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. Download and start listening now!