The Fountainhead

  • by Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by Christopher Hurt
  • 32 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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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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- virginia

Thank God for this Atheist!

Don't miss this or Atlas Shrugged. I purchased Atlas Shrugged early last summer. I couldn't get myself to start it because of the length. When I finally started it and when I was half way through the first section I became hooked. I purchaser the Fountainhead because Atlas Shrugged was so good and I was not disappointed. The narrator on both books was excellent, same guy. It is amazing how a book(s) written so long ago can hold up as good as it does. If you are an economic conservative do not hesitate. If you are an economic liberal don’t bother. She does a great job making economic liberals look stupid. This book is about greatness and how we as a society must encourage it. Even though she was an atheist, I say thank God for Ayn Rand.
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- Bradley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.