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Ruby 1

The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe
Series: Ruby - Galactic Gumshoe, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (110 ratings)

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On the planet Summa Nulla (crossroads of the galaxy, high point of nothing) someone is manipulating the media. And Ruby, smart, tough, sexy detective that she is, is hired to track down the male-factors. The swinging Andriod Sisters perform speak-satirical songs as Ruby, the funny, fast-paced galactic gumshoe, encounters some pretty weird planetary inhabitants on her quest for truth and the intergalactic way.

A full cast production.

©2007 Meatball Fulton (P)2007 ZBS Foundation

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  • L.
  • York, PA, United States
  • 07-09-13

Enjoyable but Quirky.

I listened to this story on radio a number of years ago and was delighted to find it here. It is one of those listens that you just have to let it happen and not analyze it to death. It is a fun "Sci-Fi" story.

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a classic radio drama!

Ruby spares no time for nonessential characters, and always goes for a clever laugh/insight. a lot of fun!

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I love this story.

They really should make this into a movie. Maybe someday they will. Or maybe a 3D animated movie.

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I used to listen to Ruby on the radio. It is fun.

I used to listen to Ruby on the radio. It is a fun diversion like Dreams of Rio or Saratoga Springs.

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Loved It

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

First listened to this accidentally 15 years ago. Looking forward to the rest of the series

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ruby 1?

The Moles Pinball Fight scene

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Cooler than Bond

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Really Fun Adventure! Awesome Soundtrack.

I grew up with Meatball Fulton's stories but never listened to Ruby until today! Holy Cow, what a wacky, and compelling adventure. Somewhat confusing and disorienting, but I believe thats the point.
absolutely loved the techno vibe and the music.
cant wait to hear the rest in the series!

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I really enjoyed this book!

one of the best audio dramas I've heard. on to Ruby number 2.. thanks meatball

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The original Ruby

This is the original Ruby audio adventure, by ZBS. It is great, with a lot of fun listening, from beginning to end. It is difficult to describe, but maybe something like "'Word Jazz' with a scifi plot line" is close. Or, one could just say that Ruby is a galactic gumshoe - a Good One, and leave it at that. It was originally a full-cast theatrical radio broadcast serial, with music, sound effects. Not a "regular" audiobook. If you are a new listener you will notice updates and reprises between episodes, which is part of the fun, and helpful because there's a lot of action. For all the years that it's been out, it holds up very well, and definitely bears repeating. A true classic.

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Ugggggggggg

this was painful to listen to. The background noises and effects were so overdone that it was hard to hear the dialogue or follow the story. Maybe there was no story.

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  • Tatiana
  • 02-09-13

"A good one."

As the summary says, this is a full cast production, an audio drama with more than one voice actor. It also somewhat resembles opera or musical in that the individual chapters / dialogues are narrated / played on top of a song / soundscape each. (To make that clear, the dialogue still remains just that - it is, for the most part, not sung, nor does it rhyme, even if sometimes its rhythm may playfully interact with that of a song.)

I found this combination to be very enjoyable, and to boost the book's replay value immensely.



The subject matter is somewhat tongue in cheek sci-fi. Its for the most part light tone, the music, the exaggerated but mostly lovable characters, and the fact that the production seems more concerned with mood than with every last bit making perfect sense and every loose end being tied up make for easy listening and amusing entertainment, if not necessarily for a vast intellectual challenge.



The music is fun and usually suits the dialogue it goes with, and the voice talent is well chosen. The concept is a nice break from regular audiobooks.



The "book" convinced me enough to buy several more "Rubys", of which this is the best so far (especially compared to later ones that are longer, having lots of "dry spells" with no songs, and don't beef up on the story to make up for it).