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Editorial Reviews

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is Edgar Allan Poe’s sole full-length novel. It stands out in his work as an imaginative adventure story following the fictional first-person account of Arthur Pym. Under the guise of a true story written, at the suggestion of Poe, under a pseudonym, it follows a young man’s travels aboard the ship Grampus, detailing its subsequent mutiny, recapture and shipwreck. In deep expressive baritone, Jamie Hanes preforms this romantic tale with urgency, bringing to life this unique and gripping piece of Poe’s legacy.

Publisher's Summary

Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym is a realistic yet romantic nautical adventure about a young stowaway on the high seas. One day in 1827, Arthur Gordon Pym escapes his dreary life in New Bedford and hides on the Grampus, where he befriends the captain's son, Augustus. The two boys witness and participate in a dazzling series of adventures, including shipwreck, famine, rescue, and voyages all over the world.

Poe's incredible sense of detail and impeccable accuracy greatly influenced Herman Melville's Moby Dick and countless other novels, but The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym itself is a spirited, exciting, action-packed story that continues to thrill readers to this day.

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Critic Reviews

"One of the finest adventure stories ever written." (W.H. Auden)

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The melding of fiction and non fiction makes it a bit hard to swallow. The ending seems to clash with the reality Poe strives for. Huge sections go on explaining the inner workings of boats. The story slows to a crawl during the didactic sections. It could be half as long.

Having said that, the last two chapters are some of the best fiction I've ever read. No wonder so many writers based their fiction off this.

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Poe's greatest failure, in all its racist glory.

Thus book is terrible unless you like pre-postmodernism, but this recording is well done, treating the book with seriousness.

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Probably the craziest story ever written.

Neautifully written. the language is so visual. The segways are profound. Extremely engaging. Will leave you confused and amazed.