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    • Spartacus

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thought provoking....

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-21-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • My Glorious Brothers

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: James Fouhey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved the performance!

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-16-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Establishment

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A female narrator impersonating men

    • By Mark the Chzguy on 02-08-14

    Regular price: $29.99

    • April Morning

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Jamie Hanes
    • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 51

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellence.

    • By Hank Emery on 12-31-14

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Immigrants

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Narration style kills the story.

    • By Glynis on 11-27-14

    Regular price: $29.99

    • The Jews

    • Story of a People
    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    “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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Jews: Story of a People

    • By SArt on 05-12-12

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Art of Zen Meditation

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
    • Length: 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Citizen Tom Paine

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    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).

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Moses

    • The Epic Story of His Rebellion in the Court of Egypt
    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
    • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    The story of Moses, who grew from orphan to adopted prince to leader of the oppressed people, is worthy of many retellings. In Moses, Fast breathes new life into the legendary story of the infant found among the reeds of the Nile. From Moses’s adoption into the home of Pharaoh Ramses II, to his upbringing in Egypt's royal court, to his controversial support of monotheism and eventual leadership of a nation, Moses is a stunning look at the life of one of world history's most celebrated men.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • I would have given the book a -1 star if I could

    • By WizeHawk on 05-26-14
    • The Epic Story of His Rebellion in the Court of Egypt
    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
    • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
    • Release date: 12-04-13
    • 3 out of 5 stars 2 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Legacy

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The luster is fading....

    • By PAR-TEE on 06-18-13

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Second Generation

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Brilliance Audio
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 37
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The saga gets better...

    • By PAR-TEE on 06-08-13

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Immigrant's Daughter

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great journey, but....

    • By PAR-TEE on 06-20-13

    Regular price: $29.99

    • Redemption

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    When the love of his life is accused of murder, a university professor will stop at nothing to prove her innocence. On a late night drive home, Ike Goldman, a retired Columbia University law professor, saves a woman from killing herself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. The woman's name is Elizabeth Hopper, and Ike, a widower, unexpectedly finds himself falling in love. Everything changes when Elizabeth's estranged husband, a rich Wall Street executive she claims abused her, is found murdered, and Elizabeth is the prime suspect.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Freedom Road

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story, Decent Narrator

    • By Keon Gardner on 12-04-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • The Naked God

    • The Writer and the Communist Party
    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • An Independent Woman

    • Lavette Family Saga
    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
    • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4

    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.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Crossing

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great History read in Fiction fashion

    • By Bill L. Powell on 06-15-18

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Max

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
    • Length: 16 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Dinner Party

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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.

    Regular price: $19.99

    • The Edge of Tomorrow

    • By: Howard Fast
    • Narrated by: Steven Menasche
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $14.95

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