The Beast in the Jungle and the Evolution of the Short Story

Narrated by: Jonathan Epstein
Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
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A gentleman, with the aid of a close female companion, investigates a hidden disturbance within his unconscious. This acclaimed classic short story is rendered in perfect Jamesian fashion by narrator Jonathan Epstein.

Public Domain (P)2016 BMA Studios

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Wonderful

If, for a moment, you need to get away from our present "Age of Anxiety" I highly recommend this brilliant recording of another one.

Jonathan Epstein's narration is nothing less than miraculous. He reads the "Beast" with clarity and kindness. He has a fine voice and knows just how to read James. He modulates skillfully. When I read this marvelous story years ago I wrestled endlessly with the Jamesian language and just didn't understand the portent. Now I do. This time, rather than suffering with "The Jamesian Language" I found it delicious. The musical insertions leant an added dimension to the pleasure of the experience and I am grateful for this wonderful recording. Bravo!

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  • 03-31-18

love love love

very well written. Pretty self-evident by chapter number one what was going on. agonizing to Revel and a man's egotism for so long

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Good story, terrible reading

I prefer to spend my commute to and from work listening to a good story and have enjoyed many a literary classic through Audible. This reading is easily my least favorite in my library. It's boring, monotone, zero inflection. The reader makes no effort to differentiate between the voice of the narrator, the male protagonist and the female protagonist so at times you don't even know who is speaking. That's if you're even paying attention. It's THAT boring.

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Lots of words no story

The author had lots of words to vocalize but nothing to say. Waste of money. And especially my ttime

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