©1943 The Bobbs-Merrill Company, renewed ©1971 Ayn Rand; (P)1994 Penguin-HighBridge Audio
"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)
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.
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!
This is a shortened version from the orginal 700+ pages-long book, so it isn't useful when trying to read the book while reading it ate the same time. Listening to the audiobook while reading the actual book helps me read faster as I go along with the audiobook's speed, and if playing on an iPod (and maybe on iTunes, I haven't tried), you can set the velocity of the audiobook faster or slower, which helps improve either your understandng of the story or your reading pace.
This audiobook file, although it isn't bad, it is not what I was expecting. At any moment before using my initial credit, did I know this was not what I was looking for as it was never specified to be a summarised version, and so I had to spend an extra credit on buying the complete file, which I thought at first was just another version, but now I know the difference was the other file, was the complete version and this just a shortened one which was no use.
"One of the great books, but long."
This book was narrated very well, with excellent clarity.
The tone and pitch of his voice was perfect for the story. He really captured the essence of all the characters so well that I could not only picture what they looked like, but felt their attitude as well.
None of them, they are all completely dysfunctional.
I've been trying to read (finish) this book for years. Thanks to Audible, I've finally done it.
I waited too many years to tackle this book thinking it would be stuffy and difficult. It was neither. I sat up into the night listening to the rich and thoughtful story which was beautifully performed.
"Above my head I think"
I love (my part) in a philosophical discussion. Maybe that's why I wasn't so into this book, but who am I to give bad ratings to such a classic?
I just didn't get this novel. Perhaps I just don't really like novels. I thought the characters were boring, melodramatic downers and I dunno. I'd like to have a discussion with someone who is educated and who wouldn't get mad at me for asking stupid questions about it
This novel is about competence and the value of that to society. It is close to the same story as Atlas Shrugged, and I live that other title better. But would recommend both.
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.
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.....
It's a great read for everyone, especially people who work in the fields or art and design. An eye opener.
"Great as an audio book"
I was looking for more Edward Herrmann narrations after listening to Boys in the Boat. When I discovered he has done Rand's stuff I was delighted. While I love her philosophy, I have struggled with the breadth and depth of her novels. This was far more interesting for me in this form! Thanks Edward for your great reading!
"One of the best books I've ever read"
this book was tremendous, downloaded audible version for long road trip, made time fly by!
"One of the best"
Ayn is an influential author who offers an eye-opening perspective on the world. There is no middle ground for this one. It will either change your life or infuriate you. Either way you will learn something about yourself and how you see the world (or you will choose not to).
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