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
Will read anything within reason.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"A most thrilling classic masterpiece!"
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.
"Short but sweet"
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.
"Love it Despite Its Flaws"
This is probably one of the most anthologized stories of all time. And understandably so. It is the story of a big game hunter, Sanger Rainsford, who topples off a yacht and finds himself on an island of a fellow hunting enthusiast, General Zaroff. It quickly transpires as the rescued Rainsford is admiring the heads in his rescuers collection, that General Zaroff is eager for new sport. This short story has been made into at least one film that I know of and also was done by Orson Welles as one of his radio shows. It is an old-fashioned thriller, replete with far too many coincidences that would have sunk a less skilled thriller writer than Richard Connell. B.J. Harrison does his usual solid though not spectacular work as a narrator and even though the listener figures Zaroff's aims long before the narrator, it is still a pleasure to follow his mental and physical journey over the course of the story. Enjoy this totally outdated tale for what it is. A word of warning--this tale was written during a less humane era so the casual references to animal slaughter can be jarring.
"My favorite short story"
This has always been my favorite short story, B.J. Harrison brings it to life!! Thrilling!
"The Classic That Started All The Cliche Retreads"
The story itself is classic. Today a unfamiliar reader may think it cliché - but this is the original. This is the meter by which all others should be measured.
Our protagonist - while somewhat dated, is someone you can cheer for and a reasonably likable fellow.
The narrator brings just enough narration balanced with just enough performance so as not to be too dry nor too melodramatic.
yes...and a neat little bite-sized morsel it was.
The only flaw, if it can be called one, was the rather abrupt ending. I would have preferred a bit more elaboration on the climax. But as I stated, this was new ground when it was written, so that must be forgiven.
"A Life Altering Story! The Ultimate Hunt!"
While 1st read when a teenager, I found my life path driven by some words & thoughts herein.
As the general was given a small hunting pistol at age 5, I was given a more contemporary gift at the same age by my father, who helped me view the flash of an atomic bomb in 1954 from the shores of Lake Tahoe near the expansive Nevada desert testing range.
I later became a hunter, a forest ranger, which morphed into law enforcement officer, and finally a computer systems support specialist for the US Department of Justice.
Now, being disabled, retired, & finally out of the "HUNT", I enjoyed hearing this story once again, & now see how it affected my life & careers in uncountable ways.
Most of ALL, I now also rejoice that after over 69 years of incredible adventures, I have never had to take the life of another human being, despite being greatly interested in arms & their safe use!
As Ian Fleming wrote in the "James Bond" novels, "You only Live Twice! Once is your life, the other your dreams!"
I have also been greatly blessed with children who have "stolen" some of my dreams & LIVED them. I can only imagine what my grandchildren & great-grandchildren, and young cousins will do!
Young people, don't read this story if you don't long for an adventurous life!
May GOD BLESS YOU TOO!
A very well-read rendition of this classic short story. The narrator was very clear and dynamic and, other than one spot early on, kept the characters well-distinguished. The story itself could've had a little more meat to it, but I already knew that going in, and I find it hard to short a classic its star due. Perfect little appetizer.
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