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Publisher's Summary

Here are all of Edgar Allan Poe’s great short stories in one 16-hour collection. Also includes "The Raven". Stories included are:

  • "The Angel of The Odd"
  • "Berenice"
  • "The Black Cat"
  • "The Cask of Amontillado"
  • "The Maelstrom"
  • "Eleanora"
  • "The Facts in the Case Of M. Valdemar"
  • "The House of Usher"
  • "Hop Frog"
  • "Imp of the Perverse"
  • "Island of the Fay"
  • "Ligiea"
  • "Man of the Crowd"
  • "Message in a Bottle"
  • "The Masque of the Red Death"
  • "Mesmeric Revelation"
  • "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"
  • "Never Be the Devil Your Head"
  • "The Oval Portrait"
  • "The Pit and the Pendulum"
  • "The Premature Burial"
  • "The Purloined Letter"
  • "Silence - A Fable"
  • "Some Words with a Mummy"
  • "The Spectacles"
  • "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather"
  • "The Tell Tale Heart"
  • "William Wilson"
  • "The Raven"

(P)2011 Trout Lake Media

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Enjoyable and not overwrought

The narration was excellent and I do so enjoy Poe. I find it pleasant to listen to Poe while cycling (it does so take ones mind off the hills.)

What I do not like is that the stories are uselessly labeled as Chapter 1, Chapter 2 etc. This makes it quite tedious to find a particular story.

Also, some of my favorite Poe Stories are not included (e.g. "The Gold-Bug" and "Landor's Cottage").

Still, I like it

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Impossible to navigate

This is a great collection, wonderfully narrated. But, and it is a huge but, there is no table of contents to help you find a specific story.
The listings of Chapter 1, Chapter 2 are useless when you're looking for a particular story.

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Good buy for Poe fans.

I love this book because I can go back and forth between my all time favorite stories. Definitely has replay value!

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need better narrator

I like the works of Poe, but the narration ruined it for me. I didn't much care for his voice and his pacing and over all performance ruined it for me

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  • Donna
  • Western Colorado
  • 11-10-15

Horrible narrator!

Any additional comments?

The narrator is all wrong for reading Poe. If you just listen to the tone of his voice, and not to the words he is speaking, you might think you are listening to the complete works of Garrison Keillor, not the works of Edgar Allan Poe. This audio book is getting returned, I couldn't listen to more than a couple of stories.

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A Classic that should not be overlooked!

A wonderful compilation of fantastical stories of an incredible poet! Bob Thomley, beautifully narrates, although his particular inflection in some areas was hard to get used to.

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Poe is awesome

Narration did not deter the greatness of Poe. The characters were portrayed accurately. Audible books are a great idea.

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Wrong narrator for this book - find another option

Would you try another book from Edgar Allan Poe and/or Bob Thomley?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Mr. Thomley might be a perfect reader for other works but he is completely inappropriate for Poe. His voice is too ordinary and flat and the numerous mispronunciations are annoying.

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love Poe not Bob

love the book, not the narrator, they could have had a better narrator, his characters sounded far too similar and his voice is too nasally. But the structure and the stories were great

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A Mixed Bag of Poe

This production is a mixed bag.

Contents: This is not a "complete" collection of Poe's short stories, but it does cover the highlights. It is accompanied by a helpful downloadable .pdf file listing the contents.

Subject Matter: If you like Poe, this is a representative collection of his best-known works. IMHO, Poe hasn't aged well. His preoccupation with beautiful women, death, and the macabre seems tame and predictable by today's standards. But these stories paved the way for much that came later, including Sherlock Holmes and the Gothic horror genre. A few of the tales are humorous, but the humor plays off particular mid-nineteenth-century preoccupations and interests, and seems dated and forced.

Performance: The narration is poor. I suspect that this is an old production made during the early days of audio books. I agree with other reviewers who note that the narrator frequently mispronounces words, both foreign and English. I disagree with the reviewers who think the narrator has an appropriate style -- I thought he was overly dramatic and florid. I think the horror and surprise of these stories could have been better conveyed by underplaying, rather than overplaying, the drama.