cover image The Crossroads

The Crossroads

L. Ron Hubbard, read by a full cast, Galaxy Audio, unabridged, two CDs, 2 hrs., $9.95 ISBN 978-1-59212-241-7

A farmer at the nexus of time and space, a woman granted youth again by powerful beings, and a man marooned on a small boat for days are the premises for the three fantastical tales by Hubbard. While “The Crossroads” is an amusing science fiction tale, “Borrowed Glory” holds more drama and sorrow, and “The Devil's Rescue” mixes horror with adventure. The antiquated prose is a nostalgic delight, and like other Hubbard productions from Galaxy Audio, the full-cast performance and sound effects make the stories that much more compelling. Though the narrator is the same in all three stories, he manages to shift tone and emphasis to work with each particular story, while the cast members act their parts with reasonable believability. The sound effects are engaging but never distracting, and the musical score hints at adventure themes and old-time mystery radio shows. A Galaxy paperback. (June)