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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 67
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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 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 60
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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

    • The Divine Comedy

    • By: Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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      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

    • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 70 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 271
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    Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed.

    • By SARAH on 18-01-14

    Regular price: £63.09

    • The Aeneid

    • By: Virgil
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 50
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    The Aeneid represents one of the greatest cultural and artistic achievements of Western Civilization. Within the brooding and melancholy atmosphere of Virgil's pious masterpiece lies the mythic story of Aeneas and his flight from burning Troy, taking with him across the Mediterranean the survivors of the Greek onslaught. Aeneas, after many travails and adventures, including a love affair with Dido Queen of Carthage and a visit to the underworld to see his father, ends up in Italy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Magical!

    • By Ehab on 16-04-09

    Regular price: £59.69

    • 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 9/11 Commission Report

    • Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
    • By: National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
    • Narrated by: Ken Borgers, Sal Giangrasso, Charlton Griffin, and others
    • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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    The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9-11 Commission, was created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002. This independent, bipartisan commission had the task of producing a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the attack, including preparedness and immediate response, and providing recommendations designed to guard against future attacks.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Worth the cost

    • By Paul c on 23-02-17

    Regular price: £0.00

    • The Twelve Caesars

    • By: Suetonius
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 42
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    The Twelve Caesars was written based on the information of eyewitnesses and public records. It conveys a very accurate picture of court life in Rome and contains some of the raciest and most salacious material to be found in all of ancient literature. The writing is clear, simple and easy to understand, and the numerous anecdotes of juicy scandal, bitter court intrigue, and murderous brigandage easily hold their own against the most spirited content of today's tabloids.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Twelve Caesars

    • By Matthew on 25-12-12

    Regular price: £39.39

    • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

    • By: John Milton
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 28
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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

    • Italian Journey

    • By: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 18 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    Goethe was probably the greatest universal genius who ever lived. Although known primarily as a poet, playright, and novelist, he was also known for his work in anatomy, botany, color, art criticism, and jurisprudence. Many people are deterred from attempting to read anything by Goethe because of his extremely penetrating intelligence and dense prose. But his travel diary, Italian Journey, is by far easier to digest than anything else by him.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Tedious Journey

    • By Aquilina Christophorus on 30-03-17

    Regular price: £37.29

    • 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 23
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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

    • Alexander the Great

    • By: Arrian
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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

    • A History of Greece, Volume 1

    • By: Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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    A History of Greece is the thrilling story of the rise to power and influence of the greatest civilization the world has ever known. As Cyril Robinson's exquisite narrative unfolds, we find ourselves plunged into mankind's greatest and most magnificent adventure.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not Bad

    • By Mark on 13-04-06

    Regular price: £28.89

    • The History of Rome, Volume 1, Books 1 - 5

    • By: Titus Livy, William Masfen Roberts (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 22
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    When Livy began his epic The History of Rome, he had no idea of the fame and fortune he would eventually attain. He would go on to become the most widely read writer in the Roman Empire and was eagerly sought out and feted like a modern celebrity. And his fame continued to grow after his death. His bombastic style, his intricate and complex sentence structure, and his flair for powerfully recreating the searing drama of historical incidents made him a favorite of teachers and pupils alike.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great information let down by poor recording

    • By Hallmark27 on 30-03-15

    Regular price: £28.89

    • Europe Under the Old Regime

    • Power, Politics, and Diplomacy in the Eighteenth Century
    • By: Albert Sorel
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    Behind the glittering facade of 18th century European civilization lurked some of the most brutal and cynical power brokers ever to practice the art of diplomacy, and ironically it was their blueprint for conquest that the French Revolution was to utilize so well. Europe Under the Old Regime is actually the preface to Sorel's tremendous and magnificently elaborate work, Europe and the French Revolution.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating review of the past

    • By cath haye on 18-05-18

    Regular price: £10.89

    • Louis XIV and the Zenith of the French Monarchy

    • By: Arthur Hassall
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    Louis XIV, known as the Grand Monarch, or the Sun King, was a sovereign of the House of Bourbon who reigned as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. His reign of 72 years is the longest recorded of any monarch in European history. In the age of absolutism, Louis XIV's France was the leader in the growing centralization of power.

    Regular price: £34.19

    • The Canterbury Tales [Audio Connoisseur]

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer, Neville Coghill (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 23 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
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      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 Dark Ages: 476-918

    • By: Charles Oman
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    The Dark Ages is the story of the birth of Western civilization. It was a harrowing crucible of war, destruction, and faith. For over 100 years, Charles Oman's famous history has remained one of the finest sources for the study of this period. Covering a period of 500 years and an area stretching from Northern Germany to Egypt, this is the definitive history that will alter your conceptions of a period of history that gave birth to the civilization we live in today.

    Regular price: £31.59

    • Don Quixote

    • By: Miguel Cervantes
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 43 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Don Quixote is widely considered to be the first modern novel. As a classic of Western literature, it is regarded by scholars worldwide to be one of the finest works of fiction ever written, and a magnificent product of the Spanish Golden Age of literature. Cervantes’ influence on the Spanish language has been so great that his work is often called “la lengua de Cervantes.” The work was written in two separate volumes, both of which are contained in this production. It introduces the character of Don Quixote de la Mancha, a hero who carries his enthusiasm and self-deception to unintentional and comic ends.

    Regular price: £43.69

    • Idylls of the King

    • By: Alfred Tennyson
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 12
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      4 out of 5 stars 10
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    The Arthurian legend of Camelot has been told many times, but never better than by Alfred Tennyson. Employing some of the most stirring and beautiful blank verse ever written, Tennyson crafted his version of the Knights of the Round Table over the course of nearly fifty years, completing it in 1885. Despite the length of time, Tennyson managed to maintain a high level of style and continuity throughout.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Theatrical narrative style

    • By Angelcritique on 11-10-18

    Regular price: £36.59

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