By: L. Ron Hubbard
Narrated by: Jennifer Aspen, Bob Caso,
Matt Scott and A.F. Daley
Published by: Galaxi Press 1/2012
2hrs and 06 mins
Johnny Brice is a hotheaded, hard-working "picture-chaser" for the newsreels. He loves to fly into the mouth of danger (whether forest fire, shipwreck, or flood), get the story first, shoot it, and send the film back fast so that it can be turned into newsreels for theaters all across America. He's the best there ever was as a "top dog" reporter... up till the day he inadvertently saves the life of a golden-haired girl he pulls out of the ocean while covering a ship burning at sea.
The dame, or "Jinx", as Brice calls her, seems to bring bad luck like a black cat under a ladder. She keeps Brice on his toes and waist-deep in trouble as they trek the globe from Idaho to the Orient, chasing pictures for the World News. Trouble is, no matter how hard he tries or how good the story, Johnny can't seem to get good shots... nor can he shake the girl.
Before I started to listen to this title I had no idea of what I was getting myself into.
I had only listened to one other multicast rendition, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at the level of my enjoyment.... but I wasn't sure about this one.
After the first chapter I was sure this type book wasn’t for me, but since I had promised a review I had to stick with it, but before I knew I was pulled into the adventure in a different way than I’m accustomed to.
I never had the opportunity to listen to an audio book with sound effects, and I have to tell you, it’s a completely different experience.
This was more like watching a two hour film of the novel as compare to reading it, and even though this is a genre I would never have picked out on my own, I have to admit I founded interesting and felt completely transported to the 1930’s.
Journalist Johnny Brice was a very likable character; with his go get them attitude, he loves nothing more than run into a situation that will provide him with the best and most newsworthy material for his newsroom, and for two hours, we follow his dangerous endeavors to get the perfect material.
Jinx is Johnny’s love interest, even though it will take him some time to realize it.
He truly believes that his luck has gone sour since he met her - their relationship adds a comical side to the story.
The sound effects never felt intrusive, and they were perfectly timed to complete a real vivid experience.
My only complaint was the performance of some of the dialogue, it sounded in parts poorly acted or just maybe over the top, this is where my assessment may be unfair, I really don't know what's expected from the genre. The narrated parts were very good, and it gave the story the proper ambiance.
Now, Am I all of a sudden become a fan of the genre? Not really, this is still not for me, I like more romance, less gunfire and explosions, but I can easily see how a fan of the genre would get a kick out this short listen.
I like to thank Audiobook Jukebox as well as Galaxy Press for providing me with a copy of this entertaining multicast performance and exchange for an honest review.