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    • Thor

    • The Origins, History and Evolution of the Norse God
    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Anthony R. Schlotzhauer
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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    A hammer no mortal can lift. A flame-haired, fiery storm god. A comic book alien-hero-god who defends humanity. The swastika. Even the name "Thursday" ("Thor's Day"). Despite the virtual disappearance of the indigenous Norse religion and mythology several centuries ago, modern society still regularly encounters the storm god Thor, who continues to be brought back to life in the form of literature and was recently the protagonist in a big-budget Hollywood movie.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • misleading

    • By Matt on 04-05-18

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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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      3.5 out of 5 stars 65
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 59
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 58

    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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    • Celtic Mythology and the Religion of the Ancient Celts

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Daniel F. Purcell
    • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 53
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 46
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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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • not what it seems

    • By Shilo Flowers on 02-05-16

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    • Chichen Itza

    • The History and Mystery of the Mayan's Most Famous City
    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Doug Miller
    • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 21
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      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      4 out of 5 stars 19

    Chichen Itza was inhabited for hundreds of years and was a very influential center in the later years of Maya civilization. At its height, Chichen Itza may have had over 30,000 inhabitants, and with a spectacular pyramid, enormous ball court, observatory and several temples, the builders of this city exceeded even those at Uxmal in developing the use of columns and exterior relief decoration. Of particular interest at Chichen Itza is the sacred cenote, a sinkhole was a focus for Maya rituals around water.

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    • Tenochtitlan: The History of the Aztecs Most Famous City

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Mexico City is not a new place. Mexico City instead has much in common with cities like London, Delhi or Cairo in the East in that it is an ancient city dating back centuries before the arrival of Colombus in Hispañola. For, while much (including the name) has changed, Mexico City is the mighty Tenochtitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire and the great American metropolis of the Spanish Empire. There has been no break in occupation, and despite much devastation, the city was never fully destroyed.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Horrible, just skip it

    • By Gerardo A Dada on 02-26-16

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    • The Mythology and Religion of the Inca

    • By: Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      4 out of 5 stars 10

    During the Age of Exploration, Native American tribes fell victim to European conquerors seeking legendary cities made of gold and other riches, attempts that were often made in vain. And yet of all the empires that were conquered across the continent, the one that continues to be most intimately associated with legends of gold and hidden riches is the Inca Empire.

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    • The Tower of London

    • The History of England's Famous Landmark
    • By: Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Phillip J. Mather
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 15
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      4 out of 5 stars 15

    The Tower of London is one of the most historic sites in all of England and still one of the most popular. All around is the modern city of London, one of the world's most prosperous and power financial districts, but the Tower is still a daunting structure that looms across the landscape. Not a single structure but a vast network of medieval and early modern fortifications, it anchors the southeastern end of the old city and controls access to the River Thames and, through it, London's connection to the sea.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very interesting.

    • By Susan Keefe on 05-17-15

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    • Teotihuacan

    • The History of Ancient Mesoamerica's Largest City
    • By: Dr. Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 10
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      3 out of 5 stars 8
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Thriving between AD 100-750, Teotihuacan was one of the largest cities in the ancient world, with a population estimated at upwards of 150,000-250,000, over three times the size of contemporary Mayan capitals. Furthermore, Teotihuacan was a supremely well-planned and efficient city that was able to field massive armies and extend its power far beyond its home base. Teotihuacan not only served as a vital center for trade in Ancient Mesoamerica, but also spread its architecture, art, religion, and culture.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Nice introduction

    • By Terry Shoemaker on 01-16-18

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    • Westminster Abbey

    • The History of England's Most Famous Church
    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
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    It almost goes without saying that Westminster Abbey is one of the foremost sites in Europe when it comes to being steeped in history. Dating back to the reign of William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest, Westminster Abbey has traditionally been the site of royal coronations, royal weddings, and royal burials, and anyone who enters can instantly feel that they are walking in the footsteps of some of the most influential figures in history, from Henry III to Queen Elizabeth I.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Capsule history at its best!

    • By Jan on 01-19-19

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    • Machu Picchu

    • The History and Mystery of the Incan City
    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Larry Earnhart
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
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      4 out of 5 stars 24

    Machu Picchu is one of South America's best tourist spots, and the ruins have even been voted one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. But even though Machu Picchu is now the best known of all Incan ruins, its function in Incan civilization is still not clear. Some have speculated that it was an outpost or a frontier citadel, while others believe it to be a sanctuary or a work center for women. Still others suggest that it was a ceremonial center or perhaps even the last refuge of the Incas after the Spanish conquest.

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    • Athena: The Origins and History of the Greek Goddess

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Edoardo Camponeschi
    • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 4

    For the ancient Greeks, there were few divine beings more important, and more generous, to humanity than the goddess Athena. She was also called "Pallas", "Pallas Athena", and (to the Romans) "Minerva". The daughter of Zeus, Athena was famous as a virgin warrior woman who was born from her father's skull bearing a helmet, shield, and spear. Yet she was far more than simply a warrior goddess.

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    • Mesa Verde: The History of the Ancient Pueblo Settlement

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Steve Toner
    • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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      4 out of 5 stars 11

    When the Spanish came into contact with different tribes in the Southwest, they were so intrigued by the structure of the communities that they gave the natives the name Pueblo, a term they used to measure certain sizes for their own settlements. Thus, while most Americans have heard of the Pueblo and Navajo, many remain unfamiliar with distinctions within the tribes.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • superficial

    • By Tim Gablehouse on 02-07-19

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    • Odin: The Origins, History and Evolution of the Norse God

    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Anthony R. Schlotzhauer
    • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 58
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      4 out of 5 stars 51
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      4 out of 5 stars 51

    A one-eyed old man, with a gray cloak and a wide-brimmed hat leaning on a staff. A wanderer who appears when least expected, bringing triumph or doom. The god of prophecy, poetry and fate. A shape changer. A sorcerer. The god Odin cuts a dramatic figure in Norse mythology and is still a part of the popular imagination. He is the inspiration for figures like J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf the Grey, and he still appears in modern literature as varied as Marvel Comics and Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Just a repeat

    • By Anonymous User on 12-28-17

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    • Odin and Thor: The Origins, History and Religious Evolution of the Norse Gods

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Anthony R Schlotzhauer
    • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4 out of 5 stars 20
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      4 out of 5 stars 20

    A hammer no mortal can lift. A flame-haired fiery storm god. A comic book alien-hero-god who defends humanity. The swastika. Even the name "Thursday" ("Thor's Day"). Despite the virtual disappearance of the indigenous Norse religion and mythology several centuries ago, modern society still regularly encounters the storm god Thor, who continues to be brought back to life in the form of literature and was recently the protagonist in a big-budget Hollywood movie.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A commentary on the Gods

    • By jennifer singerline on 09-12-18

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    • The Mythology and Religion of the Aztec

    • By: Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
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      4 out of 5 stars 16
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      4 out of 5 stars 15

    From the moment Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortés first found and confronted them, the Aztecs have fascinated the world, and they continue to hold a unique place both culturally and in pop culture. Nearly 500 years after the Spanish conquered their mighty empire, the Aztecs are often remembered today for their major capital, Tenochtitlan, as well as being fierce conquerors of the Valley of Mexico who often engaged in human sacrifice rituals.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • baffling omissions

    • By Cameron on 03-30-16

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    • Hades: The History, Origins and Evolution of the Greek God

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
    • Length: 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3 out of 5 stars 1
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      3 out of 5 stars 1

    The Greek god Hades is something of an enigma. On the one hand, people can view him through a lens that was a byproduct of the Christian tradition: as a terrifying lord of death seated upon his ebony throne, an unseen force of power moving through the world. Certainly, many of the ancient Greeks themselves saw the god in this light.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Okay, but not great.

    • By Mercy on 01-17-17

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    • Mecca and Medina

    • The History of Islam's Holiest Cities
    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Doron Alon
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    Even centuries before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, the leaders of Mecca established that their city was the preeminent holy site in Western Arabia and established a truce for pilgrims to the city. In the process one effect of this was that Mecca became a center for what might today be described as tourism, as even ancient visitors needed places for food, water, and sleep. Of course Mecca is now best known for being Islam's holiest city, revered as the birthplace of Muhammad and the site where Allah first revealed the Qu'ran to him.

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    • Siberia

    • The History of Russia's Most Notorious Territory and Home of the Soviet Gulags
    • By: Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Jim D Johnston
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Although Russia has long been considered part of Europe, it has always had a culture so distinct and a history so different that it is still foreign to Western Europe in many ways. Naturally, this sense of otherness has lent an aura of intrigue and mystique to Russia as people have struggled to understand it. Over the long course of Russian history, perhaps no aspect of the giant country has generated interest quite like Siberia, the easternmost part of Russia that lies in Asia.

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    • Puma Punku

    • The History of Tiwanaku's Spectacular Temple of the Sun
    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    The ancient world often evokes wonder and even confusion, and few places accomplish any of that more than the incredible ruined stone temple of Puma Punku. Puma Punku is a marvel of engineering, stonemasonry and design. These facts are obvious to even the lay observer, as Puma Punku’s stonework is remarkable even for the Andes where visitors have long wondered at ancient stone joints where even a knife bade could not fit between the stones.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I really enjoyed this audiobook.

    • By Michael L Shepherd on 06-12-17

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    • King Arthur: The History and Folklore of the Arthurian Legend

    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Sabrina Z
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 4
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 4

    King Arthur is one of the most famous names in history, and his name still evokes visions of fantasy, chivalry, bravery, and more even today. Arthur remains a pop culture fixture around the globe, made famous in various Arthurian tales written by writers like Chretien de Troyes. Arthur came to embody the ideals of the Middle Ages: strength, chivalry, bravery, and more. Along the way, his Excalibur sword, the Holy Grail, his queen, and more have all become household words.

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