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  • gilwilson 5:57 PM on March 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Green God (Stories from the Golden Age)By: L. Ron Hubbard 

    The Green God (Stories from the Golden Age)19084269By: L. Ron Hubbard
    Narrated by: Christina Huntington, R. F. Daley, Michael Yurchak, Jim Meskimen
    Length: 2 hrs and 1 min
    Release date: 08-12-14
    Publisher: Galaxy Audio

    I nearly forgot what it was like to listen to one of these Galaxy Audio productions of the pulp fiction stories by L. Ron Hubbard. Galaxy Audio’s productions are pure theatre of the mind. With some of the greatest voice actors, original music and sound effects these audio productions will put you right in the middle of the action and in this book dodging bullets.

    This release has the main story, “The Green God,” and a bonus story, “Five Mex for a Million.” Both of these are about Americans in China, during the 1930’s. And both of these protagonists know how to get into trouble and with wit and action hero attitude know how to get out of it. Yeah sure there’s a little sexism, but those were the days of the Damsel in Distress.

    “The Green God”8466033
    Bill Mahone, a Naval Intelligence officer in China, has undertaken a dangerous mission. To stop the looting, rioting, and death that wracks the port of Tientsin, he must go undercover into the Chinese underworld to recover the priceless Green God whose theft from a local temple triggered the riots. Standing in his way: thieves, corrupt Army officers, a mob of rioting fanatics wielding long knives, and numerous other near-death experiences.

    “Five Mex for a Million”
    Captain Royal F. Sterling stands falsely accused of murder. It’s not that he didn’t kill a man, but he did so in self-defense, though he’s facing the
    firing squad if caught. Looking for clothes to disguise himself
    at the Thieves’ Market, he instead is attracted to a large, locked chest, with an inscription offering him long life and happiness. Compelled by its secret, he finds inside the beautiful daughter of a powerful White Russian general who owns a profitable chunk of Upper Mongolia dragging him into a web of conspiracy and renegade Chinese officers.


    In the days of the pulps different magazines covered different genres and Hubbard wrote for many of them. “The Green God”story was originally published in the Thrilling Adventures, Vol. 8, No. 3, Feb. 1934. While “Five Mex for a Million” was originally published in Top-Notch, Vol. 97, No. 5, Nov. 1935. Hubbard’s pulp writings may have been his most productive writings. He wrote so many stories for so many pulp


    magazines. I am so happy that Galaxy Audio is republishing these stories. The audio versions are full cast productions that sound a lot like old time radio, and the print versions are printed on a simulated pulp paper and in pulp magazine size. Hubbard’s pulp writings are always fast-paced and dynamic.



    Publisher’s Summary

    Private detective Sam Spade nearly died, several times over, chasing The Maltese Falcon. But what Spade faced in pursuit of the black bird was child’s play compared to what Lieutenant Bill Mahone of Naval Intelligence endures when he sets out to find The Green God. He’s tortured with knives, threatened with a slow, painful death, and buried alive. And then things get really nasty. The entire Chinese city of Tientsin is under siege from within – the streets filled with rioting, arson, mass looting, and murder. And all because the city’s sacred idol, The Green God, has gone missing. Mahone’s convinced he knows who stole the deity of jade, diamonds, and pearls. To retrieve it, though, he’ll have to go undercover and underground. But he’s walking a razor’s edge – between worship and warfare, between a touch of heaven and a taste of bloody hell.

    As a young man, Hubbard visited Manchuria, where his closest friend headed up British intelligence in northern China. Hubbard gained a unique insight into the intelligence operations and spy-craft in the region, as well as the criminal trade in sacred objects. It was on this experience that he based “The Green God”, which was his first professional sale, published in February, 1934 – the beginning of a very remarkable and prolific writing career. Also includes the adventure “Five Mex for a Million”, in which an American Army captain, falsely accused of murder, finds himself taking on the Chinese government, a powerful Russian general, and a mysterious, unexpected passenger.

    ©2014 Galaxy Audio (P)2014 Galaxy Audio

  • gilwilson 10:57 PM on January 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “Gunman’s Tally” by L. Ron Hubbard 


    “Gunman’s Tally”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx: 2 hours

    Once again it’s time visit the thrilling days of yesteryear and listen to another great Western story from the master storyteller from the golden age of stories, L. Ron Hubbard. During the mid-20th Century the pulp magazines were a great source of some great stories. These magazines ran the gamut of genres for many writers. Hubbard was a prolific contributor to the pulps, and like the magazines he covered all genres. My absolute favorite genre from Hubbard is the Science-Fiction group of stories. However thanks to these superb audio productions of Hubbard’s short stories I’m really liking these westerns.

    The reason the westerns are growing on me is not a secret to anyone who has ever listened to the stories published by Galaxy Audio. Since 2008 Galaxy Audio and Galaxy Press have been republishing the stories from the writings of L. Ron Hubbard that originally appeared in the various issues of those old pulps. With the paperback versions they have the look and feel of the old pulp magazines, even with a thicker stock of paper to simulate the pulpy pages that gave the magazines their nickname. Even better are the audiobooks produced. These audio productions are all full cast performances with the actors bringing to life the over the top and heroes and villains created by Hubbard. On top of the great voicework there are also sound effects that help push the story along and plunge the listener into Hubbard’s Old West. The westerns are even more effective in that all of the effects surround the listener with the sounds of horses, guns and dusty trails. So realistic are the sounds that at the end of each story you may have to dust yourself off.

    This latest audiobook includes two short stories which were originally published in the late 1930s.

    The first story is the title story, “Gunman’s Tally.” This story was originally published in the November 1937 issue of “All Western” magazine. It is the perfect western story that tells of a normally peace-loving landowner willing to do whatever it takes to protect is land and defend his family name. When “Easy” Bill Gates, finds out that the outlaw, Fanner Marsten has killed his brother, Bill sets off to seek revenge. After killing the number one gunslinger in the area, Bill now has a reputation of being the fastest and the best. George Barton, owner of a nearby Ranch wants Bill’s land and hires another gunslinger to take Bill out. Bill manages to kill this guy and soon the fastest guns pretty much get in line to take Bill out. Will Bill’s luck hold out?

    This story had me interested not only because of the great action and suspense but also because of the use of two names in the story. First the obvious, Bill Gates. While this was originally written in the 1930s, Hubbard couldn’t have known of the future computer guru with the same name, but it was a nice representation of the little guy (Microsoft) having what the big guy (IBM) wanted. I guess if we were to continue the story of Easy Bill Gates, we’d see him overpower his competitors and become the monopoly in the area.

    The other name that intrigued me was Fanner Marsten. Hubbard would later use that name in the 1943 story “The Great Secret” seeks the secret that should make him the ruler of the universe. Throughout this story, whenever Marsten’s name was mentioned I would picture an astronaut walking through a desert planet dying of thirst. (Read or listen to that great sci-fi story from Hubbard for more information.

    The second story is “Ruin at Rio Piedras” and was originally published in the December 1938 issue of “Western Story.” This is the story of Tumbleweed Lowrie and his exile from a ranch. He was “exiled” because he was in love with the ranchowner’s daughter. Tumbleweed manages to capture rustlers that are stealing the cattle from the ranch and win the trust of the owner. The fun part of this story is all in the “how he does it.”

    Once again another great release from Galaxy Audio.

  • gilwilson 9:26 PM on December 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “The Dive Bomber” by L. Ron Hubbard 


    “The Dive Bomber”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx 2 hours.

    There are so many things to love about these audio releases from Galaxy Audio. I’ll try to touch on all of them, at least all the things that make these stories from the Golden Age my favorite. But, before I do that I need to explain a bit about these stories.

    During the middle of the 20th century, America was treated to short stories by many writers in many genres in the pulp magazine publications. These magazines were nicknamed pulps due to the cheap paper used in printing where the pulp could be seen and felt in the paper. This enabled the publishers to sell them for cheap, usually around a nickel a copy. There were many titles to choose from and many genres. There was science fiction, fantasy, detective stories, westerns and adventures of all sorts. L. Ron Hubbard wrote for all the genres and was one of the most prolific pulp writers.

    Audio Press and Audio Galaxy are releasing all these Hubbard pulp stories on a regular basis and are keeping true to the pulp fiction era. With the printed books they have the pulpy feel but the covers are a sturdier stock so they will look good on the shelf and can withstand multiple readings. The audiobooks are where I fell in love with these classic stories. Each book released is also released in audiobook form and the CDs have the same artwork as the books. The artwork on all the books is a great representation of the over the top graphics from the original pulps.

    What makes the audiobooks so great is the superb production behind each one. The books are not merely read to the listener, instead Galaxy Audio has brought back that old-time radio thriller genre from the same time period as the pulps. Everything from the narration to the character acting is so well done that as a listener you will feel as though you are in the middle of the story standing next to the over the top characters created by Hubbard.

    In each production there is a full cast performance by some excellent voices that are able to capture each character perfectly. The sound effects keep the story rolling and help the listener get lost in the story and the music keeps the mood flowing as the change in chapters or stories come in.

    The books can range from novellas to several short stories which come together to make a nice pulp fiction book or a two-hour performance. This book, “The Dive Bomber” is a single story or novella and is full of some great air adventures which will keep you on the edge of your seat through the entire story.

    Originally published in the July, 1937 issue of “Five Novels Monthly,” and tells the story of daredevil pilot, Lucky Martin. Lucky has designed a new bomber plane that the Navy is interested in. The only problem is that, during each test run, the plane crashes. When a representative of a foreign nation approaches Lucky to purchase the design, Lucky turns him down. With all the crashes the Navy determines the design is flawed and that they will not be purchasing the planes. This could ruin Lucky, once again the representative approaches but this time when Lucky turns him down the foreign powers flex their might by kidnapping Lucky’s girlfriend and threatening him to finish. Lucky will never allow his design to go to a potential enemy and will do everything he can to save his girl, and his plane.

    Daring test flights, air battles and sabotage make this story an adventure to not be missed.

  • gilwilson 9:51 PM on February 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Death Waits at Sundown” by L. Ron Hubbard 

    “Death Waits at Sundown”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by Galaxy Audio
    approx. 2 hours

    Holy cow, another month has gone by and it’s time for the next release of Stories from the Golden Age. Galaxy Press and Galaxy Audio have been republishing the pulp-fiction works of L. Ron Hubbard into two awesome formats. In the paperback releases you get that old timey pulp fiction magazine feel with the awesome graphics on the cover and pics on the inside. In the Audiobook format they stick with that old timey feel in that the stories are fully produced with a full cast of actors, sound effects, and music that fits every story. This time around they have taken back to the days where the trails were dusty and the cattle were rustled. Which reminds me of a joke…but I’ll wait until the end of the review to tell you.

    Every time I listen to one of these books I’m always amazed at the supreme voice talent and production that goes into each of the stories. You gotta realize that back in the day when writing for the pulps L. Ron Hubbard created over the top characters and to get readers that was a must. In these audio productions this over the top aspect of the characters is carried through with the excellent voice work. Each character in the story has a significant part to play and the voice actors all portray every aspect of the character through their excellent acting. The voices are superb.

    I have mentioned him in the past, but I want to talk more about Jim Meskimen. He has performed and directed in many of the stories in these audiobooks and even narrated and a few. Jim Meskimen is a talent that is out of this world, maybe even not of this Earth. He is well known for his impersonations that are nothing shy of astounding (check out his viral youtube video http://youtu.be/j8PGBnNmPgk ). This time around the cast not only includes Jim but also Tamra and Taylor Meskimen. I’m pretty sure I’m right in saying that Tamra is his wife and Taylor is the result of these two outstanding talents passing their extremely talented genes to their offspring. So with this cast, which also includes Fred Tatasciore, R.F. Daley, Shannon Evans, Taron Lexton, Phil Proctor and Michael Yurchak, you are getting some excellent vocal talent that can create a full theatre of the mind experience that these classic stories deserve.

    This audiobook consists of the following three stories:

    “Death Waits at Sundown” originally printed in the October, 1938 issue of “Western Story” magazine tells of Lynn Taylor, a hard-riding, two-fisted Texan who plans depriving the town of Pioneer of its necktie party because just wants to substitute another victim, the real criminal. Taylor’s kid brother, Lee, gets framed for stage robbery, cattle rustling (that joke is coming) and murder, the boy swears his innocence and instead accuses McCloud, head of the vigilante committee responsible for removing the town’s former sheriff. with the help of the former sheriff, Lynn sets up a trap for McCloud.

    “Ride ’Em, Cowboy!” originally published in the July, 1938 issue of “Western Story” magazine is a great cowboy competition story between a Cowboy and a Cowgirl. When a champion bronco-buster and the girl he wants to marry, but constantly quarrels with, compete for the same prize at a rodeo, the results are unexpectedly romantic, but still with some good ol’ cowboy action involved.

    “Boss of the Lazy B,” originally published in the September, 1938 issue of “Western Story” magazine shows that there’s only one kind of justice for a kidnapper and a thief and the boss of the Lazy B dispenses it with authority. I gotta say that the voice of the Boss is the coolest in this collection, you’ll see when you listen.

    So, do yourself a favor and punch some dogies or just get this super awesome audiobook.

    Okay now for that joke:

    An Arizona cowpoke rides into a small Texas town and notices a gallows being set up in the middle of town. When he walks into the town saloon he says to the bar-keep, “Looks like you folks is gettin’ set for a hangin’.” The bar-keep says, “yep, they’s ahangin’ Brown Paper Pete.” “Brown Paper Pete?” asks the cowpoke, “Why do they call him that?” “Well,” explains the bar-keep, ” He wears brown paper chaps, a brown paper vest, and wears a brown paper 10 gallon hat.” The cowpoke asks, “What are they hangin’ him for?” The bar-keep answers, “Rustlin’.”

  • gilwilson 9:06 PM on December 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Trouble on His Wings” by L. Ron Hubbard 

    “Trouble on His Wings”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx 2 hours

    I’m really enjoying all theses stories from the Golden Age, that are being released from Galaxy Audio and Galaxy Press, especially the short audiobooks they are releasing.  Galaxy Audio has been releasing all the short stories by L. Ron Hubbard from his Pulp-Fiction writing days of the mid-20th century since 2008 and each month there’s a new release.  In the paperback versions they are giving them the look and feel of the old pulp magazines, but even better Galaxy Audio has created what I call Audio Pulps in their audio versions.

    The Audiobooks all run about 2 hours in length some with 1 story and some with 2 or 3 short stories.  Each one is produced with a full cast, sound effects and incidental music that fits each story perfectly.  In fact, these audiobooks sound a lot like the old radio dramas from that same era.  The voice actors bring to life each character perfectly.

    The new year is rolling in and that means another year of monthly releases from Galaxy Audio and Galaxy Press.  The first release of the year is “Trouble on His Wings,” which was originally published in the January, 1939 issue of “Five Novels Monthly.”

    This adventure takes us to the air with a “picture-chaser” for the newsreels, yes, it is a bit dated on that aspect but the adventure is still enough to keep you on the edge.  Johnny Brice is always out to get the best pictures from the mouth of danger, from flying over a shipwreck and then diving in to get the film from the tourists onboard, to flying over a forest-fire and risking life and plane to get the best film for the newsreels.

    The risks in this story run high and when Johnny and his sidekick, “Irish” fly over a shipwreck they end up rescuing a beautiful woman who manages to tag along on each adventure.  Each time around tragedy strikes and Johnny loses his film and crashes a plane or two.  He figures it’s all because of the dame and gives her the nickname “Jinx.”

    Finally when Johnny is sent over to cover the war between Japan and China and is captured by the Japanese, the trio have to escape, and hopefully gather some info so Johnny and Irish can keep their jobs at world news.

    Lots of fun high-flying, death-defying, adventure in this one.  Using the same old pulp-fiction formula of a Hero, a sidekick and a dame, Hubbard keeps you on listening until the very end.  With all sorts of twists and turns in the story that you never know what will happen until the surprising end.

  • gilwilson 8:36 PM on July 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Spy Killer” by L. Ron Hubbard 

    “Spy Killer”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multicast performance
    Produced by Galaxy Audio
    approx 2 hours

    Once again I dive into a Story from the Golden Age, with another pulp fiction classic from the master Storyteller, L. Ron Hubbard.  This time we go on another adventure with at tale from the Orient.

    Each one of these stories by Hubbard from the Mid-20th century launch me into a new adventure.  Galaxy Audio makes these stories transition to audio books in a phenomenal way.  Each one of these books is transformed into an audio drama that closely resembles an old fashioned radio drama.  With great music, perfect sound effects and vocal acting that not only blows away the listener but makes the over the top characters created by Hubbard come to life.

    Originally published in the April 1936 issue of “Five Novels Monthly,”  “Spy Killer” is one of the most violent and darker stories from this era of Hubbard’s book.   Kurt Reid has just escaped from the S.S. Rangoon and is on the run from those that want to charge him with murder.  He flees to pre-Communist Shanghai, China and finds himself hunted by the most vile of persons, Lin Wang.  Wang, a vile disgusting figure, wants Reid to kill a spy, in return he will give Wang a written confession to the murder Reid is being charged with.  The confession is from another member of the crew of the Rangoon who Reid watched Wang torture the confession from.

    Reid finds a woman from his past, Anne Carsten, is friends with a White Russian Spy, Varinka Savischna and both are in Shanghai.  Reid seeks out the spy he is ordered to kill and it turns out to be Varinka.  They then both conspire to kill Wang and try to escape with their lives.

    In a story that is non-stop twists and turns, and secret identities as well as identity changes, Hubbard keeps you wondering what will happen next in this constant thriller.

  • gilwilson 12:19 PM on June 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Under the Diehard Brand” by L. Ron Hubbard 

    “Under the Diehard Brand”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx 2 hours

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; I never thought I’d enjoy reading a Western novel or story.  In the past these just never interested me, actually I’m still not all that interested in just any old Western story.  A friend once tried to get me to read some Louis L’Amour, but I just couldn’t get past 10 pages without becoming utterly bored.  But here I am reading yet another Western story from L. Ron Hubbard.

    I think, no wait, I know  what it is that keeps me interested.  It’s the great production that goes into these Stories from the Golden Age produced by Galaxy Audio.  The sound effects are perfect and keep you trapped in the story.  The incidental music, between chapters and stories, just screams the “old west.” But most important are the actors.  The characters in the stories by L. Ron Hubbard are always super real and over the top and the characterizations provided by the voice actors in these productions represent them perfectly.  Whether it’s an outlaw named Holy George who speaks as though from a pulpit or a cantankerous gold prospector left alone in a ghost town, the actors let you know every aspect of the characters in these stories by superb acting and vocal expertise.

    Galaxy Audio and Galaxy Press have been releasing the short stories from the master storyteller, L. Ron Hubbard for a few years now and continue to do so.  These releases are from the mid-20th century writings which were originally published in the “pulp” magazines of the time.  These works of “pulp-fiction” proved some great escapism fiction for the American readers and the pulps represented almost every genre of fiction.  Hubbard wrote stories for nearly every genre and this time around I jumped into another collection of Western stories from the Stories from the Golden Age.  Each release from Galaxy Audio and Galaxy Press are issued to closely resemble the pulps of the time.  This release contains the following three stories.

    “Under the Diehard Brand” was originally published March, 1938  in “Western Aces” magazine and tells the tale of the Lee Thompson, son of the sheriff of Wolf River, coming back to his father after being away to help his father.  When he arrives in town his father, Sheriff “Diehard” Thompson, doesn’t recognize him and tells the young boy to keep on drifting or get a job.  The  son finds his father has gotten older and some local ruffians and cattle rustlers have over run the town of Wolf River.  Lee then comes up with a plan to build back up his father’s reputation and rid the town of the criminal element by joining up with the rustlers.

    “Hoss Tamer” was originally published January, 1950 in “Thrilling Western” magazine.
    An ex-circus horse trainer finds himself out of a job when the circus folds and sells off all its property in a foreclosure.   The trainer tries to find a job as a bronc buster, after all he could “train” horses.   But he gets injured and maimed the first time he tries and is forced to work for the town’s livery stable.   The Gopher Hole gang, the band responsible for his bronc busting disaster attempts to rob the Wells Fargo Train , can a circus horse trainer foil the Gopher Hole Gang’s attempt to rob the Wells Fargo train through their horses?

    “The Ghost Town Gun-Ghost” originally published August, 1938, in “Western Action” magazine is a humorous story of an old prospector that seems to have lost his wits after being abandoned in a town when the gold ran out.  A young fellow arrives in town and is shown about the town by the prospector who acts out the role of everyone in town from the mayor, to sheriff down to the the man running the Wells Fargo.  When a few unsavory characters arrive in town it seems the prospector and young man may meet their end in a battle over stolen money hidden in town.


  • gilwilson 1:31 AM on June 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Wind Gone Mad” by L. Ron Hubbard 

    “Wind Gone Mad”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multicast performance
    Produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx 2 Hours

    Whether you have ever listened to an audiobook or not, just once (that’s all it will take then your hooked) grab one of these productions from Galaxy Audio.  These “Stories from the Golden Age” are great stories in and of themselves, but the magic Galaxy Audio puts into the production of these adventure stories makes them superb audio dramas

    I don’t think I’m too far off base when I say that Galaxy Audio produces these stories by L. Ron Hubbard as if they were old time radio dramas.   When I was a kid (which really wasn’t that long ago…I keep saying that enough and it’ll be true) I used to stay up late at night with a portable transistor AM radio and tune in to some radio shows that came from some radio station in the Midwest.  I just loved the thrills and chills produced by audio only, and that feeling comes back every time I listen to these Galaxy Audio productions.  They provide excellent vocal acting, sound effects that envelope you into the story and incidental music that makes the transition between chapters and/or stories smooth.

    This time around I went back into their catalog and picked up an audiobook in the “Tales from the Orient” genre of Hubbard’s stories.  The first story “Wind Gone Mad” attracted me because I had previously listened to “The Hurricane’s Roar” which was the second story to feature the character Wind-Gone-Mad.  So I was all about finding out what prompted the second story.  Turned out to be a fun adventure, but the best treat was that this audio book featured the first ever published story by L. Ron Hubbard.

    “Wind-Gone-Mad,” originally published in “Top Notch” October, 1935 is tale of a madman’s plan to wipe out an entire province in pre-war China and how it is thwarted by the man they call “Feng-Feng”—the Chinese word for hurricane or “Wind-Gone-Mad.”  Jim Dahlgren, representative of the Amalgamated Aeronautical Company,  refuses to join policy to let China sort it’s own problems.  Lives are at stake, especially when a villain known as “The Butcher” is allowed to rise up with fire and sword carving the way on his warpath for complete control of the nation.  Dahlgren goes to find a mysterious aviator, the man called “Wind-Gone-Mad” who has always fought against the province warlords.  Wind-Gone-Mad  sets out to fix this broken diplomacy.

    The next story is the first story by Hubbard  L. Ron Hubbard published.  He began publishing in February 1932 with the story “Tah,” which appeared in The University Hatchet, the newspaper of George Washington University, where he was attending college.  Twelve-year-old Tah is sold to the army by his father and is forced on a 24 hour march to battle.

    Yellow Loot,  originally published in “Thrilling Adventures” October, 1934.  After getting their stash of amber stolen by a renegade army a search for the precious amber ends in a tumultuous race for freedom on the Great Wall of China.

    This will be the one of the most fun two hours you’ve ever spent.  Enjoy!

  • gilwilson 1:43 PM on April 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Cargo of Coffins” by L. Ron Hubbard 

    “Cargo of Coffins”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by Galaxy Audio, 2009
    approx 2 hours

    My audiobook excursion into the Stories from the Golden Age continues with more pulp fiction from the master story-teller L. Ron Hubbard.  This time around I gave another Sea Adventure a listen.

    While Hubbard knew how to write in the twists and turns in a story to keep a reader on the edge and eager for more, the folks at Galaxy Audio know how to take these exciting stories and produce them into audio dramas that not only keep the story true to the original form but also seem to push the listener even closer to the edge.  With superb voice acting, dynamic sound effects and original music, these audio books could easily be promoted as audio dramas and find a place on the radio waves.  In fact with the fun character actors and excellent narration these audio books have the feel of the old radio dramas of the mid-20th century.

    This time around the Sea Adventure takes us across the ocean.   “Cargo of Coffins” was originally published in the  November, 1937 issue of  “Argosy.”   Lars Marlin is out to seek revenge on Paco Corvino, he vows Paco will die at his hands, but a fluke of a moment finds Lars as Captain of an ocean going yacht where Paco is working as chief steward.  The wealthy family on-board all wish they could meet someone of royalty.  Paco fakes an illness and eventually his death.  He has expressly forbidden anyone to open certain envelopes in his cabin unless he dies.  With what seems like his death the crew opens the envelopes to find Paco is actually royalty, at least that’s what he wants them to believe.  After a day Paco “comes back to life” and is immediately treated according to his new-found position.

    Lars knows this is a scam but under threat, by Paco, does not wish to expose his background, having escaped from a penal colony island.   Paco orders the ship to dock at the same penal colony where he loads aboard the yacht some coffins, under the guise of returning the dead men to their home soil.  It turns out Paco has alternate plans for the yacht and passengers and Lars is set to prevent that from happening before the ship can pull into Casablanca.

    In an exciting story that will keep the listener wanting more, Galaxy Audio will place you on an ocean going yacht with action that seems so real you will be ducking bullets and hoping not to get seasick.

  • gilwilson 9:10 PM on April 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Sabotage in the Sky” by L. Ron Hubbard 

    “Sabotage in the Sky”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx 2 hours

    It’s time once again to go on an air adventure with the master of story-telling, L. Ron Hubbard.  As always make sure you’re strapped in because this one will keep you on th edge of your seat.  (Or as the the old monster truck rally commercials used to say, “You’ll pay for the whole seat but you’ll only need the edge, edge, edge.”)

    Hubbard wrote many stories for the pulps in the mid 20th century and every one was meant to captivate the reader in only a few pages.  His writing achieved this but Galaxy Audio’s production of these stories into audiobooks pushes this audience captivation further.  Each of these books released by Galaxy Press and Galaxy Audio are produced with excellent character acting, realistic sound effects and original music to fit the genre to transition between chapters.

    This time around I listened to “Sabotage in the Sky.”  This story was originally published in “Five Novels Monthly”  August, 1940 and tells the story of test pilot Bill Trevillian.  None of the fighter planes test pilot Bill Trevillian flies are hotter than the BCA 41 pursuit ship, so he takes it up. But someone has deliberately rigged it for failure and destruction—and for Trevillian’s death.

    France and Great Britain are looking for the best fighters to use in the war against the Nazis and they must choose between different American plane designs to outfly the newest and deadliest Nazi fighters, the competing companies send their two best test pilots . . . Kip and Bill.   Kip turns out to be an old friend of Bill’s but not one he remembers at first.  Kip is a dame, and according to Bill, “Dames can’t fly.”  But Kip is out to set him straight.

    Kip and Bill grew up together, Bill was always the best pilot, and Kip looked up to him.   But when Bill ridicules her on her crash landing she sets out to get back at him.   But what is worse is that the Nazis have sent a saboteur to Bill’s crew in order to keep the Europeans from gaining the air advantage.

    Soon Kip and Bill suspect the other of sabotage, problem that not only threatens their already electric relationship but their very lives.  The contract is to be decided in a mock air battle, but soon turns deadly when the Nazis sneak a saboteur onto each plane and plan to highjack the planes for their own use.  What soon turns out to be a sea and air battle the two pilots’ skills are put to the test.

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