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    • The Empires of Ancient Persia

    • The History and Legacy of the Achaemenids, Parthians, and Sassanids in Antiquity
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
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    Lying in the middle of a plain in modern day Iran is a forgotten ancient city: Persepolis. Built two and a half thousand years ago, it was known in its day as the richest city under the sun. Persepolis was the capital of Achaemenid Persian Empire, the largest empire the world had ever seen, but after its destruction, it was largely forgotten for nearly 2,000 years, and the lives and achievements of those who built it were almost entirely erased from history. Alexander the Great’s troops razed the city to the ground in a drunken riot to celebrate the conquest of the capital, after which time and sand buried it for centuries. It was not until the excavations of the 1930s that many of the relics, reliefs, and clay tablets that offer so much information about Persian life could be studied for the first time. Through archaeological remains, ancient texts, and work by a new generation of historians, a picture can today be built of this remarkable civilization and their capital city. Although the city had been destroyed, the legacy of the Persians survived, even as they mostly remain an enigma to the West and are not nearly as well understood as the Greeks, Romans, or Egyptians. In a sense, the Achaemenid Persian Empire holds some of the most enduring mysteries of ancient civilization.

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    • The Ghosts of Scotland: A Collection of Ghost Stories Across the Scottish Nation

    • By: Sean Mcloughlin, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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    Scotland is a fascinating and ancient land filled with history. Not everything in Scotland is as it appears, however. Some Scots say this is a land haunted by spirits, a place of strange disappearances and unexplained phenomena. The Ghosts of Scotland: A Collection of Ghost Stories Across the Scottish Nation is a collection of such tales, just a few among the thousands of local legends and modern sightings that make Scotland one of the most haunted countries in the world.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Mama Cass Elliot

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kimberly Austin
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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    In the 1950s, popular music in the United States, Britain, and Europe jumped cultural tracks and went off in all directions, each form enjoying its own fan base, and its own way of overlapping with fellow genres.

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    • The Ultimate Pirate Collection

    • Blackbeard, Francis Drake, Captain Kidd, Captain Morgan, Grace O'Malley, Black Bart, Calico Jack, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Henry Every and Howell Davis
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Rhett Samuel Price
    • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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    "The golden age of piracy" generally refers to the era when history's most famous pirates roamed the seas of the West Indies from 1670-1720.

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    • A great book ruined by a bad narrator. Shame.

    • By Lior Abel on 29-09-16

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    • The Apollo Program

    • The History and Legacy of America's Most Famous Space Missions
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bob Barton
    • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
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    The Apollo space program is the most famous and celebrated in American history, but the first successful landing of men on the moon during Apollo 11 had complicated roots dating back over a decade, and it also involved one of NASA’s most infamous tragedies. 

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    • Russian Legends: The Life and Legacy of Nikita Khrushchev

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
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    A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' Russian Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of Russia's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

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    • French Legends: The Life and Legacy of Cardinal Richelieu

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
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    In an age where it was difficult to steer clear of a king's wrath and keep one's head for their entire life, Armand Jean du Plessis managed to become the power behind a king. The royal courts of 17th and 18th century France were famed for powerful and versatile Ministers like Talleyrand and the Comte de Vergennes, yet none have held as much sway like the man best known to the world today as Cardinal Richelieu.

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    • The Wounded Knee Massacre and the Sand Creek Massacre

    • The History and Legacy of the Two Most Notorious Indian Massacres
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Larson
    • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
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    On the morning of November 29, 1864, Colonel John Chivington led 700 militiamen in a surprise attack against Cheyenne leader Black Kettle's camp at Sand Creek. Chivington was a fire and brimstone Methodist minister who had publicly advocated indiscriminately killing Native American children because "nits makes lice."

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    • The Voynich Manuscript

    • The History of the Mysterious Renaissance Codex That Has Never Been Deciphered
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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    For as long as language and communication have existed, humans have invented ways to mask their messages from prying eyes. One could be forgiven for assuming there are no ciphers left unsolved. On the contrary, a diverse array of both ancient and modern cryptographic challenges, which have stumped even the most seasoned code crackers of today, exist, and may exist for generations to come. Among the most famous of these memorandums is a 600-year-old document that continues to mystify: the Voynich Manuscript.

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    • The Partition of the British Mandate of Palestine

    • The History and Legacy of the United Nations Partition Plan and the Creation of the State of Israel
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
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    The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is technically 69 years old and counting, but it has its roots in over 2,000 years of history. Over time, it has become exceedingly difficult for even sophisticated political pundits and followers to keep track of it all. In 1947, the British delegated the issue of partitioning the British Mandate to the United Nations. The UN General Assembly eventually came up with what is now known as the UN Partition Plan of 1947.

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    • Ingrid Bergman: The First International Movie Star

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robin J. Sitten
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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    Since the early 20th century, film has been embraced as arguably the preeminent international art form. Not only is Hollywood cinema immensely popular around the world, but other nationalities (Bollywood being the greatest current example) have their own thriving industries. Major actors and actresses are not only icons in their parent countries but reach tremendous international fame.

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    • Weird Ireland

    • A History of Ancient Mysteries, Fantastic Folklore, and Urban Legends Across the Emerald Isle
    • By: Charles River Editors, Sean McLachlan
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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    Ireland has a rich folklore. Everyone knows about the fairy folk and leprechauns and many have heard of the fearsome banshee. There are also the usual ghost stories found in every old land. The stranger side of the Emerald Isle goes much deeper than that, however, with tales of phantom armies marching through the sky, sea monsters swimming in the waters around the island, and stories of strange powers and dark magic.

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    • The Irish Potato Famine

    • The History and Legacy of the Mass Starvation in Ireland During the 19th Century
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dave Wright
    • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
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    In their long history of suffering, nothing was ever so terrible as what the Irish endured during the Great Potato Famine that struck the country in the 1840s. It produced massive upheaval for several years. While countless numbers of Irish starved, the famine also compelled many to leave. And all the while, the British were exporting enough food from Ireland on a daily basis to prevent the starvation.

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    • Saqqara: The History and Legacy of the Ancient Egyptian Necropolis near Memphis

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
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    Africa may have given rise to the first human beings, and Egypt probably gave rise to the first great civilizations, which continue to fascinate modern societies across the globe nearly 5,000 years later. From the library and lighthouse of Alexandria to the Great Pyramid at Giza, the ancient Egyptians produced several wonders of the world, revolutionized architecture and construction, created some of the world’s first systems of mathematics and medicine, and established language and art that spread across the known world.

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    • The History of the Sunni and Shia Split

    • Understanding the Divisions within Islam
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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    Different branches of the same religion are the exception more than the rule, and they have had a profound impact upon history. The schism between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches influenced relationships between nations across Europe, and religious intolerance based on different Christian faiths led to persecution and outright violence across the continent for centuries.

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    • The Case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

    • The History of America's Most Controversial Espionage Trial
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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    The case of Alger Hiss and the rise of McCarthyism were undoubtedly instrumental in the way that one of the most notorious cases in American history unfolded in the early 1950s. After years of keeping tabs on Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the two Communist sympathizers were indicted on charges of treason and conspiracy to commit espionage for passing off secrets about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

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    • The Battle of Kursk

    • The History and Legacy of the Biggest Tank Battle of World War II
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: David Zarbock
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
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    The vast expanses of southern Russia and the Ukraine provided the Eastern Front arena where the armies of Third Reich dictator Adolf Hitler and Soviet dictator Josef Stalin wrestled lethally for supremacy in 1943. Endless rolling plains - ideal "tank country" - vast forests, sprawling cities, and enormous tracts of agricultural land formed the environment over which millions of men and thousands of the era's most formidable military vehicles fought for their respective overlords and ideologies.

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    • Brilliant

    • By Karl Knight on 06-09-17

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    • Submarine Warfare in World War II

    • The History of the Fighting Under the Waves in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
    • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
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    Danger prowled under both the cold gray waters of the North Sea and the shimmering blue waves of the tropical Atlantic during World War II as Adolf Hitler's Third Reich attempted to strangle Allied shipping lanes with U-boat attacks. German and British submarines combed the vast oceanic battlefield for prey, while scientists developed new technologies and countermeasures.

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    • The Sistine Chapel

    • The History and Legacy of the World's Most Famous Chapel
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hair
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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    In 1503, Pope Julius II had succeeded the notorious Alexander VI, and Julius II brought an appreciation for the arts to the papacy. After Michelangelo finished the flurry of works that he had worked on during the previous four years, he was commissioned by Pope Julius II to complete a tomb in the Pope's honor. The project was to be massive in scope, and the tomb was to be placed inside of St. Peter's Basilica, the construction of which was intended to take place while Michelangelo designed the tomb.

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    • The Greatest Battles in History

    • The Battle of Moscow During World War II
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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    World War II was fought on a scale unlike anything before or since in human history, and the unfathomable casualty counts are attributable in large measure to the carnage inflicted between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union during Hitler's invasion of Russia and Stalin's desperate defense. The invasion came in 1941 following a nonaggression pact signed between the two in 1939, which allowed Hitler to focus his attention on the west without having to worry about an attack from the eastern front.

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