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    • The Ghosts of the British Isles: A Collection of Ghost Stories and Other Supernatural Tales from Britain and Ireland

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
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    The United Kingdom is an ancient land steeped in history and tradition, filled with prehistoric ruins, majestic castles, and a countryside sculpted from millennia of human habitation. Its rolling countryside is dotted with prehistoric burial mounds and stone circles. Medieval churches have elaborate stained glass windows and gruesome carvings, reflecting a mixture of hope and darkness. Every hamlet and village has tales that go back centuries, and folk festivals with roots in pagan times. Thus, it is not surprising that many believe the area is filled with ghosts.

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    • The Tanks of World War II

    • The History and Legacy of Tank Warfare Between the Allies and Axis
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
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    The Polish invasion proved invaluable in providing the German high command with a low-risk, high-value live-fire exercise for their newly minted war machine, while the actual combat experience highlighted the remaining flaws in the system. During the campaign, the Germans honed tactics and weapon systems for the massive struggle with the Soviets, British, and US that loomed on the horizon.   

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    • A fact based review<br />

    • By Dr. M. P. Houghton on 09-08-18

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    • Jerusalem and Islam

    • The History and Legacy of the Holy City's Importance to Muslims
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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    In the campaign leading up to the election of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate frequently discussed the importance of moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. For many conservative Christian Americans and Israelis, this was tantamount to the United States agreeing to Jewish control over Jerusalem. As it stands now, the US has a consulate in Jerusalem, yet no country houses their embassy in Jerusalem due to the conflicting claims of the Israelis and Palestinians.

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    • Houston, We've Had a Problem

    • The History of the Apollo 13 Mission
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bob Barton
    • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
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    In the summer of 1969, Apollo 11 successfully landed men on the Moon for the first time in history, and Apollo 12 successfully landed astronauts on the Moon just a few months after Apollo 11's successful mission. Apollo 12 was actually more successful than Apollo 11 from the standpoint of fulfilling the mission objectives, but it was naturally overshadowed since it did not come first.

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    • Your Guide to the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
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    So starts one of Western literature's most epic journeys, The Hobbit, a fantasy novel that has delighted adults and children alike since it was published in 1937 by professor J.R.R. Tolkien. Ostensibly, The Hobbit is an adventurous tale about hobbit Bilbo Baggins, who leaves the cozy comforts of his home to try to win a share of a treasure, guarded by a dragon named Smaug. The novel follows Bilbo and an assorted cast of magical characters and creatures.

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    • The British Raj

    • The History and Legacy of Great Britain's Imperialism in India and the Indian Subcontinent
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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    The British East India Company served as one of the key players in the formation of the British Empire. From its origins as a trading company struggling to keep up with its superior Dutch, Portuguese, and Spanish competitors to its tenure as the ruling authority of the Indian subcontinent to its eventual hubristic downfall, the East India Company serves as a lens through which to explore the much larger economic and social forces that shaped the formation of a global British Empire.

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    • By midgers on 08-06-18
    • The History and Legacy of Great Britain's Imperialism in India and the Indian Subcontinent
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Release date: 30-11-16
    • 2.5 out of 5 stars 3 ratings

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    • Kashmir: The History and Legacy of the Indian Subcontinent’s Most Disputed Territory

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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    British India ultimately covered some 54 percent of the landmass and 77 percent of the population. By the time the British began to contemplate a withdrawal from India, 565 princely states were officially recognized, in addition to thousands of zamindaris and jagirs, which were in effect feudal estates. Kashmir: The History and Legacy of the Indian Subcontinent’s Most Disputed Territory chronicles the remarkable history of the area and the influence it has had over the centuries.

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    • Marie Curie: The Life and Legacy of the Legendary Scientist Who Became the First Woman to Win a Nobel Prize

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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    The tens of millions who perished in World War I understandably marred the conception of the first decades of the 20th century. However, during that time, unparalleled minds from all over the globe unsnarled age-old mysteries and perfected prevailing theories, conjuring up wave after wave of breakthroughs that catapulted the world of science to unprecedented heights. Owing to this influx of novel ideas and innovative concepts, conferences had to be assembled to keep the relevant scientific spheres apprised of the latest advances. 

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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
    • Unabridged
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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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    • By Anonymous User on 18-07-18

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    • The Warsaw Uprising of 1944

    • The History of the Polish Resistance's Failed Attempt to Liberate Poland's Capital from Nazi Germany
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: David Hubbard
    • Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
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    After a brief revival following World War I, during which it successfully defeated a Soviet attempt to invade in an effort to carry "international revolution" into Germany and Central Europe, Poland once again fell victim to its neighbors in 1939. Adolf Hitler's Third Reich and Josef Stalin's USSR collaborated in the conquest and then split Poland between them. The Germans instituted oppressive rule in their portion of Poland, executing some 7,000 people on political grounds and imprisoning thousands of others.

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    • The Sassanid Empire

    • The History and Legacy of the Neo-Persian Empire Before the Arab Conquest and Rise of Islam
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
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    During the first half of the first millennium CE, an empire arose in Persia that extended its power and influence to Mesopotamia in the east, Arabia in the south, the Caucasus Mountains in the north, and as far east as India. This empire, known alternatively as the Sasanian Empire or Sassanid Empire, was the last of three great dynasties in Persia before the rise of Islam. In fact, many scholars consider the Sasanian Empire to be the last great empire of the ancient Near East.

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    • Mecca and Medina

    • The History of Islam's Holiest Cities
    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Doron Alon
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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    Even centuries before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, the leaders of Mecca established that their city was the preeminent holy site in Western Arabia and established a truce for pilgrims to the city. In the process one effect of this was that Mecca became a center for what might today be described as tourism, as even ancient visitors needed places for food, water, and sleep. Of course Mecca is now best known for being Islam's holiest city, revered as the birthplace of Muhammad and the site where Allah first revealed the Qu'ran to him.

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    • The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs

    • By: M Clement Hall, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
    • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
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    How did Iran get to where it is today, at the forefront of global affairs? The history of Iran and the theme of Persian conflict with the West stretches back thousands of years, and it is a unique history of empire, culture, art, pride, and religious nationalism. The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs comprehensively and descriptively covers this history, progressing through a timeline dating back to antiquity and examining all of the different religious, political, foreign, and military issues that affect Iran and are affected by Iran today.

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    • A brief history

    • By Anonymous User on 16-10-18

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    • Petra

    • The History of the Rose City, One of the New Seven Wonders of the World
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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    When the European armies of the Third Crusade were defeated at the Battle of Hattin in 1187 CE, the region of what is today southern Jordan was overrun by Saladin's armies, and over the following five centuries knowledge of Petra's existence was lost to the people of Europe. The ancient city and center of civilization hidden in the desert became a myth, drawn largely upon Biblical accounts of the people and places in the Holy Land.

    • The History of the Rose City, One of the New Seven Wonders of the World
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Release date: 03-11-16
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    • The British Army in the World Wars

    • The History of Britain’s Ground Forces During World War I and World War II
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
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     The British Army in the World Wars comprehensively analyzes Britain’s experience in the field, the results, and the traumatic aftermath of World War I and World War II.  

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    • Legends of the Ancient World: The Life and Legacy of Julius Caesar

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 57 mins
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    Possibly the most important man of antiquity, and even all of history, was Julius Caesar. Alexander Hamilton, the famous American patriot, once remarked that "the greatest man who ever lived was Julius Caesar." Such a tribute, coming from one of the Founding Fathers of the quintessential modern democracy in reference to a man who destroyed the Roman Republic, is testament to the enduring mark that Caesar left upon the world.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Dolly Parton

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 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' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America'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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    • Versailles

    • The History and Legacy of France's Most Famous Royal Palace
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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    In every nation, in every era of history, there are inevitably one or two places that become the symbol of the times. Mention Valley Forge to an American and it will immediately conjure up visions of a hard won fight for freedom. Likewise, the word Dunkirk said to a Briton will elicit a sense of both pride and horror at the lives lost and saved at that desperate point in World War II. For the French, and those who study their history, Versailles is a symbol of, as Charles Dickens once put it, "the best of times...the worst of times."

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    • By Mrs U on 10-02-18

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    • The Franco-Prussian War: The History of the War that Established the German Empire

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
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    After Prussia was victorious in the Austro-Prussian War, Bismarck played a waiting game where the unification of Germany was concerned, as the joining of the southern states - initially resistant to Prussian rule, friendly with Austria, and bent on independence - would have to be overcome. What was needed was “a clear case of French aggression” toward either Prussia or the southern states. Not only would such a move by Emperor Napoleon III trigger the terms of the treaty between the German states, but it would keep the remaining world powers out of the conflict. 

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    • The Great Fire of London

    • The History of the 1666 Fire that Destroyed England's Greatest City
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Pam Tierney
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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    In the 17th century, the people of London could boast that they had developed some of the most advanced firefighting technology and methods in the world, including the use of primitive fire engines. There were even vendors of such machines who advertised in papers of their machines' abilities to quench great fires.

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    • By Rajesh Bhalla on 20-09-17

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