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    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 126 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 66
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    Here in a single volume is the entire, unabridged recording of Gibbon's masterpiece. Beginning in the second century A.D. at the apex of the Pax Romana, Gibbon traces the arc of decline and complete destruction through the centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is a thrilling and cautionary tale of splendor and ruin, of faith and hubris, and of civilization and barbarism. Follow along as Christianity overcomes paganism... before itself coming under intense pressure from Islam.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Immense book & audiobook

    • By El on 12-12-15

    Regular price: £56.29

    • The Divine Comedy

    • By: Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
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    Dante's Divine Comedy is considered to be not only the most important epic poem in Italian literature, but also one of the greatest poems ever written. It consists of 100 cantos, and (after an introductory canto) they are divided into three sections. Each section is 33 cantos in length, and they describe how Dante and a guide travel through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautifully done!

    • By LM C on 16-04-18

    Regular price: £52.59

    • Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans

    • By: Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 83 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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    Plutarch (c. AD 46-AD 120) was born to a prominent family in the small Greek town of Chaeronea, about 20 miles east of Delphi in the region known as Boeotia. His best known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek life and one Roman life as well as four unpaired single lives.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • must read for history buffs

    • By Andrew on 28-06-16

    Regular price: £63.09

    • The Iliad

    • By: Homer, Richmond Lattimore - translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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    The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterful

    • By Bob the Bard on 10-09-17

    Regular price: £39.39

    • The Canterbury Tales [Audio Connoisseur]

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer, Neville Coghill (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 6
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    If you want to understand the daily life and psychology of the Late Middle Ages, Neville Coghill's famous translation of The Canterbury Tales provides one of the very best means of doing so. Within its pages are to be found a broad range of society – high and low, male and female, rich and poor – who express their innermost beliefs and extravagant fantasies in a series of stories they tell as they make their way to Canterbury cathedral.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Lovely timbre - some shocking mispronunciations!

    • By Graham on 18-08-10

    Regular price: £42.09

    • The Peloponnesian War

    • By: Thucydides
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 26 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    Historians universally agree that Thucydides was the greatest historian who has ever lived, and that his story of the Peloponnesian conflict is a marvel of forensic science and fine literature. That such a triumph of intellectual accomplishment was created at the end of the fifth century B.C. in Greece is, perhaps, not so surprising, given the number of original geniuses we find in that period. But that such an historical work would also be simultaneously acknowledged as a work of great literature and a penetrating ethical evaluation of humanity is one of the miracles of ancient history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic & full! Valued added cntnt. x1.25 speed.

    • By AHW on 04-08-15

    Regular price: £42.09

    • The Italian Renaissance

    • By: J.H. Plumb
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 5
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    In all of human history there has never been an era as richly endowed with human creativity as the Italian Renaissance. When the economic boom of the Late Middle Ages had allowed a flourishing and wealthy merchant class to emerge, a plethora of artists, sculptors, architects, and thinkers followed in their wake. In an astonishingly short period of time, Italy was transformed mentally, physically, and spiritually.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Review

    • By Anonymous User on 04-08-10

    Regular price: £15.79

    • The Metamorphoses

    • By: Ovid
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 45
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    An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very moving

    • By Joachim on 26-10-09

    Regular price: £57.79

    • The History of Rome, Volume 3: Books 21-25

    • By: Titus Livy
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    The incredible saga of Hannibal and his invasion of Italy in 218 B.C. is the subject of this third volume of Livy's magnificent history. As only Livy can describe it, we are swept into the era of the Second Punic War and given a ringside view of the leadership of both sides. The stirring account of Hannibal crossing the Alps, the brutal description of Cannae, and the relentless Roman siege of Syracuse are some of the highlights of this remarkable story.

    Regular price: £24.39

    • The Age of Louis XIV

    • By: Laurence Bradford Packard
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The seventeenth century was one of the most fascinating and seminal periods in European history, particularly with regard to France. For it was here in France that the fruits of the earlier Renaissance were to be most brilliantly realized. Although the path of "greatness" for Louis XIV was prepared for him by men like Richelieu, Mazarin, Colbert, Turenne, and Louvois, it was during his reign that French preeminence in all facets of civilization emerged.

    Regular price: £15.79

    • Complete Poetry

    • Sonnets and Narrative Poems
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 9
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    The sonnets are a collection numbering 154 poems dealing with themes such as the passage of time, love, beauty, and mortality. They were probably written over a long period of Shakespeare's life up until 1609, when they were first printed. The first 17 poems, traditionally referred to as the "procreation sonnets", are addressed to a young man urging him to marry and have children in order to immortalize his beauty by passing it on to his descendants.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wonderful (and easy!) intro to the Bard's poetry

    • By William Tarvainen on 20-04-14

    Regular price: £16.99

    • The Arabian Nights Entertainments

    • By: Louis Rhead
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    The central core of the stories concerns a Persian king and his new bride. The king has a brother who is a vizier in faraway Samarcand, and he invites him to come to the palace for a visit. Just before his departure, the vizier is shocked to discover his wife's infidelity. Enraged, he kills her. Full of pain and grief, the vizier continues on to the court of his brother, the king. But, once arrived at his brother's palace, the vizier soon discovers the king's wife is also involved in an even more flagrant infidelity.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • very entertaining

    • By G Varsani on 24-12-17

    Regular price: £18.29

    • A History of China

    • By: Hilda Hookham
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3 out of 5 stars 15
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      3 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Trying to squeeze an entire history of Chinese civilization into a brief, one volume account is a formidable task, but one that has succeeded brilliantly here. Hilda Hookham has provided us with a concise story that, while not getting too entangled with personalities and cultural issues, manages to navigate the swirling passage of events that comprise over 3,000 years of Chinese political history.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not up to date

    • By Bo on 16-01-10

    Regular price: £20.09

    • Alexander the Great

    • By: Arrian
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 28
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    This is the incredible story of the world's greatest conqueror, a man who single handedly changed the course of history...and who was worshipped as a god. There have been many attempts in the 2,300 years since Alexander's death to tell the epic story of this enigmatic soldier. His deeds read like the stuff of legends. Of all the chroniclers of Alexander, and there have been many famous ones, including Plutarch and Ptolemy, none have given us a clearer and truer account than the one by Arrian.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A well written and performed story!

    • By Lance Johnson on 29-12-16

    Regular price: £36.19

    • The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov, Volume 1

    • By: Anton Chekhov
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, (1860¿1904), was born in Russia at Taganrog on the Sea of Azov. His name has become synonymous with a certain literary style much admired and widely copied since his death. Typically, a Chekhov story is a ¿mood,¿ a state of mind, usually with regard to relations between one person and another. Under the influence of the constant, infinitesimal and unforeseen pinpricks of life, there occurs a gradual transformation of that state of mind.

    Regular price: £16.29

    • The Thirty Years War

    • By: C. V. Wedgwood
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 57
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    Initially, the Thirty Years War was precipitated in 1618 by religious conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire. But the conflict soon spread beyond religion to encompass the internal politics and balance of power within the Empire, and then later to the other European powers. By the end, it became simply a dynastic struggle between Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. And almost all of it was fought out in Germany. Entire regions were depopulated and destroyed.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More poetry than history

    • By Lord Peridot on 07-05-18

    Regular price: £22.49

    • Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

    • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 24 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
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    This magnificent novel is about the murder of a miserly, aged pawnbroker and her younger sister by a radical, destitute St. Petersburg student named Raskolnikov, and the emotional, mental, and physical effects that follow. It is a remarkable masterpiece about a man's turbulent inner life and his relationship to others and to society at large.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Spellbinding!!

    • By Cathryn on 31-12-13

    Regular price: £65.09

    • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

    • By: John Milton
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 26
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    Paradise Lost, along with its companion piece, Paradise Regained, remain the most successful attempts at Greco-Roman style epic poetry in the English language. Remarkably enough, they were written near the end of John Milton's amazing life, a bold testimonial to his mental powers in old age. And, since he had gone completely blind in 1652, 15 years prior to Paradise Lost, he dictated it and all his other works to his daughter.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superb

    • By H Ireland on 12-05-13

    Regular price: £57.79

    • The Commentaries

    • By: Julius Caesar
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Classic of mispronunciation

    • By Steven on 07-08-12

    Regular price: £37.99

    • The Epigrams

    • By: Martial, James Michie (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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    Martial was a Latin poet from Hispania best known for his 12 books of Epigrams, published in Rome between A.D. 86 and 103, during the reigns of the emperors Domitian, Nerva and Trajan. In these short, witty poems, he cheerfully satirises city life and the scandalous activities of his acquaintances, and romanticises his provincial upbringing.

    Regular price: £8.59

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