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Edgar Allen Poe's writing was more varied than I thought. This collection has his 28 short stories plus the poem "The Raven".
I was pleasantly surprised by some of his humorous stories - such as "The Angel of Odd", "Some Words with a Mummy" and "The Spectacles". I also really enjoyed his Dupin stories that were predecessors of the detective genre and said to directly influence Arthur Conen Doyle's Sherlocke Holmes ("The Rue Morgue" and "The Purloined Letter").
But Poe is at his best with gothic horror - "The Tell Tale Heart", "The Black Cat", "The Pit and the Pendulum", and more.
Audio book is recent (2011) and narrated very well by Bob Thomley.
Yes, many times
Poe was the Stephen King of his time.
He put much feeling into all the characters
No but I could not stop in the middle of a story
Man what a sick mind this man had to come up with these stories.
An excellent collection of poetry and a fantastic reader in Bob Tomley. I enjoyed getting in the car and listening to the words over and over again.
Avid reader.... er listener.
This is one of the first collections that I have found the most of Poe's works. The Narrator did a good job but at times it felt like everything bled together. Probably a good idea to listen to one story at a time to break up the tracks.
I'm also a big fan of HP Lovecraft. But I'd have to tip my hat at Edgar Allan Poe. For who knows who may not have been inspired to write horror were it not for Poe. Horror writers come and go, but only the great live..."Evermore!"
I could listen to his stories over & over and be totally entertained and never bored
The Black Cat
Make me understand how life could be dark. His words are magic in their flow
My Favorite Author
Actually very low - the reason isn't because its a poor collection. It is the way Poe writes. It is dark, dismal, and very depressing. I knew this going into the collection and the writing is so famous. I wanted to experience his writings. I am very happy I did, but it is not my style.
Some of the characters were very interesting and I felt that I could see some of this happening.
I can't comment on this. Bob was good but the content was so different that I can't give a fair assessment. I will withhold any opinion.
The book made me want to go home and curl up in a ball and never face the world again. What a depressed poor man. Poe needed his mommas to hug him more. She missed that part while reading the book "how to raise happy children."
If you want to mark a classic set of stories off your bucket list get this book. If you are just thinking about it because you are interesting "think gray cloudy days". If you just love Poe and want the collection call your mother and ask for a hug. You are loved, you really are :)
I wouldn't change the content or the enthusiastic performance but the high and low audio levels makes it nearly impossible to listen to. Be prepared to keep your pointer on the level controls as it goes from inaudible to blasting the eardrums at the drop of the hat.
Inaudible to ear blasting audio levels.
I am a longtime fan of Poe, and this is a great collection of his stories. Bob Thomley's narration is decent. I don't think it was as atrocious as some other reviewers have said, but his upbeat voice often seemed at odds with the dark tone of the stories. But for $3.00, I can't complain.