In a way I feel a little bad writing a review for this before I've completely listened to the full recording. But that's kind of the point. There should be no reason why I'm STILL listening to it. King Kong is one of my favorites. Film, book, cartoon, fighting Godzilla...just the best. As a matter of fact this book was one of the first paperbacks I ever bought when I was a kid back in the 60's. So I should have downloaded it, clicked the iPod and not moved for another 6 hours. Instead I'm finding myself kind of bored by the reading. Please don't get me wrong, the man has a fine voice and speaks very clearly. I think that's the problem though. In trying to be precisely articulate he's reading the book a bit on the slow side. At times of giving the impression that he's not reading sentences as much as he's just saying words one after the other. While listening to one of the greatest adventure stories of all time I keep finding my mind wandering off into thinking about work tomorrow, do I need to get gas for the car...... and then finding I've missed parts of the book. Again, I don't want to make you think he's giving a dead reading. He does try to vary the character's voices some, does try to punch up the action scenes, but it just doesn't work. The story of King Kong doesn't need to be intense and over the top performance, but it should at least hold your interest. All in all, I wish I could have been a quarter as excited listening to this as I was in finding it.
Really can't express how great this version is. First off, it's Christopher Lee reading Dracula!!! But what's even better is, beyond that movie geek attraction, he does a fantastic job reading this!!! Almost more like he's acting it out, and playing all the character!! I had to remind myself that it was the same man doing all these voices. Most of it is, of course, read in the deep commanding baritone you know from the movies, but he switches to the breathless voice of the dying Lucy, the slight German accented Van Helsing to the Texas drawl of Quincy Morris. I wish more voice talent would give their audience this much effort and show this much respect to the original text. It is abridged, not too bad, haven't noticed anything left out or condensed that's a distraction. Can't speak highly enough of this version.
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