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The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection Audiobook

The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection

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Publisher's Summary

Universally acclaimed as the maestro of horror and the morbid, Edgar Allan Poe's dark gift has for more than a century and a half set the standard for the genre. Here, 20 of Poe's most chilling stories and poems are performed by two of his most brilliant interpreters: Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone. Included are The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, Bells, The Gold Bug, and many more!

© and (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., All Rights Reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • 2000 Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Archival Reissue

"Superb renderings...[Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone] know this material well...and know how to make it chill the listener. It's a romp for them and a delight for us." (AudioFile)

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    Robin Bethesda, MD, United States 04-23-12
    Robin Bethesda, MD, United States 04-23-12
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    "Fine work from master horror actors"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I grew up watching old horror movies on Saturday nights. Basil Rathbone was always Sherlock Holmes, and Vincent Price was some kind of mad scientist. I never realized how much vocal training they must have had during their careers -- it shows on this recording, one of the best I've ever heard (and I listen to a lot of recorded books.) Rathbone brings Poe's poetry to life, rather than let it lie tediously on the page ("The Bells.") Price makes accessible one of Poe's best stories, The Gold Bug, by absorbing and translating for a modern ear the page-long sentences of Poe's time.

    I first heard this book on a tape borrowed from the library, and briefly considered "losing" it rather than returning it when the due date arrived because I wanted to keep it for myself. It's great to have it on my MP3 player now! I will never nod off on a long drive again. This stuff is better than caffeine.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The Gold Bug is remarkable because the main character is so unreliable. The narrator can't tell whether he is crazy or not, so you have no idea whether they will be successful at finding the treasure, or even whether there is any to be found at all; and then you still need to know how they knew where to look. It's an original, absorbing mystery, perfectly written.


    Have you listened to any of Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Who hasn't heard Price on Michael Jackson's Thriller? He loves to chill your blood. Basil Rathbone Is absolutely mesmerizing in The Pit and the Pendulum, much more emotionally intense than his brainy portrayal of Holmes.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection and why?

    Both actors shine. It's a joy to watch them compete for best in show. Every time I listen to this book, I get to ask myself which one is better. And this is a book into which one can dip many times. Perhaps the one who shines most brightly is Poe. He is a national treasure. I question the editor's decision not to include some of his best stories in this collection, however (The Purloined Letter, The Murders in the Rue Morgue.) Perhaps the recording was made as a kind of lark, to see whether there would be any real audience for it. Or maybe it was made quickly, in preparation for a Halloween radio broadcast. The problem is, where are the actors today who can generate performances like these? I think Poe would be pleased with their work. They not only "get" him in spades, but they make him understandable to us, even through the thicket of his outdated English.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a serious collector of recorded books, you should own this recording. I think it might be useful to English teachers who want to get their classes through a unit on Poe. Or for anyone who likes Halloween and has had enough of the Monster Mash.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 01-12-11
    Steven ALBUQUERQUE, NM, United States 01-12-11 Member Since 2014

    Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.

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    "Terrible packaging"

    While I love the narration, this collection lacks clear breaks between individual works. The titles are not even stated. Unless you recognize these works, you won't have a clue what you are hearing. Very disappointing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susie Bright 06-04-10 Listener Since 2001

    http://susiebright.com

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    "Every Once in a While, You Need Classic"

    These recordings are awe-inspiring, really great performances. It's as if Poe was made for the stage, for the echo of the studio. I like to play this on Halloween and other dark occasions!

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    Pahj 01-19-17
    Pahj 01-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Adrift upon the hemorrhaging melancholy bliss"

    Price and Rathbone convey, with brilliant eloquence and superb performance, the ethereal vitality of Poe.

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    Kimberly D. 12-06-16
    Kimberly D. 12-06-16
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    "Chilling! Poe fans will love it!"

    Seriously enough said! This was preformed beautifully by two masterful artists! I love it so much!

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    Alexandra 11-30-16
    Alexandra 11-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Audio File Nearly Useless"
    Would you try another book from Edgar Allan Poe and/or Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone ?

    Absolutely


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its Edgar Allan Poe and Vince Price!


    Have you listened to any of Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and its beautiful like always.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There is nothing wrong with this book itself. Its the audio file that is awful.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a dream combination of authors and narrators! However the audio file itself is almost useless. There are no titles given for each entry so you simply have to know as a Poe fan which story you are listening to. Also for at least the house of usher section it is not the whole story. I'm aware this audio collection was originally sold my barns and noble so i don't know if something had to be cut out to avoid copy right issues but i'll be returning this book shortly because of the quality of the file.

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    Juan Sainz 07-27-16
    Juan Sainz 07-27-16
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    "Was only missing one thing"

    It would have been nice if each story had its own chapter. Other than that, it was perfect.

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    M. Young in another realm 04-29-15
    M. Young in another realm 04-29-15

    horror mistress

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    "Nevermore!"
    If you could sum up The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection in three words, what would they be?

    Creepy
    Fantastic
    Macabra


    What other book might you compare The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection to and why?

    There is not comparison to AEP.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Anytime Vincent Price speaks.


    Any additional comments?

    Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone reading Edgar Allan Poe is just awesome! Being a fan of Hammer Horror movies, this is just a treat. I loved this reading. I can't wait to listen to it again in October!

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    Allen 02-05-15
    Allen 02-05-15
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    "Greatest audio ever"

    This is one of the best audio collections including the voice of Vincent price who starts in movie based on poe's writings

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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 01-29-15
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 01-29-15

    And Buffalo George

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    "Utterly Unusable Formatting"

    As mentioned others--Price and Rathbone provide a masterful performance; however, the formatting is grossly unusable, especially to those not already intimately familiar with the works of Poe. I have little to add by way of content review...Poe's masterful. Copyright 2000 by Harper Collins Publishers, this performance is so poor that it makes you wonder how it could have lasted for 14 years and stupid people like me keep buying it.

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