3.23.2008

Calling All Book Reviewers


Mark Cuban says The Fountainhead was the most important book he's ever read. As I was reading/listening to my Supreme Court book today, I learned that Justice Clarence Thomas says the same thing.

So I checked it out on audible.com (via I-Tunes) and found out that the thing is 32 hours long. Most audio books run 6 to 10 hours, max.

Anybody know about The Fountainhead? Is it worth the read/listen?

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me Barry? You seem to be well-read.
Yes, Yes, Yes, read the Fountainhead. I'm a Democrat & it's generally be believed as a book extolling conservative values. However, in the current political climate, I'm not so sure. Let's just say it promotes ihdividual excellence & of the presidentail candidates, they have all achieved that, but the two Dem's have on a bigger scale, don't you think?
The Foutainhead is a great book, as is Atlas Shrugged - another by Ayn Rand.
On a different & similar subject - go Sen. Obama.

Anonymous said...

I haven't listened to it, but I have read it. I is a great book. It tends to drag in some areas, but I still like it.

Most people who claim to like it are just saying that because of the politics. Many of them have never read it.

Ayn Rand is very smart and offers many valid and important opinions on modern society - just read it with a grain of salt as you would any other book. I like Rand alot, but I think that some people have taken it too far.

HHL said...

A great book, but I don't know how well it would work as an audio book. I'd prefer the paperback, but definitely worth the time.

the undomiciled sophisticate said...

my god, i hope you are kidding. Ayn rand's general philosophy is that only the wealthy, affluent and "higher understanding" people could possibly grasp what "art" is.

wait, sounds right up your alley.

Anonymous said...

Sounds too gay to me

Nuzurevuer said...

I don't know,it makes me think of maidenhead, so I guess it might be ok.

Anonymous said...

Apparently Angelina Jolie is starring in "Atlas Shrugged" coming out sometime this year? I would just watch the movie. You may find some of Ayn Rand's ideas interesting; but seriously, Barry, Alan Greenspan was one of her biggest fans.

Ahhh, the Fountainhead WAS made into a movie with Gary Cooper. Just watch that. Trust me, I am saving you time you won't get back.

Anonymous said...

The cover looks like it has to do with living a gay life or somethin.

Anonymous said...

Ayn Rand was a great author. I've read all her books. The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are probably her 2 best efforts.

If you read Atlas Shrugged, you will find out who John Galt is. I read it when I was a soph. at Bport High.

Anonymous said...

Hands down: the most boring book I've ever read.

I must say that Rand's ideas are valid. However, her prose is awful.

Anonymous said...

Of course, only people from Bridgeport make the John Galt joke anymore.

the undomiciled sophisticate - I "think you are thinking of the anti-Ayn Rand, since you have inverted her philosophy. From the Ayn Rand Institute webpage discussing her philosophy, Objectivism,

"Man—every man—is an end in himself, not the means to the ends of others. He must exist for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself. The pursuit of his own rational self-interest and of his own happiness is the highest moral purpose of his life."

Or, maybe you think Ayn Rand wrote Player Piano.

Of course, maybe I should listen her when she says,
"It is not advisable, [me], to venture unsolicited opinions. You should spare yourself the embarrassing discovery of their exact value to your listener."

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957

Anonymous said...

John Galt is a well known announcer/voice over guy from the 60's 70's era and I didn't have to read the book to know that.

Anonymous said...

1:16

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Galt_%28Atlas_Shrugged%29

Your announcer/voice over dude doesn't register on Wiki.

Anonymous said...

Try Atlas Shrugged. It's almost as dull.

Anonymous said...

Yes. Read the book, or listen to it if you must. I reread it about once a decade. It has something different for me every time. I think you'd enjoy it. The main character is a bit of a maverick...you might get some ideas!

Think Frustrated said...

It's a good book.