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    • Mesopotamia: A Captivating Guide to Ancient Mesopotamian History and Civilizations, Including the Sumerians and Sumerian Mythology, Gilgamesh, Ur, Assyrians, Babylon, Hammurabi and the Persian Empire

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Richard Savage, Desmond Manny, Duke Holm, and others
    • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 24
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
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      5 out of 5 stars 24

    Taken together, the civilizations of Sumer, Assyria, and Persia have helped form the modern makeup of Mesopotamia, western Asia, and the world. However, to really understand why things are the way they are, it’s important to break up this historical timeline and spend some time learning about each society. Only by doing this will you be able to fully appreciate the powerful impact these ancient peoples had on our modern world.    

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great material, terrible performance

    • By D. G. Florida on 03-05-19

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Ancient China

    • A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
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      5 out of 5 stars 13
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      5 out of 5 stars 13

    In this audiobook, you will be led on a journey through almost 2,000 years of Chinese history, showing you all the ups and downs of those ancient times, the sufferings and joys of the Chinese people, along with their greatest achievements and failures. Dynasties will change, people will be killed and born, art made and destroyed, but the Chinese civilization will prevail, rising from humble beginnings to an empire that at some points outshined any other in the world at that time.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exciting history.

    • By Donald K. McLeod on 03-21-19
    • A Captivating Guide to the Ancient History of China and the Chinese Civilization Starting from the Shang Dynasty to the Fall of the Han Dynasty
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Release date: 03-11-19
    • 5 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Cuba: A Captivating Guide to the History of Cuba and Havana, The Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Richard L Walton, David Patton, Desmond Manny
    • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25
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      5 out of 5 stars 25
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      4 out of 5 stars 25

    The themes of the history of Cuba are as vast as they are inspiring. Cuba has stared death in the face throughout its rocky history, and most of the time it has gazed into the eyes of death and smiled. Over and over, oppressors have attempted to seize this island and its riches for their own selfish purposes. And over and over, revolutions have risen up to conquer in an attempt to return Cuba to its people. The story of Cuba is a tale of courage and sacrifice, of horrific oppression and inspiring vision. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect

    • By Maris on 03-21-19

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Tudor History

    • A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
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      5 out of 5 stars 26

    Five Tudor monarchs sat on the throne of England and Ireland from 1485 to 1603. The family earned their royal rights through strategic planning and battlefield prowess, and kept them because of intellect, strength, and sheer determination. The Tudors, one of England’s most powerful and famous royal dynasties, knitted together a fragmented and small island nation that became one of the world’s financial, colonial, and technological superpowers.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A facinating guide.

    • By James Mark on 03-07-19
    • A Captivating Guide to the Tudors, the Wars of the Roses, the Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Life of Elizabeth I
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 02-22-19
    • 5 out of 5 stars 27 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Russian History: A Captivating Guide to the History of Russia, Including Events Such as the Mongol Invasion, the Napoleonic Invasion, Reforms of Peter the Great, the Fall of the Soviet Union, and More

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 30
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      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 30

    This new Captivating History audiobook serves as an overview of Russian history over the span of more than a millennium, from the foundation of the Russian state by the Viking Prince Rurik in AD 862 until the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • greater depth

    • By Paul on 11-19-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • World War 1

    • A Captivating Guide to the First World War, Including Battle Stories from the Eastern and Western Front and How the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 Impacted the Rise of Nazi Germany
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 24
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      5 out of 5 stars 23
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      4 out of 5 stars 23

    The first World War was one of the most devastating conflicts in our history. The tumult and chaos that remained in the wake of the first World War had far-reaching and devastating consequences, not just for Europe and the survivors of the war, but for the entire world. The ruins of Europe provided a fertile breeding ground for fierce nationalism, which led to the rise of the Third Reich and allowed the evil of Adolf Hitler to go unchecked for far too long.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very general and the narrator can’t pronounce most of the names/places

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-18-19
    • A Captivating Guide to the First World War, Including Battle Stories from the Eastern and Western Front and How the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 Impacted the Rise of Nazi Germany
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
    • Release date: 02-07-19
    • 5 out of 5 stars 24 ratings

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Ottoman Empire

    • A Captivating Guide to the Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire and Its Control over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
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      5 out of 5 stars 13
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      5 out of 5 stars 13

    The Ottoman world was nothing like an exotic fairy tale featuring tyrant sultans, mean pashas, and ill-fated harem women. The true stories of genuine sultans and princes are a bit more complicated and no less exciting. Incredible facts about this empire still surprise anyone who starts discovering those stories. You’ll find out that, for quite a while, this Islamic state was effectively ruled by women, and that’s just the beginning.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A bit off mark in my view.

    • By Gail Bishop on 12-13-18
    • A Captivating Guide to the Rise and Fall of the Turkish Empire and Its Control over Much of Southeast Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 12-06-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 13 ratings

    Regular price: $14.95

    • History of the Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the Viking Age and Feared Norse Seafarers Such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Ivar the Boneless, Egil Skallagrimsson, and More

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
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      5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    It is true that the Vikings were, without a doubt, brutal men living in a brutal age. They did use their skills as warriors to relentlessly attack Europe and the British Isles to increase their wealth and territory, but that is not all the Vikings were, and their contribution to world history is far more than warmongering. In this captivating history audiobook, you'll not only learn about heroic warriors in battle but you'll also discover the remarkable achievements made by the Vikings.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent History of the Vikings

    • By Lizbeth on 02-11-19

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Babylon: A Captivating Guide to the Kingdom in Ancient Mesopotamia, Starting from the Akkadian Empire to the Battle of Opis Against Persia, Including Babylonian Mythology and the Legacy of Babylonia

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 14
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      5 out of 5 stars 14
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      5 out of 5 stars 14

    The Babylonian influence upon its successors and even modern society knows no bounds. One of the leading civilizations of Mesopotamia, the Babylonians provided the fundamentals of mathematics, agriculture, architecture, metallurgy, and other influential and necessary fields required to develop other great civilizations such as the Greeks, Romans, and even contemporary nations like China and the US. Without them, no neoteric world could exist. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating History Is The Best

    • By Jaxon Jordon on 02-03-19

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Ottoman Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Rise and Fall of the Ottoman Empire, the Fall of Constantinople, and the Life of Suleiman the Magnificent

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny, Duke Holm
    • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Incredible facts about this Ottoman Empire still surprise anyone who starts discovering those stories. You’ll find out that, for quite a while, this Islamic state was effectively ruled by women, and that’s just the beginning.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Totally not captivating cliff-notes timeline

    • By Jake on 02-16-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Persian Empire

    • A Captivating Guide to the History of Persia, Starting from the Ancient Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian Empires to the Safavid, Afsharid, and Qajar Dynasties
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
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      5 out of 5 stars 14

    One of the most shocking things about the Persians is how quickly they went from an obscure, powerless, and nomadic tribe to an immense empire that spanned across western Asia, Africa, and parts of Europe. The rise of Cyrus the great, considered the father of Persia, in the seventh century BCE, filled the power vacuum caused by the fall of the Assyrians, and it led to the formation of one of the most powerful empires of the ancient world.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good audible.

    • By Aryeh Madina on 01-30-19
    • A Captivating Guide to the History of Persia, Starting from the Ancient Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanian Empires to the Safavid, Afsharid, and Qajar Dynasties
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Release date: 01-10-19
    • 5 out of 5 stars 14 ratings

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Cuban Revolution: A Captivating Guide to the Armed Revolt That Changed the Course of Cuba, Including Stories of Leaders Such as Fidel Castro, Chè Guevara, and Fulgencio Batista

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
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      5 out of 5 stars 19

    If you want to discover the remarkable history of an effort that should never have succeeded, then pay attention.... The first two chapters of this audiobook will provide a brief overview of the history of Cuba, giving depth and understanding to how the revolution came to be. After that, it will plunge into the lives of Batista, Castro, and Guevara, and tell the tale of the revolution.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Impressive

    • By Zinger on 01-10-19

    Regular price: $14.95

    • George Patton

    • A Captivating Guide to a Combative American War Hero Who Played a Critical Part in the Battle of Normandy During WWII
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28
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      5 out of 5 stars 28

    General George S. Patton remains a household name to this day even though he died decades ago. Not only was he a brilliant military commander, he was also a forceful personality and a flamboyant human being whose strong character led him through many difficulties. This biography aims to tell Patton's story in a captivating manner that will bring him to life for the education and enjoyment of young and old.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As I Expected

    • By Kyle Perkins on 09-09-18
    • A Captivating Guide to a Combative American War Hero Who Played a Critical Part in the Battle of Normandy During WWII
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Release date: 09-04-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 30 ratings

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Wars of the Roses: A Captivating Guide to the English Civil Wars That Brought down the Plantagenet Dynasty and Put the Tudors on the Throne

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 18
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      5 out of 5 stars 18
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      5 out of 5 stars 18

     

    The Wars of the Roses were a complex set of battles, skirmishes, and kidnappings during the 15th century in England. They had their roots in the nearby Civil War of France, which greatly influenced English politics for years to come. Though there is no one universally-accepted start or end date for these wars, the major events throughout the wars occurred between 1455 and 1485.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Atrocious narration, poor timing, not recommended

    • By B. on 01-21-19

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Civil War: A Captivating Guide to the American Civil War and Its Impact on the History of the United States

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
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      5 out of 5 stars 9
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    No other war in the history of the US has sparked as much debate and conflict as the American Civil War. For more than 150 years, the story of the Civil War has been a source of contention, confusion, and even contempt in American life. Explore the deadliest war in American history!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Quick good listening.

    • By Janet Crawford on 10-17-18

    Regular price: $14.95

    • The Safavid Empire: A Captivating Guide to the Persian Empire That Fought Against the Ottomans in the Ottoman-Safavid War

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 26
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      5 out of 5 stars 26
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 26

    The Safavid dynasty was one of the most notable ruling dynasties of Iran. This Islamic empire was powerful enough to challenge the Mughals in the east and the Ottomans in the west. Their story has shaped what we know as modern Iran more than any other period in its history. In this captivating history audiobook, you will discover all about this remarkable empire that was responsible for one of Persia's golden ages in terms of power and culture. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • History Re-Explored

    • By Oscar Lola on 12-22-18

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Suleiman the Magnificent: A Captivating Guide to the Longest-Reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 26
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      5 out of 5 stars 26
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      5 out of 5 stars 26

    During his reign, Suleiman the Magnificent guided the Ottoman Empire through its golden age of trade and expansion. His reign changed the face of the world and the lives of millions of people, and his name echoes down to us in the present day. Suleiman the Magnificent was unlike any other sultan before or after him, and this audiobook explains why. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By Laura Ashley on 02-06-19

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Vikings: A Captivating Guide to the History of the Vikings, Erik the Red and Leif Erikson

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny, Timothy Burke
    • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Discover the captivating history of the Vikings, Erik the Red, and Leif Erikson in this three-book collection.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Don't waste your time

    • By Robby Ray on 02-02-19

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Great Depression: A Captivating Guide to the Worldwide Economic Depression That Began in the United States, Including the Wall Street Crash, FDR's New Deal, Hitler’s Rise and More

    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 21
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      5 out of 5 stars 21
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    The stock market crash of 1929 didn’t cause the Great Depression by itself, but it is a powerful symbolic starting point to the greatest economic disaster of the 20th century. On that dark day in October 1929, fortunes were lost, and fear of financial insecurity rose throughout the United States and the world. In 1932, the low point of the Depression, as much as a third of Americans were out of work, and even more people were unemployed in other countries. The stock market reached its lowest point ever and wouldn’t rise to its pre-Depression levels for almost 20 years.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Just ok. Could be more in depth.

    • By Brandon on 02-20-19

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Hammurabi

    • A Captivating Guide to the Sixth King of the First Babylonian Dynasty, Including the Code of Hammurabi
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    Explore the captivating history of Hammurabi. The story of Hammurabi is the story of 43 years jam-packed with conquest, temple- and wall-building, irrigation efforts, and lawmaking, but it’s also a story of broken relations and rising and falling empires. It’s a story of betrayal and shifting alliances, a story where even the gods take a backseat to the matters of common men. It’s a tale that’s both thousands of years old and, interestingly enough, just as contemporary as it was when Hammurabi still drew breath.  

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting

    • By Jean on 01-31-19
    • A Captivating Guide to the Sixth King of the First Babylonian Dynasty, Including the Code of Hammurabi
    • By: Captivating History
    • Narrated by: Desmond Manny
    • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 01-17-19
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 31 ratings

    Regular price: $14.95

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