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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 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 Thirty Years War

    • By: C. V. Wedgwood
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 44
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    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 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 50
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      4 out of 5 stars 38
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      4 out of 5 stars 37

    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 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      5 out of 5 stars 10

    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 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

    • 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

    • The Arabian Nights Entertainments

    • By: Louis Rhead
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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 Metamorphoses

    • By: Ovid
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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 Satires

    • By: Juvenal
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Listening to The Satires by Juvenal is to come face to face with the corruption, the debauchery, the waste, the sloth, and the mean-spirited greed of ancient Rome...or is it more like modern times? Indeed, these masterpieces of biting social commentary could easily have been written today about any number of metropolitan areas we are all familiar with.

    Regular price: £15.79

    • The Works and Days

    • By: Hesiod, Richmond Lattimore (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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

    • 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 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 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

    • 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.  

    Regular price: £26.99

    • The Great Age of Discovery, Volume 2

    • Captain Cook and the Scientific Explorations
    • By: Paul Herrmann
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 8
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      4 out of 5 stars 8

    As the 18th century approached its midpoint, commercial and military competition between the European states became fierce. And whoever obtained accurate information about distant lands would hold an advantage. Were there continental landmasses in the Pacific? Was there a Northwest Passage to Japan and China? What lay in the interior of Africa? Was it possible to cross the Sahara? Where did the rivers Nile and Congo originate?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great voyage of discovery

    • By David on 14-02-10

    Regular price: £28.89

    • Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

    • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 24 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121
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      4 out of 5 stars 80
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    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

    • The Cassique of Kiawah

    • By: William Gilmore Simms
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 24 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Cassique of Kiawah is the romantic story of Harry Calvert, a privateer in service to King Charles II of England. Set in the year 1684, it is a colonial romance set in South Carolina. Because of a change of political winds in London, Calvert is hiding his crew and ship in the backwaters near Charleston. He sets out in disguise to see his friend, the governor of Carolina, in order to gauge the situation. But then he learns that his titled older brother, who has become the Cassique (or lord) of the beautiful island of Kiawah, is in the area and has married the woman Harry was previously in love with back in England....

    Regular price: £24.39

    • The Iliad

    • By: Homer, Richmond Lattimore - translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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 March of the Ten Thousand

    • By: Xenophon
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      4 out of 5 stars 14
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      5 out of 5 stars 14

    Translated by W. E. D. Rouse, The March of the Ten Thousand is one of the most admired and widely read pieces of ancient literature to come down to us. Xenophon employs a very simple, straightforward style to describe what is probably the most exciting military adventure ever undertaken. It is an epic of courage, faith and democratic principle.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Boys Own Adventure

    • By R on 12-08-11

    Regular price: £20.39

    • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

    • By: John Milton
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      3 out of 5 stars 12
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    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

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