American author Richard Connell wrote many novels, stories, and screenplays, but today is known primarily for his fascinating story, "The Most Dangerous Game", which to this day continues to be widely anthologized and read. The two main characters are and American big-game hunter who finds himself stranded on a remote island, and a Russian aristocrat who is also a hunter but, it turns out, one has some very strange ideas about that "sport".
This is an extremely suspenseful and action-packed yarn, but it also raises questions about the nature of violence and cruelty and the ethics of hunting for sport. The story won the prestigious O. Henry Memorial Award for short fiction in 1924.
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Ran Alan Ricard had a great voice for this story and my students appreciated hearing the story read by a male rather than a female voice.
The most memorable moments of the story for my students are the suspense of the hunt and the surprise ending of the story.
No, I have not listened to any or Ran Alan Richard's other performances before.
I am very familiar with the story, since I have taught it over many years but, it was nice to have someone other than myself read the very masculine story. My students however, were very attentive as they read along.
- Christine Smith