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Stage and screen greats Laurence Olivier and Trevor Howard serve as primary performers in these full-cast radio adaptations of two classic Russian short stories, "The Inspector General" by Nikolai Gogol and "Judgment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Even a passing familiarity with these acting legends should convince you to give this sparkling audiobook a chance. Olivier and Howard, alongside a slew of classic stars including Alec Guinness, Margaret Lockwood, and Orson Welles, bring a truly astounding depth to these stories, engaging easily with their costars to bring these Russian classics to life.

Publisher's Summary

Fully restored and remastered, Heritage Media presents the greatest of vintage artists in classic dramas from the literature of Russia. Here is the legendary Laurence Olivier starring in ‘The Inspector General’, adapted from the original tale by Nikolai Gogol and Trevor Howard starring in 'Judgment' adapted from the original tale by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Theatre Royal is a unique series of classic radio dramas produced in the 1950's by the late Harry Alan Towers. Starring the leading theatre artists of the day it is the only series of radio dramas in which Laurence Olivier ever appeared. He was joined by Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Robert Morley, John Mills, Michael Redgrave, Trevor Howard, Robert Donut, Alec Guinness and Margaret Lockwood.

Over the Years, Theatre Royal has received a glittering array of accolades, including: “vivid, tense, and compressed.”( Classic radio)

“Craft, like character, ages well.”(Daily Telegraph)

“Great fun to listen to and, as radio history, they are unsurpassed.” (Sunday Telegraph)

“Voices like these justify the Golden Days tag. We won't hear their like again.” (Sunday Times)

“A must for archive fans. The excitement of vintage radio drama with strong storylines.” (Radio Times.)

©2011 Heritage Media Ltd (P)2011 Heritage Media Ltd

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  • 01-12-15

great stories, top actors, ruined by audio editing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

the incidental music was so loud that I had to turn the volume down whenever it blasted in (frequently) , then back up again in order to hear the dialogue.

What did you like best about this story?

All the stories were well-written classics

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There were several equally enjoyable.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not true - I loved the book - all except the awful production; The music was at least three times as loud as the dialogue - The 1-star overall rating is purely due to the fact that my listening pleasure was ruined by having to constantly play with the volume control

Any additional comments?

Please have strong words with the music programmer!

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