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The Orator

Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
Length: 8 mins
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Following the death of his colleague, Poplavsky asks the gifted speaker Grigory Petrovitch Zapoikin to speak at his funeral. Deeming the dead man a "rascal", Zapoikin nevertheless agrees to give a eulogy. As he speaks, his speech moves some in the crowd and confuses even more. He interrupts himself, seeing the dead man in the crowd, only to realize he has been giving a eulogy to the wrong man, who is greatly offended by his words. Anton Chekhov employs dark humor to great effect, and Kenneth Branaugh's performance is a sly delight, his early restraint concealing an increasing wittiness.

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"If you want an outstanding reading, in which the narrator's voice brilliantly conveys the speaker's class and the intricate relationships between characters during conversations, you can do no better than to listen to Kenneth Branagh. This great actor mesmerizes as he gasps, chuckles, stutters, and declaims. A must listen." ( AudioFile)

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