Yes! It's perhaps the best way to get to know Edgar Allan Poe's works.
The incredible richness and wit that characterizes EAP! While I was somewhat turned off by the complexity of the first stories, once I got used to the increased stimulus of the intellect (it was about time!) I really enjoyed it!
Bob Thomley's voice, pace and interpretation of various characters and styles are superb! Please forgive him for his french and latin, after all he is an anglophone!
Short adventures by Edgar Allan Poe.
If you're looking for something a bit more challenging than the mainstream, yet not overwhelming, this is it. If rich language and delightful reading appeal to you, this is it.
The reader. I'm a life long fan of Edgar Allan Poe's stories but could get past the first few minutes of a few stories before I gave up. The reader doesn't breathe life (or death) into any of the stories. Very disappointing. Give me Vincent Price any day.
Never! Bob Thomley is a terrible narrator for Pie! This man is more suited to Little House on the Prairie, not one of the masters of gothic horror! I had to force myself through this.
The fact that it was a collection of Poe.
I really couldn't stand the narrator. I love Edgar Allen Poe but Bob Thomley butchered his works.
The way he spoke and how he performed the short stories.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
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,by far. I have a tough time reading some of Poe's stories.
Listening to Bob Thomley made it fun.
No I haven't
I prefer the audio version rather than print.
I loved the angel of odd circumstances (I think that was what they called him). Great Hungarian accent...very fitting for the character...had me laughing.
I honestly do not follow performers...I probably should take notice. Awesome narrator.
This is an extremely long book. It is a collection of short stories, probably a few novellas. Enjoyable book, I am still listening .... have not heard all the stories yet.
I am guessing Poe must be one of the original "horror" authors. I love good horror, not just blood and guts...stories with a bit of a message to them. There is a reason his writings are still popular today. I highly recommend giving this collection a listen.
I would not try another Poe book. It was not an enjoyable story-telling activity. I understand that Poe was a writer in the macabre genre, so we were not expecting lighthearted stories. His language is stilted and he uses a lot of "10-penny words." The metaphors are so lengthy and ponderous that it was difficult to gauge what he was talking about, and you forget the story line. Both my husband and I consider ourselves somewhat intelligent, but this made us feel like morons.
Just tell the story.
Sadness, disappointment, confusion, frustration
Poe's choice of uncommon words and difficult way of building sentences makes it very hard for a non-native English speaker to follow the story. Despite having studied two years in the US, I could not keep focus on the story for more than four sentenses in a row before drifting away. On top of that the narrator speaks very unclear, at the level that I can't make out simple words like breath (or was it bred?). Of course the uncommon words are even worse...
I was hoping to get used to all of this and uncover the greatness by Poe by listening on for a while, but after 6 of hours of listening no difference...