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The Most Dangerous Game

Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
Length: 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (867 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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

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Not bad

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.

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  • Erik
  • Sooke, British Columbia, Canada
  • 04-27-14

One of the best short stories - ever!

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.

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A TRUE COSMOPOLITE

YOU HAVE SOME WONDERFUL HEADS HERE
This is one of the stories, that is so popular, that you have seen a version or two of it. Not all versions are the same. I know I saw this on Alfred Hitchcock and then Star Trek has done several versions, etc. Even so, it still has a trick or two up it's sleeve and you may be surprised in how it ends. It is well written and is worth one hour of your time. Harrison does a lot of these older works and he is good.

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A most thrilling classic masterpiece!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Most Dangerous Game to be better than the print version?

Hummm. No. Just as good.

What other book might you compare The Most Dangerous Game to and why?

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.

What about B. J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

Excellent. None better.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

...in the tree.

Any additional comments?

Worth every cent, every minute devoted.

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Short but sweet

Where does The Most Dangerous Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top % it was short but so entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Most Dangerous Game?

when he realizes that he fights or dies.

Which character – as performed by B. J. Harrison – was your favorite?

The antagonist.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really just very nostalgic. I remember reading this in high school.

Any additional comments?

Cheap quick and worth it. If you've never herd the story check it out you will not be disappointed.

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A Top Thriller

The book itself is interesting, but the style takes you to a feeling of an older time. It plays out well as something out of a radio show. The "host" brings you up to date on its history, and then it starts. The whole thing plays out with the air of the older British refinement, but surprised me with it's American main character (which makes sense, just not what you'd expect of older American syntax as someone who only has a basic understanding of history). The story itself is post-first red scare, but not by much and carries that context into what I imagine is actually an allegory.

Shout out to anyone who played this quest in Fallout 3, really one of the main reasons I listened.

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Incredible Narrator

I read this short story in high school and wanted a refresher. It should be made into a modern day block buster. This was the original predator. I could listen to the narrator bring stories to life all day!

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Gripping

I remember this from high school and I really enjoyed it. The story is fast paced and engaging.

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Fantastic story & Great performance!

So many movies are based on this story, and now I know why; it is fantastic! I highly recommend!

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Excellent!

Classic short story that is well read, enticing, and fun. Great to listen to with family on a dark night by a fire. Definitely worth buying.

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  • Kaggy
  • 07-18-16

Horror fiction needs General Zaroff

The hero of this tale, Sanger Rainsford, is a professional hunter renowned for hunting snow leopards in Tibet. In view of this you may find your sympathies for him instantly wane, but this is worth sticking with as this story of his plight at the hands of the evil General Zaroff is tightly written and genuinely gripping. Films like The Hunger Games and characters like Hannibal Lecter owe a great debt to the portrayal of General Zaroff as a cultured psychopath who believes he is above the rest of humanity and commands every scene he appears in. The narrator has a very cosy voice, probably not best suited to this material, but he makes a good fist of delivering a sound theatrical performance.

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