One of the world’s most iconic movie stars, Kirk Douglas has distinguished himself as a producer, philanthropist, and author. Now, more than 50 years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film. Douglas began producing the movie in the midst of the politically charged era when Hollywood’s moguls refused to hire anyone accused of Communist sympathies. In a risky move, Douglas chose Dalton Trumbo, a blacklisted screenwriter, to write Spartacus. As both producer and star of the film, Douglas faced explosive moments with young director Stanley Kubrick and struggles with giant personalities, including Sir Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, and Peter Ustinov. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at 95, looks back candidly—and often with self-effacing humor—at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Douglas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/003925/bk_brll_003925_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born in a Dublin tenement in the middle of the 20th century, this dead-poor, curious Irish girl escaped to Paris when she was 17 with the help of a nun, a Hollywood actor, and a kind stranger. There she was accepted into the emigre community blacklisted in the McCarthy era. She met James Baldwin and Ring Lardner, Jr.; Ruth Gordon gave her a fur coat. Still restless and full of dreams she spent years working her way around the world. On a ship bound for Egypt with her year-old daughter Aisling she fell in love with a radical longshoreman from San Francisco. The memoir Longing for Elsewhere explores the themes entangled in her journey: identity, adventure, creativity, the burdens of history, and the passion for justice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Renee Gibbons. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/017939/bk_acx0_017939_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Now you’ve got every tool you need to publish like a boss. The Internet’s full of publishing advice. Sadly, it’s also a tangled web of info that can hurt sales and sometimes get you blacklisted. How do you find solid publishing advice that actually works? In Publish Like a Boss, Honorée Corder and Ben Hale combine their decades of publishing experience to present a streamlined (and super simple) blueprint to help propel your book from the bottom of the charts to a profit center. In this audiobook, you’ll discover: Five significant mistakes most new authors make...and how to avoid them Why ´´How does someone become an Amazon best seller´´ is a dangerous question How to price fiction as well as nonfiction (plus the underlying strategies for each) A jump start course on where to find keywords, how to use ‘em, and why they’re important Audiobook options. Publish Like a Boss de-tangles this process, offering pros and cons to help shepherd your ultimate decision How to build (and maintain) a happy advance review team (along with a complete step-by-step guide on what to send them as well as when to send it) The optimal time to release your book (hint: avoid certain months) How Honorée sold nearly a million copies of her books through ´´alternative” markets. Honorée Corder is the author of dozens of books, including You Must Write a Book and the Prosperous Writer book series. She is also business partners with best-selling author Hal Elrod, creator of The Miracle Morning. Honorée coaches business professionals and authors to write and publish their book, and to achieve best seller status. Ben Hale is the best-selling author of the Chronicles of Lumineia. Within six months of launching his first book in 2012, Ben sold his business and began writing and publishing full-time. Since then, h 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rob Actis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/106066/bk_acx0_106066_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Blacklisted:The Secret War between Big Business and Union Activists Phil Chamberlain/ Dave Smith
A central figure in the Hollywood Ten and one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood history, two of Trumbo´s screenplays earned Oscars (Roman Holiday and The Brave Ones) while he was blacklisted and unable to receive public credit for his work. Trumbo was also the author of Johnny Got His Gun, winner of the National Book Award and one of the most powerful antiwar novels ever published. He epitomized the spirit of American capitalism, yet he went to jail refusing to talk about his membership in the Communist party. As a result of his relentless fight for political freedom and the right to work for those blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee beginning in 1947, he ended the blacklist era in 1960 by earning proper screen credit for his work on the blockbuster films Exodus and Spartacus. An extraordinarily complex character, he was, as author Bruce Cook states, ´´an exemplar of a certain set of American virtues: toughness, independence and persistence´´. Dalton Trumbo was the central figure in the Hollywood Ten, the blacklisted and jailed screenwriters. One of several hundred writers, directors, producers and actors who were deprived of the opportunity to work in the motion picture industry from 1947 to 1960, he was the first to see his name on the screen again. When that happened, it was Exodus, one of the year´s biggest movies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luke Daniels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000984/bk_high_000984_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Let the voyages begin!Colonel Jason Azoros is having a bad year. Having taken over the Argonauts’ mercenary company when its previous owner was killed, he has arrived back at Karma to find that no one will deal with him. Blacklisted by his father, Jason is forced to do a job for him to clear his name.The early days of humanity’s expansion into space was an exciting time, as the best of the race went to the stars. Unfortunately, some of the worst went, as well, and the Argonauts must hunt down and destroy the worst of the worst, Colchis Industries.Colchis has powerful friends, though, and its coffers are overflowing with credits, allowing it to hire mercenaries and buy equipment beyond what the Argonauts can afford. They also meddle in genetics, and their creations range from...interesting...to unstoppable.Outmanned and outgunned, Jason and his crew embark on their voyage short on equipment but long on attitude. One thing is for sure - win, lose, or draw, they’re going to go out in style! 1. Language: English. Narrator: James Patrick Cronin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/podm/001391/bk_podm_001391_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Indiscrete Thoughts gives a glimpse into a world that has seldom been described that of science and technology as seen through the eyes of a mathematician. The era covered by this book, 1950 to 1990, was surely one of the golden ages of science as well as the American university. Cherished myths are debunked along the way as Gian-Carlo Rota takes pleasure in portraying, warts and all, some of the great scientific personalities of the period Stanislav Ulam (who, together with Edward Teller, signed the patent application for the hydrogen bomb), Solomon Lefschetz (Chairman in the 50s of the Princeton mathematics department), William Feller (one of the founders of modern probability theory), Jack Schwartz (one of the founders of computer science), and many others. Rota is not afraid of controversy. Some readers may even consider these essays indiscreet. After the publication of the essay The Pernicious Influence of Mathematics upon Philosophy (reprinted six times in five languages) the author was blacklisted in analytical philosophy circles. Indiscrete Thoughts should become an instant classic and the subject of debate for decades to come.
Episode Two: The Committee re-opens its hearings in early 1950 and calls Gordon Kahn as its first witness. Kahn flees the subpoena to Mexico, leaving his two young sons in the care of family and friends. J. Edgar Hoover, calling Kahn ´´one of the three most dangerous Communists in Hollywood,´´ issues an all-points-bulletin to the FBI, the State Department and the CIA, and puts Kahn on his security index, ´´a secret list of people to be placed in armed detention camps in the event of a ´´national security emergency.´´This program is part of a series of six half-hour dramas about one of the darkest periods for the First Amendment in American history: the Hollywood blacklist. Gordon Kahn´s son, Tony Kahn, produced the series. It is available in its an entirety under the title Blacklisted. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Kahn, Ron Leibman, Stockard Channing, Carrol O´Connor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/kahn/000002/rt_kahn_000002_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Number-one Essence best-selling author Shannon Holmes returns with the explosive sequel to his national best seller, Bad Girlz.Tonya Morris, aka ´´Tender´´, is back, and this time the ride is wilder than ever. Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere else. Coming of age in the Badlands of north Philadelphia - one of the toughest and poorest communities in the country - Tonya Morris has had to make some desperate and, at times, ruthless moves in her bid to survive. When she stepped into the unforgiving business of stripping, she found herself caught up in a world of sex-filled nights, dirty money, backstabbing cohorts, and murder. She left that world behind to become a hairstylist. However, after she is blacklisted from salons across Philadelphia and evicted by her shady landlord, Tonya finds herself back in the stripping business, except this time she promises herself things are going to end differently. Tonya teams up with her best friend, Na´eema, to organize underground sex parties, and it´s not long before they have a team of beautiful girls and are rubbing elbows with athletes, rappers, and celebrities. Then Tonya´s ex-lover and now music industry superstar, Q, steps onto the scene, and everything takes a dramatic new twist. Because it´s not just Q who is back in her life. His murderous baby mama, Niecey, is fresh out of jail and ready to raise hell, and she´s got Tonya in her sights. In the meantime Tonya´s past has risen like a beast, threatening to tear away all her newfound success. But Tonya isn´t going down without a fight. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicole Small. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/007725/bk_blak_007725_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A onetime baseball catcher confronts the murder of a McCarthyist politician at Yankee Stadium. In 1953 America, McCarthyism is everywhere. Congressman Rex Harwood Simmons is among the leaders who single-mindedly hunt down suspected Communists; he even claims that Communism has infiltrated America’s favorite pastime. But while watching a Yankee game one afternoon, he becomes a target. As the crowd cheers for a home run, Simmons is shot dead in his seat. The task of solving the crime falls to onetime ballplayer and Korean War veteran Russ Garrett, who collaborates with ´´Vicious Aloysius” Murphy, a Bronx homicide detective. The investigation won’t be easy, since there are plenty of people with a motive to plug Simmons. Several clues point to a blacklisted intellectual - but he was driven to suicide years ago. And as Garrett hunts for the killer, a new conspiracy comes to light: a plot to murder Yankee star Mickey Mantle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Delgado. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011233/bk_adbl_011233_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Engaging.... Profound.... Darkly humorous (Kirkus Reviews)´´Taut pacing, interesting character development.... Twists and turns abound´´ (Blue Ink Review)StarBash is the hottest thing on TV. Featuring desperate actors facing off in madcap competitions to win a movie deal, the reality show is famous for making fools of its fame-starved participants.So it seems odd that respected Hollywood A-lister Cassandra ´´Casmo´´ Moreaux would become a contestant. But her motivation is simple: revenge against the program´s producer, Lenora Danmore, the legendary movie star who blacklisted Casmo´s mother during the McCarthy era. Casmo plans to use StarBash to confront and embarrass Lenora in front of the entire country - but what Casmo doesn´t know could kill her.Vindictive and wicked, Lenora is determined to set a trap for the upstart movie star. But when Casmo unexpectedly falls in love with the show´s wry host - Lenora´s illegitimate son - the murder plot bubbles over with unforeseen complications.Featuring sarcastic celebrities, murderous androids, and off-the-wall humor from beginning to end, Death of a Movie Star masterfully pulls Hollywood culture apart at the seams. It´s a Tinseltown romp that´s part mystery, part suspense, and two parts roller derby!Rating: This story does not contain any graphic violence, language, or sexual encounters. Its rating would be similar to PG-13 movie. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Campbell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/120502/bk_acx0_120502_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Los Angeles, 1950. Over the course of a single day, two friends grapple with the moral and professional uncertainties of the escalating Communist witch-hunt in Hollywood. Director John Marsh races to convince his actress wife not to turn informant for the House Committee on Un-American Activities, while leftist screenwriter Desmond Frank confronts the possibility of exile to live and work without fear of being blacklisted. As Marsh and Frank struggle to complete shooting on their film She Turned Away , which updates the myth of Orpheus to the gritty noir underworld of post-war Los Angeles, the chaos of their private lives pushes them towards a climactic confrontation with complicity, jealousy, and fear. Night for Day conjures a feverish vision of one of the country´s most notorious periods of national crisis, illuminating the eternal dilemma of both art and politics: how to make the world anew. At once a definitively American novel, echoing Philip Roth and Raymond Chandler, it also nods to the mythic landscapes of Dante and the iconoclastic playfulness of James Joyce. With as much to say about the early years of the Cold War as about the political and social divisions that continue to divide the country today, Night for Day is expansive in scope and yet tenderly intimate, exploring the subtleties of belonging and the enormity of exile-not only from one´s country but also from one´s self.