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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

    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The History and Legacy of America’s Largest Art Museum

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The History and Legacy of America’s Largest Art Museum chronicles the remarkable history of the museum and highlights some of its most important pieces. You will learn about the Met like never before. 

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 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

    Regular price: $6.95

    • History for Kids: An Illustrated Biography of James Dean for Children

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
    • Length: 32 mins
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    It would be no exaggeration to say that James Dean has been more mythologized than any other actor in history, a development due more to his off-screen personality and conduct than the films he actually starred in. History for Kids: An Illustrated Biography of James Dean for Children profiles the life and legacy of the famous actor and rebel without a cause. Your kids will learn about James Dean like never before.

    Regular price: $3.95

    • American Legends: The Life of James Dean

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    James Dean has been mythologized more than any other actor in history, a development due more to his off-screen personality and conduct than the films he actually starred in. Much of Dean's appeal derives from his humble and ordinary origins, and audiences are drawn to the romance of the Indiana farm boy who catapulted to the top of the motion picture industry in a single year - the same year that would see him die. Of course, James Dean remains well-known for being anything but humble and ordinary.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 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 Tony Curtis

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    At the height of Hollywood's golden age; of the 1940s through the early 60s, many of the industry's brightest stars could boast of unique stories describing how they were discovered. Their distinctiveness as on-screen personalities was an important part of that stardom, but one unlikely actor, a mismatch of contrasts, dialects, looks, and personal behavior, was to become an icon of the age, revered and disdained, but in the end, fondly remembered by the movie industry and fan base.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Kirk Douglas

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 59 mins
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    A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • History's Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Jackson Pollock

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    History's Greatest Artists: The Life and Legacy of Jackson Pollock looks at the personal background that led Pollock to become an artist and the cultural climate in which he rose to fame. Pollock's formal technique and artistic legacy are also analyzed, including his working methods and education. You will learn about Pollock like never before, in no time at all.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Monet & Renoir

    • The Lives and Legacies of the Famous Impressionist Artists
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    To get a sense of the kind of prestige that Claude Monet enjoys within the art world, one need only learn that his Le Bassin Aux Nympheás (1919) - from his series of paintings featuring water lilies - sold for the equivalent of more than $70 million. This is a staggering price, especially considering that early in his life, Monet had been so poor and debt-ridden that some of his paintings were taken from him by creditors.

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    • Quick primer ✅

    • By Joe Mar on 02-08-18

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    • The Life and Legacy of Renoir

    • History's Greatest Artists
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Pierre-Auguste Renoir stands alongside Claude Monet at the very peak of Impressionist painting, and though neither of them can be credited with founding the movement (that honor likely goes to Edouard Manet or Edgar Degas), Renoir and Monet remain inextricably tied to the key characteristics of Impressionism: loose brushwork; outdoor painting; an emphasis on capturing natural light and shadow; and a focus on remaining in Paris and the surrounding countryside.

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    • 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 Lauren Bacall

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Liz Terry
    • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When Bogart died in 1957, Bacall was still in her 30s, yet from 1957 onward her name scarcely surfaces in popular culture, as though Bacall was simply wiped away with her late husband.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Billie Holiday

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Edith Moulson
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
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    If Billie Holiday wanted to become a jazz singer, she chose the best of all eras in which to attempt it. A wave of great jazz and jazz/pop crossover artists swept over the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s, generating a golden age for the genre. Emerging from such a powerful group of talented vocalists was not easy. The woman who has come to represent a model of great, instinctive jazz singing came from nowhere, had nothing, and virtually had no one. She was raw and untrained, but went forward with limited and quirky vocal gifts.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Jimmy Stewart

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: James Romick
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When the American Film Institute assembled its top 100 actors of all time at the close of the 20th century, Jimmy Stewart ranked third, behind only Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant. There is a certain inevitability to these three actors ranking at the top of the list; after all, they were the dominant faces of Hollywood during the height of the era known as classical Hollywood cinema, a time before the onset of television when the movies still enjoyed relatively uncontested supremacy over American entertainment.

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    • The Life of Joan Crawford

    • American Legends
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kate Fisher
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The life of Joan Crawford is one of the most famous Hollywood rags-to-riches tales. While it is common to think of Hollywood as a land offering great opportunity to hardworking actresses, the Horatio Alger myth rarely applies in reality, but it applied almost perfectly to Joan Crawford. Joan Crawford's life and career also shed light on the treatment of women in pop culture and in cinema during the early 20th century. Her career was not only limited to film acting, as she acted in musical revues and was previously an unabashed flapper during the Roaring Twenties.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Short and sweet

    • By asha_kira on 04-24-17

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    • American Legends: The Life of Sidney Poitier

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Rhett Samuel Price
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Near the end of the 20th century, the American Film Institute ranked the greatest actors and actresses who worked during the Golden Era of Hollywood and the first half of the 1900s, and Sidney Poitier was ranked 22nd among the men. Given the company he was surrounded by, such a distinction could be considered honor enough, but Poitier also happened to be the only minority on the list, an accomplishment made all the more incredible given the systematic discrimination he faced within the industry and the land where he grew up.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends

    • The Life of Fred Astaire
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: James Romick
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Virtually all famous actors are regaled by the public, but even still, Fred Astaire occupies a privileged position in American pop culture. The specific films in which Astaire acted may not be especially famous in their own right - most people likely cannot recall the title of Top Hat (1935), his most decorated film - but Astaire's dancing prowess invariably creates a lasting impact on viewers.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Carole Lombard

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Wendy Almeida
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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    On January 16, 1942, a plane crashed into the side of a mountain southwest of Las Vegas. Aboard the plane were 15 servicemen, but the plane was also carrying one of Hollywood's biggest stars: actress Carole Lombard. Although Lombard's death and her marriage to Gone with the Wind star Clark Gable have overshadowed her career, her untimely death in 1942 cut short the life of one of Hollywood's most prominent stars at the time.

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    • By Sherry on 07-20-15

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    • Lennon-McCartney: The Story of Music's Greatest Songwriting Duo

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robin McKay
    • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Beatlemania had struck North America, creating a musical and pop culture phenomenon unlike anything the world had ever seen. At the center of it all was John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the principal songwriting duo who were instrumental in creating the soundtrack of the 1960s, while producing some of the world's most timeless classics. Together with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, Lennon and McCartney propelled The Beatles to unprecedented heights, experimenting with their sound in ways that revolutionized rock and inspired bands across various musical genres.

    Regular price: $14.95

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