A mysterious island, shrouded in fear, evil, and darkness. Here the amoral General Zaroff hunts. And what, you ask, is the most dangerous game? It is the manner and substance of his nightly killings.
Public Domain (P)2008 B.J. Harrison
The story itself is quite nice and well written, if slightly dated. Or perhaps you need to be younger to appreciate the story and ignore the fact that a lot of it has become cliche ("A mysterious island, shrouded in fear, evil, and darkness" etc.)
As for the narrator, I must say I didn't care for his performance. It's not that he does anything "wrong": his voice is pleasant, his diction is flawless. But to my taste it was overacted. Mr. Harrison simply expresses too much emotion in his narration. As always, this is a matter of taste, but that's what I thought.
All in all, well worth getting, especially for this price.
I remember reading this many years ago. Always curious to see if perceptions change over 35+ years, I gave this one another try. I can report here that it is as good now as then!
Harrison does a good job narrating the story, so don't let the new format put you off.
For the price, you can't go wrong having this in your library.
Author of The Madison Picker and the Serapis Fraktur
Hummm. No. Just as good.
This is vintage perfection written for the discerning mind. Publisher's Weekly probably would reject it as "old fashioned" because it doesn't begin with a chase scene, or something. You want new fashion? Go see Star Trek. You want perfection like Doyle, Wells, Kipling, or Verne, this is your ticket to satisfaction! It will knock your socks off and make your head spin like no other story.
Excellent. None better.
...in the tree.
Worth every cent, every minute devoted.
Dystopian. I want more!
In the top % it was short but so entertaining.
when he realizes that he fights or dies.
Not really just very nostalgic. I remember reading this in high school.
Cheap quick and worth it. If you've never herd the story check it out you will not be disappointed.
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An entertaining old school action adventure story.It was not great, but it was fun and never dull.
The story. Richard Connell's ability to put the reader/listener in the shoes of the protagonist is second to none in this story.
I have not read any other books with a similar plot however i have read some other great "dark" short stories. Most notably "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allen Poe. Both of these stories have a dark terror around that make makes the story brilliant.
I have never listened to him before however i certainly plan on it on. The only reason i didn't give the performance 5 stars is because sometimes he seemed uptight or formal. The times were fleeting but they seemed to throw off the flow of the story for me.
I don't know about laugh or cry, but it definitely makes me think. While reading i put myself in Rainford's shoes trying to think how i would act in the situation. Being able to listen as if i was the protagonist, to me makes a wonderful story.
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