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Mega-City One, 2080. Judge Joe Dredd's first year on the streets as a full-eagle Judge. Bred for justice, trained in law, Dredd's no helpless rookie, but he's not the seasoned veteran we know either. Three tales follow the first adventures of the future city's greatest lawman. With an introduction by the Mighty Tharg!

"City Fathers": The brutal murder of a Justice Department-sanctioned spy uncovers something new and dangerous in the sector's murky black market. Unless Dredd can stop it, chaos will be unleashed.

"Cold Light of Day": A savage killing spree results in the deaths of two highly-regarded Judges, and many consider Dredd to be responsible: a decision he made five years earlier - while he was still a cadet - has come back to haunt him.

"Wear Iron": "Wear iron, that's the rule." Paul Strader is a stick-up man, and a stone cold professional. But when he gets in over his head, he has to risk everything on the word of a corrupt lawman and break every rule he has. Every rule but one....

Author bios: Michael Carroll, Al Ewing and Matthew Smith are three celebrated novelists and Dredd comics writers. Smith, also the editor of 2000 AD, has written two previous novels for Abaddon and Black Flame and the comics series Dredd Year One for IDW. Ewing is the author of The Fictional Man for Solaris and five novels for Abaddon. Carrol is the YA author of Quantum Prophecy and The New Heroes series.

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Well written, well read

Bought this on a whim and was not disappointed. I always admired Judge Dredd and the stern focused attitude he takes towards the law. Year one really brings out the characters and contrasts between Joe Dredd and his genetic twin Rico. The narrator has an excellent voice for this type of role and voices the twins in a gruff but opposite fashion bringing the characters to life.

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good stuff

3 for 1 for one credit. The audio can be a bit low at times.

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Great performance and hit-or-miss writing

Okay. So this is kind of frustrating. This book has 3 different authors so that’s already going to chance things up. You only get to sample one of those authors, and I’d argue the better of the three. I started off really enjoying this book, but then it tapered away and by the end I wasn’t even sad it was over.

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Like detailed 2000AD progs in your head

Long time reader of the Megazine and 2000AD. I simply love these books. If you read any of the comics and know the world of Dredd you'll be right at home, and see the story and setting playing out like a comic in your head.
The narration is excellent. First time listening to this narrator and the first minute I was unsure, but he turned out to be really, really good at voicing Dredd and the other characters. I want more!

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  • John Mcnamara
  • 12-02-17

great voice for Dredd and rico. <br />

does Dredd and rico really well. distinct but similar with added dark humour for rico

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  • Jennifer Morgan
  • 05-04-18

epic dredd goodness

awesome narrator nailed the voices and made it all the better...a must for dredd fans!!

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  • Stu
  • 03-15-18

Just a great series of Dredd stories

Great writing, great narrator. A really entertaining listen and a must for Dredd fans. Thumbs up from me.

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  • djdrunkenjedi
  • 09-22-18

Good fun

I rated this pretty high, but it deserved to be. I am not saying its highbrow literature that should be studied, but it is the most fun I have had from a book I have listened to in a while. The narration was great and Dredd sounded like I would expect Dredd to sound.
Each of the three tales are fine additions to the stories I was familiar with from reading 2000ad in my youth. The last story in the book being the most impressive.
Highly recommend to anyone that is a fan of the comics.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

Great memories of a childhood read!!!

What a great way to revive those 1980's comic book hero's we all moved. I remember Dredd & Rico slugging it out within the pages of Tharg's 2000 AD edition. A well read story which helped immerse the listener within the world of Megacity One.
Well worth it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-18

Great for Dredd fans

3 great stories all detailed and a good length, may favorite was the third in the collection.
The narrator was clear and understandable

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  • R.A Moore
  • 09-02-18

gravel voice realism

takes you on a tour of the gritty world of Mega City one this the gravel voice of Joe Dredd

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  • W6 Jock
  • 08-07-18

What a nostalgia trip - loved it!

I've - firstly- never got a book/audio of a graphic novel before and I actually loved the way the stories were written and the depth of detail compensates for the lack of visuals. I could re-imagine every scene from the comics and more - much more character insight and 'street level' detail than you get with a graphic novel. And to hear some tales from Dredd in his less formative years was fascinating.

Secondly, having read 2000AD avidly as a kid/teenager it was fantastic to revisit the Big Meg in a more 'age relevant' format (don't grief me comic book fans! I just mean that I don't buy - or certainly sit on a train with graphic novels these days - I'm an audiobook convert 100%).

Only criticism, it would have been nice to have had different narrators recounting the different authors' work, but Jordan Harold was good! I can only dream of hitting those gravel-laden notes of Joe & Rico.

I'll be sure to go back and get Anderson and any others I can find...

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  • UncleSi
  • 07-08-18

judge

jury and executioner. very good book and very good voice acting all round. recommended for all

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-18

boring and volume of narrator far to quiet

I really was looking forward to this but it's so boring. it's the first film