A master of early American Gothic, Edgar Allan Poe wrote many classic texts, though one stands above the rest as his most widely popular and beloved work. "The Raven" begins with a heartbroken narrator alone in his room, lamenting his lost love, Lenore, when a raven appears. Initially bemused by the black bird, the narrator soon becomes frustrated by its presence, and its oft-repeated cry of "Nevermore" triggers his slow descent into insanity. William Roberts captures the complex rhythms and musicality of Poe's language with startling precision, and his controlled performance effectively unravels as he portrays the narrator's escalating madness.
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".
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"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)
Great Narrator. No silly sound effects. I have never heard this long version of the poem before.
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