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King Kong (Modern Library Classics) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Delos W. Lovelace (1894-1967) was the author of over two dozen books, three of which he co-authored with his wife, Maud Hart Lovelace. He was best known as the author of the original novelization of the film King Kong.
Gabrielle de Cuir, award-winning narration, has narrated over two hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. She was a cowinner of the Audie Award for best narration in 2011 and a three-time finalist for the Audie and has garnered six AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her "velvet touch" as an actor's director has earned her a special place in the audiobook world as the foremost producer for bestselling authors and celebrities.
Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile's Golden Voices in 2012.
Ray Bradbury (1920-2012), one of the most popular science fiction writers in the world, wrote more than five hundred short stories, novels, plays, and poems. He won many awards, including the National Book Award and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Marc Scott Zicree has created classic episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Babylon Five, Sliders, and others and is the author of the bestselling Twilight Zone Companion. He lives with his wife in West Hollywood.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07G6SDL3N
- Publisher : Modern Library (September 25, 2018)
- Publication date : September 25, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3479 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 173 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #823,218 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Wallace _did_ co-author an early screenplay of the movie with Merian C. Cooper, the original creator of _King Kong_. Shortly after turning in the first draft of this screenplay, Wallace died suddenly of pneumonia in 1932. A more complete screenplay was done by James A. Creelman and Ruth Rose. By this time, very little of the Wallace storyline and characters had survived. Delos W. Lovelace was then hired to write the novelization of the movie for the then-princely sum of $600.00. He used various versions of the movie scripts for his raw material, but it is doubtful that he relied very much on any material by Wallace. Unlike most movie novelizations today, the book was released a year _before_ the movie. It was considered to be good publicity.
I rather expected to be disappointed when I read Lovelace's version of _King Kong_ (1932). I was pleasantly surprised. Lovelace tells his story in a brisk, no-nonsense style of writing. The action sequences are all well-handled, and the dialogue is snappy (if a touch old-fashioned). The characters are rounded just enough so that we can distinguish them from one another and identify with them. And then there is King Kong. He is one formidable beast:
Kong came lumbering up the slope, and at sight of the men on the log roared out and beat his chest. Stopping at a lightning-riven tree he placed Ann's unconscious form in a notch as high up as his great arms could reach and then lunged forward to attack this new enemy so unexpectedly appearing to threaten possession of his bright-haired prize. Still angry from his earlier fight with the tricerotops, he was doubly enraged now by the men. And at the further sight of the three-horned beast charging toward the ravine his rage broke all bounds. (94)
Loveless includes one scene in the novel that was cut from the movie on the grounds of being too strong for audience tastes. It is a scene in which Kong hurls hapless sailors to their deaths into a pit filled with giant spiders and lizards. Merian Cooper decided that this scene would be too much of a "show stopper" for audiences of the day after an initial preview. But it seems to work well enough in the book.
The ending of the novel is perhaps a little bit _too_ brisk, a little bit _too_ rushed. But all the basic elements are there, including Kong's famous epitaph.
I recommend the Modern Library Classics edition, which is handsomely bound and which contains excellent introductory material by Mark Cotta Vaz and Greg Bear. I can't quite bring myself to call the novel a real classic, but it is certainly no time-waster, either. Wallace couldn't have done better if he had written it himself.
This story is a classic no doubt. But, I was feeling like it was the classic up until the end. The pace is great from the moment the story begins to the most memorable moments on top of the Empire State Building! My only problem is that there was not more time being spent on keeping the excitement going during this gut-wrenching action when Kong is protecting Ann before the DRAMATIC FALL.
Our fearless hero Driscoll is Awesome in a "Indiana Jones" way of saving Ann from the clutches of Kong. The somewhat possessive and obsessive Denham, really shows why he is the master of manipulation with everyone and everything during the whole story on his quest to have the ultimate prize to display for his movie company. But obviously he has compassion at times (which are few and far between) which makes him more realistic than your typical antagonist or cowardly bad man.
The love and romance that takes place between Driscoll and Ann is warm and touching and quite fun in their attraction to eachother. It reminded me of the great movie "The African Queen". I really felt like I was there with them on this journey all the way through ti' ll we get to the famous and classic scene at the end. It just did not hold much water for me. I actually started to view in my mind the end in the 1976 movie version of the same scene and it was AWESOME and climactic on knowing that Kong was so in touch with his feelings for his blonde beauty that he sacrificed himself with dignity and respect. In the book I did not get enough of that. The surface was only touched when it should have been the jugular!
All in all, it is worth reading and worth owning. But just be prepared for a lack-luster ending in my opinion.
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My reason for buying this edition was because I wanted it for the additional 'Preface' and 'Introduction'.
It is well worth it for these extras alone!
Being a long time fan of Edgar Wallace, and recently having the time to explore his work again, the new (to me anyway) information was of great interest.