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From the Bookshelf of the World (AFRS)

Although some of these boys would not have picked up a book themselves after they left high school, programs like From the Bookshelf of the World exposed them to some of the great stories in literature.

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8 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 3 hours, 44 min)
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"Kidnapped"



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"This is the Armed Forces Radio Service… the voice of information and education."

As noble as that sounds, it is fairly certain that most of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who tuned into AFRS while they were serving overseas during the early post-War period were more interested in being entertained. Fortunately, the Radio Service was pretty good at that even while fulfilling their less exciting sounding mandate.

Edgar Allen PoeDuring the War, the cream of Hollywood was falling over one another to do shows for the boys in uniform, and AFRS was a great way for them to lend their support. Naturally, interest in all things military fell off after the Victory was assured, but as the only great power to come out of the War with a strong economy, America found itself with increasing military commitments around the globe. AFRS found less support from the commercial entertainment industry, but still managed to put together some terrific programming for the men serving.

Although it may have seemed a bit "long-haired" for a kid off the farm who had never owned a pair of shoes of his very own until Uncle Sam issued him a pair in boot camp, classic literature has always been a terrific source of material for radio. All the writer had to do was synopsize a great book, the plotting and characters were already there. So was most of the dialog. All he needed to do was adapt and cut the story to fit into a half-hour format.

Although most of these boys would not have picked up a book themselves after they left high school, programs like From the Bookshelf of the World exposed them to some of the great stories in literature. The collection includes Edgar Allen Poe's The Gold Bug, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped, and several others.

While arguably not as enriching as actually reading the books, AFRS's From the Bookshelf of the World managed to be highly entertaining while being educational as well.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
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    8 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 3 hours, 44 min
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      8 shows - total playtime 3 hours 44 minutes
      1. From Bookshelf Of World 000000 070 Admirable Creighton Afrs.mp3
      2. From Bookshelf Of World 000000 074 On Borrowed Time Afrs.mp3
      3. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 009 Pride And Prejudice Afrs.mp3
      4. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 018 Gold Bug Afrs.mp3
      5. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 042 Twelfth Night Pt 1 Afrs.mp3
      6. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 043 Kidnapped.mp3
      7. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 047 Inspector General.mp3
      8. From Bookshelf Of World 480411 039 Odyssey Afrs.mp3
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    8 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 3 hours, 44 min
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      8 shows - total playtime 3 hours 44 minutes
      1. From Bookshelf Of World 000000 070 Admirable Creighton Afrs.mp3
      2. From Bookshelf Of World 000000 074 On Borrowed Time Afrs.mp3
      3. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 009 Pride And Prejudice Afrs.mp3
      4. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 018 Gold Bug Afrs.mp3
      5. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 042 Twelfth Night Pt 1 Afrs.mp3
      6. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 043 Kidnapped.mp3
      7. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 047 Inspector General.mp3
      8. From Bookshelf Of World 480411 039 Odyssey Afrs.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    8 recordings on 4 Audio CDs
    total playtime 3 hours, 44 min

    From the Bookshelf of the World Disc A001

    1. From Bookshelf Of World 000000 070 Admirable Creighton Afrs
    2. From Bookshelf Of World 000000 074 On Borrowed Time Afrs

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    From the Bookshelf of the World Disc A002

    1. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 009 Pride And Prejudice Afrs
    2. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 018 Gold Bug Afrs

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    From the Bookshelf of the World Disc A003

    1. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 042 Twelfth Night Pt 1 Afrs
    2. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 043 Kidnapped

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    From the Bookshelf of the World Disc A004

    1. From Bookshelf Of World 400000 047 Inspector General
    2. From Bookshelf Of World 480411 039 Odyssey Afrs

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