King of the Gunmen

2 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 2 hrs. Galaxy Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781592123483. $9.95. digital download. F
If there is a revival in interest in Hubbard's literary products, credit has to go to these new recordings of stories written in the 1930s. This volume takes listeners on a two-hour journey back to a time when radio was the sole source of entertainment in most homes and imaginations ran wild with thoughts of space aliens, jungle journeys, and frontier shoot-outs. Kit Gordon is the so-called king, and his reputation has been earned through numerous encounters with the scum of the Wild West. But even he is not invulnerable, and when listeners first encounter him, he is near death after being shot. A lawman called Rainbow saves him and nurses him back to health only to find himself in danger from a gent named Kettle-belly. A tense showdown ensues, and the sheep herder rabble throw down against the noble cattlemen. Also included is the story "The No-Gun Gunhawk." Both are read to perfection by R.F. Daley, along with a sizable cast. This audiobook takes listeners back to when it was easy to accept cheesy sound effects and corny dialog as a way to spend time with pure, simple, and thoroughly enjoyable fiction.
VERDICT Recommended.
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