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The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection | [Edgar Allan Poe]

The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection

Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone brilliantly interpret twenty of Edgar Allan Poe's most chilling stories and poems - an unforgettably intense listening experience!
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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)

What Members Say

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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

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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Almost Perfect"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was well done! My only issue? NO TITLES. It goes from one poem to the next, one story to another, and not once do you know which poem/story you are listening to. Truly a shame.


    What about Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone ’s performance did you like?

    These performers are amazing. They bring Poe to life. Each story and poem breathed and rose in these lively performances. Bravo!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne 06-19-13
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    "This was difficult to follow"
    What disappointed you about The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection?

    This was difficult to follow...just did not know what story I was listening to nor did I have any idea where/how to go to a specific story.


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

    Have access to some sort of index.


    What about Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone ’s performance did you like?

    The recording of the stories was great...just wished I could have been able to pick and choose which ones I wanted to listen to...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lucky clover 10-11-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "love the classics"
    Where does The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    right up there


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love a good classic, often off colored like Poe. It's nice for me to get lost in an afternoon with something different.


    What about Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone ’s performance did you like?

    Vincent Price brings the story to life. His voice makes the whole experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    EDWARD Coralville, IA, United States 02-22-12
    EDWARD Coralville, IA, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Quality/Dynamics and Volume/Formatting"
    What disappointed you about The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection?

    While the expressive range is admirable, it's too quiet to hear most of the narration, and then often too loud. Hard to understand and hear, there are also as noted to obvious separations between stories or tracks.
    Great material and a famous reader, but not a worthy purchase or listen as an audio experience.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David K Hunt 10-30-14
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    "Terrible - No Chapters - All one giant file"
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    It is really sad when something good is ruined because someone wasn't willing to take just a little extra time to finish the job right. This is just one big file. You can't skip to the next story, you have to hold the fast forward and slowly move through the entire collection. What a shame. Let's admit it audible, you won't show this review. But I hope at least you will consider fixing your product.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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