The Fountainhead

  • by Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Fountainhead studies the conflict between artistic genius and social convention, a theme Ayn Rand later developed into the idealistic philosophy knows as Objectivism. Rand's hero is Howard Roark, a brilliant young architect who won't compromise his integrity, especially in the unconventional buildings he designs. Roark is engaged in ideological warfare with a society that despises him, an architectural community that doesn't understand him, and a woman who loves him but wants to destroy him. His struggle raises questions about society's attitude toward revolutionaries. Since this book's publication in 1943, Rand's controversial ideas have made her one of the best-selling authors of all time.


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." (The New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Good but I should have waited

I guess this is always the fear when you buy an old abridged novel, that the unabridged version is just around the corner - sure enough this is the .

As with Atlas Shrugged the reader does get bashed by the message but what did you expect.

While I don't agree with Rand, or Objectivism totally, she sure makes you think.

Buy the unabridged version.
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- Chris

Pretentious but provocative

This book is certainly a worthy listen, especially with the narrator's performance. He really brings the characters to life, from the despicable ellesworth toole (spelling?) to the fascinating dominique franken. I always knew who was speaking, and felt like a fly on the wall to some historic events.

While the story itself was sometimes a bit much, with the characters feeling more like a parody and the story a bit preachy, it was still thought provoking, and has led me to much further reading. Also, remember that it was written in the 40s, where people did talk more like they do in this book.

If you are looking for something a bit more than fiction but less than a documentary, something to challenge your own thought processes and life motivations, I highly recommend this book!
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-04-2006
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books