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  • April Morning | Howard Fast

    April Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Jamie Hanes
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    Fifteen-year-old Adam Cooper is anxcious to join the excitement and action of the Revolutionary War. On the morning of April 19, 1775, he stands beside his Massachusetts farmer father to face the redcoats marching out of Boston. But suddenly, his father falls on the village green, and Adam’s hands are shaking as he shoots at columns of marching men. With realistic drama and riveting suspense, Howard Fast brings the glory and the agony of the colonial battlefield vividly to life.

    Hank Emery says: "Excellence."
  • The Legacy | Howard Fast

    The Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    This fourth-in-series story takes place during the turbulent 1960's as Barbara Lavette and her family are embroiled in the issues of that decade: Civil Rights, Israel's Six-Day War, the Nixon years, Vietnam, and riots in the street. Barbara Lavette develops into a powerful, strong willed, capable person.

    PAR-TEE says: "The luster is fading...."
  • The Immigrants | Howard Fast

    The Immigrants

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By full cast
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    This is a love story of great beauty and great tenderness, the kind of love story that entangles the listener in the lives of the characters, so that after the story is over, one continues to live with those characters. And fortunately, the listener will not have to say farewell to these characters, since it is the first in a series that will tell the story of three Californian families over the course of the 20th century.

    Glynis says: "Narration style kills the story."
  • Max | Howard Fast

    Max

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
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    The inspiring story of Max Britsky, who grew up in the slums of New York and became one of the most powerful men in the American movie industry. Max tells the story of the rise of Max Britsky, entwined with the film industry’s beginnings near the turn of the twentieth century. When he was twelve, Max's father died, leaving him to scrape out a living in Manhattan's Lower East Side slums to provide for his mother and siblings. But Max was a natural entrepreneur, and he followed his business instincts and love of the theater to become one of the first film moguls in the history of American moviemaking.

  • Second Generation | Howard Fast

    Second Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Brilliance Audio
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    Howard Fast, author of The Immigrants, has proven himself to be one of this country's most popular authors. This second volume about the fortunes of Dan Lavette, the young Italian who lost his parents but launched a stormy and brilliant career as a result of the great San Francisco earthquake, encompasses an even more dramatic sweep of history from the depression years to the close of World War II.

    PAR-TEE says: "The saga gets better..."
  • Spartacus | Howard Fast

    Spartacus

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
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    Spartacus, a fictionalization of a slave revolt in ancient Rome in 71 BC, is well known today because of the 1960 movie starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier. It was originally published in 1951 by Fast himself, after being turned down by every mainstream publisher of the day because of Fast's blacklisting for his Communist Party sympathies. The story of Spartacus, born a slave, trained as a gladiator, who led a slave revolt that was eventually put down by Crassus, was immensely popular and went on to sell millions of copies.

    KDM says: "Just great!"
  • Freedom Road | Howard Fast

    Freedom Road

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
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    It was everywhere. You couldn’t talk about the revolution without using the word freedom in the same breath. But Gideon Jackson knew that freedom meant something different if your skin was black. Fast’s fictional account of the post Civil War era takes us into the life of Gideon Jackson, a black man, newly freed, and determined to make a difference.

    Lavoie76 says: "An important work of fiction."
  • The Naked God: The Writer and the Communist Party | Howard Fast

    The Naked God: The Writer and the Communist Party

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
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    The Naked God is Howard Fast's public repudiation of the Communist Party, of which he was a devoted member for thirteen years until reading about the full scope of atrocities committed by the Soviet Union under Stalin. The best-selling author of Spartacus and Citizen Tom Paine, Howard Fast lent his writing talents and celebrity to the communist cause as a steadfast advocate and public figure. However, he felt increasingly ill at ease with the superior manner Party leaders took with rank-and-file members and with rumors of Soviet anti-Semitism.

  • An Independent Woman: Lavette Family Saga | Howard Fast

    An Independent Woman: Lavette Family Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    In this unforgettable final chapter of the Immigrants series, Howard Fast follows the trials and joys of the wealthy Lavette matriarch, Barbara, whose life has been a selfless journey powered by an unshakable faith in the human spirit. Barbara now discovers the unexpected delights of finding love in her later years, even as she encounters the most daunting obstacle of her life.

  • Time and the Riddle | Howard Fast

    Time and the Riddle

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Christopher Grove
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    This collection of short stories encompasses 20 years of work by Howard Fast, including some of his best-known and most treasured tales. Not merely fantasy or science fiction, these "Zen stories" explore the world’s mysterious and unanswerable questions, big and small, and the results are at once bizarre, humorous, chilling, and poignant. An American general shoots down what appears to be an angel during a Vietnam War battle, a celebrated author becomes a hunted man, and a mouse is granted human thought and emotion by a group of alien beings.

  • The Art of Zen Meditation | Howard Fast

    The Art of Zen Meditation

    • UNABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Neil Hellegers
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    Howard Fast began to formally practice Zen meditation after turning away from communism in 1956. The Art of Zen Meditation, originally published by the antiwar political collective Peace Press, in 1977, is the fruit of Fast’s study: a brief and instructive history of Zen Buddhism and its tenets, written with a simplicity that is emblematic of the philosophy itself. Fast’s study of Zen also inspired his popular Masao Masuto mystery series about a Zen Buddhist detective in Beverly Hills.

  • My Glorious Brothers | Howard Fast

    My Glorious Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By James Fouhey
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    My Glorious Brothers is the epic story of perhaps the most breathtaking chapter in the history of Israel, a stirring tale of courage for those who like to find meaning for today's world in the great events of history. After witnessing a ransacked and desecrated Jerusalem, Simon and his four brothers - soon to be known and revered as the Maccabees - rise to lead an earthshaking rebellion. Their tale has almost no parallel in human history.

    Brooke says: "A glorious Intertestamental picture
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  • The Jews: Story of a People | Howard Fast

    The Jews: Story of a People

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    “There is no human being on the face of this earth exempt from the Jewish influence. For as long as there has been history, the Jew has wandered through it, shaping it at times, riding the current silently at other times, but always leaving his mark. History without the Jew? It is inconceivable.”—Howard Fast. His popular history brings the history of the Jewish people into focus, from Genesis to contemporary times.

    SArt says: "The Jews: Story of a People"
  • Citizen Tom Paine | Howard Fast

    Citizen Tom Paine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
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    Among Howard Fast's historical fiction, Citizen Tom Paine - one of America's all-time best-sellers - occupies a special place, for it restored to a generation of readers the vision of Paine's revolutionary passion as the authentic roots of our national beginnings. Fast gives us "a vivid picture of Paine's mode of writing, idiosyncrasies, and character-generous, nobly unselfish, moody, often dirty, frequently drunken, a revolutionist by avocation" (Library Journal).

  • Immigrant's Daughter | Howard Fast

    Immigrant's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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    After a life filled with danger, love and death, Barbara, now in her sixties, is living a simple life in San Francisco. And then, almost on a whim, she runs for Congress and sets in motion a series of adventures that brings her back to the excitement of the times, to a renewal of romantic love, to mortal danger as a reporter in Central America, to loss and tragedy, and in the end, to an exultant embracing of life.

    PAR-TEE says: "Great journey, but...."
  • The Establishment | Howard Fast

    The Establishment

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
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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.

    Mark the Chzguy says: "A female narrator impersonating men"
  • The Crossing | Howard Fast

    The Crossing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
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    The unforgettable novelistic recreation of the night before Christmas when General Washington and a rag-tag army slipped across the Delaware to surprise the Hessians and forge a nation.

  • The Incredible Tito: Man of the Hour | Howard Fast

    The Incredible Tito: Man of the Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
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    In 1944, there was still no united Yugoslavia, the Axis controlled most of Europe, and D-Day was only in the planning stages. In the Balkans, Tito was a beacon of hope against the advancing Nazis. He led a force of resistance fighters that bedeviled the occupying German army throughout Slavic regions and empowered people's committees to act as local government in all liberated areas. For observers on the political left, Tito seemed uniquely poised to unite the East and West against fascism - once and for all.

  • The Edge of Tomorrow | Howard Fast

    The Edge of Tomorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
    • Narrated By Steven Menasche
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    Big bugs, cloned cats, and feral star-children play leading roles in the seven stories that make up Fast’s unconventional and thought-provoking collection. The Edge of Tomorrow is a significant foray into science fiction by one of the 20th century’s most prolific novelists. In looking beyond our universe, Fast reveals much about the America of his time - where the Cold War and a nascent civil rights movement stoked unconscious fears and desires.

  • The Dinner Party | Howard Fast

    The Dinner Party

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Howard Fast
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    Howard Fast has placed the entire action of this highly charged novel in the space of one day at the substantial home of a prominent United States senator. This dinner party sounds like a well-ordered and gracious affair, but as events unfold, there are things to be settled - some are political and ethical, some are emotional, and some are questions of life and death. This is a profound and important novel with the dramatic intensity of first-class theater.

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