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

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
    • Length: 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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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.

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    • 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
    • Unabridged
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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

    • 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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      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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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.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 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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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must for any fan of Poitier's movies............

    • By Katie on 06-18-19

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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 Fred Astaire
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: James Romick
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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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
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Although too short ...

    • 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

    • Legends of Hollywood: The Life and Legacy of Greta Garbo

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Deborah Fennelly
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Of all the great movie stars, there may be none more enigmatic than Greta Garbo, who remains internationally famous despite the fact her life and career raise more questions than answers. How did a Swedish actress with very little film acting experience in her native land arrive in the United States and achieve instant stardom? Most actresses had to wait years before they were offered starring roles in major films, yet Garbo was ushered to the front of the line and perched atop the MGM pantheon.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Gene Kelly

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Todd Van Linda
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When people think of musicals, two of the first names that immediately spring to mind are Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire, two giants of one of Hollywood's most distinctive genres. Without question, both men played an instrumental role in popularizing and sustaining the musical from the 1930s through the 1950s, the final decades of Hollywood's Golden Age. Although they did collaborate on two occasions, in many ways Gene Kelly's rise to popularity in the 1940s amounted to a changing of the guard.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • I LOVE Gene Kelly!

    • By BS2BM on 11-10-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Jane Fonda

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Carroll Snead
    • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Growing up in the shadow of one of America's most famous actors would be intimidating for anyone, but few have emerged out of that shadow like Jane Fonda, the oldest daughter of screen legend Henry Fonda. In fact, when Jane costarred with her father in the last film he made, On Golden Pond, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for it. However, she has accomplished more than enough in her own career to make her father proud, winning two Academy Awards, an Emmy, and seven Golden Globe Awards herself.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Mary Pickford

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Lavina Jadhwani
    • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    At the end of the 20th century, the American Film Institute compiled a list of the 25 greatest actors and actresses in Hollywood over the past 100 years, but only a select few worked all the way back in the silent era of films, before "talkies" revolutionized the industry at the end of the 1920s. Among them was Mary Pickford, who was ranked 24th, but was arguably the most influential actress when it came to creating the career template for all actresses who followed, from name changes to salary.

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    • American Legends: Laurel & Hardy

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Peter D. Stover
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    By the 1920s English comic Stan Laurel had been in dozens of films, and American Oliver Hardy had appeared in hundreds, but it was not until they formed a duo together in 1926 that they began to be noticed. Once they did, however, Laurel & Hardy became one of the most famous comedy teams in American history, with a career that spanned four decades and included over 100 combined shorts and feature films.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Mickey Rooney

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robert Diepenbrock
    • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "I was a 13 year old boy for 30 years." (Mickey Rooney) In 1939, the year of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, Time magazine noted, "Hollywood's No. 1 box office bait in 1939 was not Clark Gable, Errol Flynn or Tyrone Power, but a rope-haired, kazoo-voiced kid with a comic-strip face, who until this week had never appeared in a picture without mugging or overacting it."

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    • Legends of Hollywood: The Life of Richard Burton

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the 1960s, the most popular actor in the world was Richard Burton, a hard-drinking Welshman who was nevertheless so professional that he was one of the preeminent stage performers of his day. In fact, he performed Shakespeare so magnificently that he was compared to British legend Laurence Olivier, and that success ultimately led to a film career that earned him seven Academy Award nominations, as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for Best Actor.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Johnny Carson

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Stacy Hinkle
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Among America's comedians, few - if any - have had the kind of influence on pop culture and society like Johnny Carson, the iconic host of The Tonight Show from 1962-1992. In addition to winning too many awards to count, Carson is proof that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as admitted by subsequent comedy show hosts like Jay Leno and David Letterman, who not only vied to replace Carson but also used his format for their own shows (and still continue to do so).

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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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