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  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire | Edward Gibbon

    The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (126 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    Marcus says: "The European Civilization"
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (70 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    Myusollo says: "More collections like this, please!"
  • The Iliad |  Homer,Richmond Lattimore - translator

    The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Homer, Richmond Lattimore - translator
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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 BC, and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    Rachel says: "This is the audio version you want"
  • Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained | John Milton

    Paradise Lost & Paradise Regained

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    thomas says: "SELL YOUR SHIRT FOR THIS AUDIO BOOK!"
  • The Canterbury Tales [Audio Connoisseur] | Geoffrey Chaucer,Neville Coghill (translator)

    The Canterbury Tales [Audio Connoisseur]

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer, Neville Coghill (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    Troy says: "Getting Medieval Understanding"
  • The Storm of Steel | Ernst Jünger

    The Storm of Steel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernst Jünger
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    This classic war memoir, first published in 1920, is based on the author's extensive diaries describing hard combat experienced on the Western Front during World War I. It has been greatly admired by people as diverse as Bertolt Brecht and Andre Gide, and from every part of the political spectrum. Hypnotic, thrilling, and magnificent, The Storm of Steel is perhaps the most fascinating description of modern warfare ever written.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "World War I from a German Viewpoint"
  • Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans |  Plutarch

    Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans

    • UNABRIDGED (83 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Plutarch
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    alex says: "Charlton Griffin is the best!"
  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1 | Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    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.

    David says: "mouth watering"
  • The Commentaries | Julius Caesar

    The Commentaries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Julius Caesar
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    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.

    Dale says: "Great reading of an engrossing classic"
  • The Aeneid |  Virgil

    The Aeneid

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Virgil
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    James says: "An epic in every sense of the word"
  • The Divine Comedy | Dante Alighieri,Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)

    The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    Tbaley says: "Divine Comedy"
  • The Arabian Nights Entertainments | Louis Rhead

    The Arabian Nights Entertainments

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Louis Rhead
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    D. Fearon says: "Includes stories absent from other versions"
  • The Metamorphoses |  Ovid

    The Metamorphoses

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ovid
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    Mark says: "Caviar to the general?"
  • The Peloponnesian War |  Thucydides

    The Peloponnesian War

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thucydides
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    David A. Montalvo says: "You better know the events before listening"
  • The Dark Ages: 476-918 | Charles Oman

    The Dark Ages: 476-918

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles Oman
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    Ken says: "An Excellent Production"
  • The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks | National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

    The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By National Commission on Terrorist Attacks
    • Narrated By Ken Borgers, Sal Giangrasso, Charlton Griffin, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    Louie says: "Absolutely Outstanding Historical Document"
  • The Scarlet Letter | Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Scarlet Letter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Considered his masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter is Hawthorne's story of Hester Prynne and her daughter, Pearl, conceived through an adulterous affair with a Puritan pastor in 17th century Boston. From start to finish, the book explores the themes of law, guilt, and sin. Since its appearance in 1850, this magnificent book has been a perennial favorite among young and old, though it was extremely controversial when it was first published.

    David Hopkins says: "Awesome!"
  • The Twelve Caesars |  Suetonius

    The Twelve Caesars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Suetonius
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    Robyn says: "A pleasure to read..."
  • The Thirty Years War | C. V. Wedgwood

    The Thirty Years War

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By C. V. Wedgwood
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    Judith A. Weller says: "One of the World's Great History Books."
  • On the Nature of Things |  Lucretius

    On the Nature of Things

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Lucretius
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    This famous work by Lucretius is a masterpiece of didactic poetry, and it still stands today as the finest exposition of Epicurean philosophy ever written. The poem was produced in the middle of first century B.C., a period that was to witness a flowering of Latin literature unequaled for beauty and intellectual power in subsequent ages. The Latin title, De Rerum Natura, translates literally to On the Nature of Things and is meant to impress the reader with the breadth and depth of Epicurean philosophy.

    Lawrence says: "A Masterpiece"
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