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    • The Divine Comedy

    • By: Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 54
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      4 out of 5 stars 41
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      4 out of 5 stars 40

    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 Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 126 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 61
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      4 out of 5 stars 52
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      4 out of 5 stars 53

    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 Metamorphoses

    • By: Ovid
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 43
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    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

    • Classic French Short Stories, Volume 1

    • By: Jean Paul Sartre, Guy de Maupassant, Anatole France, and others
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 6 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    French literature may be said to begin with the ninth century "Song of Roland," and it has since then churned out masterpiece after masterpiece in every century right up to the present. Beginning with Balzac and Dumas in the early part of the nineteenth century and proceeding to Sartre and Camus at the midpoint of the twentieth, the stories in this collection showcase the talents of some of the greatest French masters of the short story.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Perhaps the most terrible reading of anything ever

    • By Sam Duggan on 01-03-16

    Regular price: £16.89

    • 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 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    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

    • The Fall of Constantinople

    • By: Steven Runciman
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Few events have riveted the imagination or wrung the heart as did the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. With its passage into the hands of the Ottoman Empire, European history entered a new era and Byzantine Civilization disappeared forever. Although Constantinople had been under constant pressure from Muslim incursions for over seven centuries, its fall came as a bitter shock to the West.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An under-rated classic

    • By Elaine & Edward Jackson on 16-07-18

    Regular price: £23.69

    • The Aeneid

    • By: Virgil
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 47
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      4 out of 5 stars 24
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      4 out of 5 stars 24

    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

    • Don Quixote, Volume One

    • By: Miguel de Cervantes
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 21 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    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 best works of fiction ever written and a magnificent product of the Spanish golden age of literature. And merely from a grammatical standpoint alone, Cervantes' influence on the Spanish language has been so great that his work is often called " la lengua de Cervantes".

    Regular price: £32.59

    • Don Quixote, Volume Two

    • By: Miguel de Cervantes
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In volume two, we encounter the further adventures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, but without the long, rambling diversions contained in the earlier volume. Each chapter in part two is focused solely on the meandering travels of the famous pair as they make their way through one ridiculous situation after another.  

    Regular price: £30.89

    • The Peloponnesian War

    • By: Thucydides
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 26 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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 Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 70 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 269
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 251
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 252

    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 Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • By: Sir Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 121
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      4 out of 5 stars 38
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      4 out of 5 stars 43

    First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great material, but...

    • By D. Hughes on 09-06-11

    Regular price: £24.19

    • The Twelve Caesars

    • By: Suetonius
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 39
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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

    • A History of the Middle Ages

    • By: Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • A very good book ruined

    • By Vaughan on 15-02-11

    Regular price: £59.69

    • The Holy Roman Empire

    • By: James Bryce
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
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    First published in 1864, this is a comprehensive history of the Holy Roman Empire by James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce, a British academic, jurist, historian, and politician.

    Regular price: £32.59

    • Complete Poetry

    • Sonnets and Narrative Poems
    • By: William Shakespeare
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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 Complete Works of Tacitus: Volume 4

    • By: Cornelius Tacitus
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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    The exemplary life of a noble soldier/statesman, a description of ancient Germany, and a discussion of oratory are the subjects of three short masterpieces by the brilliant Roman historian, Tacitus.

    Regular price: £16.29

    • 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 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 9

    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: £4.69

    • The Canterbury Tales [Audio Connoisseur]

    • By: Geoffrey Chaucer, Neville Coghill (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 23 hrs and 23 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 Iliad

    • By: Homer, Richmond Lattimore - translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17

    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

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