King Kong

  • by Edgar Wallace, Merian C. Cooper, Delos W. Lovelace
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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What the Critics Say

"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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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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- Troy

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.
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- doG ma

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-19-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.