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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.
To be honest, I greatly enjoy the tales of Edger Allen Poe. I had high exceptions for this however I feel a bit let down. It is not a mater of story it's a matter of the narration. The Narrator in my eyes was unable to hold my attention...
If you are interested in investing 16 hours and chance keep in mind that reading another book at the same time would be highly recommended.
All stories of course outstanding. Thomley does a fine job reading. No real performance. Recommended.
Edgar yes, Bob no. The narration was hard to follow and he lost me. The language in these stories needs someone who doesn't race through and mispronounce words.
Pronunciations were poor, and he went far too fast. I found myself losing interest in the story simply because of the narration. The man's voice is fine and pleasant enough, but the flow just did not work for me.
Edgar Allan Poe is a phenomenal writer. Bob Thomley is great at narrating these classics. this collection should be in everyone's audible library. I do wish they would split it up so you could find specific stories to relisten to.
I would have preferred anyone else than Bob Thomley.. I literally changed to the radio after 15 minutes because I couldn't listen to him mispronounce words and read like someone who would rather be doing something else.
Difficult listen. Unnecessarily complex and therefore not entertaining.
This is not about the author, but instead the delivery.
More straight forward representation of Poe's works.
Shortly after beginning a listen to audio-book, I put it away. It was not memorable other than for my disappointment with having made this purchase.
I chose this selection with the hope that I might experience some escape from daily complications and instead found that I had jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Just not fun!
Hello, My name is Levi Brousseau. I'm on a life long mission to find stories that blow my mind.
this offered everything i love about POE.
If you like Edgar allen Poe at all, you will definatly love this stories. check it out.
Forty two short stories later, I can say that I'm not sorry I've reached this advanced age without having previously experienced a greater range of Poe's work. Of course there are the three that I was already very fond of - the Masque of the Red Death, the Tell Tale Heart, and the Raven. Of the rest, only Berenice and The Black Cat were actually engaging. 90% of the other stories were interminable rambling followed by a brief and unsatisfying payoff.
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