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Tad Davis

Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA
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  • "A wonderful treat!"

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    Burton Raffel is the crown prince of Old and Middle English translators in my book, and his Chaucer is another masterpiece. The rhyming is more subtle than in other translations of Chaucer, but it's there; and the tales unfold with seemingly effortless clarity. This is a high-quality, multiple-reader production, and it includes all the tales (including the Tale of Melibee and the Parson's Tale). The only thing marring the production are the chapter breaks: they are geared to the CDs rather than the individual tales. If you're planning to listen straight through, that's not a problem, but I would have preferred the ability to be more selective.

    It's amazing that in only a few months, Audible has gone from a skimpy selection of Chaucer to three outstanding recordings of the complete set of Tales: one from Charlton Griffin, one from Blackstone, and this one from the BBC. Any one of them provides a wonderful listening experience. This one is my favorite because of Raffel; others may suit your taste better. But for heaven's sake get ONE of them.

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    The Canterbury Tales: A New Unabridged Translation by Burton Raffel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Chaucer
    • Narrated By uncredited
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    Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Tales gathers 29 of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble Plowman. This unabridged work is based on the new translation.

    Tad Davis says: "A wonderful treat!"
  • "Why, oh, why is it abridged?"

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    Seamus Heaney is a wonderful poet and a wonderful reader: listening to him is like hearing the original poet holding forth. But the reading is abridged, in what seems more like a marketing decision -- trying to fit the audiobook onto a two-CD set -- than an artistic one. "Beowulf" could certainly use some abridgement here and there, and I wouldn't mind if there were only minor omissions; but among the episodes cut is the challenge that Unferth issues to Beowulf about his swimming contest with Brecca. This isn't just empty padding: it's essential to the characters of both Unferth and Beowulf. In many ways this is the best single recording of "Beowulf" available: why couldn't there be an unabridged (or at least a less-abridged) version as well? That would get six stars out of five. No other version comes close to the mastery of language shown by this one.

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    Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
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    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Gail says: "Would like the whole thing!"
  • "Entertaining introduction"

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    Kenneth Cranham does a remarkable job conveying the complex, brilliant, and sometimes tortured personality of Samuel Johnson. Johnson could appear bizarre to people who met him for the first time: he had facial scars and tics and jerky movements, and he rolled around in his chair, unable to sit still; and he had many verbal tics as well, clicking with his tongue, murmuring to himself, blowing out his breath like a great whale. (Some people at first thought he was mentally deficient - until he opened his mouth and started talking.) Cranham captures this semi-Tourettes aspect of Johnson with sound alone, without the benefit of his own (somewhat Johnsonian) body.

    The production bills itself as an adaptation of Boswell's Life of Johnson. But it includes other material as well, some of it from Boswell's journals, some of it from accounts of Johnson by his friend Hester Thrale. Inevitably, in such a short production, a lot is missing; but Robin Brroks, who wrote the script, made an intelligent and coherent selection of events. Oliver Goldsmith is here, as are John Wilkes and Hester Thrale, and of course Boswell himself, a self-absorbed rake who initiates his friendship with Johnson with one eye on his own future publishing royalties.

    There are a number of dramatic episodes in this quiet scholar's life, most tragically his break with the widowed Mrs Thrale after she decided to marry an Italian dancing master. The audio production ably shows the pain of this sadly self-inflicted breach, leaving Johnson almost alone in London when he felt himself nearing death and terrified of eternal damnation. Cranham's voice during some of these later scenes evokes a horror that gave me chills.

    What you won't get from this audiobook - and don't really get a strong sense of from Boswell's own biography - is a clear understanding of why anyone should care about the life of Johnson. He was a great talker, one if the greatest: but more to the point, he was a brilliant writer, one of the best writers of discursive prose the English language has ever had.

    But omissions aside, this is a good place to begin.

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    The A-Z of Dr Johnson - Boswell's Life of Johnson

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By James Boswell
    • Narrated By Kenneth Cranham, Full Cast
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    Dramatization by Robin Brooks of James Boswell's biography of Samuel Johnson, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Johnson's birth. Episode 1: Young Boswell comes to London to seek out his hero. He wants to write a biography of the great man 'in scenes', with Johnson's conversation cast as dialogue. Nothing quite like this has ever been attempted before

    Tad Davis says: "Entertaining introduction"
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    I think this source of audio book was translated by Horace Gregory, link as follow:
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Metamorphoses-ebook/dp/B00328ZUO8/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1369420126&sr=1-1&keywords=horace+gregory

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    The Metamorphoses

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ovid
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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    An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated.

    J. J. Kuzma says: "Desert Island Download"

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    Neat

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Charlayne Woodard
    • Narrated By Charlayne Woodard
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    In Neat, writer/performer Charlayne Woodard shares her memories of growing up black in America in the '60s and '70s. The play focuses around the life of Woodard's Aunt Beneatha, Neat, who was mistakenly fed camphor oil as a baby, resulting in permanent brain damage. Stories of family and of time spent with Neat are weaved together with touching results.

    Mary Robins says: "A Must Read"
  • 4.8 (16 ratings)

    What Teachers Make

    • NONE (2 mins)
    • By Taylor Mali
    • Narrated By Taylor Mali
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    The evolution of Taylor Mali the poet could be measured in the number of people his poetry has directly inspired to be teachers. Or the increasing cast of high school and college-age students who perform his words in forensic competitions. This is Taylor in his element: performing in front of live and writhing audiences demanding and receiving all the rough, raw, and authentic passion of Taylor Mali's poetry.

    Katherine says: "Inspiring"
  • 4.9 (15 ratings)

    The Lady in the Van (Dramatised)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 32 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By Maggie Smith, Adrian Scarborough
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    In the 1970s, an eccentric old lady called Miss Shepherd lives in an old caravan opposite Bennett's house in Camden. That is until new parking regulations come into force - and he suggests moving the van onto his driveway...

    PETER says: "Hillarious"
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    Hughes Views of the Blues: Langston Hughes' Simple Stories

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Langston Hughes
    • Narrated By Nap Turner
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    Langston Hughes' character Jesse B. Simple comes to life in 12 great performances by Nap "Don't Forget the Blues" Turner in Hughes Views of the Blues, from Right on Rhythm. This is a release that belongs in every library and in every American literature curriculum.

    stella says: "I know Jess B. Simple... We all do!"
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    The Great Poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Gerard Manley Hopkins
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
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    A collection of the best-known poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889). One of the Victorian era's greatest writers, Hopkins' reputation has continued to grow since his death. This collection includes "The Windhover", "The Caged Skylark", "Carrion Comfort", "Spring", and "Fall and Inversnaid".

    Robert says: "Excellent encounter with the poet."
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    The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
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    Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
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    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Gail says: "Would like the whole thing!"
  • 4.3 (222 ratings)

    The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
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    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Lisa says: "A wonderful production of a great play!"
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  • 4.6 (171 ratings)

    Billy Collins Live: A Performance at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, April 20, 2005

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Billy Collins
    • Narrated By Billy Collins
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    In this exclusive audio publishing event, Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate, shares an evening of his poetry in a benefit reading for WNYC, New York Public Radio. Often compared to Robert Frost, his poetry has been embraced by people of all ages and backgrounds, and his readings are most often standing room only.

    Melinda says: "Does Not Get Better Than This"
  • Twelve Angry Men

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Reginald Rose
    • Narrated By Dan Castellaneta, Hector Elizondo, Armin Shimerman
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    Over the course of a steamy and tense afternoon, 12 jurors deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old boy alleged to have murdered his own father. A seemingly open and shut case turns complicated, igniting passions and hidden prejudices.

    Emily says: "Excellent court room drama"
  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
  • Julius Caesar

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Andrew Buchan, Sean Barrett
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    Julius Caesar is one of Shakespeare’s most compelling Roman plays. The plot against Caesar and the infamous assassination scene make for unforgettable listening. Brutus, the true protagonist of the play, is mesmerizing in his psychological state of anguish, forced to choose between the bonds of friendship and his desire for patriotic justice.

    David says: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars"
  • The Crucible

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Arthur Miller
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley, and others
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    In the rigid theocracy of Salem, Massachusetts, rumors that women are practicing witchcraft galvanize the town. In the ruthlessness of the prosecutors and the eagerness of neighbor to testify against neighbor, The Crucible mirrors the anti-Communist hysteria in the 1950s.

    Thomas S says: "Dramatic Recording"
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  • Romeo and Juliet

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare
    • Narrated By Calista Flockhart, Matthew Wolf, Julie White, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The most iconic love story of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is an epic-scale tragedy of desire and revenge. Despite the bitter rivalry that exists between their families, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet have fallen madly in love. But when the long-running rivalry boils over into murder, the young couple must embark on a dangerous and deadly mission to preserve their love at any cost. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Calista Flockhart as Juliet.

    William says: "Dramatized drama at its best..."
  • Hamlet: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner, and others
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
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    Experience Hamlet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world. The unabridged drama is also presented without commentary.

    Shaun says: "Performance great; commentary lacking"
  • The Noël Coward Collection

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Noël Coward
    • Narrated By Annette Bening, Joe Mantegna, Eric Stoltz, and others
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    Six phenomenally sophisticated Noël Coward comedies: Fallen Angels, Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter.

    Anthony says: "Bravo Mr. Coward"
  • The Iliad

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Homer, Richard Lattimore (translator)
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
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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.

    Jefferson says: "An Excellent Iliad"
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  • She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Caroline Kennedy (selection and introductions), Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, and others
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Jane Alexander, John Bedford Lloyd, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    She Walks in Beauty draws on poetry’s eloquent wisdom to ponder the many joys and challenges of being a woman. Caroline Kennedy has divided the collection into sections that signify to her the most notable milestones, passages, and universal experiences in a woman’s life, and she begins each of these sections with an introduction in which she explores and celebrates the most important elements of life’s journey.

    Elena says: "A Must Have For Every Woman"
  • SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Stephen Elder, Paul Clayton
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    The multi award-winning SmartPass study guide with and without commentary options. This is a full-cast, unabridged performance with comprehensive commentary and analysis for any student to fully understand and appreciate the play. Universally accepted as Shakespeare's finest play, we peel back the layers of Hamlet to discover how and why it deserves such a place of honour in world literature.

    Jane says: "Great introduction to Hamlet"
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Tennessee Williams
    • Narrated By Rosemary Harris, James Farentino
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    Caedmon is proud to release this archival full-cast recording of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire. Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister Stella's New Orleans apartment seeking refuge from a troubled past but her ethereal spirit irks Stella's husband, the loutish Stanley Kowalski. Crudely, relentlessly, he unmasks the lies and delusions that sustain Blanche, until her frail hold on reality is shockingly severed.

    B. Leddy says: "Excellent"
  • The Importance of Being Earnest

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
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    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Lisa says: "A wonderful production of a great play!"
  • Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (19 mins)
    • By Mary Jade Monroe
    • Narrated By Melissa Leventhal
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    Mermaid is a collection of poems inspired by the sea. Written with admiration for the aqua life, the classic book flows with a rippling cadence, imbued with the lore and romance invoked by the sea.

  • A Life In Rhyme: Life's Observations: Rhyming Verse and Story Poems, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Jean Shaw
    • Narrated By Jean Shaw
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    A Life In Rhyme - Life's Observations is the fourth book in a collection of rhyming story poems I've written over a period of years. None of them were initially written for book publication, but I have received such encouragement from friends and family about them, I've decided to compile the verses into four different titles. Book 4 introduces you to story poems I've written about events in my life and random observations, together with some of the rhyming verse included in the other books I've written.

  • That's Why It's Love

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Victor Loginov
    • Narrated By Victor Avdyushko, Alexander Degtyar, Yuri Fomichev, and others
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    "Na to ona i ljubov'" - veselyj vodevil' pro ljubov' i ne tol'ko. Kaskady nedorazumenij, neurjadic, neozhidannye vzryvy strastej. V kolhoze proishodit chrezvychajnoe proisshestvie: krasavica-dojarka Lizka Gorlovaja, dlja togo, chtoby byt' krasivoj, umylas' parnym molokom. Obshhestvennost' byla vozmushhena. Ved' jeto vlijanie rastlennogo burzhuaznogo Zapada, gde zhenshhiny hotjat byt' krasivymi...

  • A Life In Rhyme - People Poems: Rhyming Verse and Story Poems, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jean Shaw
    • Narrated By Jean Shaw
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    None of them were initially written for book publication, but I have received such encouragement from friends and family about them, I've decided to compile the verses into four different titles. Book 3 introduces you to friends and acquaintances and the story poems I've written for them for special events in their lives. I've changed the names of all the recipients, but not the actual poems I wrote for them.

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  • Notes to an Actor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ron Marasco
    • Narrated By Ron Marasco
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    "Do you have any notes for me?" Actors always ask for notes on their performance, and they will take them from just about anyone. Ron Marasco's Notes to an Actor grew out of the actor's profession. In his years as an actor, scholar, and teacher of acting, Mr. Marasco found that most acting books were either outdated classics that were rarely read, or quasi-textbooks that actors only "skimmed." So he developed Notes to an Actor, a compact, user-friendly audiobook geared specifically to the way actors work.

  • A Life In Rhyme - My Family: Rhyming Verse and Story Rhymes

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jean Shaw
    • Narrated By Jean Shaw
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    A Life In Rhyme - My Family is the second book in a collection of rhyming story poems I've written over a period of years. None of them were initially written for book publication, but I have received such encouragement from friends and family about them, I've decided to compile the verses into four different titles.

  • The Cave of Salamanca (Dramatized)

    • ABRIDGED (42 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes
    • Narrated By Alexander Khodursky, A. Nikolaev, Lyudmila Kasatkina, and others
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    Pankrasio, muzh Leonardy, uezzhaet na neskol'ko dnej v drugoj gorod. Leonarda i ee sluzhanka Kristina prinimajut v jeto vremja svoih ljubovnikov. Neozhidanno vozvrativshis', Pankrasio zastaet veseluju kompaniju na meste prestuplenija. K schast'ju dlja Leonardy, ona prijutila u sebja hitroumnogo studenta. kotoryj pomogaet ej obvesti vokrug pal'ca prostaka Pankrasio…

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