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    • Tikal

    • The History of the Ancient Maya's Famous Capital
    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Paul Christy
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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    The Mayans maintained power in the Yucatan for over 1,000 years, and at the height of its Classical era, the city of Tikal was one of the power centers of the empire. Archaeologists believe Tikal had been built as early as the fifth or fourth century BC. Eventually it became a political, economic, and military capital that was an important part of a far-flung network across Mesoamerica.

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    • Celtic Mythology and the Religion of the Ancient Celts

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Daniel F. Purcell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
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    The Celts are one of the most well-known groups in Europe and one of the least understood. Depending on which classifications are used, the Celts are also one of the oldest civilizations in Europe. In the centuries before Christ, the Celts were spread out across much of continental Europe, and though they are mostly identified with Gaul, evidence suggests they also spread as far as Portugal.

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    • Not any of the myths

    • By Nik on 30-06-17

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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 Spanish Armada

    • The History and Legacy of Spain's Notorious Naval Debacle
    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Maurice R. Cravens II
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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    On July 12, 1588, the legendary Spanish Armada started for the English channel. The Spanish plan was to take this invasion, led by the duke of Parma, to the coast of southeast England, where they would be released to conquer Elizabethan England for the Spanish monarch and Catholic Christendom.

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    • The Druids: The History and Mystery of the Ancient Celtic Priests

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Phillip J. Mather
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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    The Celts are one of the most well-known groups in Europe and one of the least understood. Depending on which classifications are used, the Celts are also one of the oldest civilizations in Europe. In the centuries before Christ, the Celts were spread out across much of continental Europe, and though they are mostly identified with Gaul, evidence suggests they also spread as far as Portugal.

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    • Very high level

    • By Anonymous User on 27-05-17

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    • Machu Picchu

    • The History and Mystery of the Incan City
    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Larry Earnhart
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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    Machu Picchu is one of South America's best tourist spots, and the ruins have even been voted one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. But even though Machu Picchu is now the best known of all Incan ruins, its function in Incan civilization is still not clear. Some have speculated that it was an outpost or a frontier citadel, while others believe it to be a sanctuary or a work center for women. Still others suggest that it was a ceremonial center or perhaps even the last refuge of the Incas after the Spanish conquest.

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    • Chichen Itza

    • The History and Mystery of the Mayan's Most Famous City
    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Doug Miller
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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    Chichen Itza was inhabited for hundreds of years and was a very influential center in the later years of Maya civilization. At its height, Chichen Itza may have had over 30,000 inhabitants, and with a spectacular pyramid, enormous ball court, observatory and several temples, the builders of this city exceeded even those at Uxmal in developing the use of columns and exterior relief decoration. Of particular interest at Chichen Itza is the sacred cenote, a sinkhole was a focus for Maya rituals around water.

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    • Odin: The Origins, History and Evolution of the Norse God

    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Anthony R. Schlotzhauer
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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    A one-eyed old man, with a gray cloak and a wide-brimmed hat leaning on a staff. A wanderer who appears when least expected, bringing triumph or doom. The god of prophecy, poetry and fate. A shape changer. A sorcerer. The god Odin cuts a dramatic figure in Norse mythology and is still a part of the popular imagination. He is the inspiration for figures like J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf the Grey, and he still appears in modern literature as varied as Marvel Comics and Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods.

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    • Good Book,pity about the cyclist

    • By L WILSON on 18-10-15

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    • Teotihuacan

    • The History of Ancient Mesoamerica's Largest City
    • By: Dr. Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
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    Thriving between AD 100-750, Teotihuacan was one of the largest cities in the ancient world, with a population estimated at upwards of 150,000-250,000, over three times the size of contemporary Mayan capitals. Furthermore, Teotihuacan was a supremely well-planned and efficient city that was able to field massive armies and extend its power far beyond its home base. Teotihuacan not only served as a vital center for trade in Ancient Mesoamerica, but also spread its architecture, art, religion, and culture.

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    • King Arthur: The History and Folklore of the Arthurian Legend

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Sabrina Z
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
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    King Arthur is one of the most famous names in history, and his name still evokes visions of fantasy, chivalry, bravery, and more even today. Arthur remains a pop culture fixture around the globe, made famous in various Arthurian tales written by writers like Chretien de Troyes. Arthur came to embody the ideals of the Middle Ages: strength, chivalry, bravery, and more. Along the way, his Excalibur sword, the Holy Grail, his queen, and more have all become household words.

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    • By Clare on 19-06-17

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    • Odin and Thor: The Origins, History and Religious Evolution of the Norse Gods

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Anthony R Schlotzhauer
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
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    A hammer no mortal can lift. A flame-haired fiery storm god. A comic book alien-hero-god who defends humanity. The swastika. Even the name "Thursday" ("Thor's Day"). Despite the virtual disappearance of the indigenous Norse religion and mythology several centuries ago, modern society still regularly encounters the storm god Thor, who continues to be brought back to life in the form of literature and was recently the protagonist in a big-budget Hollywood movie.

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    • Fascinating recounting of Norse mythology

    • By Kindle Customer on 15-05-16

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    • The Tower of London

    • The History of England's Famous Landmark
    • By: Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Phillip J. Mather
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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    The Tower of London is one of the most historic sites in all of England and still one of the most popular. All around is the modern city of London, one of the world's most prosperous and power financial districts, but the Tower is still a daunting structure that looms across the landscape. Not a single structure but a vast network of medieval and early modern fortifications, it anchors the southeastern end of the old city and controls access to the River Thames and, through it, London's connection to the sea.

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    • Poorly researched and painfully inaccurate!

    • By Mrs on 20-09-15

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    • The World's Greatest Civilizations: The History and Culture of the Celts

    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Violet Meadow
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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    The Celts are one of the most well-known groups in Europe and one of the least understood. Depending on which classifications are used, the Celts are also one of the oldest civilizations in Europe. In the centuries before Christ, the Celts were spread out across much of continental Europe, and though they are mostly identified with Gaul, evidence suggests they also spread as far as Portugal.

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    • Westminster Abbey

    • The History of England's Most Famous Church
    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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    It almost goes without saying that Westminster Abbey is one of the foremost sites in Europe when it comes to being steeped in history. Dating back to the reign of William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest, Westminster Abbey has traditionally been the site of royal coronations, royal weddings, and royal burials, and anyone who enters can instantly feel that they are walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, from Henry III to Queen Elizabeth I.

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    • Tiwanaku: The History and Legacy of the Ancient Pre-Colombian Site in the Heart of the Andes

    • By: Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
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    Few ancient ruins capture the imagination like the mighty holy site of Tiwanaku, located on the high Andean altiplano plateau outside of La Paz, Bolivia. Unlike some ancient sites, such as Machu Picchu in neighboring Peru or Chichen Itzá in Mexico, Tiwanaku has never been "lost"; on the contrary, it has been marveled over for centuries by Incan nobles, Spanish Conquistadores, modern backpackers, and UFO fanatics alike.

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    • Siberia

    • The History of Russia's Most Notorious Territory and Home of the Soviet Gulags
    • By: Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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    Although Russia has long been considered part of Europe, it has always had a culture so distinct and a history so different that it is still foreign to Western Europe in many ways. Naturally, this sense of otherness has lent an aura of intrigue and mystique to Russia as people have struggled to understand it. Over the long course of Russian history, perhaps no aspect of the giant country has generated interest quite like Siberia, the easternmost part of Russia that lies in Asia.

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    • The Mythology and Religion of the Inca

    • By: Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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    During the Age of Exploration, Native American tribes fell victim to European conquerors seeking legendary cities made of gold and other riches, attempts that were often made in vain. And yet of all the empires that were conquered across the continent, the one that continues to be most intimately associated with legends of gold and hidden riches is the Inca Empire.

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    • Odin: As Origens, História e Evolução do Deus Nórdico [Odin: The Origins, History and Evolution of the Norse God]

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Nicolas Villanueva
    • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
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    Um homem caolho, com uma capa cinza e um chapéu de abas largas apoiando-se em uma bengala. Um andarilho que aparece quando menos esperado, trazendo triunfo ou perdição. O deus da profecia, poesia e destino. Um metamorfo. Um feiticeiro. O deus Odin representa uma figura dramática na mitologia nórdica e permanece uma parte da imaginação popular. Ele é a inspiração para personagens como Gandalf o Cinza de J.R.R. Tolkien, e ainda faz parte de literatura moderna tão variada quanto histórias em quadrinhos da Marvel bem como o romance de Neil Gaiman Deuses Americanos. 

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    • Mayapan: The History of the Mayan Capital

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
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    Many ancient civilizations have influenced and inspired people in the 21st century, like the Greeks and the Romans, but of all the world's civilizations, none have intrigued people more than the Mayans, whose culture, astronomy, language, and mysterious disappearance all continue to captivate people. At the heart of the fascination is Chichén Itzá, the most visited Mayan site, but Chichén Itzá's prominence lasted for less than 200 years and was eventually succeeded by Mayapán.

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    • Medina: The History of Islam's Second Holiest City

    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Doron Alon
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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    Centuries before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, Jews settled on the land to escape persecution at the hands of the Babylonians and Romans, meaning the area and its arid environment brought inhabitants precisely because it wasn't an attractive or resource rich area. In fact, the city fated to become the second holiest city in Islam earned that spot simply by straddling trade routes to the religious city of Mecca, which brought traders and pilgrims in large enough numbers to make it a trade center.

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