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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"One of the greatest short stories ever!!!!"
Ever since my first exposure to this wonderfully excitingly entertaining story in high school I haven't been able to get it out of my head. This prolific story has inspired scores of authors and even gave basis for an IceT movie!! Well worth the meager $ required for literary perfection. Not too long or short, this title is a must for all persons who value quality over quantity!
"Short and griping adventure"
Great short story. A griping adventure of survival. The narrated does a most excellent job in telling the story
"A Good Classic to Have"
This is beautifully written and is worth the price. It explores the theme of instinct verses reason and it is great to trace how the protagonist changes throughout the story. I especially liked the irony at the end, well I won't spoil it for you if you haven't read it. It is human nature at one of its darkest and what is more chilling, is that we all struggle between instinct and reason to greater or lesser extent and this classic piece questions the thin line that we all stand on. It is suspense and weather your read it just for fun or to deconstruct it to its bones, it is a fantastic read.
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