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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”
    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 10:03 PM on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “Battle for LA; Return of the Originals” by C. J. Henderson 

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    Audiobook Review:  “Battle for LA; Return of the Originals”

    By C. J. Henderson

    Multi-cast performance

    Produced and Published by  AudioComics & Moonstone Entertainment

    Total Length: 41:56

    I think I have just found the perfect combination of some of my favorite things; UFO conspiracies, pulp magazines, comic books and audiobooks.    This audio production combines all these into one great production that keeps you hanging on to every sound and leaves you wanting more.

    This audiobook is actually more of an audio drama, in that each character is voiced by a different actor.  Each actor is able to portray the characters that are in the super-hero realm and make them sound life-like.  The actors even add in that extra little bit of “oomph” that makes them seem larger than life like a real comic book or pulp fiction character should be.  The sound effects surround the listener with realistic 3d effects that feel as though they are in the middle of the action.  You may even find yourself dodging bullets.

    Born out of pulp-fiction magazines from the early part of the 20th century, this story unites pulp heroes that influenced the creation of certain comic book heroes.  Historically speaking the pulp magazines were the forerunners of comic books.  The pulps were published weekly or monthly and featured stories that could be told in one issue or in some cases as serials that span several issues.   This story features the following pulp heroes:

    • The Black Bat came out about the same time as DC comics’ Batman, and each publisher said the other was a copy, eventually they were allowed to co-exist, but in the long run Batman became the more popular.   The Black Bat is former District Attorney Anthony Quinn.  He became the Black Bat after being blinded and having his face disfigured by having acid thrown in it.   That origin story reminds me of Two-face from the Batman comics, but Two-face is a villain and not hero.
    • The Phantom Detective was published from 1933 to 1953 and is in real life the wealthy Richard Curtis Van Loan.  He uses his amazing skills of deduction to solve crimes that have the police puzzled.
    • Domino Lady comes from the racier side of pulp comics.  Educated socialite Ellen Patrick puts on a domino mask and a backless white dress to avenge the death of her father, District Attorney Owen Patrick.   Armed with a .45 pistol and a syringe full of knockout serum she takes on the toughest of foes, but her beauty is her greatest asset.   Using her feminine charms usually put these pulp magazines into the soft-core porn side of the genre.

    Those are the main characters of this production but two other classic pulp heroes make a small cameo appearance in the final battle:

    • Secret Agent X is a master of disguise, known as “the man of a thousand faces”, who adopts several different identities in each story.  He is a dedicated crime-fighter working undercover for the U.S. government; this is unknown to the police who consider him an outlaw.
    •  Airboy, Davy Nelson II, the son of an expert pilot and, despite his youth, a crack flyer. His friend, inventor and Franciscan monk Brother Francis Martier, had created a highly maneuverable prototype aircraft that flew by flapping its wings, like a bird.

    So now we know the heroes let’s get where this story really gets to be interesting.  This audio drama brings to full 3d audio movie life the graphic novel by C. J. Henderson.    Just three months after the U.S. became involved in World War II by the Japanese bombing Pearl Harbor, the U.S. was on alert for further invasions from Japan.  Especially vigilant was the West Coast.  From late 24 February to early 25 February 1942 over Los Angeles, California an incident occurred that has had UFO conspiracists asking lots of questions.   The Air Force has claimed the incident was caused by a “false alarm” in which a weather balloon became the focus of several hours of shooting and air raid warnings.  Thousands of rounds were fired at an object that was tracked over Los Angeles.  UFOlogists think this was an alien craft and when viewing the photos find further proof it was not weather balloon.

    Henderson uses this event to bring together the original heroes and creates a villain with an occult background set to destroy the U.S.   The event in question was just the launching platform for a group of “Orientals” to send cylinders with a strange power over the human mind to Los Angeles.   Armed with knowledge of the mysterious cylinders, the Originals risk all to do what is right, no matter what the cost.

    This audio drama takes just over 40 minutes to devour, but if you are on a trip or doing housework or some other chore that consumes time, this will make it seem as though only a couple of seconds pass because of the intense action taking place.

  • gilwilson 8:24 PM on September 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “The Lieutenant Takes the Sky” by L. Ron Hubbard 


    Audiobook Review: “The Lieutenant Takes the Sky”

    by L. Ron Hubbard

    Multi-Cast Performance

    Produced by GalaxyAudio

    Approx 2 hours


    I think if I had all of these re-publishing of L. Ron Hubbard’s classic tales from the Pulp-fiction magazine days at one time I would listen to them all in a row. Thankfully GalaxyAudio / GalaxyPress are releasing them one month at a time. I say thankfully because then I would get them all done and would run out too soon. There are still a few releases to come, and I will keep listening as they are released, no matter what the genre of story, because of just how great these stories turn out when run through the magic behind Galaxy Audio.


    I have to clarify this a little. The stories by themselves are fun stories featuring over the top characters and exciting adventures. They were written during a time when authors, especially L. Ron Hubbard were getting paid by the word to be printed in many different magazines in many different genres. So the authors had to write great stories in order to succeed and survive. Hubbard wrote in pretty much every genre, and while some of these stories could have been lost, GalaxyPress has been reprinting the stories in a format that looks and feels like the old pulps, but are a bit sturdier. Even better GalaxyAudio takes these stories and brings them to full 3D life.


    GalaxyAudio produces the book using top of the line voice actors acting out the various parts and bringing the over the top characters to life. The actors are able to portray the characters by vocally in a way that not only brings out the full psyche of the characters, but is able to push the action along and keep the listener glued to audiobook. With sound effects and original music to wrap up this aural package, these audiobooks from GalaxyAudio are a must have for anyone and everyone.


    This story, “The Lieutenant Takes the Sky,” is a blend air adventures and far flung adventures categories of Hubbard’s writings and was originally published in the October, 1938 issue of “Five Novels Monthly.” The story weaves in humor, adventure and the twists and turns that only L. Ron Hubbard could weave into a short story or novella.


    Mike Malloy has joined the French Foreign Legion and is everything but a model Legionnaire. After being thrown into the brig for “mopping the floor” with two French officers and getting ready for the long haul (five years in a Moroccan penal battalion, which is pretty much a death sentence). Malloy may get a reprieve, but it comes with a price. All he has to do is fly two historians into the desert to find a book that is the stuff of legends and hasn’t been seen for over 800 years. Oh, and his flight takes him right into the middle of a Berber rebellion.


    In an adventure that is the equivalent of any Indiana Jones story, this release from GalaxyAudio will keep you ducking bullets and hoping you have a parachute until the very end. Two hours of excitement that will leave you wanting more.

  • gilwilson 3:53 PM on September 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “King of the Gunmen” By L. Ron Hubbard 


    Audiobook Review: “King of the Gunmen”

    By L. Ron Hubbard

    Multi-cast Performance

    Produced by Galaxy Audio

    Approx 2 hours


    Have you listened to a good Western story lately?  I never thought I’d ever ask that question.  Westerns were never my genre choice for audiobook or even regular book consumption.  I’m a sci-fi/horror fan through and through.  I had started listening to the sci-fi stories from Galaxy Audio and was completely floored by the quality of the L. Ron Hubbard Audiobooks.


    The production behind these books is several steps above amazing.  First they use top quality voice actors to portray the over-the top characters in the stories.  These actors are able to make these characters life-like and sometimes larger than life-like.  The vocal characteristics of the actors bring to life the emotions, character quirks and overall psyche of each character.  The narrator of these books also uses his talent to keep the flow of the story interesting (not that that there’s a lack of interest in the stories) and is able to make the narrator a character in the story.  The sound effects and music create the atmosphere which moves these stories without overpowering and even fit into the realm which they are placed.  The westerns all have music reflecting the days of taming the Old West and the Science-Fiction music is out of this world.  All of these elements add together to create the perfect listening conditions to fully absorb any listener.


    What makes the stories even more fun is that these releases in audiobook form are only two hours long, the perfect length for some good old fashioned storytelling.  In the paperback form the books are printed on thicker stock of paper that give the reader the feel of the original pulps.  The covers are a lot sturdier so they’ll sit on your shelf nicely and last longer.


    This release contains the following two stories:


    “King of the Gunmen” was originally published in the July 1938 issue of “Western Yarns” magazine. Kit Gordon is a legendary gun-fighter who has just escaped a lynch-mob.  He was framed for the crime by Kettle-belly Plummer.  Barely hanging on for life Kit is in the desert when he helps save a lawman.  The lawman not knowing who Kit is asks for Kit’s help in the conflict between Cattlemen and sheepherders.  A Latin spouting law-man and an outlaw gunmen become the unlikely duo to bring down corruption and bring law to the untamed west.


    “The No-Gun Gunhawk” originally published in the November 1936 issue of “Thrilling Western” magazine and as a fun story of mistaken identity in the old west.  Forced to change clothes with a masked rider, the son of a dead gunslinger takes up the gun he disavowed, to expose a plot.


    If you haven’t been listening to these stories from the golden age, this would be the perfect starting point.  Lots of fun and action and the twists in the tale that L. Ron Hubbard did so well.


  • gilwilson 3:51 PM on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “The Sky Devil” By L. Ron Hubbard 


    Audiobook Review: “The Sky Devil”

    By L. Ron Hubbard

    Multi-cast performance

    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.

  • gilwilson 3:39 PM on May 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “The Red Dragon” By L. Ron Hubbard 


    “The Red Dragon”

    By L. Ron Hubbard

    A multi-cast performance

    Produced by GalaxyAudio

    Approx 2 hours


    With the exception of a few stories here and there I have nearly listened to all of GalaxyAudio’s productions of stories from the master story-teller, L. Ron Hubbard, up to those released until the end of this year.  There are a couple I have missed but don’t worry I will be getting those soon, one way or another.  The have almost become an addiction.


    The reason I love hearing these audiobooks is the superb production quality that goes into these books.  The voice actors used in each book are all top caliber and are able to bring to life the over the top characters created by Hubbard, from the lowly sidekick to the larger than life hero.  Each actor creates a full characterization in his/her vocal performance that paints a mental picture of each character that brings back the cover pictures from the old pulp fiction magazines where these stories were originally published.


    Add to the perfect vocal performances the subtle yet effective sound effects.  In each story the sound effects are subtle enough to not distract from the story, yet so perfectly produced that, as the listener, you will be dodging bullets, flying in old-timey aircraft with wind whipping your scarf, or dusting off dirt from the trails.    Then the addition of an original musical score that keeps the listener in the mood of each adventure.  All these tie in together to create a two hour performance that can easily compete with any movie for some great entertainment.


    This time around GalaxyAudio releases, “The Red Dragon,” which was originally released in the February, 1935 issue of “Five Novels” magazine.  This time around Hubbard tells the story of Michael Stuart, a red haired officer in the Marines whose career came to a halt after a failed attempt to return the Chinese Imperial Dynasty to power in the ‘30s.  Stuart has been abandoned by his country and is unable to get out of China, so, he spends his time to help others.


    Stuart’s latest adventure brings him to help a young woman who is on the search for a mysterious black chest hidden by her father before his murder.  Drawing on his many life’s adventures, Hubbard brings the hero and the woman all across the scenic countryside of China, including The Great Wall, to caves in Manchuria where the black chest must be recovered before it falls into the wrong hands.


    Two hours of pure excitement and adventure make this audiobook one two hear while doing house work or working on a major project; as long as you don’t stop working to listen solely to the performance you will find yourself working faster trying to keep pace with the hero.

  • gilwilson 10:40 PM on April 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “Trick Soldier” by L. Ron Hubbard 


    “Trick Soldier”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx. 2 hours

    Once again I find myself looking for a good audiobook to keep me company. I don’t want anything too heavy. I want something fun and only looking for two hours worth of entertainment. Where do I turn? To Galaxy Audio and their out of this world audio productions of L. Ron Hubbard’s “Stories from the Golden Age.”

    The “Golden Age” of stories in America I’m referring to is a time when the pulp magazines were printed in order to bring entertainment to the masses in the form of short stories. These stories covered everything from war stories, Westerns, mysteries and science-fiction. L. Ron Hubbard wrote prolifically during this time period and had many stories printed in many magazines, covering all the genres.

    Hubbard could write all these dozens of stories and still make each and everyone different. Hubbard’s stories all contained twists and turns in the plot and action that the ending was not always what you’d expect. There were some formulaic points in the stories one could expect; the hero always won, the male lead always got the dame, and crime doesn’t pay. These are pretty much to be expected norms in all of Hubbard’s writings during this time. While these could be expected as the end, Hubbard always made the journey so full of twists and turns that the adventure was always in the storytelling and not the end.

    Galaxy Press has been re-releasing these stories in their own pulp magazine type of books since 2008, and it seems they never run out of stories. The physical books are very reminiscent of the original pulp magazines and even use the original artwork from the covers of the magazines from that era. The paper stock in the books is thicker, and the artwork within the covers of the book all reflects the pulp fiction classics.

    To make things even more fun, the audiobook versions of these releases are produced by Galaxy Audio and are beyond entertaining. The audiobooks all feature multi-cast performances from a slew of actors whose talent is immeasurable and are able to bring to life all the over-the-top characters created by Hubbard. The audio performances also feature great music that pushes the story along in the chapter breaks and the sound effects are so real that you will be ducking bullets in the western stories, strapping in for launch in the science-fiction tales, and donning your life vest in the sea adventures.

    Some of the productions are single stories, but some are a special treat and contain multiple stories. This audiobook is one of those special treats and contains three thrilling far-flung adventures featuring soldiers with hidden talents and courage.

    The first story is the title story, “Trick Soldier,” which was originally published in the January, 1936 issue of “Top Notch.” The story is an odd pairing of a boot camp bully and his victim. The “Trick Soldier” is in charge of a local native army squad in Haiti. A “trick soldier” is a term used to refer to a boot camp soldier who seems to be able to excel on drill and routine yet be short on courage. The recruit who has physically bullied the “trick soldier” trudges through the jungle to serve under the “trick soldier,” 10 years later. The “trick solder” soon finds a mutiny among his troops and his bully (the second in command now) fears for his life. The tables are turned in this battle adventure with a surprising finish to a thrilling story.

    The second story, “He Walked to War,” was originally published in the October, 1935 issue of “Adventure.” This story was a nice comedic story that hit near and dear to my heart. I was once commended by a boss saying that at first he thought I was lazy, but soon realized I was a genius in that I am always trying to find ways to make my job easier to perform with as little exertion as possible. Basically, I just want to make life as easy as possible. This is exactly the case for Marin Signalman, E.Z. Go. In fact, he doesn’t want to sign his entire name and just shortens it to E.Z. Go. E.Z. is tired of walking, so he requests a transfer from Marine signalman to airplane gunner. His thinking is that instead of walking into war he can fly into war and get there faster. The problem is the first aircraft he is assigned to crashes, and he finds himself walking, once again, through the Nicaraguan underbrush.

    Finally, the last story in this collection is “Machine Gun 21,000,” which was originally published in the December, 1935 issue of “Dynamic Adventures.” This one also has a story that turns the tables, but I don’t want to say too much because the twists revealed at the end make this story very unique. Blake is in charge of a foreign platoon, and while being a great military leader, he has a habit of losing things. Blake loses machine gun number 21,000, then, facing court martial, finds the man who stole it and quells a mutiny. All the time with a general breathing down his neck telling Blake how much of a loser he is. I will say this, by the end of the story Blake is one of the most strategic planners in military history.

    Three great stories from the golden age that are fun to hear whether you are a military story fan or not. If you are, the details of the stories will keep you listening, and if you are not or have never heard a military fiction you will be having fun throughout the listening of this audiobook.


  • gilwilson 9:26 PM on April 19, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Audiobook Review: “Twenty Fathoms Down” by L. Ron Hubbard 


    “Twenty Fathoms Down”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx 2 hours

    I recently came to the realization that eventually I will have read all of the “Stories from the Golden Age” written by L. Ron Hubbard since there are a finite number of these old stories written for the old pulp-fiction magazines. What will I do then? Luckily I have a year or so to go before they are all released, but still there will come a time. I’m guessing I will go back and reread or rather re-listen to my favorite genre (the one that got me addicted to these audiobooks from Galaxy Audio in the first place), science-fiction.

    It was the science-fiction genre that attracted me to these releases, but it was the excellent production and professionalism that made me want to hear every single audiobook. Galaxy Audio turns these short stories into full blown audio dramas complete with incidental music, realistic sound-effects and some of the best voice actors available. With the great voice actors, most of the books are narrated by R.F. Daley. Daley’s voice work in the narration is the perfect match for creating what could also be ol’ timey radio shows. His voice guides the listener through the story fully expressing the emotions, ambiance and action which runs through all of these stories.

    Hopefully they will begin releasing all of Hubbard’s books as well, keeping this same formula. Like I said, though, there are still more releases, at least for a year or so, so I will keep listening to these awesome adventures.

    This time around was a bit of a sea-adventure with “Twenty Fathoms Down.” This story was originally published in the September, 1934 issue of “Five Novels” and takes the listener on an undersea treasure hunting adventure full of gold, emeralds and murder.

    Deep-sea diver, Hawk Ridley, has the information on a sunken Spanish galleon with a cache of gold bullion. The problem is that a rival wants that treasure and will do anything to keep it out of Hawk’s hands, including murder. Hawk locates the wreck and discovers not only a fortune in gold but a cache of sparkling emeralds, as well.

    To make for a great mystery, Hawk and his crew discover a stowaway onboard his ship. That stowaway, a beautiful woman wearing a wedding dress, happens to be the daughter of the rival that wants to steal the gold out from under Hawk. When one of Hawk’s divers is pulled out of the water dead in his suit, the woman becomes suspect of sabotage. Then when Hawk is left for dead on a dive and his ship is torpedoed, the battle for the gold begins.

    The excellent acting and superb sound-effects will have you holding your breath while the divers struggle for life under the sea.

  • gilwilson 6:50 PM on March 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “Gun Boss of Tumbleweed” by. L. Ron Hubbard 


    “Gun Boss of Tumbleweed”
    by. L. Ron Hubbard
    Multi-cast performance
    Produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx 2 hours

    What I like about books would be a list that would deserve its own blog entry, but for right now I’ll summarize what that entry would contain. Books are great for learning new skills and ideas, but the best part of books would be the entertainment. I’m a big fan of the escapism provided by books. I talk to a few people that say that the more fantastical stories the less interested they are, for me it is just the opposite. The more fantastical the more chance I have to escape and enjoy the story. I’m one of those that just absorbs the story and allows it to unfold as I progress through the reading (or listening, in the case of audiobooks).

    During the mid-20th century in the United States, the pre-cursor to comic books, Pulp magazines provided that escapism for the masses. These magazines were called pulps because of the cheap pulpy paper used in their printing. Usually selling for a dime an issue these magazines would contain thrilling stories in many genres. If you were a sci-fi fan you could get yourself a variety of stories from different magazines. If you were a fan of westerns they had you covered with many different western magazines. This time around in my diving into another group of stories by L. Ron Hubbard are from the western genre and even more specific from the same “Thrilling Westerns” magazine.

    I was never a fan of westerns until I was introduced to these stories from Hubbard, even more specifically, through the audiobooks produced by Galaxy Audio. Galaxy Audio takes these already fun stories and through the magic of audio production turn these stories into perfect escapism stories. Mixing in the music between chapters creates the perfect transition, the original music fits the mood and settings of the stories so well you almost don’t notice it, but what you do notice you are more involved with the story for. The sound effects are so spot on that at times during the gunfights you’ll be dodging bullets, and on the trail rides you’ll be dusting off the trail dust. Mix that all in with the excellent voice actors used and you’ll find your 30 minute commute seeming to be over before you know it. Or like I did a couple of times, drive the long way home so that you can get as much listening time in as possible.

    It is this high production value that makes these Hubbard westerns fantastical. The feeling that you are riding along or dodging bullets along with the heroes and villains. It is because of this that no matter what the genre, I will be anxiously waiting for any and all future releases from Galaxy Audio.

    This time around the release contains two stories. The first and title story, “Gun Boss of Tumbleweed,” was originally published in the April, 1949 issue of “Thrilling Western” magazine. This story features Mart Kincaid who is a hired gun hand for Gar Malone, except the hiring was actually done through blackmail. Gar knows a secret about Mart’s brother and in order to keep that secret Gar forces Mart to do the dirty work. The latest job is to run the true owners off the Singing Canyon spread. Mart hates Gar and hates the jobs but does them to protect his brother. This particular job is the last straw for Mart and decides it’s time to make his last stand.

    The next story, “Blood on His Spurs,” was originally published in the September, 1949 issue of “Thrilling Western” magazine. This time around a feud between two men, Bates and McLean, is put aside to save to save McLean’s son and stop a band of cattle rustlers.

    Fun western adventures with audio production that will put you right in the middle of the action.

  • gilwilson 1:43 PM on February 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “The Devil — With Wings” by L. Ron Hubbard 

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    “The Devil — With Wings”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Full cast production
    produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx 2 hours

    Originally published in the pulp magazine, “Five Novels Monthly” in November of 1937. This story is one of the reasons that pulp fiction magazines were the father to comic books. In actuality I would relate this story to many of the heroes created in the Marvel Comics universe. Marvel Comics is responsible for many superheroes that have ordinary problems but extraordinary powers. Take Peter Parker for example, high school nerd picked on by bullies and just trying to make it through life, when he gets bitten by a radio-active spider his new super powers are great for fighting crime, but he can’t let anyone know his secret so the bullies continue to dish it out and he continues to take it. In this story we have a hero who can’t cut a break. He is feared by the Japanese as he has waged his own personal war on behalf of the Chinese.

    The setting is 1930s China and the Chinese have launched attacks against the Japanese. Many of these attacks are attributed to a British airman named, Forsyth, “The Devil with Wings.” Some of the stories my be propaganda and hype but some are true and Forsythe doesn’t do any thing to stop the rumors, if anything he propagates the propaganda by the costume he wears, the all black costume consists of, aviator hood with oval eye lenses, black gauntlets, black high boots. If you ask me, I’d say that L. Ron Hubbard created the precursor to the modern-day vigilante superhero.

    Forsythe gets the credit for raining down terror on the Japanese, but there is one credit he doesn’t want. That is the death of an American scientist. To prove his innocence he must seek the help of the scientist’s sister. If she doesn’t kill “The Devil” first he will not only prove his innocence but deliver a blow to the Japanese that will be another notch in the belt of “The Devil with Wings.”

    As is true with all of the audiobooks I’ve heard from Galaxy Audio, this one puts the listener smack dab in the middle of the action. The great sound effects and music keeps you on the edge of your seat and the superb voice work brings these over-the-top characters to life. For the most entertaining two hours in your life grab any of these Stories from the Golden Age from the master storyteller L. Ron Hubbard and Galaxy Audio.

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