• Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Earl Hammond
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (401 ratings)

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Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories

By: Edgar Allan Poe
Narrated by: Earl Hammond
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Publisher's Summary

A collection featuring three classic horror stories, read by actor Earl Hammond: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Black Cat".

Public Domain (P)2013 Dover Publications

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Excellent Narrator Brought The Story To Life

Would you consider the audio edition of Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories to be better than the print version?

Who doesn't like Edgar Allen Poe? I listened to it during Halloween just for fun. I'd read this in high school. It was better listening to the tale being read to me.

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Very short and very dark

STORY (classic) - This short audiobook (1 hr, 1 min) contains three of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories. The first is The Telltale Heart, which we've all read in high school, and it was my runaway favorite. The second one was -- meh. The third was very good, especially the ironic ending, but it contains some animal cruelty which I didn't enjoy. Thankfully, the description of the cruelty was short and to the point instead of graphically described.

The stories all revolve around mentally disturbed main characters who commit some form of murder. Poe also seems to have a propensity for his characters to have an evil eye or an eye missing, and his murderers all hide their victims' bodies behind a wall or in the floor. Makes me wonder about Poe as a person and about his childhood...

PERFORMANCE - The reader did a great job, especially performing the madness at the end of The Telltale Heart. There was, however, something going on with the recording quality in the third story. It was as if the tape in a cassette recording was getting hung up as it was playing. Distracting but tolerable.

OVERALL - Recommended for high school students or older, male and female alike. It's worth the hour I spent listening and the 95 cents or whatever I paid for this Daily Deal, but that's about it. There is no cursing, but be prepared for sinister psychological stories and some brief animal cruelty.

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The recording is bad

For most of this audio production, I enjoyed what I think of as a visit with an old friend. I've long loved the stories of Edgar Allen Poe, including those contained within this audio production.

At first, I was not sold on the narration, as the narrator seemed to smack his lips and run short of breath. However, as the intensity of the story increased, so did the quality of his performance.

My issue, however is with the production quality. In the final story, there seems to be a problem with the recording, It reminded me of a warped cassette tape and was quite frustrating.

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Worthy of Five Stars, but...

Anyone familiar or just taking an interest in Poe's work is going to love the performance, and the selected works. Classics all.

I didn't want to downgrade the performance, but they don't have an "Audio Quality" rating.

The performance was masterful, but there's a hissing in the background. Sounds like this reading was converted from tape. I'm sure most people won't be bothered, but as a purist, it bothered me quite a bit.

A wonderful addition to my library.

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Forgot why you rarely see The Black Cat

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Absolutely BRILLIANT reading of Poe--by far the best I've ever heard. Hammond gets inside the author and his character in a way that really makes me not want to meet him! He really grasps the twistedness of what Poe tells. But I forgot that the reason we don't see or hear the last tale often is its' content--animal cruelty. As soon as I remembered what was about to happen, I had to shut it off, knowing that I couldn't bear to hear such a good reading of such a profoundly disturbing story. Wish he had read The Raven in its place. This is the definitive narrator for Edgar Allen Poe. I now will give up trying.

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A poor recording.

The overall performance and story are good. Unfortunately, the recording sounds like it's copy of a cassette, one that is warped and not very good.

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Very dark and evil

Excellent writing and narration! Only listen to this when I'm in very positive mood. The excellent narration brings it to life!

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Perfect Halloween listening

This collection has three tales: The Telltale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Black Cat.

If you are unfamiliar with these classics, you should really read them. They are old-school horror, served chilled.

They're all creepy as hell - Poe depicted narrators going completely mad better than just about anyone else, including florid ol' Lovecraft. This would be fine listening on a dark Halloween night.

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Better than Pumpkin-spice in Autumn

October and Edgar Allan Poe go together better than anything pumpkin spiced could add to your fall. This collection is quick and packed full of horrors - a great way to spend a little over an hour. The narrator, Earl Hammond, is excellent. However, I would detract half a star, for the audio quality faltered in the last story.

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Exceptional narration

Exceptional narration ,Earl Hammond seems quite as mad as the characters. My son loved it too.