As a family of readers, we love sitting down with a new book and getting lost in the story. That feeling is even better with a great audio book. I was contacted by Galaxy Press and offered the opportunity to explore several titles in their L. Ron Hubbard collection of audio dramas. We opted for the Science Fiction & Fantasy categories.
Galaxy Press offers audio books in several genres:
- Air Adventure
- Sea Adventure
- Far-Flung Adventure
- Tales From the Orient
- Science Fiction
You must forgive me if I hijack this blog and take over this review from my lovely wife. When she sent me a text message informing me that she had an opportunity to review a selection of Stories from the golden age, a series of full cast audio dramas published by galaxy press, I immediately called her and said “Yes!”. She laughed at me knowing that one of my favorite ways to pass the time on my commute to and from work is to listen to audio books and especially, audio dramas.
From the time she told me she agreed to do it until the discs arrived in the mail, I was filled with anticipation and to tell you the truth, a measure of dread. Anticipation because I wanted to get my hands on the stories and indulge myself, but dread, because one of the worst things you can subject your ears to is a poorly produced audio drama.
When it finally arrived, I was pleasantly surprised by the packaging. Colorfully illustrated, and professional they brought to mind the old detective magazines my grandma used to have hidden in the storage compartment of her coffee table (shhh, Don’t tell anyone, it will be our secret…. But as a young boy I loved reading them.)
We received a selection of five different audiobooks from the science fiction and fantasy categories, each consisting of approximately two hours of audio spread out over two discs containing one to four stories. Just the perfect length for a commute, or in my case, a lunch break. Each selection came with a small booklet about L. Ron Hubbard in the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction. As I began reading the booklet, my hopes began to rise that perhaps the stories would live up to my expectations. I was fascinated by the brief glimpse into the life of Mr. Hubbard, and the more I read, the more I wanted to hear the stories. Apparently Mr. Hubbard was a true renaissance man living many of the adventures he wrote about.
I held off listening to the first story until the next day, as I didn’t want this initial impression to be spoiled by a poorly produced story.
I needn’t have waited. From the first moment the audio came out of the speakers I knew I was in for a treat. With high quality music and sound effects produced for each story and a full cast of professional voice actors, including Bruce Boxleitner of Babylon 5 fame, and Nancy Cartwright from such shows as The Simpsons and The Rugrats, the stories immediately captured my imagination and swept me up into the fantastical worlds created by the mind of Mr Hubbard.
Yes, I have to say that I felt like a kid in a candy store. From the pulse pounding action in “Danger in the Dark” to the perplexing and satirical adventures of farmer Eben Smith in “The Crossroads” I found the stories to be engaging, entertaining, and delightful. Well Done Galaxy Press!
Ummm…I think my wife had something to say. Sorry babe for taking over, but I just got so excited!
Okay…what can I say after my dear husband’s review?
The audiobooks were touted as timeless short fiction stories from the legendary L. Ron Hubbard and I would have to wholeheartedly agree with that description. The thought of my children actually getting involved and listening to them with us never crossed my mind, but my husband insisted that they would enjoy them. Riding home one evening from dinner, he turned one of the stories on and they listened intently. The stories were clean and wholesome, so we didn’t have to worry about what they might hear that we would have to explain.
The discs that we were sent to review are now well loved because they have been listened to several times over. Think your family would enjoy listening to some of the stories? Blog Readers can visit Golden Age Stories to listen to sample short stories before they make a purchase. Also be sure to watch trailers on their YouTube channel.
Stay tuned…I have a feeling you haven’t heard the last about Galaxy Press in our house!
L. Ron Hubbard was a prolific pulp fiction writer in the 1930’s and 1940’s. This was his philosophy on writing stories.
“In writing an adventure story a writer has to know that he is adventuring for a lot of people who cannot. The writer has to take them here and there about the globe and show them excitement and love and realism. As long as that writer is living the part of an adventurer when he is hammering the keys, he is succeeding with his story.”
–L. Ron Hubbard