A collection featuring three classic horror stories, read by actor Earl Hammond: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Black Cat".
Public Domain (P)2013 Dover Publications
Who doesn't like Edgar Allen Poe? I listened to it during Halloween just for fun. I'd read this in high school. It was better listening to the tale being read to me.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (classic) - This short audiobook (1 hr, 1 min) contains three of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. The first is The Telltale Heart, which we've all read in high school, and it was my runaway favorite. The second one was -- meh. The third was very good, especially the ironic ending, but it contains some animal cruelty which I didn't enjoy. Thankfully, the description of the cruelty was short and to the point instead of graphically described.
The stories all revolve around mentally disturbed main characters who commit some form of murder. Poe also seems to have a propensity for his characters to have an evil eye or an eye missing, and his murderers all hide their victims' bodies behind a wall or in the floor. Makes me wonder about Poe as a person and about his childhood...
PERFORMANCE - The reader did a great job, especially performing the madness at the end of The Telltale Heart. There was, however, something going on with the recording quality in the third story. It was as if the tape in a cassette recording was getting hung up as it was playing. Distracting but tolerable.
OVERALL - Recommended for high school students or older, male and female alike. It's worth the hour I spent listening and the 95 cents or whatever I paid for this Daily Deal, but that's about it. There is no cursing, but be prepared for sinister psychological stories and some brief animal cruelty.
better production values
I've loved these stories for 40 years, and this is the first time I have had a hard time getting through them,
The narrator was ok, I don't have a better candidate in mind.
This recording sounds like a bad 8-track tape on a dying player. In some places, the recording was so garbled I could barely understand the words. This was a waste of money!
This was my first listening experience with Poe's stories and it was quite enjoyable. I enjoyed revisiting these tales and the narration added to the eerie quality!
For most of this audio production, I enjoyed what I think of as a visit with an old friend. I've long loved the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, including those contained within this audio production.
At first, I was not sold on the narration, as the narrator seemed to smack his lips and run short of breath. However, as the intensity of the story increased, so did the quality of his performance.
My issue, however is with the production quality. In the final story, there seems to be a problem with the recording, It reminded me of a warped cassette tape and was quite frustrating.
I think the recording is good as the narration spot on. I sped it up at 1.5x... Otherwise it felt draggy. These awful tales never fail to be awful. Poe was a master at madness and that downward spiral. Pulling his character and the listener downward together.
Anyone familiar or just taking an interest in Poe's work is going to love the performance, and the selected works. Classics all.
I didn't want to downgrade the performance, but they don't have an "Audio Quality" rating.
The performance was masterful, but there's a hissing in the background. Sounds like this reading was converted from tape. I'm sure most people won't be bothered, but as a purist, it bothered me quite a bit.
A wonderful addition to my library.
Absolutely BRILLIANT reading of Poe--by far the best I've ever heard. Hammond gets inside the author and his character in a way that really makes me not want to meet him! He really grasps the twistedness of what Poe tells. But I forgot that the reason we don't see or hear the last tale often is its' content--animal cruelty. As soon as I remembered what was about to happen, I had to shut it off, knowing that I couldn't bear to hear such a good reading of such a profoundly disturbing story. Wish he had read The Raven in its place. This is the definitive narrator for Edgar Allen Poe. I now will give up trying.
Not sure if it's the fact I've never read or listen to it Edgar Allan pole's literature or the fact I just didn't care for this book.
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