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In The Establishment, Howard Fast pulls the listener into the turbulent and passionate lives of the Dan Lavette family story begun in The Immigrants and continued in Second Generation.

Howard Fast again brings to life a cast of characters whose lives become a portrait of their time. Listeners will witness the events in the lives of the children of Dan Lavette. Follow daughter Barbara Lavette, a strong and magnetic personality, from tragedy to final fulfillment; observe the elder son, Tom, as he quests for and finally succumbs to his own unscrupulous drive for power; and feel the conflict as the younger son, Joe, struggles between dedication to his medical work to the poor and having no emotional strength left for his beautiful wife left alone.

©1975 Howard Fast; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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A female narrator impersonating men

What disappointed you about The Establishment?

Another good Howard Fast yarn, but the narration of The Establishment is terrible. Correction: the narration is pretty good, by the same narrator that did Second Generation. But in that audiobook each character had his or her respective actor or actress for all the voices. That was great! I use Whyspersinc and actually preferred listening to reading because of this. But on this audio book, the same female narrator tries almost humorously (good call by other reviewer saying it sounds like chipmunks) doing the supposedly he-man voice of Dan Lavette and all the other male characters. It's beyond distracting.

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the chipmunks narrated this story...

Good story, but the narrator in vocalizing the male characters made them sound like chipmunks... Almost made made me give it up. Otherwise a good continuation of the story...