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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Long Promise

About 4 years ago a friend told me to read this book - going to school and holding down a full time job - this wasn't possible - then I found Audibles - I loved this book - wanted more - it was such an insight....I want the next book, next books, I want to follow them through life.....
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- SasJustMag

My bad!!

OMG!!! I was asleep at the switch!! I bought an ABRIDGED edition of The Fountainhead. I swore I would never buy another abridged title and I was suckered in by the sale. I wasn't paying attention. No wonder I hated it. And what a waste of a sale credit!!!!!!

Two stars overall because it is abridged--and abridgements are an abomination. They chopped away 3/4 of the book.

Three stars for the story--one extra for what it could have been

Five stars for Edward Hermann because he is always five star.
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- A "No vampires. No zombies. No self-help. Find me on BookLikes. Audible Member since 2002!"

Book Details

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