Friday, November 25, 2011

Shadows From Boot Hill by L Ron Hubbard (Audiobook Review)

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”ShadowsShadows From Boot Hill
by L Ron Hubbard
narrated by a Multicast

Copyright: 2011 Galaxy Audio
Duration: 2 hours 9 minutes unabridged
Genres: western, pulp fiction
Filed in: Audiobook Reviews
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PUBLISHER’S SUMMARY: The outlaw Brazos has skipped town before collecting his blood money for killing a local banker. With the law hot on his tail, he escapes to Los Hornos and his "friend" Whisper Monahan. 'Course, the last time they parted ways, they weren't exactly on good terms, but Brazos don't got much of a choice neither.

Whisper greets Brazos with orders to kill a local fella named Scotty Brant that has poisoned over 4,000 acres of his land by sitting on the headwaters of a rare stream using cyanide to extract gold from oxide ore. But this time, Brazos bites off more than he can chew when he learns Brandt's hitched up with a witch doctor! And things get right spooky when Brazos picks up another shadow after slaying the witch doctor, who, with his last breath, swears a deadly curse on his soul.


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AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: I’ve been listening to these L Ron Hubbard stories from Galaxy Audio for a while now, but this is my first experience with any of Hubbard’s western tales. Westerns are not my favorite, although I do occasionally enjoy reading from the likes of Louis L’Amour or Zane Grey. If you too have never read any of Hubbard’s westerns, then this is the perfect place for you to start. Shadows From Boot Hill is a collection of three of Hubbard’s tales of the old west. A nice little sampler you might say.

In my own opinion, the gem of the collection, and the longest entry, is Gunman, which is the third and final story on the 2-disk set. In Gunman, Brazos Kincaid is an aging gun fighter turned lawman. Brazos remembers a time when it was real men who kept the peace in the old west, not bankers or railroad executives, and he laments about the changing times. But when a blustering public figure tries to run Brazos out of his Marshal’s job, all the while covering up for a bank robbery he is planning, the town will learn that it still takes a real man to do the job, and Brazos himself will learn that maybe there is still a place in the world for old gun fighters after all.

The other two stories in this collection are Shadows From Boot Hill and The Gunner From Gehenna. These two both have kind of a twist ending, something Hubbard does in a lot of his stories, and all three of these stories display Hubbard’s unique way with words.

Shadows From Boot Hill is part of Galaxy Audio’s project to publish 200 of Hubbard’s golden age stories in an audio format. These are multi-cast productions complete with music and sound enhancements, and the audio quality is absolutely stunning. The stereo effects put you right in the middle of the story. Voice talents for this collection include Phil Proctor, Corey Burton, R F Daley, John Mariano, Jim Meskimen, Tait Ruppert, Fred Tatasciore, and Josh R Thompson.

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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.

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