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Summary

In Mega-City One, the Judges are the law - acting as judge, jury, and executioner. But how do the citizens really feel about a system where they are powerless? 

America Jara and Bennett Beeny grow up as best friends, living a fairly trouble-free life in a dangerous city...bar the odd, negative encounter with a Judge. Time draws them apart, and when they are brought back together, Beeny is a successful singer and America has become involved with a terrorist organisation known as Total War, which has the Justice Department in its sights! 

This dark and complex tale is considered to be one of the best stories to ever come out of the Judge Dredd universe.

Featuring Joseph Fiennes as Dredd, and an ensemble cast including Paterson Joseph, and Matthew Jacobs Morgan, fans of Judge Dredd and newcomers to Mega City One alike will be transported to brutal dystopian world Dredd for an immersive listening experience like no other.

©1991 Rebellion 2000 AD Ltd (P)2021 Penguin Audio and Rebellion Publishing

Critic reviews

"It's Hollywood quality for your ears." (Mega City Book Club Podcast)

"Some of the most iconic images from the story are brought to life well, and the black humour that permeates the best Dredd tales comes through loud and clear." (Sci Fi Bulletin)

"This might be the most accurate representation of Judge Dredd's world seen outside of the comics themselves." (Pop Culture Bandit)

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Brilliant!

2000ad fanboy here, so automatic 5*s.
It was a zarjaz, scrotnig listen.
Borag thungg, squaxx!

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Great adaptation

Judge Dredd America is one of the best, most relevant comic stories ever told. This adaptation is exciting and addictive listening. highly recommended.

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so so so so so so so so so sorry it's good very go

od sorry not anough space
so yeah now I have to write words to submit

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Two many stories in one

If this was just the America story it would be fantastic but the 'Prologue' and 'Epilogue' muddy the story.

It would have better if the 'Epilogue' followed the Benny story at least but as it is. It is a neat story made worse by add ons.

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America at last

a great story from a great cast , looking at the USA in 2021 it might be a possible future.

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could not finish

Dredd does not sound like old stonny face. It just left me cold and I could not finish it. The other voice actors were OK but could not keep interest.

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Great Adaptation

Really enjoyed it. Fantastic work. Story peters a little but very small complaint. Zarjaz read!

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Superb story in a reasonable production

This is the third audio incarnation of Judge Dredd, so its an obvious act to compare. This Penguin version is closer to a talking book than an audio movie, with sound effects more like spot effects than a sonic landscape.
The story is superb, I can see why it is considered one of the greatest series in the strip's history. A dark tale through of shaded characters, with no easy answers. It brings the reader face to face with the reality of Dredd and what his code demands.
Unfortunately I struggled with Joseph Fiennes as Dredd. I didn't expect Christian Bale growling all the way through, but Fiennes' voice is too smooth and cultured, it just doesn't fit the picture on the cover.
America is great for the writing and decent for the performances and the production.

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Good story, bad Dredd

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Dredd’s voice in this? Sounded like Christopher Walker doing goodfellas in my cousin
Bunny at times. No Gravel voice it was hard
to even recognise a t was Dredd talking at times. Good story, bad Dredd

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not good

waste of a credit in my opinion, voice of dredd was way off.. sounded like a mafia style police officer.
I could not get into the story either, will be swapping this one as soon as I can.

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  • 18-03-21

I enjoyed the other Dredd books

this was terrible. I had pre ordered it and was looking forward to it after listening to the Dredd Year 1 and Anderson audiobooks, but it was extremely disappointing.

dredd is an exciting universe, but this story made it seem bland. and I'm not sure what happened to Dredds voice, it certainly doesnt sound anything like a Judge, let alone Dredd. I have enjoyed the other Dredd books and I hope the next ones are back to the good stuff.

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  • Swashbuckle
  • 13-08-21

A powerful and relevant Judge Dredd story

This is a solid adaptation of one of Judge Dress's most powerful and relevant story arcs.
it takes a while to get used to Dredd's performance, which is more Clint Eastwood than the deep growling voice we are used to, but it allows for more subtlety and humanity in his portrayal which works well.
The production values are really strong, and there is a nice sense of tension when needed.
I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 5 as I think, like the other adaptations in this series, this is too short , and should have included more. Perhaps adding America's sequel. Alternatively it could be priced in a way similar to a big finish production. Although the comics script translates well to audio, that lack of visuals needs more than sound to flesh out the story that's being told. It does feel rushed in audio form and could have been adapted a little more.
Overall a well made production of the great story that made me want to reread the comic.

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  • blahblah24
  • 07-03-21

Fantastic adaptation!

I consider Judge Dredd: America (audio adaptation) to be like this:

Prologue: Letter From A Democrat
Act 1: Democracy
Act 2: America
Act 3: Democracy Now!

It uses those stories to weave together a central thread on Judge Dredd’s conflict against Democracy while giving new listeners extra context to add investment and tragedy to the classic Judge Dredd: America comic. I’ve read the first 3 stories and thought they were adapted beautifully. Plus it was a joy to listen and read America simultaneously. It’s my favorite Judge Dredd story and this audio drama version was a great reminder as to why.

Then it jumps ahead, giving small details about what happened in later stories (which made me glad I read Necropolis). I feel like they could’ve included a couple of stories like Letter for Judge Dredd and maybe a more detailed outline of Necropolis to make the jump a tad less “okay. We’re here now.” But by the end, I understand why and it made for a chilling ending while trying to keep continuity intact.

My only real nitpick was a couple of word changes in America. Example: “You’re not the only one in the business.” isn’t as strong and chilling as “You’re not the only one in show business.” Otherwise, it’s adapted almost 100% like the comics. Very faithful.

Also, the voice acting talent involved is fantastic. The sound design is immersive, and the music fits very well. Mega City One really alive. Matthew Jacobs-Morgan’s performance is truly incredible as Benny Beeny.

Also, it may take a little getting used to, but Judge Dredd’s voice actor, Joseph Fiennes, is not how you probably have heard in your head or in other adaptations. Rather than gruff and deep, he’s quiet, yet still menacing. A man of iron and steel. His voice is more like Clint Eastwood or Michael Bihen. It’s different, but by the end, it made me curious about rereading my Judge Dredd comics with that voice in mind. Some scenes might be more scary now.

If you’re new to Judge Dredd, this is not a bad place to start. I really really hope they adapt Judge Dredd: Origins and other classic stories. There is already an audio adaptation of Apocalypse War, but if they did it like this, I’d listen to it in a heartbeat.

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  • JD
  • 05-03-21

Deadpan

I loved the story, and the comics, but the performances on this are so stiff!

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