This production is a mixed bag.
Contents: This is not a "complete" collection of Poe's short stories, but it does cover the highlights. It is accompanied by a helpful downloadable .pdf file listing the contents.
Subject Matter: If you like Poe, this is a representative collection of his best-known works. IMHO, Poe hasn't aged well. His preoccupation with beautiful women, death, and the macabre seems tame and predictable by today's standards. But these stories paved the way for much that came later, including Sherlock Holmes and the Gothic horror genre. A few of the tales are humorous, but the humor plays off particular mid-nineteenth-century preoccupations and interests, and seems dated and forced.
Performance: The narration is poor. I suspect that this is an old production made during the early days of audio books. I agree with other reviewers who note that the narrator frequently mispronounces words, both foreign and English. I disagree with the reviewers who think the narrator has an appropriate style -- I thought he was overly dramatic and florid. I think the horror and surprise of these stories could have been better conveyed by underplaying, rather than overplaying, the drama.
I found this book hard to follow. This is my first time reading/hearing Poe and it was probably and overly ambitious first shot. This isn't a read/listen that I would recommend if you've never had any introduction/experience with Poe as some listeners may have to grab a dictionary for reference quite often.
If they are already familiar or would like a challenge, sure.
Not sure, I think someone with a voice like James Earl Jones, since he's got a deep,commanding voice that would fit for Poe's dark poetry.
I didn't finish the book so I cannot say what I'd delete/edit.
For some odd reason I just kept tuning out. Something about the reading of this collection of stories.
What I like to read is varied. Mostly, I like non-fiction, because even at the age of 57, I can't seem to learn enough about the world around me. I especially love reading about people, and history certainly draws my attention. However, at certain times a novel will work to, especially from the collection of classics.
Oh I have always loved read the works of Poe, but could never myself read them as well as Mr. Thomley. He did a superb job of reading Mr. Poe's words in a manner and style that would have made Poe proud. The collection of sbort stories and poetry was an excellant selection. If you love Edgar Allen Poe you will love listening to this collection.
Too many stories to answer for each one. My favorite stories are and have always been "The Telltale Heart" and "The Raven."
The male voice so well trained or equilpped to deliver Poe's words as if Poe were speaking them himself.
Oh I would invite that beguiling raven to come to dinner and see if I could coax out any words besides "Never More."
Well worth buying. I am honored to have it in my collection!
Very dark. Twisted.
Narrator was unfortunate. Bland.
If you like dark stories this is your book.
T'was like revisiting an old friend.
The use of the english language, it is a lost art to use words so well.
The Raven of course
No, it is best savored over time
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.