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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 70
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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 59
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      4 out of 5 stars 45
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      4 out of 5 stars 45

    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 Peloponnesian War

    • By: Thucydides
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 26 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    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 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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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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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

    • The Iliad

    • By: Homer, Richmond Lattimore - translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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 Histories

    • The Persian Wars
    • By: Herodotus, A. D. Godley Translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2

    Herodotus was a Greek historian born in Halicarnassus, subject at the time of the great Persian Empire. He lived in the fifth century BC (c. 484 - c. 425 BC), a contemporary of Socrates. He is often referred to as "The Father of History", a title originally conferred by Cicero. Herodotus was the first historian known to have broken from Homeric tradition in order to treat historical subjects as a method of investigation, specifically by collecting his materials in a critical, systematic fashion and then arranging them into a chronological narrative.

    Regular price: £36.79

    • 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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      3 out of 5 stars 4
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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 Odyssey

    • By: Homer, A. T. Murray - translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
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      4 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    The Odyssey is the greatest adventure story ever written, and one of the great epic masterpieces of Western literature For almost 3,000 years, it has been a storehouse of ancient Greek folklore and myth. It is also our very first novel, if we think of it in terms of romantic plot development, realistic characterizations, frequent change of scene, and heroic dramatic devices.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Odyssey

    • By Kindle Customer on 13-08-10

    Regular price: £56.49

    • Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

    • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 24 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
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      4 out of 5 stars 82
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 82

    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: £61.69

    • The Commentaries

    • By: Julius Caesar
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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

    • Grimm's Fairy Tales

    • By: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Since their first publication in 1812, Grimm's Fairy Tales have proven to be an enduring feature of Western literature. The stories have been translated into over 100 languages worldwide, and their influence has cast its spell on many film makers, as well. The stories were collected from traditional storytellers from around Germany, usually women, and the motivation to collect them grew out of the wave of romantic nationalism of the early 19th century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastical!

    • By Mr stewie x on 15-12-15

    Regular price: £30.49

    • 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
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      5 out of 5 stars 15

    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

    • Classic Irish Short Stories, Volume 1

    • By: James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Seamus O'Kelly, and others
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    The Irish have always had a knack for telling wonderful stories, and their fantastic ability has been recognized from early Gaelic times. For centuries, stories of all kinds have been offered to friends and strangers alike as a form of entertainment and communication. Today in Ireland, the short story is revered even above the novel. Hearing these magnificent stories, we become aware of more than just the humor and travail of a small island.

    Regular price: £16.29

    • Alexander of Macedon

    • By: Harold Lamb
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The enigma of Alexander the Great has remained with us for 2,300 years. In spite of the best efforts of historians, Alexander is no less a mystery to us now than he probably was during his own lifetime. There was no one like him before or since. In the pages of Harold Lamb's intriguing Alexander of Macedon, we find some of the answers to the great riddle of his character.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Its the small things that annoy you.

    • By David Bennett on 14-06-16

    Regular price: £52.89

    • Alexander the Great

    • By: Arrian
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4 out of 5 stars 19
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    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 Metamorphoses

    • By: Ovid
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
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      4 out of 5 stars 23
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    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

    • Roman History, Volume 2

    • By: Dio Cassius
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 27 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    Volume Two of Dio Cassius brings to a close his sweeping historical work, Roman History. This volume begins with book 50 and the struggle between Octavian and Mark Antony. Octavian's victory is the beginning of the Principate and a new direction in Roman history. Dio takes a prolonged look at the reign of Augustus.

    Regular price: £31.59

    • 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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      3.5 out of 5 stars 16
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 16

    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

    • Hellas

    • A Short Story of Ancient Greece
    • By: Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Ancient Greece was the most fascinating and influential civilization of all time, and this concise history tells you why. From the Myceneans and Minoans to the Spartans and Athenians, the full panoply of Greek civilization is represented in this short work. And there is hardly any aspect of importance in our own civilization today which cannot point to its origin in that great Aegean society of city states and warrior tribes.

    Regular price: £21.69

    • Tamerlane

    • Conqueror of the Earth
    • By: Harold Lamb
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    In yet another superb historical work, Harold Lamb brings the mighty Tatar leader to vivid life and shows how this ruthless commander used his superior intellect and magnetic leadership to overcome one obstacle after another. Tamerlane was truly one of the most remarkable personalities ever to emerge from the steppes of Central Asia.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Tamarlane

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-01-19

    Regular price: £21.69

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