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Mister Tidwell is the soft-spoken, scholarly type; a professor at Oxford University no less. His relatively quiet, well-ordered life is suddenly turned topsy-turvy when he is pressed into service in Admiral Nelson’s British fleet as a schoolmaster. The Napoleonic Wars are in full swing and Professor Tidwell is terrified and overwhelmed to find his ship the target of French man-o’wars and every man, including himself, must fight. It is a defining moment in his sedentary life when he comes to the conclusion that this will be a case of kill or be killed.
All authors are often faced with the question, “Where do you get your story ideas?”, and it was no different for L Ron Hubbard. He explains that many of his stories begin with a single hard fact, in the case of <I><b>Mister Tidwell, Gunner</b></I> the fact that there actually was a schoolmaster aboard Admiral Nelson’s ship during the Napoleonic Wars. Hubbard went on to say that from that one kernel of truth a fertile imagination could go absolutely anywhere. Well, imaginations don’t come much more fertile than L Ron Hubbard and <I><b>Mister Tidwell, Gunner</b></I> is a prime example of that.
Also included in this 2-disk set are the sea adventures <I>The Drowned City</I>, the story of two deep-sea divers who set out in search of a lost treasure only to find that the waters are full of treacherous currents and even more treacherous men; and <I>Submarine</I>, in which a young sailor on leave enjoys a quiet interlude with his girlfriend—only to have it interrupted by a call to duty and danger.
Many readers of fiction know L Ron Hubbard as a master of science fiction, but it is perhaps less well known that he was actually a master of almost every genre of fiction: sea adventures like this one, air adventures, fantasy, mysteries, even westerns. During the 1930’s and ‘40’s Hubbard wrote literally hundreds of short stories for various magazines of the day covering just about every genre there is. I’m happy to say that Galaxy Audio has taken on the monumental task of collecting those stories into brand new audio editions complete with music, sound effects, and a talented cast of voice actors. The completed work is a delight to the ears and if you haven’t tried one of these yet you’re missing out on something special.
<I><b>Mister Tidwell, Gunner</b></I> features the talented voices of Enn Reitel, Jim Meskimen, and Christina Huntington, <I><b>Submarine</b></I> was narrated by R F Daley and voiced by Michael Yurchak, Brooke Bloom, Jim Meskimen, and Melissa Kirkland, and <I><b>The Drowned City</b></I> was voiced by Rob Paulson, Michael Yurchak, Jim Meskimen, and R F Daley. They don’t just read these stories, they actually act them out and they’re very good at it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2014
Fans of Patrick O’Brian and Alexander Kent are sure to enjoy L. Ron Hubbard’s Mister Tidwell, Gunner. From the pages of Adventure magazine, this 1936 short story is a riveting entertainment. Pressed into service during the Napoleonic Wars, young Tidwell finds himself performing medical service during the heat of battle. Realizing that he might contribute, he finds himself in the middle of action that will either destroy him or save him. The pacing is relentless and this little tale is a great example of both Hubbard’s talent and the appeal of an adventure story told well. This volume also includes the poignant short story Submarine followed by the adventure tale The Drowned City and I enjoyed both. So you get three for one great stories in this volume. Hubbard’s other sea stories include Under the Black Ensign and Twenty fathoms Down. I recommend all of them.
5.0 out of 5 starsTreat yourself to three terrific adventure tales! You know you deserve it!
Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2014
What a treat! Three adventure tales from the guy who knew how to write terrific exciting stories that hardly let you get your breath. I love his stories and for teachers they make the perfect reading for the guys in the class who would rather do 1,000 other things rather than read a book.
But they also make great reading for anyone – and if they aren’t always totally believable – who cares? Live itself is not always totally believable!
This book actually has 3 short stories in it, the book title being one of the stories. They all deal with ships and the sea, back in the old days of vessels with sails; and all are very well written. I think that the title story is my favorite among them all. A quick, fun read for those who love stories about the old sailing ships. The book also includes a very good biography of the author, including some great pictures.