & admiring the driven, intense & fiercely independent characters. Today I find them pretentious, self-serving, humorless sadomasochists. I had to stop reading to reconnect with family, friends & community.

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