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    • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • By: Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 126 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here in a single volume is the entire, unabridged recording of Gibbon's masterpiece. Beginning in the second century A.D. at the apex of the Pax Romana, Gibbon traces the arc of decline and complete destruction through the centuries across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is a thrilling and cautionary tale of splendor and ruin, of faith and hubris, and of civilization and barbarism. Follow along as Christianity overcomes paganism... before itself coming under intense pressure from Islam.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • epic

    • By Luke on 17-08-2017

    Non-member price: $87.88

    • The Divine Comedy

    • By: Dante Alighieri, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dante's Divine Comedy is considered to be not only the most important epic poem in Italian literature, but also one of the greatest poems ever written. It consists of 100 cantos, and (after an introductory canto) they are divided into three sections. Each section is 33 cantos in length, and they describe how Dante and a guide travel through Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso.

    Non-member price: $82.02

    • Crime and Punishment (Audio Connoisseur Edition)

    • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 24 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This magnificent novel is about the murder of a miserly, aged pawnbroker and her younger sister by a radical, destitute St. Petersburg student named Raskolnikov, and the emotional, mental, and physical effects that follow. It is a remarkable masterpiece about a man's turbulent inner life and his relationship to others and to society at large. Dostoevsky explored the human condition on many levels in this great piece, and among the main themes the novel explores is the rather strange theory that criminals have a spiritual need to be punished - that indeed they demand it.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The bio has spoilers

    • By Anonymous User on 30-01-2019

    Non-member price: $93.62

    • The Dark Ages: 476-918

    • By: Charles Oman
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 19 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Dark Ages is the story of the birth of Western civilization. It was a harrowing crucible of war, destruction, and faith. For over 100 years, Charles Oman's famous history has remained one of the finest sources for the study of this period. Covering a period of 500 years and an area stretching from Northern Germany to Egypt, this is the definitive history that will alter your conceptions of a period of history that gave birth to the civilization we live in today.

    Non-member price: $49.21

    • The Peloponnesian War

    • By: Thucydides
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 26 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Historians universally agree that Thucydides was the greatest historian who has ever lived, and that his story of the Peloponnesian conflict is a marvel of forensic science and fine literature. That such a triumph of intellectual accomplishment was created at the end of the fifth century B.C. in Greece is, perhaps, not so surprising, given the number of original geniuses we find in that period. But that such an historical work would also be simultaneously acknowledged as a work of great literature and a penetrating ethical evaluation of humanity is one of the miracles of ancient history.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • haunting

    • By Tim Dubber on 19-05-2016

    Non-member price: $65.62

    • The Commentaries

    • By: Julius Caesar
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By Greg on 15-12-2018

    Non-member price: $56.87

    • Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans

    • By: Plutarch
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 83 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Plutarch (c. AD 46-AD 120) was born to a prominent family in the small Greek town of Chaeronea, about 20 miles east of Delphi in the region known as Boeotia. His best known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek life and one Roman life as well as four unpaired single lives.

    Non-member price: $98.43

    • The Argonautica

    • Jason and the Golden Fleece
    • By: Apollonius of Rhodes
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Argonautica, also known as Jason and the Golden Fleece or Jason and the Argonauts, is the only surviving epic poem from Hellenistic Greece. It is a masterpiece whose story was well known to the audiences of the time. Virgil and other later poets were greatly influenced by it. Its author, Apollonius, was a well-known third century BC scholar living in Alexandria during the great age of Ptolomaic scholarship, and his bold attempt at writing a Homeric epic about Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece faced a daunting audience of knowledgeable contemporaries.

    Non-member price: $42.91

    • A History of England, Volume 1: Early and Middle Ages to 1485

    • By: Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The history of England can be said to have begun with the arrival of Julius Caesar in 54 BC. Four hundred years later, Romano British civilization came to an end with the withdrawal of Roman military protection and the onslaught by successive waves of Germanic invasions. Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Danes, and Norsemen ravaged Britain for almost 500 years. The native Celtic peoples were displaced and driven westward into present-day Wales, where their descendants dwell to this day.

    Non-member price: $35.11

    • The Jewish War

    • By: Flavius Josephus
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 23 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In AD 66, nationalist and religious revolutionaries in Judaea led a ferocious revolt of the Jewish people against the authority of mighty Rome, culminating in the greatest upheaval and savagery the world had known up to that time. By the end of the conflict seven years later, over one million Jews had perished and tens of thousands were sold into slavery. Until the Holocaust, it remained the greatest tragedy ever endured by a people. How had this once prosperous region been laid low, and by what process did its fratricidal feuds take it down a slippery slope to utter annihilation? Fortunately for us, there was an eyewitness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An enjoyable listen

    • By Anonymous User on 18-12-2018

    Non-member price: $49.21

    • The Arabian Nights Entertainments

    • By: Louis Rhead
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The central core of the stories concerns a Persian king and his new bride. The king has a brother who is a vizier in faraway Samarcand, and he invites him to come to the palace for a visit. Just before his departure, the vizier is shocked to discover his wife's infidelity. Enraged, he kills her. Full of pain and grief, the vizier continues on to the court of his brother, the king. But, once arrived at his brother's palace, the vizier soon discovers the king's wife is also involved in an even more flagrant infidelity.

    Non-member price: $28.47

    • Genghis Khan

    • Emperor of All Men
    • By: Harold Lamb
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Unabridged
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    In the early 13th century, a simple nomad chieftain managed to cobble together a powerful kingdom in the highlands of northern Asia, which was subsequently to challenge the greatest powers of the day. He was triumphant in all directions. This leader was Timujin, whose name meant "Iron Man". He became Genghis Khan, "Universal Ruler", the greatest conqueror ever known - a warrior feared from the British Isles to the tip of the Korean peninsula.

    Non-member price: $30.47

    • The Complete Works of Tacitus: Volume 1: The Annals, Part 1

    • By: Cornelius Tacitus
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the pantheon of ancient men of letters, none hold a more venerated position than the Roman historian, Tacitus, venerated alike for the accuracy of his chronicles as well as for the superiority of his style. He was a writer of unexcelled genius and consummate skill. But his work fell into oblivion not long after his death, and has come down to us based on the text of a single tattered manuscript from the Middle Ages.

    Non-member price: $45.11

    • A History of the Roman Republic, Volume 2

    • By: Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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    By the middle of the second century B.C., the Roman Republic has been changed completely from the sober and virtuous character of the previous generations of self-sacrificing soldier-farmers. Rome has become a wealthy, diverse metropolis of many conflicting interests.

    Non-member price: $41.54

    • Hellenica

    • By: Xenophon
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Hellenica is Xenophon’s continuation of Thucydides’ history of the Peloponnesian War, literally resuming from where the previous author’s history was abruptly left unfinished and narrating the events of the final seven years of the conflict and the war’s aftermath. Some historians consider the Hellenica to be a personal work, written by Xenophon in retirement on his Spartan estate, and intended primarily for circulation among his friends, who would have known the main protagonists and events, having most likely participated in them.  

    Non-member price: $42.91

    • The Iliad

    • By: Homer, Richmond Lattimore - translator
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 22 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The Iliad is one of the most enduring creations of Western Civilization and was originally written to be recited or chanted to the accompaniment of various instruments. Properly performed, this work today is just as meaningful, just as powerful and just as entertaining as it was in the ninth century B.C.,and it casts its spell upon modern listeners with the same raw intensity as it did upon the people of ancient times.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Where’s the Trojan horse?

    • By Jan on 04-11-2018

    Non-member price: $61.50

    • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

    • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 70 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good as far as it goes

    • By Nissology on 03-08-2015

    Non-member price: $98.43

    • A History of the Roman Republic, Volume 1

    • By: Cyril Robinson
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The story of the Roman Republic is the greatest epic in human history. Seen in the long perspective of time, it seems too fantastic to be real. From its modest beginnings as a convenient fording place on the Tiber to its eventual destiny as the mistress of the Mediterranean, Rome offers a strange tale of fate, sacrifice, and indomitable willpower. The stern realities of war shaped its policies from the very beginning.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cyril calls it how he ses it....Loved it!

    • By Greg on 24-01-2019

    Non-member price: $44.69

    • Medieval Feudalism

    • By: Carl Stephenson
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Medieval feudalism is one of those subjects which most of us are familiar with, and yet have difficulty describing. Was is a political, military, economic, or social system? And how did it develop? All these questions are answered in this superb book. Carl Stephenson has done a magnificent job of paring away all extraneous subjects and focusing on just the key elements. This short book, a masterpiece of brevity, succinctly sums up medieval feudalism better than anything ever written.

    Non-member price: $16.40

    • Hannibal

    • One Man Against Rome
    • By: Harold Lamb
    • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
    • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    This is the breathtaking adventure of the great Carthaginian general who shook the foundations of Rome. In the world's first "global" conflict, Hannibal Barca marched up and down the Italian peninsula for 18 years, appearing well nigh invincible to a Rome which began to doubt itself for the first time in its history.

    Non-member price: $44.69

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