Audiobook Review: “The Sky Devil”
By L. Ron Hubbard
Produced by Galaxy Audio
Approx. 2 Hours
Anytime you listen to or read a good book it’s a treat. Sometimes I need to add sprinkles to that treat and make it a bit more fun. This is just what happens when I get to listen to another classic collection from the pulp-fiction days. This time around I jumped on the latest release from Galaxy Audio from the master story-teller, L. Ron Hubbard. These old time stories are from Hubbard’s writing hey-day, the era of the Pulps. Hubbard wrote a plethora of stories during this period that were published in the many magazines full of stories from many different genres.
The collection I heard this time was all from the “adventure” genre and take you from the Sahara Desert to an Island in the Pacific and beyond. All three of these stories appeared in the September, 1935 issue of the pulp magazine, “Top Notch.”
The audio performance from Galaxy Audio is once again first rate. With the super talented narrator R.F. Daley these adventures come to full color 3D life in this audiobook. Daley has a way with his voicework to not only keep the listener glued to the book, but to also convey all aspects of the story’s emotions and adventures.
The first story, “The Sky Devil” tells of the American pilot, Vic Kennedy who exhausted, wounded and almost out of gas, lands his plane at a Sahara oasis, where he uses his cunning, and gasoline, to outwit a dangerous opponent and marry the local king’s daughter. I know it’s pretty much always going to happen with Hubbard’s stories but each time I end being somewhat surprised as to how the hero gets the girl, or princess in this case.
The next story, “Buckley Plays a Hunch,” shows how Jim Buckley, looking for members of a lost expedition, finds three madmen on an island in the Pacific. Buckley is known for playing his hunches and relying on instinct but this time even the listener is surprised at the twists and turns that occur that eventually lead to Buckley’s hunch paying off.
Finally this collection has the story, “Medals for Mahoney.” Mahoney and a native medicine man collaborate to thwart a murderous plot to defraud the trading company.
All three stories make for a treat with sprinkles on top in the form of a two-hour audiobook. Enjoy.