Uncooperative geography, wild animals, and hostile natives stymie the future route of the Sudan Railway in this above-average pulp-era reprint of a novella from Hubbard (1911–1986). Complications ensue when American surveyor Dan Courtney discovers that Barbara, a beautiful white woman, has been kidnapped by the Dinka, the very same ferocious warriors whose strategic fortification is both crucial for and an impediment to the success of the railway. Hubbard shrewdly allows Barbara to be plucky without being so competent that she can save herself. The author also shows a fine grasp of the conventions of this now problematic genre: action-filled tales in which daring white men, uninhibited by concerns about African autonomy, force the trappings of civilization down the throats of reluctant Africans, who are portrayed as primitives by turns savage and cowardly, ultimately mere cat's-paws of their white superiors. (Oct.)
Midwest Book Review
On the Writers of the Future and The Stories from the Golden Age--Four of their new audio book titles, brilliantly showcasing Hubbard's storytelling talents, are "Cattle King For A Day" (9781592123650, $9.95) which was originally published in the March
1937 issue of "All Western Magazine", also includes the backup short 'Come And Get It' a; "All Frontiers Are Jealous" (9781592123384, $9.95), originally published in the June 1937 issue of "Five-Novels Monthly" and is an action/adventure yarn about establishing the Anglo-Egyptian Railroad while rescuing a fair young maiden from evil whites and dangerous native tribesmen; "The Trail Of The Red Diamonds" (9781592123261, $9.95) originally published in the January 1935 issue of "Thrilling Adventures" and which (along with the backup short story 'Hurricane's Roar" is set in China); and "Hurtling Wings"
(9781592123032, $9.95) offering an aviation oriented action/adventure in an era of 'wooden planes and iron men'. Each of these of these outstanding audio books are two hour productions characterized by talented multi-cast performances, which are enhanced with impressive special effects and thematic music. Flawless technical recordings, each and every one of these very special audio books provides the listener with a true 'theatre of the mind' experience
One of the highlights of the end of Summer is the receipt of the new WOTF volume. This year’s collection is another vast array of topics and styles. My favorites are as varied as the topics.
There is something here for everyone and there is plenty here to give you extremely good value for your hard earned buck. Start out your harvest season with this cornucopia of great reading.
Cattle King for a Day: "Jim Meskiman, Michael Yurchak & R. F. Daley. This audio-book could easily be made into a film by Leonard DeCaprio. Really lends itself. The rich text sounds authentic and brings the listener into the old west and the lawlessness of environs. Amazing how L. Ron could see with his typewriter the quality of all that was wild and tough to stomach. The voices enacted the audio play and perhaps denote Gregory Peck as judge impression. Kind of surprised by colorful language. But if not from L. Ron then it’s just real talk for cowboys. All in all a nice distraction for a long drive (about two hours running time) or for those who need a book read to ‘em."
From the Publisher
“. . . unabashedly entertaining books.” —Kevin J. Anderson
“…the stories’ fast-moving pace is sure to keep listeners enthralled. Great fun for nostalgia buffs, recommended for tweens and up.”—Library Journal
“Uncooperative geography, wild animals, and hostile natives... action-filled tale..." —Publishers Weekly
"...outstanding audio books are two hour productions characterized by talented multi-cast performances, which are enhanced with impressive special effects and thematic music. Flawless technical recordings, each and every one of these very special audio books provides the listener with a true ‘theatre of the mind’ experience and is enthusiastically recommended." —Midwest Book Review