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King Kong.

His very name inspires awe, horror, and, for some of the greatest masters of contemporary science fiction, a strong affection. Find out why in this special collector's edition of the original 1932 novelization of Wallace and Cooper's movie that includes commentary by masters of science fiction Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Orson Scott Card, Harlan Ellison, Larry Niven, Catherine Asaro, Jack Williamson, and Marc Zicree.

Originally written by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper, King Kong was novelized by Delos W. Lovelace.

(P)2005 by Blackstone Audiobooks

"Filmed 70 years ago in stark black and white, King Kong still holds the force of its raw simplicity. More myth than monster, Kong suffers the fate of the classic tragic hero, destroyed by his own nobility. High-tech civilization overwhelms his primitive power. Beauty kills the beast." (Jack Williamson)

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  • Generale
    3 out of 5 stars
  • steve
  • 04/11/2010

Always a good story....

Whether it's the original, the old movie or even the new movie, this is a fun story that always seems to captivate me and the book was no different!

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen
  • 15/02/2008

How could Kong be dull?

In a way I feel a little bad writing a review for this before I've completely listened to the full recording. But that's kind of the point. There should be no reason why I'm STILL listening to it. King Kong is one of my favorites. Film, book, cartoon, fighting Godzilla...just the best. As a matter of fact this book was one of the first paperbacks I ever bought when I was a kid back in the 60's. So I should have downloaded it, clicked the iPod and not moved for another 6 hours. Instead I'm finding myself kind of bored by the reading. Please don't get me wrong, the man has a fine voice and speaks very clearly. I think that's the problem though. In trying to be precisely articulate he's reading the book a bit on the slow side. At times of giving the impression that he's not reading sentences as much as he's just saying words one after the other. While listening to one of the greatest adventure stories of all time I keep finding my mind wandering off into thinking about work tomorrow, do I need to get gas for the car...... and then finding I've missed parts of the book. Again, I don't want to make you think he's giving a dead reading. He does try to vary the character's voices some, does try to punch up the action scenes, but it just doesn't work. The story of King Kong doesn't need to be intense and over the top performance, but it should at least hold your interest. All in all, I wish I could have been a quarter as excited listening to this as I was in finding it.

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  • Generale
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Troy
  • 24/07/2006

Adds little to classic movie.

I just finished listening to the Blackstone audiobook production of the original novelization by Dellos Lovelace of the Wallace screenplay for _King Kong_. I am struck by just how little visual description is given in Lovelace's text. If it weren't for this lack, I think the story would be a fun, if not exactly intellectual read. As it is, I can't help but wondering if Lovelace wasn't counting on all of his readers having images from the movie already in their heads. I have read very few novelizations of films. I figure the book will nearly always be less interesting than the movie, just as surely as the reverse (any movie based on a book) is nearly always a disappointing, watered down product. I do recall reading Alan Dean Foster's _Alien_ as a child, because there was no way for me to sneak into an R-rated film and I really wanted to see what my older cousins were talking about. The book was tedious, but I do love the film. Anyway, I can't say that I would recommend reading _King Kong_ (the orginal). ...And I'm not even tempted by the novelization of the generally awful Peter Jackson movie of the same name. The audiobook reader, Stephan Rudnicki, is more than passable, though his voice is a bit too deep and croaky for my taste. The real problem is that the book doesn't add anything to the experience of having seen the film. It's kind of like having someone who IS watching the movie describe the action to you. Having said that, if you are looking for a light-hearted romp that you don't have to pay much attention to while, say, driving through heavy traffic, then this audiobook might be just the thing for you. I should add that there are some substantial comments at the end of the story by Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Orson Scott Card, Ray Harryhausen, and others. Most of them have something interesting to say, though I think a bit more editing in this section would have been wise.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
  • 02/04/2021

King Kong

I truly enjoyed this movie tie on audible book with the original 1933 King Kong movie. It had a number of feed-ins from different actors, and even have and even how they did the animation.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utente anonimo
  • 12/03/2021

the books are better than even good movies

yes, yes, awesome book and I love being read to and thank you so much for an even better adventure than the many times I've seen the kong movies!!!!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • S&L
  • 02/03/2021

A timeless classic

Truly a story that stands the test of time as evidenced by the fact that we have received so many versions of it. Nothing tops the original, someday maybe it will but as of right now the original it’s still a pinnacle of the story.

This is a good audiobook, I really do not have any complaints other than perhaps the narrator has such a distinct voice that it’s difficult to buy into the various characters when he changes his voice to be and arrow or some of the others. Overall the narrator does a great job, truly a good voice for the story.

The story has adventure, drama, romance, action and all of the culminates in the tragic ending where are you realize that truly beauty does indeed kill the beast.

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Robert Bross
  • 04/02/2021

Nostalgic for the Film

Enjoyable rendition of the classic movie. Mostly a verbal description of the movie itself. It just made me wish I was watching the movie.
A few sequences that differ from the film were interesting. Narration made it an enjoyable listen, giving characters a unique voice.
Some of the narrative seemed forced to give it the sound of a novel, which having seen the movie, makes it a little awkward.
Overall, if you liked the film or loved it, as I do, it's worth a listen. However, it's an impossible task capture the raw power of the film, "King Kong".

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alina
  • 22/12/2020

wow

love it.like the mo ie.this makes me understand the background of how the story became a landmark

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Golem286
  • 20/10/2020

Cant beat the original

I’m biased. I’m a fan of the classic movie. Good story and performance by Rudniki. I feel his gruff voice adds to the story. The commentary by sci-fi/horror writers in the end was a nice bonus.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • doG ma
  • 04/05/2015

A true classic that was far ahead of its time!

The definition of an extraordinary work of art is something that you can revisit over and over and never tire of. To me that describes the way I have felt about this story from my very first encounter.