Ideal: The Novel and the Play
Narrated By: ,
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: July 2015
Duration: 7 hours 11 minutes
Author Ayn Rand’s novel Ideal, in print for the first time ever—a landmark event for fans of the groundbreaking philosopher.
Originally conceived as a novel but then transformed into a play by Ayn Rand, Ideal is the story of beautiful but tormented actress Kay Gonda. Accused of murder, she is on the run and turns for help to six fans who have written letters to her, each telling her that she represents their ideal—a respectable family man, a far-left activist, a cynical artist, an evangelist, a playboy, and a lost soul. Each reacts to her plight in his own way, providing a glimpse into their secret selves and their true values. In the end their responses to her pleas give Kay the answers she has been seeking.
Ideal was written in 1934 as a novel, but Ayn Rand thought the theme of the piece would be better realized as a play and put the novel aside. Now both versions of Ideal are available for the first time ever to the millions of Ayn Rand fans around the world, giving them a unique opportunity to explore the creative process of Rand as she wrote first a book, then a play, and the differences between the two.
“Ayn Rand is destined to rank in history as the outstanding novelist and most profound philosopher of the twentieth century.”—New York Daily Mirror, praise for the author