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Merian C. Cooper's King Kong

By: Joe DeVito,Brad Strickland
Narrated by: David Baker,the Full Cast Family
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Publisher's Summary

A hulking freighter waits at a darkened pier.

Aboard, filmmaker Carl Denham prepares for a strange voyage to a distant island, an island where he hopes to make the most exciting movie of all time.

First mate Jack Driscoll has concerns about the journey, concerns that only grow deeper when Denham talks a down-on-her-luck beauty named Ann Darrow into joining them.

And what waits for them at the end of the journey? More danger and excitement than any of the three could have imagined.

For what waits at the end of the journey is Kong.

Join the showman, the sailor, the blonde, and the beast for one of the greatest adventures of all time, as the actors of Full Cast Audio sweep you into the pulse-pounding epic of King Kong, Eighth Wonder of the World!

©2005 Richard M. Cooper, LLC (P)2005 Full Cast Audio

Critic Reviews

  • Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2007

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The performance raises the source material higher

I have read the original novel many years ago. I have to say that this performance elevates that novelization of the classic film to new levels. This is nothing short of high adventure and top notch action.

I strongly recommend this book and it's prequel/sequel, Kong: King of Skull Island. That book gives you an idea of what happened on Skull Island before the ship arrived and what happened after this book ended. Loose ends are addressed and resolved.

I hope that the authors/revisors of these two books collaborate on more material. They are an excellent team.

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a sadly haunting classic put to paper

while a rewrite of the original film novelization it still stabs home at the heart throbbing story of beauty and beast. although I felt the characters lacked true depth and the scenes on skull island while the highlights of the book sadly under descriptive of the true horror and majesty of the story.

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King Kong

This movie tie in was a wonderful narrated version of King Kong. With four or five movies out in movie land, I really like this audible edition.

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amazing cast it truly sucks you into the island.

couldn't stop listening to it the moment it started this is a Must have for any kong fan!!!

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Outstanding film expansion.

Would you listen to Merian C. Cooper's King Kong again? Why?

As a huge fan of the original film, I found this adaption of the script very well done. Any written adaption of a movie needs a great deal of filler to compensate for the lake of visual perspectives. This story gives great depth while still following the basic original film. A great addition for any 1933 King Kong fan.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Merian C. Cooper's King Kong?

All of the descriptive narrative through the fight sequences.

Which scene was your favorite?

Kong and the T-rex.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The film was excellently made in 1933 and needs no more shallow remakes.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended.

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Classic story, Stilted Performances

I love the original King Kong, but these performances were god awful. No one sounded like they cared about what was happening or what their character motivations were. I was really hopeful for this. now I want my money back.

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Kong the Great

I loved the full cast performance that really brought the story to life.
Would of thought the Empire State Building sequence would have been a bigger part. Still yet,great story but even better performance.

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wow

it comes alive when you hear it . Well worth the cash for it . Great story great cast

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Breakers Ahead!

What disappointed you about Merian C. Cooper's King Kong?

I expected a dramatization direct from the Lovelace novel. Instead, the audio book is something of a book and narration.

Would you be willing to try another book from Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland ? Why or why not?

Brad Strickland no worries. He's taken the helm for John Bellaire's delightful series of children's books. I don't know about Joe DeVito.

Would you be willing to try another one of David Baker and the Full Cast Family ’s performances?

No thanks.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. The story from Merian Cooper is by far better than this. Read the book.

Any additional comments?

None.

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Movie writing

This book was written for the movie screen in mind and does not translate well to being read as a stand alone book. It's so corny it's almost funny, but not quite. I listened to it all, but did not enjoy it. A poorly written story all told.