Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Stories contains a fantastic sampling of Edgar Allan Poe masterpieces. The title piece holds the crown as the first detective story, predecessor to the Sherlock Holmes episodes. David Case makes this audiobook particularly special as he performs Poe with unparalleled enthusiasm. He endows each story with his own unique and convincing spin, utilizing all of the vocal tools at his disposal. Namely, his haunting and desperate interpretation of the great poem "The Raven" stands in a league of its own.
This is fiction noir in the true sense, set in the dark back streets of 1840s Paris. The juxtaposition of Dupin's clear logic, and the insanity of the outside world make this a psychological thriller of the first rank.
Other stories in this book include "Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Purloined Letter", "The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade", "A Descent into the Maelstrom", "The Raven", and "The Masque of the Red Death".
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I have listened to numerous narrations of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," and strongly feel that David Case's version in this collection outshines all the others by a wide margin. In my humble opinion, nothing compares to this particular narration of "The Raven;" Case somehow manages to capture the true essence of the poem and its narrator so that his reading of it speaks to me in a way unlike any other version I have ever listened to. His rendition of the other stories are also highly recommended. I suggest that if you have not heard his version of "The Raven," don't wait, and check it out today!
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