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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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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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Brilliant!

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

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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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Excellent stories from the world of Judge Dredd

Great adaptations of several Judge Dredd stories which appeared in the pages of 2000AD and the Megazine, America being far the best. Let down slightly by Joseph Fiennes unconvincing effort of voicing Dredd. My only other criticism is the high price of such a short audio book when compared to other Audible books. I feel all four should have been issued as one collection for the same price and would have given a reasonable length book

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excellent Dredd adaption

top notch performances help bring to life some of the most important stories from the Dredd universe.

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Fairly well done...with a few issues

I enjoyed it... Joseph Fiennes takes a little bit of getting used to as Dredd. He doesn't really sound like the Dredd I imagine in my head when I read the prog (Karl Urban was pretty close...or Toby Longworth).

This is an adaptation of a number of related Dredd stories and they are fairly well done. The storytelling was a bit off though as they jump from one story to another which is tonally different, with very little preamble. Chapter breaks might have helped.

The adaptation of America was just as heartbreaking vac it was on the page.

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  • Darci
  • 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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  • 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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  • C. Atkinson
  • 05-03-21

Deadpan

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