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Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories | [Edgar Allan Poe]

Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories

All of Edgar Allan Poe’s great short stories in one 16-hour collection.
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Publisher's Summary

Here are all of Edgar Allan Poe’s great short stories in one 16-hour collection. Also includes "The Raven". Stories included are:

  • "The Angel of The Odd"
  • "Berenice"
  • "The Black Cat"
  • "The Cask of Amontillado"
  • "The Maelstrom"
  • "Eleanora"
  • "The Facts in the Case Of M. Valdemar"
  • "The House of Usher"
  • "Hop Frog"
  • "Imp of the Perverse"
  • "Island of the Fay"
  • "Ligiea"
  • "Man of the Crowd"
  • "Message in a Bottle"
  • "The Masque of the Red Death"
  • "Mesmeric Revelation"
  • "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
  • "Never Be the Devil Your Head"
  • "The Oval Portrait"
  • "The Pit and the Pendulum"
  • "The Premature Burial"
  • "The Purloined Letter"
  • "Silence - A Fable"
  • "Some Words with a Mummy"
  • "The Spectacles"
  • "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather"
  • "The Tell Tale Heart"
  • "William Wilson"
  • "The Raven"

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(P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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    Julia Venice, CA, United States 07-23-11
    Julia Venice, CA, United States 07-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A rare treat."

    You can't go wrong with this collection. There is a story for every mood or occasion. The stories are often funny, wonderfully horrific, and sometimes beautiful. I was very impressed with Mr Thomley as a narrator, with his a soothing and sophisticated voice, he could not be more perfect for Poe. Worth so much more than what I paid.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Roswell, GA, United States 10-18-11
    Michael Roswell, GA, United States 10-18-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Edgar Allan Poe"

    First, the reader, Bob Thomley is excellent. Second, Poe is strange. If one is not familiar with Poe other than some of his popular works like The Pit and the Pendulum, then you will find these stories weird, crazy and some are hilarious like Toby Dammit. Bob Thomley makes it all work.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    ESK Moscow, Russia 08-02-12
    ESK Moscow, Russia 08-02-12 Member Since 2011

    There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

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    "Narrator mispronounced foreign words"

    Nothing can spoil Poe, his dark macabre stories with Gothic and often ironic aura. But there's one thing that was offputting: the narrator got French and Latin words all wrong. This is amateurish and unprofessional. Please, don't get me wrong. I'm not talking about the accent. But when I think of the way he pronounced the words 'idea' or 'sentiments' in French, it makes me cry.
    All in all, Bob Thomley managed to convey Poe's mysterious and spooky mood. He has a powerful voice and a rich timbre, but should have double checked those foreign words.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    S. Batson Irving, TX 06-03-12
    S. Batson Irving, TX 06-03-12 Member Since 2010

    Cervezasteve

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    "Not all."

    The reading is excellent, as is the quality of the stories. It's Poe, you know. The only quibble I have is that the title says "The Complete Short Stories" and this collection is far from complete. But it's a good collection and thoroughly enjoyable.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Die Falknerin 02-02-13 Member Since 2008

    Painter, musician, bibliophile...

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    "Inept narrator for these stories"

    Poe is a favorite of mine, so I've heard a lot of great actors narrate his stories over the years: Christopher Lee, Basil Rathbone, Vincent Price, to name a few.

    I wasn't expecting a narration of that level, though. I was just looking for a complete collection of the short stories. Sadly, the narration makes it almost impossible to enjoy listening to it.

    Thomley's narration is flat and without any affect, more suited to the reading of a dry history than masterful tales of suspense, mystery, and humor.

    Also, his mispronunciations are like fingernails on a chalkboard. Poe is strewn with Latin, French, and German. It is not unreasonable to expect a narrator of Poe to be able to pronounce the words with basic proficiency.

    But for three dollars, you do get all the stories, including some of those rare treats that hardly appear in other collections, such as his humorous tales. I particularly love "The Angel of the Odd." Poe's twisted sense of fun is all too often eclipsed by his more macabre works.

    You be the judge. It is a bargain of sorts, but don't expect too much.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Gonzalo MIAMI, FL, United States 04-19-13
    Gonzalo MIAMI, FL, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Poe needs a better narrator."

    I've been dying to read Edgal Allan Poe's work for some time. Before I had only read sporadically and mostly when I was in High School. The stories are great. Other reviewers have complained of the antiquated language but that didn't bother me at all. It sounds pretty modern to me. The reader on the other hand was hard to listen to. Its not that he has a bad voice but that he seems to pause in the wrong places, seems to stress the wrong things and seems, at every turn, to be reading with no practice or preparation. His reading of "The Raven" was horrendous. I would love to hear this same book read by Wayne June.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    theresa 09-16-12
    theresa 09-16-12
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    "Poe is a classic, unfortunate choice of narrator"
    What disappointed you about Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories?

    The narrator had good material to work with, but he just reads, delivering a flat performance. A little involvement in the stories would be appreciated.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bob Thomley?

    Lou Diamond Phillips would do a good job. I haven't heard too many other narrators to make any further suggestions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nina MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, United States 02-14-12
    nina MILLEDGEVILLE, GA, United States 02-14-12
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    "Wow."
    Would you listen to Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories again? Why?

    Yes, many times


    What other book might you compare Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Short Stories to and why?

    Poe was the Stephen King of his time.


    What about Bob Thomley’s performance did you like?

    He put much feeling into all the characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No but I could not stop in the middle of a story


    Any additional comments?

    Man what a sick mind this man had to come up with these stories.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 02-28-12
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 02-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Listen to them all"

    Rather than try to track down all the stories by Poe just get this and listen to them. I now know where a lot of the 60's and 70's got there movie idea's that have bloomed into the ones being made. I recognized a movie Errol Flynn did before he died. A good listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mike H 10-20-14
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    "A sampling, poorly read, but better than nothing"

    This was a bargain I picked up while waiting for my next month of credits to kick in, and it should be seen as such: filler. The fact that this collection of Poe's short stories is not complete, despite the title's indication to the contrary (I knew this going in, having glanced through reviews before making the purchase), is not the issue. The sampling of stories is fine. The problem, however, is the reader. Bob Thomley is, and I mean this without a hint of sensation, horrible. He is choppy, confused, almost fumbling at times, making prose that is generally fluid and fast sometimes almost incomprehensible, as if he is just trying to survive. He has a tendency to read sentences in short, broken, syllabic bursts, as if he's limited by a governor to 6-8 words at a time before a pause is necessary. At times he overacts, working the language into an exaggerated fury made all the more absurd by his pitter-patter style. It's as if he's only sometimes aware of what he's reading, a problem which creates something of an intermediary distance between listener and work--you are never able to lose yourself in the story because Bob Thomley is there like an annoying tourguide, saying too much and doing too little. Still, as this collection seems to be the most extensive of Poe's works currently on offer through Audible and will only set you back a few dollars, it is slightly better than nothing and Thomley, bad as he is, cannot completely destroy a writer as good as Poe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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