Pulp Fiction, did I get your attention? Well folks, I am not talking the movie Pulp Fiction here, I am talking about the old time short stories and books. Here is a definition of Pulp Fiction for you:
Pulp fiction is fantastic, escapist fiction for the general entertainment of the mass audiences. The term originated from the magazines of the first half of the 20th century which were printed on cheap “pulp” paper. Bigger-than-life heroes, pretty girls, exotic places, strange and mysterious villains all stalked the pages of the many issues available to the general public on the magazine stands.
Source: The Vintage Library (www.vintagelibrary.com)
Did you know that L. Ron Hubbard wrote some of the above mentioned stories and was not just the creator of the Scientology belief system.
A while back I received a group of Audio Books from http://www.goldenagestories.com/ and I today I would like to tell you about them. The books are classics by L. Ron Hubbard and they have been a joy to listen to. Granted I have to take time to sit back and enjoy, turn off the Boob-Tube and relax and let your brain do the visuals. You may know L. Ron Hubbard as the author of Scientology, don’t fear though, these are entertainment written just for sheer enjoyment and entertainment… Galaxy Press has no ulterior motive in publishing these books and audio books, but to keep these great works of fiction from being lost to the hands of time.
These audio books remind me of my brother finding a radio station on AM Radio that played old acted out stories from when my parents were young. My big brother, Milton, and I would sit and listen with great interest to these stories, they were colorful and acted out so well that my imagination filled in the visuals so easily. Ever since those days I have wanted to find some well acted out Theatrical Radio Stories once again, and now I can! Thanks to the people at Galaxy Press and their Stories From the Golden Age.
With these books, I am reliving those days gone by, spent with my big brother, loving each and every story. These stories full of wonderful Acting, and the Characters voices are fun to listen to, there is even background noises and sound effects. I found myself transported to a far away land, in another time.
Below is one of the first Audio Books I listened to, I call it my favorite, but perhaps it was because it was the first audio the start of my new adventure into Classic Stories told with Cinematic Flare. As it brought out the nostalgia in me for the days with my older brother (as I shall talk about more, later in this post).
It’s sad in today’s world that things like the imagination are not promoted more in our children, we have become so technology driven in today’s society that little is left to the imagination. I love these audio books because I think that the imagination is a muscle that must be exercised. Unfortunately, by the sounds of what a Mother was telling me in the store a while back, even the Arts in schools now are pay if you want to learn attend the classes, we are not appreciating/learning the arts as much as I believe we should… how sad.
Speaking of education, I was wondering around the Golden Age Stories website and I noticed that they even have this set up for education! How cool is that? I have family (my brother and Sister-in-law) that are home schooling their children and their children would love this way of learning. I wouldn’t be surprised if all of my siblings, with school age children, would love to have some family time with the kids listening and reading along. The interesting part of their Education Area on their site is that they not only have the Lexile Ratings, information on their Listen and Learn program but they have PDF’s with Lesson Plans! Nothing like simplifying things!
Stories like those on these L. Ron Hubbard Audio Books are something that I feel would benefit children and adults alike. Sit back, relax, turn off the TV and close your eyes, and watch as these stories come to life using your imagination. Think about it, our Grandparents or Great Grandparents had radio, they didn’t have TV… these are the sort of things they listened to as a family back in the day.
Reflecting on Theatrical Radio Plays, I want to share with you a short story. Back in the days of radio shows, like the ones that have been made for these Audio Books, my Grandfather came home from work and listened to “War of the Worlds” on their radio one night. Have you heard the stories of people believing that the invasion was real? Well I heard that too, so as a teenager my Grandparents were visiting and I just had to ask my Grandfather. Both my Grandfather and Grandmother laughed, and said, yes! I sat that night with my Grandfather telling me how my Grandmother was in the kitchen making dinner and as he sat listening to the radio he got so very upset that he kicked in the radio! My Grandfather was so very sure that the story was true. 🙂
Now I do have to say that these CD’s are in chapters my friends, so my 10 or so year old CD player (that plays MP3 on CD’s as well as Music CD’s) won’t work with this format. However the Chapter/Audio format works on my PC’s and in my Blu Ray/DVD player just fine. The chapter format does help with picking up where you left off with video cues in it on my Blu Ray Player.
I have to say, I really loved my late nights listening to these Audio Books, I found it very relaxing and fun to listen to. I wish for everyone to have a chance to check out these marvelous stories for themselves, L. Ron Hubbard wrote these stories ages ago and they are still as entertaining today as, I am sure they were back then.
Thanks to the Lovely people at Galaxy Press – Stories from the Golden Age, we have a giveaway, 5 of you can win 2 Audio Books each! These will make great gifts too folks… Good Luck Friends!