Sat, 1 Jan 2011 11:00:00 GMTEmbraced by thousands of eager readers, this ambitious story takes on the usual subjects: science and authority run amok, the sudden loss of 90 percent of the human race, and of course, the slow march back to a good, clean America, circa 1952 or something. Narrator Edward Herrmann reads Justin Cronin's prose with a wonderfully self-depreciating gravity and civility, but where is this story going?
Sat, 16 Oct 2010 11:00:00 GMTThe year is 2024 and many factions are tired of America's slothfulness and reliance upon technology. Terrorists, both foreign and domestic, band together in a movement called Daybreak. They decide to attack the United States all at the same time, threatening not only society's creature comforts, but the Constitution of the United States itself.
Fri, 1 Oct 2010 11:00:00 GMTGalaxy Audio takes L. Ron Hubbard's short stories that were published in various aviation, sports and pulp magazines in the mid-1900's and creates a series of "audio pulps." These audiobooks are about two hours in length and contain one or more short stories within a given genre. The production mixes subtle sound effects, original music and an extremely talented cast of voice talent to create a cinematic audio experience that provides the perfect audio escape from reality. This title includes "The Carnival of Death" and "The Death Flyer."
Mon, 16 Aug 2010 11:00:00 GMTIn this sequel to Hater, recently infected Danny McCoyne continues the bloody kills to destroy the Unchanged while also looking for his five year-old daughter, Ellis. After escaping from a camp where Haters are destined for slaughter, Danny makes his way back to the city where his wife and daughter could be hiding/surviving. While Haters act as vicious as any zombie from any zombie movie or story, they can think and they don't eat their victims -- well, not always.
Sun, 1 Aug 2010 11:00:00 GMT"The Tramp" was originally published in three parts in Astounding Science Fiction. Appearing in the September, October and November issues during 1938, it is the only story in this audio release. The action begins when a small-town sheriff shoots an escaping vagrant, Doughface Jack, in the head. The local doctor works frantically to save Jack's life, relying on unconventional surgery which involves sewing the two halves of Jack's brain together and replacing the top of his skull with a silver bowl.
Fri, 16 Jul 2010 11:00:00 GMTBesides the obvious and delightful spy-geek-Chuthluian horror cocktail that Charles Stross shakes together in his Laundry series, there's a bit of Stargate to it, what with the openings of gates into otherwhere and heroic types stepping through them. It has been that way since the beginning, when our man from the Laundry, a geek turned applied demonologist and secret agent, stepped through a hole in space to rescue the damsel in distress.
Thu, 1 Jul 2010 11:00:00 GMTThis time out, the audiobook contains two stories. "If I Were You" was originally published in the February 1940 issue of Five-Novels Monthly and "The Last Drop" was originally published in Astonishing Stories, November 1941. One of the key features of the Galaxy Audio releases is their super production quality. With original music, and subtle yet effective sound effects, these audiobooks are like a great trip back to the days of radio dramas.
Thu, 1 Jul 2010 11:00:00 GMTIn a far-distant future, the Earth-descendant Farborns have been trapped on the Planet Werel for over 10 local years (that translates to 600 Earth years). Winter is coming and this time the season may be the harshest yet. The Earthers have made a rough home on this desolate planet, but they realize that they will have to join with the indigenous nomadic hilf people to survive.
Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:00:00 GMTFirst published in 1934 in Thrilling Detective magazine, "Dead Men Kill" is a great zombie/detective story. Galaxy Audio has released this novella as a pulp book and a pulp audiobook. The audiobook is produced with the same fervor and nostalgia as all the other Hubbard audiobooks. The narrator keeps you in the story, performing as a narrator from one of the old radio serials.
Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:00:00 GMTThis concluding episode of the Blue Moon Rising series wastes no time getting straight down to the action. The story opens with a bedraggled Prince Rupert rushing into the Forest Castle, barely escaping from pursing demons. Surprisingly, his return is anything but a prince's welcome.
Sun, 16 May 2010 11:00:00 GMTGalaxy Audio has gathered all the short stories and novellas written by L. Ron Hubbard during the 30s through the 50s and have been releasing them as audiobooks. There are also paperback "pulp" versions for those who prefer print rather than audio. This audiobook is a collection of three stories from the golden age of pulp fiction.
Sat, 16 Jan 2010 11:00:00 GMTLord Valentine's Castle is a sweeping epic novel that immerses us in the alien world of Majipoor. The story begins with a man named Valentine who has no memory of his past. Unsure what to do, he begins the long journey of reclaiming his identity by joining a band of traveling jugglers.
Fri, 1 Jan 2010 11:00:00 GMTA sixteen year old boy named Thomas wakes up in a darkened, slow moving pit of a freight elevator. He remembers his name, but his past is shrouded in amnesia. He can't quite remember who he is or why some of the teenagers who lift him to the surface of this juvenile detention center they call the Glade seem familiar.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009 11:00:00 GMTThe second part of this three-part adaptation picks up right where the first installment ends, so you'll need to listen to the first segment to understand what's going on here. The first scene re-introduces us to Julia, who, as usual, is sticking her nose where no other princess would ever dare.
Fri, 16 Oct 2009 11:00:00 GMTIf you're in the mood for scary stories, then listen to this collection of 20 classic horror stories written by Richard Matheson in the 50s and 60s. Each story is narrated by a single performer, but there are 12 narrators reading this anthology, giving each story its own flavor of fear.
Fri, 16 Oct 2009 11:00:00 GMTBy the look of the cover you'd think that Blue Moon Rising is your typical tale of princes and princesses, unicorns and dragons, and knights and champions. But this adventure is anything but typical.
Sat, 1 Aug 2009 11:00:00 GMTWith the publishing world cranking out new horrors, mysteries, and fantasies at an amazing and sometimes frightening rate The Turn of the Screw is one those nineteenth century pieces of American literature that's easy to avoid. Well, don't. This short novel remains one of most atmospheric, perplexing and downright creepy ghost stories ever written.
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:00:00 GMTIn 1976, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle released Inferno, a reworking of the epic poem by Dante Alighieri. Now, they have returned to that world and to the hero, Alan Carpenter, teamed with Sylvia Plath, who has been condemned to the wood of the suicides in the middle ring of the seventh circle, to get out of Hell. Hell is going through a shakeup of its own because of Vatican II. The rules have changed. The condemned are all scheduled to be tried anew.
Thu, 16 Jul 2009 11:00:00 GMTForty years ago today, the Apollo 11 moon mission began its historic adventure. One of the best ways to remember that time is listening to the first authorized biography of the one individual that will be most associated with moon exploration. This review was recorded three years ago, but clips from NASA and Armstrong family members make both the review and the audiobook timely reminders of a singular moment in history that's well worth a listen.
Sat, 16 May 2009 11:00:00 GMTThe story begins as the demon Dactyl awakens after spending an eon encased in stone. The sound effects used to reflect his coming back to life are extremely well done and the audio engineers at Graphic Audio deserve lots of credit for creating an attention-grabbing opening scene.
Thu, 16 Apr 2009 11:00:00 GMTIn this epic fantasy, Ken Scholes creates a world that immediately draws you into its story. Windwir, the most beautiful and powerful city on the planet, is also a storehouse of knowledge. When Windwir is consumed by fire from the sky, those who remain must save what knowledge is left while trying to discover the cause and instigator of the catastrophe.
Thu, 16 Apr 2009 11:00:00 GMTRemember the old science fiction and fantasy magazines? You know, the ones that featured short stories written by great sci-fi authors. Listening to this audiobook was like going back to those old pulps and reliving the golden age of sci-fi. This collection contains three short stories written by L. Ron Hubbard that are as diverse in subject matter as they are enjoyable to hear.
Wed, 1 Apr 2009 11:00:00 GMTJoaquin is the host of Ghost Radio, an increasingly popular late-night, call-in radio show. Here, listeners phone in to share their fears of the macabre, the para-normal, and the strange.
Sun, 1 Mar 2009 11:00:00 GMTA boy runs away from home and runs to the stars. Innocent, absorbing, and immensely entertaining -- that's what Robert Heinlein brought to the Golden Age of science fiction.
Mon, 1 Dec 2008 11:00:00 GMTStepping away from his Discworld universe, Terry Pratchett has written a children's book that will appeal to both kids and adults. When a mile-high tidal wave crashes through the South Seas, 13-year year old native islander Mau and 13-year-old English castaway Daphne believe they are the sole survivors this cataclismic change has brought to their perspective worlds.
Tue, 28 Oct 2008 11:00:00 GMTIn the world of science-fiction, one of the best series of books to come down the pike is the Dune series created by Frank Herbert. After Frank Herbert's death, his son, Brian Herbert, teamed up with sci-fi author Kevin J. Anderson and pretty much wrapped up the series by providing 6 prequel and 2 sequel books. So with all of that taken care of, one has to ask, what more is there in the Dune Universe?
Tue, 28 Oct 2008 11:00:00 GMTThe episode begins with the Doctor and Jamie trying to track down thieves who stole the TARDIS. After some mysterious clues the Doctor and Jamie track down an antiques dealer whose antiques are authentic but new. This leads the Doctor and Jamie to be captured by the dealer and the Daleks and taken back in time to 1866.
Thu, 16 Oct 2008 11:00:00 GMTThe Great Secret is a collection of 4 short stories that are the stuff of 30s and 40s pulp fiction. L. Ron Hubbard was a master of the form and, in the next six years, Galaxy Audio plans to bring scores of these stories to life. This is one of the first science fiction titles in their planned series.
Thu, 16 Oct 2008 11:00:00 GMTA dam near Gotham City is about to burst and Batman has determined the dam cannot be saved but the citizens of Gotham city must be protected. Batman calls for the help from Justice League members to create a "safe dam break." After the turmoil when all the Justice League members are getting their breath and looking over the destruction created by the rushing waters, The Green Lantern notices a strange object. Uncovered by the erosion of the sudden rushing waters is a pyramid, not unlike those in Egypt.
Wed, 1 Oct 2008 11:00:00 GMTDoublethink, thought police, constant surveillance, never-ending war. Although this classic dystopian novel was written in 1949, Orwell's lean prose, finely honed political discourse, and penetrating images seem as fresh, as menacing, and as disturbingly prophetic as ever. With British equanimity, Simon Prebble accentuates every shade of gray in post-Blitzed-London.
Fri, 16 May 2008 11:00:00 GMTSweeney Todd is an original urban legend. His deeds have been told in stories, plays, musicals and movies since the 1800's. Now, it's audio's turn to reveal the barber who cuts his clients throats, then grinds them up to become the secret ingredient in Mrs. Lovett's meat pies.
Tue, 1 Apr 2008 11:00:00 GMTIn this science fiction classic, the world's population is being taken over by an alien race. Kristoffer Tabori reads the first-person narrative with gritty intensity, reminding listeners of a smart and sinister 1950's detective novel. This production reminds us why it's called a classic.
Sun, 16 Mar 2008 11:00:00 GMTA man, barely alive, is washed ashore during a violent, raging storm and is found and nursed back to health by Samantha Bryton, a retired, reclusive and brilliant Silicon Valley scientist. The man, who was supposed to have been killed in an automobile accident weeks earlier, is actually an illegally built android, an EI (Evolutionary Intelligence). Soon Samantha and Turner Pascal are on the run from Charon, Turner's evil creator, the military (everybody's on the run from the military), and other EIs and AIs from the notorious Sunrise Alley, where many rogue Artificial intelligences hide while planning an attack on humans.
Fri, 1 Feb 2008 11:00:00 GMTIt was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there, lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment -- find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!
Tue, 1 Jan 2008 11:00:00 GMTListening to Dune offers the opportunity to experience this classic work in a way that manages to feel comfortably familiar and surprisingly new at the same time. The story of Paul Atreides and the fulfillment of his destiny on the desert planet Arrakis is brought vividly to life in this outstanding production.
Sun, 16 Dec 2007 11:00:00 GMTWarren Ellis wears his heart and his politics on his sleeve in this darkly humorous and twisted detective-genre tale of the near future. Down on his luck private eye, Mike McGill, stares out his office window at a crumbling, drug-infested, distopian New York City wondering where his rent's going to come from when a big black limousine pulls up and a cadaverous President's Chief-of-Staff climbs out and gives McGill a strange assignment -- find and retrieve the alien-influenced alternate Constitution of the United States.
Sat, 1 Dec 2007 11:00:00 GMTThe tales found in this short story collection will alternately delight you, frighten you, and maybe even creep you out. There is such a variety that you're sure to find something that will grab your attention and not let go.
Fri, 16 Nov 2007 11:00:00 GMTThe universe can be a vast, empty place until Douglas Adams gets hold of it. The BBC cast that performs this radio dramatization of Adams' work fills the cosmos with characters and situations that will leave you confused, dazed, and entirely happy.
Thu, 1 Nov 2007 11:00:00 GMTAn unlikely story about childhood pets is taken to a completely different level in this 1954 classic novel by Robert Heinlein.
Mon, 16 Jan 2006 11:00:00 GMTErrol Porter can't believe he just received a phone call from his father. You really can't blame him, as his dad died from cancer nine years ago.
Mon, 2 Jan 2006 11:00:00 GMTThe classic tale of a time where firemen burn books and the people who love reading are fugitives in a media saturated, brain-washed world.
Fri, 16 Dec 2005 11:00:00 GMTThe classic tale of the struggle between good and evil in the magical land of Narnia is brought vividly to life by Michael York, as he ably handles a menagerie of characters including humans, beavers, fauns, giants, dwarfs, and of course, a lion and a witch! When Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter walk through the wardrobe into snow-covered Narnia, they enter an adventure that will change their lives and the history of an ancient land. York's melodious voice draws listeners into the story, allowing them to experience anew this captivating tale that has become a favorite with readers of all ages. The Disney movie may have increased awareness of Narnia with stunning visual effects, but don't deprive yourself of simply listening to this magical story. With Michael York as your guide, you'll see Narnia in a while new light.
Sun, 20 Nov 2005 11:00:00 GMTThe Wicked Witch of the West is dead, but did she leave behind a son who may have inherited some of her magical abilities? Left for dead in a muddy culvert, those who tend the mysterious young man are more concerned with saving his life rather than identifying him as the offspring of Elphaba Throp. While comatose, Liir dreams of his past, beginning with the death of the witch at the hands of Dorothy. This twisted tale of the Land of Oz will forever change your vision of an innocent time and place. In the audiobook, Maguire's imagination is coupled with his narrative skills to bring to life a magical kingdom that has its share of human foibles and political maneuverings. But there's also a unique sense of the fantastic layered throughout the narrative, making this sequel to Wicked a title that will have Oz fans hoping for a third installment about Maguire's Emerald City.
Tue, 1 Nov 2005 11:00:00 GMTShel Silverstein delighted old and young alike with his stories, music, poetry, and signature illustrations. Now, 6 years after his death, memories of such classics as The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic, and Where the Sidewalk Ends are rekindled with the publication of Runny Babbit. Completed before Silverstein's death in 1999, the recent publication of this fanciful collection of poems about a cute little bunny rabbit caries the author's trademark quirky humor wrapped up in wordplay poetry that will delight kids as they learn the twists and turns of "Runny Babbit talk." Tongue twisters galore are handled admirably by narrator Dennis Locorriere. The illustrated book, combined with this audio version, makes a perfect combination of sight and sound linguistic delight.
Mon, 17 Oct 2005 11:00:00 GMTThud is the sound made by a heavy troll club when it comes in contact with the head of a very unfortunate dwarf. Or at least, that's the rumor on the streets Ankh-Morpork as dwarves become incensed at the murder of one of their own. And it's exactly what Commander Vimes and the City Watch does not need, especially as the anniversary of Koom Valley, an epic battle between dwarves and trolls, is right around the corner. Vimes finds it hard to concentrate on the big picture when his attention is distracted by such bureaucratic pressures as being forced to hire a vampire due to affirmative-action demands from the black ribbon abstinence league, whose members pledge not to drink a drop of human blood. And although Vimes refuses to believe in the supernatural, that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, especially when it comes in the form of a malignant evil called the Summoning Dark that has Vimes in its sights. Pratchett brings to life another Discworld adventure that uses humor to highlight serious topics such as racism, bigotry, and family. This story will delight fans and serves as an excellent introduction to the series for the uninitiated. Stephen Briggs makes this production one of those rare audiobooks where the reader and text is a perfect fit. Don't miss it.
Mon, 3 Oct 2005 11:00:00 GMTWhen Fat Charlie's father dies while singing at a karaoke bar, his estranged son figures it's just one last way his dad has managed to embarrass him. After the funeral, Charlie is told by grieving neighbors that his prank playing, carousing father was not a man, but Anansi, the trickster West African spider god. And, though he doesn't know it, Charlie has a brother named Spider who inherited all the god-like powers. So begins an amazing tale of magic, imagination, and myth wrapped up in humor and hi jinks. Lenny Henry does an exceptional job with a cast of characters ranging from African animal gods to little old Caribbean ladies to a mother-in-law nightmare. This book is almost impossible to categorize as it tells a story you simply must hear to fully appreciate. After hearing it, you might even begin to believe that maybe, just maybe, Anansi, the god of storytelling, really had not two, but three very clever sons -- Fat Charlie, Spider, and Neil.
Sat, 17 Sep 2005 11:00:00 GMTChristopher Paolini's love of fantasy and science fiction inspired him to begin writing his debut novel, Eragon, when he graduated from high school at 15. Recently, Eldest, his second book in The Inheritance Trilogy was published to great acclaim. He is hard at work on the third book in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he lives with his family.
Mon, 5 Sep 2005 11:00:00 GMTIn the tradition of classic epic fantasy, Eldest takes readers on a grand adventure with dragons, dwarves, elves, humans, and assorted evil beasties. When the unlikely farm boy Eragon discovers he is destined to be a legendary dragon rider, his life becomes much more interesting and infinitely more dangerous. In this second book in the Inheritance Trilogy, Eragon continues his training among dwarves and elves to gain those skills and allies he will need to defeat the cruel King Galbatorix. Narrator Gerard Doyle brings a host of characters to life, especially Saphira, the enigmatic dragon. Although this book is regarded as a young adult title, fantasy lovers of all ages will thoroughly enjoy the trials and triumphs of Eragon and Saphira.
Tue, 16 Aug 2005 11:00:00 GMTIt's everyone's dream to find a golden ticket to their heart's desire. For Charlie, his dream is to win a trip to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Fortunately, his dream does come true and Charlie, along with Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Mike Teavee, wins the chance for a deluxe guided tour through the famous chocolate factory with Willie Wonka himself. Along the way, there are lessons to be learned and wonders to be explored. Eric Idle was nominated for a Grammy for his performance in this unabridged rendition of Dahl's classic children's tale. It's a great match of narrator with story and makes the telling simply delectable.
Mon, 1 Aug 2005 11:00:00 GMTThis December, Disney will release its film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. That seems like a very good excuse to listen to all of the books in the C.S. Lewis classic series, The Chronicles of Narnia, starting with The Magician's Nephew. Often considered a prequel to the series, this title gives listeners the history of Narnia and sets the stage for the future epic conflict between good and evil. Kenneth Branagh does a grand job with this four hour, unabridged title. Especially entertaining is his rendition of all the animals of Narnia, giving each a distinctive voice. If you've never experienced Narnia, listen to the beginning of this inspiring adventure and I'll bet you won't be able to stop.
Thu, 16 Jun 2005 11:00:00 GMTPutting a new twist on Mary Shelley's classic horror tale, Dean Koontz fast-forwards 200 years to modern-day New Orleans, where Victor Frankenstein is still alive and well and experimenting with the definition of life. Unknown to Victor, his original creation is also alive and when a string of grisly murders occur, the one-time monster arrives to help perplexed detectives discover that they have much more to worry about than a lone serial killer. This six-hour abridgement will have Frankenstein fans on the edge of their seats and ready for the next installment in this four-part series by a master of psychological drama.
Wed, 1 Jun 2005 11:00:00 GMTMoist von Lipwig is a shyster and con man extraordinaire. Although he's made a fortune by conning innocent people, his luck has run out and now he will be hanged for his crimes. But Lord Vetinari, the Supreme Ruler of Ankh-Morpork, offers Moist another option. It doesn't seem much better than death, but circumstances dictate that Moist will become the new Postmaster General of Ankh-Morpork. Hilarity ensures, as Terry Prachett takes jabs at just about everything one can imagine. Prachett's universe is an extraordinary place where the bizarre is commonplace and human foibles are examined with utmost scrutiny. It's a place where droll British humor is alive and well, and you'll be sorry if you don't start exploring immediately.
Mon, 16 May 2005 11:00:00 GMTThe Time Traveler's Wife offers a different approach to the typical time-travel story. In this novel, author Audrey Niffenegger decides to wrap time travel around a love story, focusing on how a husband and wife cope with unexpected time travel. Henry has been diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder, a malady which regularly resets his genetic clock. Tossed like a leaf on the waves of time, Henry's adventures allow listeners to contemplate the concepts of past and future and how both shape who we are. Bridging a range of emotions, the author offers a most satisfying look at enduring love through various stages of life.
Sun, 1 May 2005 11:00:00 GMTSilas and Sarah Heap love their six sons and look forward to the birth of their seventh child. Although Silas is just an Ordinary Wizard, this child, aptly named Septimus, is the seventh son of a seventh son and wondrous things are expected. But the midwife announces the child is dead and dashes off with the body. On the very same day, Silas finds an abandoned baby girl and decides to raise her as his own. So begins an extraordinary tale for kids ages nine and up. Bursting with imagination and, of course, magic, the narrator skillfully guides listeners through an exciting story than is immensely satisfying and will have its audience expectantly waiting for the next book in this three-part series.
Fri, 1 Apr 2005 11:00:00 GMTThe latest adventures of the Baudelaire orphans are sadly described by the woefully hilarious Lemony Snicket in this 11th book in his Series of Unfortunate Events. With a true knack for low-key humor, Snicket tells how the intrepid Baudelaire orphans find themselves on a submarine while trying to escape the clutches of the evil Count Olaf. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny must use all their ingenuity as they explore a mysterious underwater cavern filled with poisonous mushrooms. Between the author's droll writing and Tim Curry's slightly sinister narration, listeners of all ages will enjoy the thrilling and chilling escapades of the Baudelaire children as they try to solve a variety of confusing mysteries.