Galaxy Audio: 5 FREE L. Ron Hubbard audiobooks

July 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Galaxy Audio is offering a set of five FREE audiobooks (and ebooks) on their site HERE. At least a couple of these have been released for free previously. Here’s the official line:

“For a limited time, you can download a FREE eBook or audiobook of your choice! We have selected 5 short stories from the Stories from the Golden Age collection and are offering them for free, no purchase necessary and no strings attached. You can choose from the following genres: action/adventure, science fiction, fantasy, western or romance.”

“Supernatural Romance:”

GALAXY AUDIO - Borrowed Glory by L. Ron HubbardBorrowed Glory
By L. Ron Hubbard; Performed by multiple readers
1 |MP3 DOWNLOAD LINK| – Approx. 39 Minutes [UNABRIDGED?]
This haunting tale begins with two immortals, George and Tuffron, who make a wager over the truth or falsity of Tuffron’s insistence that “human beings are stupid and willful.” Their experiment leads to an old woman’s return to youth and the promise of happiness—if only for forty-eight hours.


“Far-Flung Adventure:”

GALAXY AUDIO - The Cossack by L. Ron HubbardThe Cossack
By L. Ron Hubbard; Performed by multiple readers
1 |MP3 DOWNLOAD LINK| – Approx. 41 Minutes [UNABRIDGED?]
Young and handsome Lieutenant Mertz Komroff thinks he has left his past behind when he enlists in the Chinese army—only to stumble onto the vengeful Duchess he had spurned in pre-revolutionary Russia. And she has nothing but his immediate death in mind…


“Science Fiction:”

GALAXY AUDIO - The Dangerous Dimension by L. Ron HubbardThe Dangerous Dimension
By L. Ron Hubbard; Performed by multiple readers
1 |MP3 DOWNLOAD LINK| Approx. 45 Minutes [UNABRIDGED?]
Dr. Henry Mudge undergoes a striking personality change when he discovers a mathematical formula—“Equation C”—that defines a mysterious negative dimension. He is instantly transported to any location in the solar system by merely thinking of it—even when he doesn’t want to.


“Fantasy:”

GALAXY AUDIO - The Devil's Rescue by L. Ron HubbardThe Devil’s Rescue
By L. Ron Hubbard; Performed by multiple readers
1 |MP3 DOWNLOAD LINK| – Approx. 43 Minutes [UNABRIDGED?]
When the crew of a spectral old clipper ship rescues Lanson from his drifting lifeboat, he discovers that they are all faceless—except for the captain. Then the dark one and a fateful roll of the dice decides Lanson’s destiny in this chilling encounter with the unknown…


“Western:”

GALAXY AUDIO - The Ghost Town Gun-Ghost by L. Ron HubbardThe Ghost Town Gun-Ghost
By L. Ron Hubbard; Performed by multiple readers
1 |MP3 DOWNLOAD LINK| – Approx. 52 Minutes [UNABRIDGED?]
Pokey McKay is the last living resident of Pioneer, an old deserted mining town. Trouble starts when a stranger arrives, with a murderous sheriff hot on his trail. Pokey couldn’t be happier to have the company, but if he’s not careful, that simple act of courtesy just may spell the end of Pioneer and Pokey MacKay.

Posted by Jesse Willis

Recent Arrivals: Macmillan Audio, Galaxy Audio, Penguin Audio

September 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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A short audiobook of autobiographical essays…

MACMILLAN AUDIO - Suck It Wonder Woman by Olivia Munn and Mac MontandonSuck It, Wonder Woman: The Misadventures Of A Hollywood Geek
By Olivia Munn and Mac Montandon; Read by Olivia Munn
4 CDs – Approx. 5 Hours [UNABRIDGED]
Puiblisher: Macmillan Audio
Published: July 2010
ISBN: 9781427209825
Sample |MP3|
Today’s hottest geek and host of G4’s ATTACK OF THE SHOW dishes her unique brand of humor of on everything from Star Wars, gadgets, and her love of banana cream pie. Olivia Munn is an actress, comedian and television host, best known for being the face of the G4 network. She also occasionally likes to get dressed up as Wonder Woman. SUCK IT WONDER WOMAN is her paean to Geeks everywhere. Using her trademark humor in essays like THOUGHTS ABOUT MY FIRST AGENT’S GIRLFRIEND’S VAGINA she skewers what it’s like to live in Hollywood. In “SEX: WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOURSELF HAVE MORE OF IT” she frankly gets down to the business of getting it on. In “WHAT TO DO WHEN THE ROBOTS INVADE (YES, WHEN!),” Olivia offers valuable information on… what to do when the robots invade! And just when you thought she couldn’t get any more Geeky, she can. This book also includes an Olivia Munn timeline of great moments in Geek history and her answers to the Unofficial Geek FAQ. Is it any wonder that Olivia Munn is quickly becoming the most powerful Geek on the planet? SUCK IT WONDER WOMAN is a humorous look at geeks, gadgets, Hollywood, and huge heapings of banana cream pie.

Here’s one of the Science Fiction entries in Galaxy Audio’s Golden Age Stories collection…

GALAXY AUDIO - A Matter Of Matter by L. Ron HubbardA Matter Of Matter
By L. Ron Hubbard; Performed by Josh R. Thompson and a “multicast”
2 CDs – Approx. 2 Hours 18 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Galaxy Audio
Published: June 2010
ISBN: 9781592122394
Meet Chuck Lambert, who, though not exactly a fool, is guilty of letting his imagination get the best of his wits. That’s because our young, naive Lambert wants his own planet. But rather than purchase one legally from the Interior Department of the Outer Galactic Control, he soon succumbs to the flashy advertising of an unsavory galactic swindler named Madman Murphy—the purported King of Planetary Realtors. What Madman is the king of, is selling the unwary a planet that isn’t quite right, a planet where one can’t sit down because there’s something the matter with its matter. And that’s exactly what becomes the matter for our unlucky voyager, after Chuck toils for eleven grueling years to scrape together enough money to finally buy a planet of his own.
ALSO INCLUDES:The Conroy Diary,” “The Planet Makers” and “The Obsolete Weapon

Exciting author, boring cover, I’d like to see a Borges cover done by an SF artist…

PENGUIN AUDIO - Jorge Luis Borges: Collected FictionsJorge Luis Borges: Collected Fictions
By Jorge Luis Borges; Translated by Andrew Hurley; Read by George Guidall
5 CDs – Approx. 5 Hours [UNABRIDGED SELECTIONS]
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Published: July 2010
ISBN: 9780142428085
Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish-language writer of our century. Now, for the first time in English, all of Borges’ dazzling fictions are gathered into a single volume, brilliantly translated by Andrew Hurley. From his 1935 debut with “The Universal History of Iniquity“, through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges’ talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language. Together, these incomparable works comprise the perfect one-volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges – and a superb introduction to the master’s work for those who have yet to discover this singular genius.

Posted by Jesse Willis

Galaxy Audio: The Ghost Town Gun-Ghost by L. Ron Hubbard

April 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Available FREE for a limited (but unspecified) time…

GALAXY AUDIO - The Ghost Town Gun-Ghost by L. Ron HubbardThe Ghost Town Gun-Ghost
By L. Ron Hubbard; Performed by Rob Paulsen
1 |MP3| – Approx. 52 Minutes [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Galaxy Audio
Published: October 22, 2009
“A man on the run from the law escapes to an nearly empty settlement populated only by a man named Pokey McKay. Pokey fills in the gaps of his loneliness by performing all the needed functions of the town under other names, and speaking of them in the third person.” First published in the August 1938 issue of Western Story magazine.

And check out the promotional videos for the Stories From The Golden Age series:

Posted by Jesse Willis

Review of The Crossroads by L. Ron Hubbard

March 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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The penultimate review in the story-a-day 7th Anniversary Fun Run!

Science Fiction Audiobook - The Crossroads by L. Ron HubbardThe Crossroads
By L. Ron Hubbard; Read by a Full Cast
Approx 50 mins – [UNABRIDGED]
Publisher: Galaxy Audio
Published: 2010
Themes: / Science Fiction / Farming / Economics / Politics / Time / Trading / Vegetables /

Eben Smith is frustrated with government, who has offered (ordered?) to pay him to plow under his crops. But, these crops are “tangibles”, as Eben says, and it don’t make no sense to him. So he piles up the vegetables in his wagon, and heads off to find a buyer, leaving his wife to worry about him causing trouble with the government.

A day or so later, he arrives at The Crossroads. Four roads meet there; one concrete, one full of boulders, not passable except on foot. Another was made of metal. That leaves his own, a dirt road with a double row of ruts made by wagon wheels. Eben, not sure where to go from there, stops and waits for “someone with information”.

Eben has visitors, of course, and is a shrewd trader. Each visitor has his own quirks, and his own things he finds valuable. Eben sees things no farmer from the 1940’s has ever seen.

The story has a good quality. It’s very enjoyable pulp fiction, originally published in Unknown Fantasy Fiction in February 1941. It reminds me a bit of Clifford D. Simak, who, 17 years later, wrote “The Big Front Yard”. Eben has the same sort of can-do attitude as the main character in that story. Just as interesting are Eben’s distrust and criticism of the US government. Not much has changed in the last 70 years.

This CD is one of many in a series of L. Ron Hubbard stories published by Galaxy Press. It was extremely well done. There’s a main narrator, behind which are sound effects. Other actors perform the dialogue. Birds chirping set the roadside scene at high noon, and none of the effect are overpowering. Most of Eben’s visitors speak English, but one of them doesn’t. The spoken language was very well done, too. I become convinced after listening to this, the excellent Warhammer titles from The Black Library, and the great stuff coming from Graphic Audio, that it is not this type of audiobook I dislike. If it’s done well, it’s good stuff. It’s just so easy to do terribly.

With a pair of headphones, this was a very enjoyable listen.

Posted by Scott D. Danielson