Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hurricane - Audiobook Review


Title: Hurricane
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Narrator: Multicast
Unabridged Length: 2 h, 2 m
Published by Galaxy Audio, 2011
Genres: Pulp Fiction




From the Publisher:
Wrongfully imprisoned on Devil's Island, Captain Spar dreams of killing the one man who contrived his capture on that island hell. When he daringly escapes from the penal colony, Spar lands on the island of Martinique, hot on the trail of his nemesis.

My Review:
I have a thing for light fast-moving adventure stories when it comes to escapism entertainment. I don’t care for the plot to be too involved or too unpredictable. As a result, I tend to like the pulp fiction from the 30s and 40s; and no one does a better job with producing these tales in audiobook form than Galaxy Audio with their series of Stories from the Golden Age. L. Ron Hubbard wrote a lot of entertaining pulp fiction, albeit campy and not terribly politically correct for today’s times.

Hurricane fits my preference in this genre really well, as it is a fast moving Caribbean adventure tale. We meet the hero, Captain Spar, on Martinique, where he has just arrived after escaping from the penal colony of Devil’s Island, where he was wrongly imprisoned. He is seeking the one who put him there, the Saint, so he can inflict revenge.

Captain Spar only knows of his nemesis as the Saint, but has never met him. He seeks him out and is quickly drawn into an ambush and ends up killing two others in the process. Things really get twisted from there. Next thing you know, Spar is forced to pilot the yacht Venture toward New York into a hurricane, with six passengers and a crew aboard, including a love interest. That’s all I’ll say as I don’t care to give away too much of the story.

The cast of this production is superb. R.F. Daley does a fine job with his over-the-top narration of the adventure that makes it work. Josh Robert Thompson makes a great Captain Spar. Jim Meskimen handles multiple characters as well as directing the production. Thomas Silcott does a superbly menacing Chacktar, complete with generic Caribbean accent that only works in pulp fiction. Christina Huntington plays the stereotypical damsel in distress/ love interest, and Corey Burton plays the devious Count Folston, aka the Saint. Sound effects are well done throughout and the original dramatic music between chapters works well to move the story along.


This adventure was originally published in 1936 in the pulp magazine Five Novels. If you want a two-hour audiobook deviation from your normal listening; one that is a fast-moving escapism adventure, give Hurricane a listen. I’ve listened to several Galaxy Audio productions so far and have found all to be entertaining.

A review copy of Hurricane was provided by Galaxy Audio through the Solid Gold Reviewer program of Audiobook Jukebox.

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