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Die Falknerin

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  • "A posh working class hero"

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    Meet Charles James Harrington Fitzroy Yellowplush, the perfect footman. In "The Yellowplush Papers" we follow his story from obscurity to the heights of British society in five mini-plays.

    In MY FIRST EMPLOYER, Frederick Altamont takes on Yellowplush as his servant. But who is this secretive Altamont, and why does he refuse to disclose his profession?

    CAPTAIN ROOK, Yellowplush's next employer, is a flattering, name-dropping rogue who dwells in the Temple and makes his way as a cardsharp. Here our hero learns all about the finer points of plucking pigeons.

    Yellowplush's next employer is Algernon Percy DEUCEACE, an aristocratic ex-pat living in Paris. Deuceace is ready to marry his way into the level of life to which he'd like to become accustomed when horror strikes: his father shows up with a few home truths.

    MY NOVEL finds Yellowplush in the service of the Duke and Duchess of Diddlesex and their obnoxious family. The Duke is a bit of a bore, the Duchess what we might call a late Georgian cougar. And our Yellowplush, as he frequently reminds us, has quite a fine figure, with the well-turned calves so admired in a footman.

    After meeting up with dodgy society novelist Augustus Modicum during his stay at Diddlesex Towers, Yellowplush decides to write a novel of his own. The working title is "Aristocrats Behaving Badly," but after bringing it to the attention of the literary agent Scavenger, it becomes the best-selling "Besmirched Escutcheon."

    Yellowplush, having wisely invested the proceeds of his just-short-of-libelous "novel," finds himself in the possession of 30,000 pounds sterling and ready for his DEBUT IN SOCIETY. It's all oak paneling, Axminster carpets, and brocade from now on! But will success change our hero for the worse?

    Overall, this was a fun couple of hours. Like a kid with deep suspicions of mushrooms, just knowing he wouldn't like them despite never having tasted one, I suspected I wouldn't like Thackeray. But I liked him in adaptation. Maybe I'll tackle Vanity Fair next. Whatever the case, "The Yellowplush Papers" was great British fun, and made a holiday baking blitz merry and bright.

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    The Yellowplush Papers (Classic Serial)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By William Makepeace Thackeray, Stephen Wyatt (adaptation)
    • Narrated By Adam Buxton, Full Cast
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    Series of five comic tales by William Makepeace Thackeray, adapted by Stephen Wyatt, recounting the rise and fall of early-19th century footman Charles Yellowplush.

    Die Falknerin says: "A posh working class hero"
  • "Outstanding performances"

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    In each of these monologues humor is mixed with the sadness of each character's life. The sadness may come from a dramatic tragedy, or from a failure to connect, or from the inability to break free.

    Patricia Routledge amazed me as the title character of "Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet." She's always a treat, and of course I'll never look at chiropodists the same way after this little story.

    Eileen Atkins' realistic portrayal of Celia in "The Hand of God" was the pure distillation of the characters of many antiques dealers I've known. If you're a collector, you'll know her at once. Something like what occurs in the story does happen from time to time, which makes it all the better.

    Penelope Wilton's quiet, elegant voice makes her story, "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" all the more chilling.

    So perfectly did these three actresses perform their stories that I cannot imagine anyone else in the roles.

    Bennett provokes, prods, and cajoles us into facing the truth. But even when it's uncomfortable, we end up better for having heard him, for he speaks for those who are not heard, but keep on going nonetheless.







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    Alan Bennett: Talking Heads 2

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Alan Bennett
    • Narrated By various
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    In these six new pieces Alan Bennett retains the gripping stories, intensity of delivery, and masterly style of his original monologues. The suburban normality of the world his characters inhabit once again belies their lives of secrets, revelations, fears, crimes, and passions. They tell their stories, and in doing so reveal more than they know of the humour, passion, and sadness of their lives.

    Die Falknerin says: "Outstanding performances"
  • "1884: Herring salad and tragedy in ..."

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    "The Wild Duck" centers on the Ekdahl and Werle families.

    The patriarch of the former, called "Old Ekdahl," has fallen from grace due to his previous imprisonment for a crime he may not have committed. He does copying for Håkon Werle, but isn't quite all there: at home he wears his uniform and shoots rabbits he keeps in the attic.

    Hjalmar Ekdahl, his son, is a photographer. He is married to Gina, a former servant in the household of Håkon Werle. They have a teenage daughter, Hedwig, who is going blind.

    Håkon Werle's son Gregers has just returned from exile, and is enraged to find Gina married to Hjalmar. Gregers' mother died believing her husband had an affair with Gina, and he suspects Hjalmar doesn't know. Gregers rents a room from the Ekdahls with a single purpose: "I intend to open his eyes."

    Hjalmar Ekdahl is a dreamer who does not allow anyone to discuss "unpleasant matters" (like reality) with him. He tells everyone he's working on a magnificent invention; this apparently requires hours of solitude, quiet, and lying on sofas. Sadly for his wife and daughter, "within his own little circle he's always been mistaken for a shining light."

    The tangled interactions between these characters (and a few more) culminate in the heart-breaking events of the last scene.

    Overall, "The Wild Duck" is a well-acted and produced masterwork of psychological realism.






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    Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck: Theatre Classics

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By Henrik Ibsen, Stephen Mulrine
    • Narrated By Janet Fullerlove, Sean Connelly, Denny Hodge, and others
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    The idealistic son of a wealthy businessman seeks to expose his father's duplicity and to free his childhood friend from the lies on which his happy home life is based. When skeletons are brought out of the closet, the foundations of the Ekdal family are torn apart - with drastic consequences.

    Die Falknerin says: "1884: Herring salad and tragedy in Denmark"
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  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

    "Fantastic"

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    I listened to this brilliant performance after the completion of the series. The acting and script are excellent. Lots of humour are evoked by the performance and I found it to be highly entertaining and faithful to Trollope's work. Excellent.

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I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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  • "Swashbuckling Radio for Modern List..."

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    I'm developing a healthy respect for the Colonial Radio Theatre players. Rafael Sabatini's works are already amongst my favorites just because they're swashbuckling fun, and I'm a sucker for that. I'm also a sucker for a quality full-cast radio drama, and these actors bring the melodrama up to full. It actually feels a lot like they stripped the audio track from an Errol Flynn movie. I'd love to hear this group do a version of Scaramouche.

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    Captain Blood: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rafael Sabatini, Jerry Robbins
    • Narrated By Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
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    Dr. Peter Blood is arrested and sentenced to hang for treating a wounded rebel. Instead of death, he is sent to Barbados as a slave. When the Spanish attack the port city of Bridgetown, he and his fellow slaves capture the Spanish ship and set out to sea, where he becomes the notorious pirate, Captain Blood. With battles on sea and on land, daring escapes, sword duels to the death, a touch of romance, and a magnificent score by Jeffrey Gage, Captain Blood is a swashbuckling adventure on a very grand scale!

    larry says: "Wonderful"

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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.

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    SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options) (






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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"
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    Glorious Appearing: An Experience in Sound and Drama  by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins Narrated by Full Cast

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    Experience the ongoing action and suspense of the end times with this exciting new dramatic presentation of Tribulation Force, the second volume of the best selling Left Behind series. This full-cast audio presentation stars Tom McElroy as the skeptical Rayford Steele and Amanda Philipson as Rayford's devout wife, Chloe. Listen as the incredible story unfolds in 12 dramatic half-hour episodes.

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  • 4.3 (84 ratings)
    The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation) (






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    The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

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    Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

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    Thomas S says: "Dramatic Recording"
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    Gene says: "Godot is here"
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  • King Lear: Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options) (






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    fred says: "Love the format, like the piece"
  • Hamlet: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options) (






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    Hamlet: Shakespeare Appreciated (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

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    Shaun says: "Performance great; commentary lacking"
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    SmartPass Plus Audio Education Study Guide to Hamlet (Dramatised, Commentary Options)

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    Jane says: "Great introduction to Hamlet"
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    The Code of the Woosters (Dramatized)

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    Nancy says: "Fun, but not as good as the unabridged version"
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  • BBC Radio Crimes: A Charles Paris Mystery: The Dead Side of the Mic  by Simon Brett, Jeremy Front (adaptation) Narrated by Bill Nighy, Suzanne Burden, Charlotte Green

    BBC Radio Crimes: A Charles Paris Mystery: The Dead Side of the Mic

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    AD says: "Bill Nighy on tip, top form"
  • The War of the Worlds: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)  by H. G. Wells

    The War of the Worlds: Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)

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    • By H. G. Wells
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    When a Martian spacecraft lands on Woking Common, mankind is terrorised by aliens in tall, armoured capsules which stalk the countryside on three legs. The machines wreak havoc on London and the Southern Counties, and survivors are driven underground. Scientist John Nicholson (Paul Daneman) tells how he was plunged into a paralysing nightmare of stark terror, savage madness and utter destruction.

  • Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options) (






UNABRIDGED) by William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner Narrated by Joan Walker, Christopher Kelham, Sara Bowes

    Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner
    • Narrated By Joan Walker, Christopher Kelham, Sara Bowes
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    Experience Romeo and Juliet 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.

    Marshall I. Cohen says: "If a child must read R&J, get this recording"
  • The Neil Simon Collection  by Neil Simon Narrated by Dan Castellaneta, Nathan Lane, Richard Dreyfuss, Marsha Mason, Laura Linney, Eric Stoltz, Alfred Molina

    The Neil Simon Collection

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Neil Simon
    • Narrated By Dan Castellaneta, Nathan Lane, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
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    Ten essential plays by Neil Simon, one of the world’s most celebrated, translated, and widely performed playwrights, including Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and more.

    Michael says: "What a wonderful way to spend some time..."
  • Long Ago (






ABRIDGED) by Alexander Gladkov Narrated by Nikolay Konovalov, Vladimir Ratomsky, Boris Lesovoy, Antony Khodursky, Alexander Khokhlov, Boris Rumyantsev

    Long Ago

    • ABRIDGED (59 mins)
    • By Alexander Gladkov
    • Narrated By Nikolay Konovalov, Vladimir Ratomsky, Boris Lesovoy, and others
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    Radiospektakl' "Davnym-davno" (drugoe nazvanie - "Pitomcy slavy") po odnoimennoj p'ese Aleksandra Gladkova. P'esa byla napisana v 1940 godu i vpervye postavlena v 1941. Geroicheskaja komedija v stihah. V 1962 godu po p'ese byl snjat fil'm Jel'dara Rjazanova "Gusarskaja ballada". Dejstvie proishodit v 1812 godu. Junaja Shura - vospitannica otstavnogo majora Azarova - "zaochno" pomolvlena s poruchikom Dmitriem Rzhevskim.

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ABRIDGED) by Tennessee Williams Narrated by Vera Maretskaya, Sergey Tsejts, Gennady Nekrasov, Natalya Tkachiova, Ethel Margolina, Konstantin Sidoruk, Andrey Tsimbal

    Orpheus Descending

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Tennessee Williams
    • Narrated By Vera Maretskaya, Sergey Tsejts, Gennady Nekrasov, and others
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    Radiospektakl' "Orfej spuskaetsja v ad" po odnoimennoj p'ese Tennessi Uil'jamsa, amerikanskogo dramaturga i prozaika. "Orfej spuskaetsja v ad" (angl. Orpheus Descending) -drama Tennessi Uil'jamsa 1957 goda, otnosjashhajasja k techeniju juzhnoj gotiki. P'esa javljaetsja pererabotkoj bolee rannej p'esy Uil'jamsa "Bitva angelov" (The Battle of Angels, 1940). Sjuzhet p'esy razvorachivaetsja v provincial'nom malen'kom gorode odnogo iz juzhnyh shtatov SShA.

  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday (






ABRIDGED) by Eduardo De Filippo Narrated by Vsevolod Yakut, Esfir Kirillova, Vladimir Vasilyev, Natalya Arkhangelskaya, Semen Gushansky, Edda Urusova, Vladimir Andreyev

    Saturday, Sunday and Monday

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Eduardo De Filippo
    • Narrated By Vsevolod Yakut, Esfir Kirillova, Vladimir Vasilyev, and others
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    Radiospektakl' "Subbota, voskresen'e, ponedel'nik" po odnoimennoj p'ese Jeduardo De Filippo, ital'janskogo komediografa, aktjora i rezhissjora. Tri dnja vyhvacheny iz zhizni geroev p'esy, no vsja ih zhizn' – i proshedshaja, i budushhaja - slovno na ladoni. Ljudi tut beshitrostny, chistoserdechny i iskrenni. Oni obladajut udivitel'noj pritjagatel'nost'ju. Jeto temperamentnye ljudi.

  • Married Cook [Russian Edition] (






ABRIDGED) by Anatoly Sofronov Narrated by Yuliya Borisova, Nikolay Gritsenko, Mikhail Ulyanov, Larisa Pashkova, Nikolay Pazhitnov, Yury Yakovlev, Lyudmila Maksakova

    Married Cook [Russian Edition]

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Anatoly Sofronov
    • Narrated By Yuliya Borisova, Nikolay Gritsenko, Mikhail Ulyanov, and others
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    Radiospektakl' "Strjapuha zamuzhem" po odnoimennoj p'ese Anatolija Sofronova. P'esa "Strjapuhu" Sofronova pol'zovalas' takoj iskrennej i prostodushnoj simpatiej zritelej, chto avtor napisal prodolzhenie, i cherez dva goda "Strjapuha zamuzhem" snova sobirala polnye zaly. V "Strjapuhe zamuzhem" eshhe oslepitel'nej stala sineva reki, eshhe kucherjavie oblaka, eshhe ogromnee arbuzy.

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  • Levitan and Chekhov (






ABRIDGED) by Vsevolod Ilyinsky Narrated by Mikhail Nazvanov, Boris Smirnov, Yury Yakovlev, Boris Livanov, Rostislav Plyatt, Nadezhda Klimovich, Olga Viklandt

    Levitan and Chekhov

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Vsevolod Ilyinsky
    • Narrated By Mikhail Nazvanov, Boris Smirnov, Yury Yakovlev, and others
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    Radiospektakl' o zhizni i tvorchestve russkogo zhivopisca-peredvizhnika, sozdatelja “pejzazha nastroenija” Isaaka Il'icha Levitana (1860-1900) i ob ego mnogoletnej druzhbe s A. P. Chehovym. Levitan poznakomilsja s A. P. Chehovym v 1885 godu, druzhba i sopernichestvo s kotorym prodolzhalis' vsju zhizn'.

  • Camel's Eye (






ABRIDGED) by Chingiz Ajtmatov Narrated by Oleg Tabakov, Gennady Frolov, Evgeniya Kozyreva, Leonid Vejtsler, Natalya Krinskaya, Lyudmila Krylova, Dmitry Orlovsky

    Camel's Eye

    • ABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Chingiz Ajtmatov
    • Narrated By Oleg Tabakov, Gennady Frolov, Evgeniya Kozyreva, and others
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    Radiospektakl' "Verbljuzhij glaz" po odnoimennomu rasskazu Chingiza Ajtmatova. Dejstvie proishodit v stepi, v nebol'shom kollektive celinnikov, otorvannyh ot bol'shoj zhizni. Ljuboznatel'nyj, skromnyj podrostok, ljubovno vgljadyvajushhijsja v zhizn', v prirodu, mechtatel'nyj romantik, nedavno pokinuvshij shkol'nuju skam'ju, Kemal' popadaet pod nachalo k traktoristu Abakiru, cheloveku grubomu i ozloblennomu, shkurniku i jegoistu do mozga kostej.

  • Divinity (






ABRIDGED) by Boris Laskin Narrated by Marina Skuratova, Tatyana Alexeyeva, Galina Kozhakina, Elena Kamenskaya, Olga Malko, Vera Tikhomirova, Sofia Terentyeva

    Divinity

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Boris Laskin
    • Narrated By Marina Skuratova, Tatyana Alexeyeva, Galina Kozhakina, and others
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    Radiospektakl' "Nebesnoe sozdanie" po odnoimennoj p'ese Borisa Laskina, sovetskogo kinoscenarista, pojeta

    , prozaika, dramaturga. Letchica Katja Ermolaeva vstrechaet na fronte svoego znakomogo Pavla Sharohina, kotoryj vynuzhden skryvat', chto priehal v aviapolk vypolnjat' sekretnoe zadanie komandovanija. Tol'ko posle vojny Katja vyjasnjaet, chto imenno Pavel spas ej zhizn', kogda ona bombila vraga i popala v avariju.

  • Canto of Chernomorets (






ABRIDGED) by Boris Lavreniov Narrated by Alexander Khovansky, Alexander Ryapolov, Mikhail Majorov, Boris Sitko, Leonid Persiyaninov, Vladimir Zeldin, Vladimir Tsarkov

    Canto of Chernomorets

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Boris Lavreniov
    • Narrated By Alexander Khovansky, Alexander Ryapolov, Mikhail Majorov, and others
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    "Pesn' o chernomorcah" - radiospektakl' po odnoimennoj p'ese Borisa Lavrenjova. Geroicheskaja drama o zashhitnikah Sevastopolja v hode Velikoj Otechestvennoj vojny. Zenitnaja batareja pod komandovaniem st.lejtenanta Sagajdachnogo pogibaet v 1942 godu, zashhishhaja Sevastopol'. V zhivyh ostaetsja tol'ko starshina Neshhepa. "Ljudi raskryvajutsja v boju", nastaivaet Lavrenev, provodja kazhdogo iz svoih geroev cherez zonu gibel'noj opasnosti.

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