William Roberts’ eerie, atmospheric performance brilliantly captures the shroud of death and decay that hangs over Poe’s phantasmagorical short story, which takes place in the castle of Prince Prospero as he and 1,000 of his nobles attempt to insulate themselves from a horrific plague, the titular Red Death, but who encounter a mysterious, foreboding figure during an opulent masquerade ball.
Roberts’ stirring rendition of Poe’s classic Gothic tale will surely leave the listener with goose bumps in this riveting audiobook.
This is a story from the Fall of the House of Usher collection.
The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares: Premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.
Also in this collection of Poe's tales of mystery and imagination: "The Black Cat", "The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar", "The Cask of Amontillado", "Ligeia", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Premature Burial", and "The Raven".
Public Domain (P)2003 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
"Those who thought only Basil Rathbone could narrate Poe are in for a surprise and a treat. The no-nonsense William Roberts narrates a production mercifully free of frills. No unnecessary music or sound effects interfere with the brilliance of the writing or the purity of the performance." (AudioFile)
No, unless you are a Poe fan then there is no reason to read this.
It probably has, but its too short to be anything other than a short tv episode, unless they take a lot of liberties.
It is interesting if you like Poe, if you don't then skip it.
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