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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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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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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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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 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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Great story in an awful production

I'm not going to spend much time rating one of the greatest adventure stories ever written. I'll focus instead on BJ Harrison's production. Harrison is a fine narrator but he needs to find himself a decent audio engineer. I don't enjoy hearing a narrator's lip pops and clicks, and this recording is rife with them. As someone who produces audio and video content, I can say that these issues are relatively easy to fix using a gate audio filter. I love this story but cannot recommend this audio program.

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Life is a game

And those that play must play according to the rules. I read this because it is alluded to in the allegory The Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger. I believe this is alluded to both in the vehicle that DB drives and Holden talking to his history teacher Mr Spencer. I also think the black panther is a very interesting illusion... mentioned in James Joyce Ulysses.

The narrator was both informative and excellent performance! Thank you!

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Excellent Short Story

One of my favorite short stories of all time. I remember reading this in high school and was very excited to find it on Audible.

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Would Make an Entertaining Movie

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An entertaining old school action adventure story.It was not great, but it was fun and never dull.

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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.

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

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Not Bad

On the surface, the Most Dangerous Game is a decent story.

I’ll be honest, this would be a better story to someone who hasn’t been exposed to more recent stories that were based off of this one. I found it to be like watching the Godfather after watching everything else after it because so many stories have these kinds of bases, and twists.

The older storytelling also felt a bit rushed with the way some of the events were almost force-unfolded.

I mostly enjoyed B. J. Harrison’s narration of the tale, and felt he did well with giving life to the content. I listened at 1.2 speed and probably could have listened at a slower speed, but I was too lazy, and felt the story was too short to worry about that.

I cannot say I highly recommend the purchase of this tale, as it is an older one that was recorded off of Mr. Harrison’t podcast, but I wouldn’t urge against the purchase. The value didn’t quite make me feel it was worth the buy, mainly for the cost-to-duration perception.

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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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  • SjC
  • 08-26-19

Short but Great

A classic story well performed, it's only a short novella but Harrison rings every drop of tension out of it.