Here are all of Edgar Allan Poe’s great short stories in one 16-hour collection. Also includes "The Raven". Stories included are:
(P)2011 Trout Lake Media
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.
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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The narrator is all wrong for reading Poe. If you just listen to the tone of his voice, and not to the words he is speaking, you might think you are listening to the complete works of Garrison Keillor, not the works of Edgar Allan Poe. This audio book is getting returned, I couldn't listen to more than a couple of stories.
A wonderful compilation of fantastical stories of an incredible poet! Bob Thomley, beautifully narrates, although his particular inflection in some areas was hard to get used to.
Mr. Thomley might be a perfect reader for other works but he is completely inappropriate for Poe. His voice is too ordinary and flat and the numerous mispronunciations are annoying.
love the book, not the narrator, they could have had a better narrator, his characters sounded far too similar and his voice is too nasally. But the structure and the stories were great
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.
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