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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

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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
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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.

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    • American Legends: The Life of James Dean

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dan Gallagher
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
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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 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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    • 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 Carole Lombard

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Wendy Almeida
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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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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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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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 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: The Life of Billy Graham

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    By his mid-20s Graham was a Baptist pastor in the Midwest, and throughout the 1940s he began traveling across the country to spread his ministry and message through large gatherings that he termed "crusades". In time these crusades would take place in nearly 200 nations and attract hundreds of millions of people, helping to catapult him to international prominence and making him a household name.

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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
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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 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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    • American Legends: Abbott and Costello

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Keith Peters
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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    Ironically, one of America's most famous comedy duos, and the performers of the country's most famous skit, came together in part because Lou Costello had already failed to cut it in the film industry. In fact, Costello had appeared in a Laurel and Hardy film in 1927 before meeting his partner, Bud Abbott, on the burlesque circuit in New York City. In fact, the two first performed together in 1935 only because Abbott filled in for Costello's usual partner, who happened to be ill one fateful day.

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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
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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 Natalie Wood

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Nicholas S. Johnson
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
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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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    • British Legends: The Life and Legacy of Laurence Olivier

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Of all the great actors of the 20th century, none personifies acting royalty more than Laurence Olivier. Some of this is simply due to the fact that he was actually knighted in 1947, along with a lengthy list of other honors. Of course in addition to the literal sense of the term, there is undeniably a manner in which Olivier qualifies as acting royalty. It is not for nothing that Spencer Tracy once referred to Olivier as "the greatest actor in the English-speaking world".

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    • American Legends: The Life of Gene Autry

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kelly Rhodes
    • Length: 50 mins
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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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    • Gene Autry and Roy Rogers

    • America's Two Favorite Singing Cowboys
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kelly Rhodes
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    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 came of age at a time when the "singing cowboy" was at the apex of his popularity, and like his most famous successor, Roy Rogers, Autry actually got his start in show business as a singer. Of course, the popularity of Autry's music and country music in general was bolstered by the fact that he became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WAY TOO SHORT IS ALL.

    • By dennis on 12-31-15

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