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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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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.
21 of 21 people found this review helpful
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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