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