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  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search | Martin Sixsmith

    Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Fajola Wenders says: "Rivetting Story and Performance"
  • Russia: Part One: From Rulers to Revolutions | Martin Sixsmith

    Russia: Part One: From Rulers to Revolutions

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By Martin Sixsmith
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    The first 25 episodes from the landmark BBC Radio series. Martin Sixsmith brings his first-hand experience of reporting from Russia to this fascinating narrative, witnessing the critical moment when the Soviet Union finally lost its grip on power. Power struggles have a constant presence in his story, from the Mongol hordes that invaded in the 13th century, through the iron autocratic fists of successive Tsars.

    Doug says: "Very biased history based on western views."
  • Russia: Part Two: The Rise and Fall of the Soviets | Martin Sixsmith

    Russia: Part Two: The Rise and Fall of the Soviets

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By Martin Sixsmith
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    Martin Sixsmith continues his history of Russia, from the tumultuous events of 1917 to the country’s re-emergence as one of the world’s most powerful nations. After the whirlwind of the revolution, the Bolsheviks struggled to consolidate their victory. To rescue the economy and save the regime, Lenin made concessions to the people. But after his death, Stalin introduced forced collectivisation and industrialisation, condemning the Soviet people to conditions worse than those experienced under the Tsars.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "Re-Broadcast of a BBC's "Russia: The Wild East""
  • Philomena | Martin Sixsmith

    Philomena

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
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    Falling pregnant as a teenager in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. She spent the next 50 years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

    Robyn says: "Title should be Anthony/Michael, NOT Philomena"
  • Spin | Martin Sixsmith

    Spin

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
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    It's the year 2011. The Party in power, the New Project Party is on a moral revival campaign and Selwyn Knox, the recently appointed minister for the Department for Society, is at its helm. Sonya Mair, his political adviser, is helping him call the shots: as well as helping him with some more personal matters. Together they've selected the team. Very carefully. In fact, they've got dossiers on every last member.

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