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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
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    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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    • Tikal

    • The History of the Ancient Maya's Famous Capital
    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Paul Christy
    • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
    • Unabridged
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    The Mayans maintained power in the Yucatan for over 1,000 years, and at the height of its Classical era, the city of Tikal was one of the power centers of the empire. Archaeologists believe Tikal had been built as early as the fifth or fourth century BC. Eventually it became a political, economic, and military capital that was an important part of a far-flung network across Mesoamerica.

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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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    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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    • 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
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    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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    • Sequoyah

    • The Life and Legacy of the Most Famous Cherokee
    • By: Jesse Harasta, Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Eric Nelson
    • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Cherokees might be the most famous tribe in the country. If so, the person most responsible for it is Sequoyah, whose invention of the Cherokee syllabary also played a prominent role in facilitating the assimilation between the Cherokee and Americans. Sequoyah began work on devising the writing and reading system around 1809, and it was instantly popular among Cherokees, to the extent that it was being used in written publications among the tribe by the 1820s. The syllabary has been in use ever since, both within the tribe and among outsiders.

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    • Tiwanaku and Puma Punku

    • The History and Legacy of South America’s Most Famous Ancient Holy Site
    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Few ancient ruins capture the imagination like the mighty holy site of Tiwanaku, located on the high Andean altiplano plateau outside of La Paz, Bolivia. Unlike some ancient sites, such as Machu Picchu in neighboring Peru or Chichen Itzá in Mexico, Tiwanaku has never been “lost”; on the contrary, it has been marveled over for centuries by Incan nobles, Spanish Conquistadores, modern backpackers, and UFO fanatics alike. Despite this history of amazement, Tiwanaku has remained something of an enigma until recently, but it appears that this would have probably been pleasing to its creators. It was created to be a mysterious, sacred, and beautiful place, one with many secrets and a public face characterized by PT Barnum-like showmanship.

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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 49
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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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    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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    • 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
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      4 out of 5 stars 25
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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.

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

    • By jennifer singerline on 09-12-18

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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
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    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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    • 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
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    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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    • 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
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    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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    • The Taj Mahal

    • The History of India's Most Famous Monument
    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Karey James Kimmel
    • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Constructed over a span of about 20 years in the mid-17th century as a mausoleum for the wife of Emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal is aptly described by UNESCO, which designated it a World Heritage site, as "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".

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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 14 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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    • Tiwanaku: The History and Legacy of the Ancient Pre-Colombian Site in the Heart of the Andes

    • By: Charles River Editors, Dr. Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
    • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Few ancient ruins capture the imagination like the mighty holy site of Tiwanaku, located on the high Andean altiplano plateau outside of La Paz, Bolivia. Unlike some ancient sites, such as Machu Picchu in neighboring Peru or Chichen Itzá in Mexico, Tiwanaku has never been "lost"; on the contrary, it has been marveled over for centuries by Incan nobles, Spanish Conquistadores, modern backpackers, and UFO fanatics alike.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • 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
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      4 out of 5 stars 5
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    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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    • 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
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
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      4 out of 5 stars 10
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    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 Spanish Armada

    • The History and Legacy of Spain's Notorious Naval Debacle
    • By: Charles River Editors, Jesse Harasta
    • Narrated by: Maurice R. Cravens II
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3 out of 5 stars 8
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    On July 12, 1588, the legendary Spanish Armada started for the English channel. The Spanish plan was to take this invasion, led by the duke of Parma, to the coast of southeast England, where they would be released to conquer Elizabethan England for the Spanish monarch and Catholic Christendom.

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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 8
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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.

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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
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    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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