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by L Ron Hubbard
performed by a Multicast
2014 Galaxy Audio
2 hours 13 minutes unabridged
Genres: adventure, pulp fiction
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
4 out of 5 halos
PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: In the year 1798, Oxford academic Mister Tidwell, to his abject terror, finds himself pressed into the British Navy schooling young midshipmen aboard the HMS Swiftsure of Lord Nelson’s famed fleet. To compound his horror, Tidwell must man a battle station during combat–the makeshift operating room deep in the belly of the ship where the surgeons are no better than butchers.
Tension mounts as the Swiftsure sails into dangerous Mediterranean waters with the French fleet poised to strike at any moment. Things get worse when, due to a freak mishap in the heat of battle, Tidwell discovers himself alone and without any support against Napoleon’s naval forces!
Also includes the adventure stories “Submarine” and “The Drowned City”
©2014 Galaxy Audio
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Mister Tidwell is the soft-spoken, scholarly type; a professor at Oxford University no less. His relatively quiet, well-ordered life is suddenly turned topsy-turvy when he is pressed into service in Admiral Nelson’s British fleet as a schoolmaster. The Napoleonic Wars are in full swing and Professor Tidwell is terrified and overwhelmed to find his ship the target of French man-o’wars and every man, including himself, must fight. It is a defining moment in his sedentary life when he comes to the conclusion that this will be a case of kill or be killed.
All authors are often faced with the question, “Where do you get your story ideas?”, and it was no different for L Ron Hubbard. He explains that many of his stories begin with a single hard fact, in the case of Mister Tidwell, Gunner the fact that there actually was a schoolmaster aboard Admiral Nelson’s ship during the Napoleonic Wars. Hubbard went on to say that from that one kernel of truth a fertile imagination could go absolutely anywhere. Well, imaginations don’t come much more fertile than L Ron Hubbard and Mister Tidwell, Gunner is a prime example of that.
Also included in this 2-disk set are the sea adventures The Drowned City, the story of two deep-sea divers who set out in search of a lost treasure only to find that the waters are full of treacherous currents and even more treacherous men; and Submarine, in which a young sailor on leave enjoys a quiet interlude with his girlfriend—only to have it interrupted by a call to duty and danger.
Many readers of fiction know L Ron Hubbard as a master of science fiction, but it is perhaps less well known that he was actually a master of almost every genre of fiction: sea adventures like this one, air adventures, fantasy, mysteries, even westerns. During the 1930’s and ‘40’s Hubbard wrote literally hundreds of short stories for various magazines of the day covering just about every genre there is. I’m happy to say that Galaxy Audio has taken on the monumental task of collecting those stories into brand new audio editions complete with music, sound effects, and a talented cast of voice actors. The completed work is a delight to the ears and if you haven’t tried one of these yet you’re missing out on something special.
Mister Tidwell, Gunner features the talented voices of Enn Reitel, Jim Meskimen, and Christina Huntington, Submarine was narrated by R F Daley and voiced by Michael Yurchak, Brooke Bloom, Jim Meskimen, and Melissa Kirkland, and The Drowned City was voiced by Rob Paulson, Michael Yurchak, Jim Meskimen, and R F Daley. They don’t just read these stories, they actually act them out and they’re very good at it.
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Special thanks to Galaxy Audio for this review copy. Audiobook review by Steven Brandt. This audiobook review is based on the unabridged audiobook. Come back soon for more audiobook reviews from Audiobook-Heaven.