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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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    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
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      4 out of 5 stars 61
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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 Peloponnesian War

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

    • Charlemagne

    • The Legend and the Man
    • By: Harold Lamb
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Charlemagne was easily one of the most fascinating figures of Western civilization, as well as the most heroic and romantic. The 47 years of his reign marked some of the most significant and far reaching events of the Middle Ages. Undoubtedly, it was his enlightened vision for Europe that resulted in the Carolingian Renaissance, a period of cultural flowering that never really ceased to develop, and which led in a straight line directly to that period of astonishing achievement we now call the High Gothic. Even in the 21st century, we still hear the echoes of his deeds in the historical events that unfold today. 

    Regular price: £25.69

    • Frederick the Great

    • By: Charles Booth Brackenbury
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Frederick the Great, king of Prussia from 1740 to 1786, was one of the most remarkable men of the 18th century. Born the son of strict disciplinarian Frederick William I in 1712, he was a most precocious and obstinate young man, and until he actually became king, he never exhibited any signs of becoming a military genius. But the young king displayed an amazing aptitude for military life and plunged into war with Austria over the long-disputed province of Silesia.  

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Book not so great

    • By Labrador with class on 09-08-18

    Regular price: £26.99

    • The Fall of Constantinople

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

    • 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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    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 Aeneid

    • By: Virgil
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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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

    • The Arabian Nights Entertainments

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

    • Roman History, Volume 1

    • By: Dio Cassius
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 29 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dio Cassius was a Roman statesman and historian of Greek origin. He published 80 volumes of history on ancient Rome, beginning with the arrival of Aeneas in Italy. The volumes documented the subsequent founding of Rome (753 BC), the formation of the republic (509 BC), and the creation of the empire (31 BC). The history continues until AD 229.

    Regular price: £31.59

    • The Armada

    • By: Garrett Mattingly
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In August of 1588, a Spanish fleet of 130 ships departed from La Coruña under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia. Its purpose was to rendezvous with the Spanish army at the Dutch port of Sluys. At this point, the fleet was to act as a screen while the Spanish army was shuttled across the English Channel in barges. But there was one problem: the English fleet. Though much smaller than the Spanish fleet, it was a demonstrably superior fighting force of sailors, ships, naval technology, and guns.

    Regular price: £34.19

    • The Dark Ages: 476-918

    • By: Charles Oman
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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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

    • 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 Odes of Horace

    • By: Horace
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Along with Virgil, Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) was the greatest poet produced by Rome, and in many ways his work has had arguably an even greater impact. His brilliant expression and astonishing acumen continue to amaze readers today, either in their original Latin or in innumerable worldwide translations. Shakespeare's debt to Horace is incalculable, and it is difficult to read his Sonnets today without immediately being reminded of the famous Odes.

    Regular price: £16.29

    • Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans

    • By: Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 83 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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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 Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 70 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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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 History of Rome, Volume 5: Books 33 - 39

    • By: Titus Livy, William Masfen Roberts (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Livy's purpose in writing his famous history was to show how Rome had started out as a city state full of brave, idealistic and virtuous citizens, but had then descended into the voracious, debauched, and immoral empire it had become by his own time in the late 1st century B.C. And the evidence was compelling.

    Regular price: £18.59

    • The Works and Days

    • By: Hesiod, Richmond Lattimore (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Among the finest poets of ancient Greece was Hesiod, a contemporary of Homer, who lived in the eighth century B.C. It is still a matter of dispute whether Homer or Hesiod was the earlier poet, and sometimes whether they were one and the same person! At any rate, Hesiod's incredible poetry serves as a major source for our understanding of Greek mythology, farming practices, time keeping and astronomy. In and of itself, the "Works and Days" is unparalleled in its richness and beauty, easily rivaling Homer.

    Regular price: £16.29

    • The Satires

    • By: Horace
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Quintus Horatius Flaccus was born on December 8, 65 BC in the southeastern region of Hellenized Italy. He died on November 27, 8 BC. Horace was the son of a freedman of modest means. In the civil war between Antony and Octavian, he threw in his lot with Antony and fled along with the rest upon their defeat at Phillipi in 42 BC. His subsequent discovery by Maecenas and eventual rehabilitation with the Augustan regime was one of history's most fortunate reconciliations.

    Regular price: £16.29

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