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    • American Legends: The Life of Jerry Garcia

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Violet Meadow
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Despite the enormous esteem he has garnered from virtually every corner of the music world, Jerry Garcia has continued to elude both fans and music historians as they attempt to determine his origins and categorize his art and influence on American music. Part of their difficulty lies in the fact that his work as the frontman for the Grateful Dead, "one of the most prolific and iconic guitarists of the twentieth century", tended toward a blending of the traditional with the experimental.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Narrator terrible

    • By Brad Zerkel on 02-04-19

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    • American Legends: The Life of Andy Griffith

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Allison McKay
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1957, little-known comedian and actor Andy Griffith won acclaim for his portrayal as a country drifter who uses his powers of persuasion to become a television host in A Face in the Crowd, so it was only fitting that the role helped propel him to become the face of one of America's most beloved sitcoms. The Andy Griffith Show starred Griffith and a motley crew of eccentric characters, most notably his sidekick Barney Fife (played by Don Knotts).

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    • American Legends: The Life of Burt Lancaster

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Charles McKibben
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the 1940s, there were few actors who personified the all-American look like Burt Lancaster, who set Hollywood ablaze quickly with performances in movies like The Killers, The Flame and the Arrow, and The Crimson Pirate. Indeed, his status as a heartthrob was cemented by 1953's From Here to Eternity, when he and Deborah Kerr shot a romantic scene on a Hawaiian beach that ensured the film's inclusion in the American Film Institute's Top 100 Romantic Films of the 20th century.

    As it turned out, however, that was just the first phase in a critically acclaimed career that would span over 40 years. As Lancaster grew older, he wisely veered away from the early kinds of roles he had as a leading man and branched out into more distinguished roles that were also more challenging, earning him brand new levels of acclaim. In time, he would go on to be nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Actor, including a win for Elmer Gantry (1960) when he was in his late 40s. By the time he was finished, the American Film Institute named him 19th on its list of the 50 best actors of the 20th century.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Trying too hard

    • By Carianti on 11-19-15

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    • American Legends: The Life of Jean Harlow

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Diane Lehman
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When the American Film Institute ranked its top 50 screen legends of the 20th century, many of the people named had careers spanning several decades, but one of them managed the feat despite living less than three decades. Ranked as the 22nd greatest actress of the 20th century, Jean Harlow was on the screen for less than 10 years, but in that time the "blonde bombshell" became the most popular actress of the 1930s. The platinum blonde was a leading lady for just five years before her premature death of renal failure at just 26 years old.

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    • Florence: The History and Legacy of the Birthplace of the Renaissance

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D. Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Most historians credit the city-state of Florence as the starting place of the Italian Renaissance, a process carried out through the patronage and commission of artists during the late 12th century. If Florence is receiving its due credit, much of it belongs to the Medici family, a Florentine dynasty that ruled at the height of the Renaissance. Both Leonardo and Michelangelo were members of Lorenzo de Medici's court. The famous leader, who also considered himself an artist and poet, became known for securing commissions for the most famous artists of the age.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Good overview

    • By Amazon Customer on 01-21-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Gene Autry

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kelly Rhodes
    • Length: 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Gene Autry came of age at a time when the "singing cowboy" was at the apex of its popularity. In the early 20th century, Westerns were one of the most popular genres in Hollywood. One of the young stars at the forefront was Gene Autry, a Texan whose life story made him a natural to be the country's most famous "singing cowboy". Autry would become a symbol of masculinity and morality onscreen during the 1930s, but it was effortless for someone who had already grown up riding horses to school.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Farrah Fawcett

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Tom McElroy
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "TV had much more impact back in the '70s than it does today. Charlie's Angels got huge numbers every week - nothing really dominates the television landscape like that today. Now there are so many channels and so many more shows it's hard for anything to get the audience, or amount of attention, that Charlie's Angels got. Farrah was a major TV star when the medium was clearly dominant." - Larry King

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The life of Farrah Fawcett

    • By Sharon Tuckett on 11-02-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Virgin of Guadalupe

    • The History and Legacy of One of the Catholic Church's Most Venerated Images
    • By: Charles River Editors, Gustavo Vazquez-Lozano
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    No other artwork in the world is comparable to the Virgin of Guadalupe. What makes this painting unique - located in the Basilica of Guadalupe, north of Mexico City - is not precisely its artistic quality, as is the case with the Mona Lisa by Leonardo or The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, nor its place in the evolution of painting.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Dean Martin

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Allison McKay
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin is an American legend for his longevity and success across a garden variety of different platforms. Martin began as a nightclub singer, performed in a comedy act, starred in films, recorded hit albums, and capped his career by serving as a television host. In fact, there may be no star who was better able to transcend the different avenues of entertainment.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good book...bad narrator

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-19-16

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Natalie Wood

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Nicholas S. Johnson
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Few actresses have ever gotten the kind of career start that Natalie Wood did during the 1950s. After appearing in film and on TV as a child, Wood broke out by appearing in the classic Rebel Without a Cause alongside James Dean in 1955, despite the fact she was still just 15 years old. She earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for that role, one of three Academy Award nominations she would rack up before the age of 25. Altogether, she was in over 50 films.

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    • Sophia Loren: The Life of Italy's Greatest Actress

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Carolyn Hoerdemann
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go so much further than people with vastly superior talent." - Sophia Loren Among all the stars in Hollywood, there are few alive who have achieved as iconic a status as Sophia Loren. A stunning beauty whose career started because of an appearance in a beauty pageant in Italy Sophia quickly ascended to the top of the profession.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Nat King Cole

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Alex L. Vincent
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Among the most recognizable and iconic vocal artists known to American society from the mid-20th to the 21st century, baritone Nat King Cole is indelible in the nation's consciousness for such hits as "Mona Lisa" and "Ramblin' Rose" as well as for his rendition of Mel Tormé's famous "Christmas Song", with the opening line known to millions of American households: "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire."

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nat King Cole

    • By Deedra on 12-06-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Paul Newman

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robin McKay
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Over the course of his long film career, Paul Newman was one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood during his peak. Having come to prominence as a handsome but rebellious young man in the mold of James Dean, Newman was able to maintain an aura that viewers found both cool and irresistible even into his 60s, typically an age when leading men find themselves on the outs. Newman was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Road to Perdition (2002) when he was in his late 70s.

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    • Welcome to the Neighborhood: The History and Legacy of Fred Rogers and His Iconic Show

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The show represented a simpler time, a world wherein the noses of children and teenagers weren't glued to their phones and the countless distractions of social media. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood was a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind program featuring a host that placed the welfare of children above ratings and profits.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Concise Biography of A Beloved Person

    • By FCD117 on 05-19-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Robert Redford

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robin McKay
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Robert Redford first entered the national spotlight in the early 1960s, he was hardly viewed as a serious actor, and with his red hair, blond complexion, and athletic build, he was seen more as a handsome man than a skilled one. On top of that, he came at a time in which most Hollywood stars were tall, dark, and slender - like one of his most famous costars, Paul Newman - and by comparison, Redford looked more like a surfer.

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    • Fred Rogers: The Life and Legacy of the Legend Behind Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In an age where even the motives of Gandhi and Mother Teresa are questioned by the cynical and they are at times vilified as “frauds,” one would be hard-pressed to find a rational argument against the untouchable character of Mister Rogers. When one does happen upon such an abnormality, the public is quick to defend the gentle soul. “It takes a special kind of scum to hate Mister Rogers,” reads the top comment on the aforementioned video, posted by user Sergei Ivanovich Mosin. The video has been picked apart by multiple journalists from the likes of Huffington Post.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Factual but dry.

    • By Connie Brett on 04-04-19

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    • Bob Marley: The Life and Legacy of Reggae's Global Icon

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Russell Stamets
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In terms of raw popularity, Bob Marley sold over 20 million albums in a brief career that took him around the globe as, "[T]he first international superstar from the so-called third world." Beginning with the more lighthearted ska style, Marley drew fellow Jamaicans as kindred spirits by adding social commentary to the lyrics. His exaltation of the reggae form, couched in the Rastafari, became an instrument of order and a haven for otherwise directionless youth in Kingston and other communities of Jamaica.

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    • The Eiffel Tower: The History of Paris' Most Famous Landmark

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Maria Chester
    • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Though it may be hard to believe today, the Eiffel Tower was initially met with derision by many Frenchmen, some of whom compared it to the Tower of Babel and complained that the “useless and monstrous” structure would obscure treasures such as Notre Dame. In response to such criticisms, Eiffel himself pointed out, “Can one think that because we are engineers, beauty does not preoccupy us or that we do not try to build beautiful, as well as solid and long lasting structures? Aren't the genuine functions of strength always in keeping with unwritten conditions of harmony?

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Content Excellent but Narrator AWFUL!

    • By Shesgotmmph on 10-12-18

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    • American Legends: The Life of Gary Cooper

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Hollywood has never had a shortage of actors who thrived in one genre, whether it was John Wayne in Westerns or James Cagney in gangster films, but few had success across the entire spectrum like Gary Cooper, who managed to earn five Academy Award nominations despite an untimely death that cut short his career. Those nominations came for comedies, Westerns, and dramas, with wins for High Noon and the World War I film Sergeant York.

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    • Woodstock: The History and Legacy of America's Most Famous Music Festival

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Richard D. Hurd
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Woodstock, more accurately entitled the Woodstock Music Festival; An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music, represents one of the most enduring symbols of the youth movement of America's late 1960s and early '70s. As the public pinnacle of that social phenomenon, the giant festival that overwhelmed a section of an upstate New York farm for a week during a time of national and international upheaval evolved from a typical speculative financial venture to a defining historical monument.

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