03 October 2012

Audiobook Review: Dead Men Kill

2¢ Worth: Dead Men Kill is an old fashioned, Mickey Spillane style mystery complete with over the top fight scenes and dangerous fainting dames. It isn't going to be for everyone but fans of old black and white movie mysteries are guaranteed to a get a kick out of it. 

Whodunit: The case of dead men coming to life and killing their bosses kept me guessing right up to the very end.

Wooed: Yay for tons of old slang! 

Whippersnappers: Expect mentions to murder and some minor stereotyping that is consistent with the time period, but no cursing, sex, or foul language. 

Words aloud: This was one of those rare times that I listened to an audio and read bits and pieces of it. By chance I had both copies. But seriously the print version doesn't hold a torch to the audio. With the different voices and sound effects it feels like an old 40s radio show. I loved it and will definitely be picking up some of the discounted audios the next time I have a road trip.

Wind-up: Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard (published by Galaxy Press) is read by R.F. Daley, Jennifer Aspen, Lori Jablons, John Mariano, Matt Scott, and Jim Meskimen and is 2 hours and 6 minutes long. Audiobook rating: 4 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

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53 comments :

  1. AH! I love to listen to the old radio shows! I never considered that this would be like that - I'm definitely grabbing some of these! Thx!!

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  2. Wonderful review! Will have to get the audiobook.

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  3. For some reason I have this book in my audiobook pile, I must have picked it up on a sale or something, anyway, I am not much of a black and white watcher so am not sure if I should bump it up the reading pile or not...

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    1. Maybe you grabbed it when I did during the summer of free audios at audiobooksync? :)

      It might not be for you.
      But you can always try a few minutes of it before trying.
      ;)

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  4. I'd have trouble getting past the fact that this was written by L. Ron Hubbard.

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    1. You know I didn't know who he was till after I started it and Mr. Whimsy told me.
      I can assure you, there's nothing hokey going on. ;)

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    2. I know...when I saw that I couldn't believe it!

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  5. I like the fact there are multiple voices and that it reminds you of an old 40's radio show. I think that would be unique.

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    1. Totally. This wasn't my first multi-cast but it was the first time I tried something with fun sound effects. :) It's fun.

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  6. I've been wondering about these books...the covers are always so old school splashy. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for sharing! ^_^

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    1. Yes. I totally agree.
      But I must say, the hook on this cover is inaccurate. Otherwise totally perfect. ;)

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  7. This sounds like a fun audio. Some of those old school radio show shows were so ridiculous they couldn't help but be entertaining. I'll have to look this one up.

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  8. I've never read anything by L. Ron Hubbard before. This one sounds fun!

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  9. I'm a big fan of old black and white movies, so I've definitely got to give these a try! Of course, now I want to go watch an old movie, too. ;)

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  10. Oh, this one sounds interesting. I don't listen to many audiobooks but this one sounds different.

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    1. It is. The sound effects and voices make it less like being read to. :)

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  11. I love it! I'm a big fan of black and white movies! I miss Audrey Hepburn, Gene Kelly, and Katharine Hepburn!

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    1. Though I'm not a fan of audio books, Old Hollywood era movies are my thang. I'm totally with cari-tx on this one. I'm gonna have to pick up a copy, whether it's print or ebook...something!

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  12. I don't even know what to think of it. It feels like something I should listen to just to say I did. Maybe.

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  13. I love the books you listen to!

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  14. I have one of Hubbard's books but I have never read it. I have to check it out.

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  15. Well, I'd definitely have to check out the audiobook then! Look at all those narrators! That is truly impressive.

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  16. Oh fun! My hubby said that he read this years ago and said that RL was quite a prolific writer... pre-Scientology.... Love "True Crime" look to the cover. :)

    ~Liz

    P.S. Thank you so much for the kind comments about my little feature. :)

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    1. Absolutely.
      I love your blog!
      You and him should SO try the audios together.
      So fun for a road trip.
      :)

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  17. When I saw the author's name I didn't expect the book to be a novel. I guess I associate him with his church and motivational speaking. What a surprise.

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    1. I feel ya! ;) I didn't know who he was until I was listening to this and Mr. Whimsy brought it to my attention. I can tell you there is no weirdness or mentions to his church.

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  18. This on audio would be awesome! & it's not even that long on audio! ;)

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  19. Well, I always appreciate an audiobook that's more like a radio drama program!

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  20. I didn't even consider reading his fiction considering the whole scientology thing. Maybe I should give it a go.

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    1. I didn't even realize it was him at first. But no worries, nothing odd regarding that in the stories. :)

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    1. I get such a kick out of old slang. Then I try to collect them and incorporate them into my own vocab. ;)

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  22. Um.. OFF TO BUY IMMEDIATELY!!! Thanks Juju!

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  23. Sounds like a fun mystery and story (especially in the audio format)! Great review, Juju! I'll have to check this one out.

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  24. Never read any L. Ron Hubbard books. They always look interesting...especially the old covers. Love the old slang! Hmmmm...I might have to try reading one. Every time I see L. Ron Hubbard I think of Tom Cruise. Maybe he should star in a movie based on one of the books...you know because of Scientology and all.

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    1. Ha! Totally understandable. ;)

      Darling if there was ever an audio I would recommend you it would be this one :)
      If I had a physical copy of the audio I would SO send it to you.

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  25. You had me the minute you mentioned the old black and white films, which I love!! :)

    And an old 40s type radio show?? How awesome is that??

    I might just start listening to audiobooks!! hehe :)

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