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

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    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 

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    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 9:20 PM on September 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    “Red Death Over China” by L. Ron Hubbard 

    “Red Death Over China”
    by L. Ron Hubbard
    Multicast performance
    Produced by Galaxy Audio
    Approx 2 hours

    I have recently started and stopped listening to several audiobooks lately. I’m always looking for a good book and am open to most genres. I love audiobooks because they can be heard no matter what I’m doing and with a one hour round trip commute to and from work, there’s some good book time right there. Lately, though, I’ve been starting books that seem like they’ll be really good but later turn out to be not worth my time, but I only discover this after wasting some of my time listening. Whenever I hit a run of several books that don’t meet my standards, I go back to a publisher/author that I know will always be perfect.

    Those books are the re-issues of the old Pulp-Fiction era stories from L. Ron Hubbard, published by Galaxy Audio. Each time I start one of these books it’s like visiting an old friend. These collections of short stories from the master story-teller are like a comfortable sofa, as soon as you sit in that sofa you just sink in and relax and let the world wash over you. As soon as these audiobooks start you can just sit back, relax and let the story wash over you. They are always entertaining, whether it is the simple words and story-telling or the superb production along with a full cast acting out the stories, the excellent narrator pushing the stories along, or the sound effects and music that surround you with the story so that you feel as though you are a part of it. When the opening music starts, original scores written to fit with all the genres I just feel like the story and myself are all that matters. This is just what a good book is supposed to do, allow you to escape reality so you can give your mind a rest.

    This time around, for some reason I really took note of the Narrator of the story, R.F. Daley. Daley narrates nearly all the “Stories from the Golden Age” releases from Galaxy Audio, and I’ve always been impressed. Like the actors in the story Daley as the narrator is a character within the stories. He delivers the story emphasizing the action, emotions and events throughout keeping the listener involved. One of the things that makes these L. Ron Hubbard stories worth hearing is that they always have some sort of twist in the plot and when Daley gets to that part of the story he sounds as if he were surprised at the ending as well, but he does it so subtly that as the listener I felt as though I discovered the twist first. Great stories in this collection and I think this also shows off Daley’s talents the best.

    There are three short stories in this collection starting with the title story, “Red Death over China,” which was originally published in the, October, 1937 issue of “War Birds” magazine. American Pilot, John Hampton is an in-betweener. He stands for no cause owes his allegiance to no one. He can find no cause worth dying for and does what he does pretty much just for the paycheck. When he is hired to deliver a plane to the army of Mao Tse-tung he finds himself hired as a pilot in China’s civil war. When the side he is flying for (because the pay is good) becomes threatened by the enemy, Hampton is asked to fly a mission that he could die doing. Nothing is worth dying for, at least not yet, when what looks to be the final battle, Hampton observes the tenacity of the army to defend an undefendable location. Can he change? Will he change?

    The next story in this collection is “The Crate Killer,” originally published in the June, 1937 issue of “War Birds” magazine and is a slightly humorous story but more to the point a story of a man who finds his heart. After parachuting nine times from airplanes coming apart around him, “Jumper” Bailey becomes somewhat of a jinx. When faces his tenth and most challenging test flight he has a bit more of a purpose to prove himself.

    Finally, there is the story “Wings over Ethiopia” which was originally published in the February, 1939 issue of “Air Action” magazine. This is another one of the heroes for hire stories but this time pilot Larry Colter is hired to fly a photographer around war torn Ethiopia to get footage of the war between Italy and Ethiopia. When captured by both sides, each consider him a spy. Armed with only his expertise in the air and his wits Colter must get the photographer and film back to the States.

    Great escapism, and great adventures in two hours of great storytelling.

     
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