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The Big Book of Adventure Stories

Written by: Otto Penzler
Narrated by: Joe Barrett,Eric Michael Summerer,Jonathan Yen
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Publisher's Summary

Everyone loves adventure, and Otto Penzler has collected the best adventure stories of all time into one mammoth volume. With stories by Jack London, O. Henry, H. Rider Haggard, Alastair MacLean, Talbot Mundy, Cornell Woolrich, and many others, this wide-reaching and fascinating volume contains some of the best characters from the most thrilling adventure tales, including The Cisco Kid; Sheena, Queen of the Jungle; Bulldog Drummond; Tarzan; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Conan the Barbarian; Hopalong Cassidy; King Kong; Zorro; and The Spider. Divided into sections that embody the greatest themes of the genre - Sword & Sorcery, Megalomania Rules, Man vs. Nature, Island Paradise, Sand and Sun, Something Feels Funny, Go West Young Man, Future Shock, I Spy, Yellow Peril, In Darkest Africa - it is destined to be the greatest collection of adventure stories ever compiled.

Featuring: lawless open seas, ferocious army ants, deadeyed gunmen, exotic desert islands, and feverish jungle adventures.

Including: the story that introduced The Cisco Kid and the complete novel of Tarzan the Terrible.

©2011 Otto Penzler (introduction and compilation); Foreword copyright 2011 by Splendide Mendax, Inc. (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • Donnie
  • 2020-03-28

No Chapter Titles! Ridiculous!

I bought this audio book when I saw that it was narrated by Eric Michael Summerer. I know him from the Dice Tower podcast and it was a total surprise to me that he narrates audio books (and has done many!). He's got the perfect voice for it.

He is the perfect narrator for this kind of book. I have really enjoyed it.

However, I will not purchase another one of these Big Book Series audio books. Why? No chapter titles! This is ridiculous! The table of contents of the print book contains 47 chapters. There are over 200 chapters in the audio book and not one of them is titled. This isn't a book that you read from chapter 1 to the end. It's a book full of short stories by different authors over a variety of categories. There are multiple subsections in there. But you'd never know that. You have no idea what story you are going to listen to until you start listening to it.

Want to listen to a story again? Have fun trying to find it.

I expected better from an Audible book.

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  • Adam Berger
  • 2021-11-08

Update: Chapter/ sub-chapter titles have been added

And with that update this is now a perfect audiobook. I can say that without having listened to a tenth of it after scrolling thru the table of contents and because I have near total faith in Otto Penzler’s capacity as an editor. All three narrators are total pros. Many of the stories are ones I’ve never heard of, but written by authors whose work I’m well acquainted with. That’s always a good sign IME, so I’m just giving this fives across the board. A no brainer use of a credit.

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