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    • The History of the Sunni and Shia Split

    • Understanding the Divisions within Islam
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Different branches of the same religion are the exception more than the rule, and they have had a profound impact upon history. The schism between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches influenced relationships between nations across Europe, and religious intolerance based on different Christian faiths led to persecution and outright violence across the continent for centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent preface to making sense of intl news.

    • By Jan on 07-16-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Sumerians

    • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Mesopotamian Empire That Established Civilization
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Neil Holmes
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When American archaeologists discovered a collection of cuneiform tablets in Iraq in the late 19th century, they were confronted with a language and a people who were at the time only scarcely known to even the most knowledgeable scholars of ancient Mesopotamia: the Sumerians.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • love these

    • By amy on 12-14-16
    • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Mesopotamian Empire That Established Civilization
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Neil Holmes
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Release date: 04-07-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 108 ratings

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    • The Nag Hammadi Library

    • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Gnostic Texts Rediscovered in the 20th Century
    • By: Charles River Editors, Gustavo Vazquez-Lozano
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Although all the titles of the Nag Hammadi library are not known, many people have heard about its most famous components: The Gospel of Thomas - at one time it was discussed whether it should be included in the New Testament - and The Gospel of Philip, which tried to revive the debate around the identity of Mary Magdalene: "Why do you love her more than all of us?" asks a disconcerted Peter to Jesus. Finally, the Nag Hammadi texts have led many scholars to reconsider the rigid canons imposed by the early Church, and the readers to find a more intimate religion that turned upside down many postulates of Christian orthodoxy.  

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Review of codices, but not the Nag Hammadi Codices

    • By Andrew Raimon Savage on 07-22-18

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    • The Ghosts of Scotland: A Collection of Ghost Stories Across the Scottish Nation

    • By: Sean Mcloughlin, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 9
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    Scotland is a fascinating and ancient land filled with history. Not everything in Scotland is as it appears, however. Some Scots say this is a land haunted by spirits, a place of strange disappearances and unexplained phenomena. The Ghosts of Scotland: A Collection of Ghost Stories Across the Scottish Nation is a collection of such tales, just a few among the thousands of local legends and modern sightings that make Scotland one of the most haunted countries in the world.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Nothing new

    • By Jay on 05-26-18

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    • The Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire

    • The History of the Turkish Empire’s Creation and Its Destruction Over 600 Years Later
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Mark Norman
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In terms of geopolitics, perhaps the most seminal event of the Middle Ages was the successful Ottoman siege of Constantinople in 1453. The city had been an imperial capital as far back as the fourth century, when Constantine the Great shifted the power center of the Roman Empire there, effectively establishing two almost equally powerful halves of antiquity’s greatest empire. Constantinople would continue to serve as the capital of the Byzantine Empire even after the Western half of the Roman Empire collapsed in the late fifth century.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Helps to understand the area and it's rulers

    • By Eddy on 07-27-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Partition of British India

    • The History and Legacy of the Division of the British Raj into India and Pakistan
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    Thanks to its commercial complexion and the power invested in a board of directors, British rule in India was characterized by economic monopolies, aggressive trade practices, punitive taxation, and the impoverishment of vast regions of India. Much of the company's industry was based on a policy of producing and exporting raw materials from India, and importing manufactured goods to satisfy an almost unlimited local market.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not worth the read

    • By Anonymous User on 12-15-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • William Henry Harrison

    • The Life and Legacy of the First American President to Die in Office
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    When one is looking quickly over the lives of the Presidents of the United States, it is easy to overlook William Henry Harrison. After all, he only served as the Chief Executive for 30 days, and he spent the majority of those in bed, fighting for his life and eventually losing. However, to ignore Harrison because he served such a short time in the White House is just as foolish as ignoring Patrick Henry or Alexander Hamilton because they were never elected to the nation's highest office.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great informative Indian battles and history but

    • By Kaye Spitzli on 05-05-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Notre-Dame de Paris: The History and Legacy of France's Most Famous Cathedral

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Hare
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Notre Dame de Paris, in particular, is a curious specimen of this variety. Every surface, every stone of this venerable pile, is a page of the history not only of the country, but of science and of art. Thus - to mention here only a few of the chief details - whereas the small Porte Rouge almost touches the limits of 15th century Gothic delicacy, the pillars of the nave, by their massiveness and great girth, reach back to the Carlovingian Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

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    • Meyer Lansky: The Infamous Life and Legacy of the Mob’s Accountant

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
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     Meyer Lansky: The Infamous Life and Legacy of the Mob’s Accountant profiles the controversial life of one of organized crime’s most notorious figures. You will learn about Meyer Lansky like never before. 

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    • Mohenjo-daro

    • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Settlement of the Indus Valley Civilization
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
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    Mohenjo-daro was the largest city of the Indus Valley civilization, one of the most advanced civilizations ever to have existed, and the most ancient prehistoric urban site on the Indian subcontinent. It was a metropolis of great cultural, economic, and political importance that dates from the beginning of the 3rd millennium BCE. Although it flourished between approximately 2500 and 1500 BCE, the city had longer-lasting influences on the urbanization of the Indian subcontinent for centuries after its abandonment.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Narration way too fast

    • By Mark A Roeder on 07-01-18
    • The History and Legacy of the Ancient Settlement of the Indus Valley Civilization
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
    • Release date: 01-11-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Rothschild Family

    • The History and Legacy of the International Banking Dynasty
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
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    The Rothschild dynasty of power and wealth would not only become a force to be reckoned with in the banking industry, but they would also become the ceaseless subject of scandal, conspiracy theories, and awe.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good short intro / visit to this history

    • By Philo on 12-19-16

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    • Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Scottish Independence

    • The History of the Famous King of Scots' Rise to Power
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 28
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    Though it's often forgotten today, Robert the Bruce was a bit shiftier, if only out of necessity. Robert the Bruce has become a figure of Scottish national legend, renowned as the man who threw off the shackles of English oppression. Prior to 1306, this Anglo-Scottish nobleman did little to cover himself in glory or to earn a reputation as a hero of the national cause. A member of one of Scotland's leading noble families, Bruce inherited his grandfather's claim to the right to be king of the Scots.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not quite on topic.

    • By Katie on 05-27-17

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    • The Ancient Nubians

    • The History of One of the Oldest Civilizations in Africa
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    During the several centuries that ancient Egypt stood as one of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world, conflicts with its neighbors often played a central role in hieroglyphic texts and art from temples and tombs. The three primary enemies of the Egyptians were the Libyans who occupied the Western Desert and its oases, the so-called Asiatics who lived in the Levant, and finally the Nubians to Egypt’s south.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • outstanding narration and good phonic quick read

    • By Pepsi Deshotel Jones on 06-12-17

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    • Eridu

    • The History and Legacy of the Oldest City in Ancient Mesopotamia
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 24
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    Emerging from the desert flats of southern Iraq can be seen the remains of a large mound, approximately 1750 feet x 1750 feet in size, surrounded by several smaller mounds. Known today as Tell Abu Shahrain, or in the ancient world as Eridu, this site contains some of best examples of the Ubaid culture, and it was one of the first urban centers of civilization in southern Mesopotamia, if not the first itself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Bringing past into focus

    • By John N. on 04-19-17
    • The History and Legacy of the Oldest City in Ancient Mesopotamia
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Scott Clem
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Release date: 02-03-17
    • 4 out of 5 stars 24 ratings

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    • The Druids: The History and Mystery of the Ancient Celtic Priests

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Phillip J. Mather
    • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Celts are one of the most well-known groups in Europe and one of the least understood. Depending on which classifications are used, the Celts are also one of the oldest civilizations in Europe. In the centuries before Christ, the Celts were spread out across much of continental Europe, and though they are mostly identified with Gaul, evidence suggests they also spread as far as Portugal.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting.

    • By Susan Keefe on 05-17-15

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    • The Assyrians: The History of the Most Prominent Empire of the Ancient Near East

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Tom McElroy
    • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    When scholars study the history of the ancient Near East, several wars that had extremely brutal consequences (at least by modern standards) often stand out. Forced removal of entire populations, sieges that decimated entire cities, and wanton destruction of property were all tactics used by the various peoples of the ancient Near East against each other, but the Assyrians were the first people to make war a science.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A nice but brief summary.

    • By Lance E. Edens on 12-23-15

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    • The Gulf War: The History and Legacy of Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    It was one of the 20th century’s most decisive wars, but also one of its most influential. In the wake of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, America led a coalition of dozens of nations that repelled the Iraqi attack and smashed Iraqi forces, much of which was captured on live television as global networks broadcast the images back home.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Must read for those who like a true war story

    • By Fred Stellabotte on 05-27-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin & Leon Trotsky

    • The Soviet Union's Big Three
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Bill Johnston
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 24
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    Among the leaders of the 20th century, arguably none shaped the course of history as much as Vladimir Lenin. If Adolf Hitler had not inflicted the devastation of World War II upon Europe, it's quite likely that the West would consider Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) the 20th century's greatest tyrant. Along with Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky led the October Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and held crucial posts in the early Soviet governments.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good book, one fact not correct

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-02-17

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Ten Lost Tribes

    • The History and Mystery of the Lost Tribes of Israel
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Gordon Greenhill
    • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the eighth century BCE, one of the most important provinces within the Assyrian Empire was Samaria. Also known as Israel, Samaria repeatedly rebelled against their Assyrian overlords, but in 722, the Assyrians overran Samaria once and for all, killing countless numbers and sending most of the rest of its inhabitants into forced exile.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Eh.

    • By Jerry on 10-16-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends

    • The Life of Thurgood Marshall
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Nicholas S. Johnson
    • Length: 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Thurgood Marshall, the African-American lawyer who successfully argued the Brown v. Board case. Today, Marshall is best known for being the first black Supreme Court justice, but that history-setting precedent has come to overshadow the instrumental work he did as chief counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Marshall argued more cases before the Supreme Court than anyone in history and would win nearly 30 of them, including the seminal Brown v. Board case.

    Regular price: $3.95

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