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Summary

Welcome to Sector House 301, the isolated dumping ground for Mega-City One's every misfit and foul-up Judge. Nicknamed The Pit, the sector house holds many dark secrets, and the discovery of one of them may have led to the death of Sector Chief Rohan. 

Sent to take over The Pit is Judge Dredd. Together with a small team of trusted Judges, he uncovers a trail of deceit and murder that leads to the very top levels of command. The only question is, will Dredd live long enough to bring the culprits to Justice?

Featuring Joseph Fiennes as Dredd, and an ensemble cast including Paterson Joseph and Patricia Rodriguez, 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.

©2013 Rebellion 2000 AD Ltd (P)2021 Penguin Audio and Rebellion Publishing

Critic reviews

"This audio adaptation is a strong showcase for one of the lawman's most underrated storylines. Fans of both the character and audio drama should enjoy its intricate plotting, high production values and sharp writing." (Starburst Magazine)

"Suitably gritty and grounded story of police corruption that will, perhaps more than any of the other 2000 AD releases, appeal to those with absolutely no prior knowledge of either Judge Dredd or the Galaxy's Greatest Comic." (Big Comic Page)

"Once again, the makers excelled themselves" (Life of Die)

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC !!!!

It’s also helpful if you refer to the graphic novel too.. guys please do Block Mainer followed by the Apocalypse War ! , EPIC STORY TELLING !

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Bad Choice of Voice for Dredd

Sorry to Joseph Fiennes, a great actor but that’s not the voice of Dredd, I don’t buy it, there’s nothing to fear from that voice.

Dredd is supposed to be gruff & intimidating like Clint Eastwood , instead he sounds like a mild mannered James Bond bad guy. Where’s the grit? It doesn’t work, hope this won’t be the direction that future live action Dredd takes, because if it does I’m out.

Listen to the previews online before you make the blind purchase like I did.

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dredd at his best

a faithfully adapted version of one of the best dredd min-series, truly love this book

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great audio!

strong character s, faithful to the comic plot and captures the twists and humour of Wagner's serial crime epic. well worth a listen!

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Pretty good - though not quite perfection

The Pit is a brilliant Dredd story from a particularly tumultuous time in the strip's history - the grit and grime of the story does same sadly lacking in this adaptation, but it's more an issue with the format. Could have done with more background atmospherics, a bit more rough and readiness in the characters and maybe a bit more in the way of descriptive action to plug in the occasionally confusing gaps of sound effects, gunshots and thumps.

Obviously it's been done very, very faithfully as a story, almost line-by-line, page-by-page, which is fantastic; no bastardization. But I do think there's a little bit more work to be done to make it a real 'audio drama' that doesn't need prior knowledge of the story. As it stands I think newbies to the world of Dredd may get a bit bewildered.

Joseph Fiennes took a bit of getting used to, but did an incredible job at capturing that Clint Eastwood-esque Dredd that folks like Karl Urban have championed. A nice angle of the character.

Hopefully it's a good first step for a long running series of these, though - I'd definitely like to hear more.

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A full, unabridged adaptation

I’m a big fan of Judge Dredd, especially in audio form. My introduction to Mega City One was Dirk Maggs’ adaptation of ‘The Day The Law Died’ and have listened to everything from both the BBC and Big Finish Dredd productions.

The Penguin adaptations are the most literal to be produced to date, with a full soundscape and an incredible cast, it feels like being plunged into the pages of the original!

Joseph Fiennes’ interpretation of Dredd is unlike any that has been portrayed in any other medium; far less gravely, but much more nuanced. It has taken some getting used to, and I found The Pit a better introduction to the character than in America, perhaps because of Dredd’s role within the story.

Paterson Joseph is a fine narrator and is the glue that holds this together, however I feel he may have been relied on a little too heavily in some areas and some of his additional lines would not have been needed if there was a greater reliance on (or trust in) the audio to take us between the story’s locations.

These minor issues aside the entire cast is phenomenal, and really bring the comics’ panels to life!

I don’t think I’ve heard an audio adaptation quite like these before, they lacks the cinematic bombast of previous Dredd adaptations, but are so close to the source material it feels unfair to compare them two. Despite being a full cast production, this feels more like an unabridged audiobook as opposed to an adapted audio drama, which to my ears is something completely new.

This feels like a whole new and exciting way to (re)experience the stories of 2000AD, and I hope there are many more to come!

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Best of the lot

This one actually felt like an audio drama unlike the last two I listened to.