Iconic macabre author Edgar Allan Poe first published "The Fall of the House of Usher" in 1839. This unsettling 20-minute short story begins when the unnamed narrator receives a letter from his friend Roderick Usher, who claims a mysterious illness is crippling him. From Usher's crumbling castle to his unnamed disease and the burial of his sister, each carefully placed detail builds a sense of doom and leads to the work's shocking ending. Jack Benson's voice proves perfect for this audiobook. With restrained pacing, Benson builds suspense until, employing a galloping speed, he supports the ending's intensity. With delightful ease, he shifts voices from the unnamed narrator to nervous Usher. Overall, Benson's performance makes Poe's gothic story utterly haunting.
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False advertising! I am usually pleased with the products I get from Audible. However, this is listed as UNABRIDGED. It is clearly abridged, only giving the beginning and ending sentences of many paragraphs. Yes, this version is inexpensive. Yes, it takes the narrator half as long to read the story. The reason has nothing to do with the narrator being expedient. The reason is that the narrator is not reading the story in its entirety.
Poe, yes. This version, no. It was a waste of my money.
The main improvement would be to re-categorize this title as abridged rather than mislead the customer.
Frustration. I am going to use this version for the moment because I have wasted the time I would have spent listening to the entire story (approx. 45 as compared to this version, which is about half as long) to determine that it is indeed abridged and to write this poor review. Later, I will return to the listings to look for a truly unabridged version of the story and spend a few more of my hard earned dollars to download another version.
I have found Audible a reliable place to purchase audio books in the past, and I have been pleased with most of my purchases up until this one. I was very disappointed to find this version incorrectly labeled. I am going to contact Audible and voice my displeasure.
I purchased this for my class, but discovered I'd wasted my money when it turned out to be abridged. (This is a short story, why on earth would you abridge it?) The performance is good, but it's a straight up lie to market this recording as "unabridged."
It's a great story, no problems with Poe.
The song (which is not in this recording)
None, I'd have actually included the whole short story!
Audible, this is a deceptive listing. I'm asking for my money back.
Story is labeled as a unabridged version, lies. The story omitted several places. I bought this for my class to listen to. It was very hard to keep up because the story skipped ahead so often.
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