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The Fall of the House of Usher | [Edgar Allan Poe]

The Fall of the House of Usher

When it comes to short stories, Edgar Allan Poe is considered by many to be the master of terror and the macabre. This is one of his most famous stories. A man visits a friend but finds something very strange is going on with him - and his house.
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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.

Publisher's Summary

When it comes to short stories, Edgar Allan Poe is considered by many to be the master of terror and the macabre. This is one of his most famous stories. A man visits a friend but finds something very strange is going on with him - and his house.

© and (P)1984 Jimcin Recordings

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    James USA 06-08-08
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    "Very well done."

    Very well done reading of Poe's classic story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    B. Stiner Chicago, IL 01-22-14
    B. Stiner Chicago, IL 01-22-14 Member Since 2010

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    "NOT UNABRIDGED"
    What disappointed you about The Fall of the House of Usher?

    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."


    What could Edgar Allan Poe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It's a great story, no problems with Poe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The song (which is not in this recording)


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fall of the House of Usher?

    None, I'd have actually included the whole short story!


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, this is a deceptive listing. I'm asking for my money back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kylie BUFFALO, MO, United States 04-24-13
    Kylie BUFFALO, MO, United States 04-24-13
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    What disappointed you about The Fall of the House of Usher?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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