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Editorial Reviews

An all-star cast - consisting of Richard Ferrone, Mark Hammer, Frank Muller, Spencer Tull, and Patrick Tull - take on the supernatural with their eerie performances on the audio collection Spooky, Mysterious Tales. The first story is the macabre monologue “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, as interpreted by Ferrone, who does the narrative justice with his thrillingly sinister delivery. There are also unsettling stories of the first rank by Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ambrose Bierce, and Saki.

Publisher's Summary

Abandon yourself to the spell of six short stories filled with thrills and dark suspense. Here are tales by the masters of mystery and horror - A. Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, Saki, Oscar Wilde and Ambrose Bierce - taking on a new energy and force through performances by Recorded Books’ critically-acclaimed narrators. Ranging from dungeons to drawing rooms, and peopled with extraordinary ghouls and doomed dowagers, the tales are guaranteed to raise the hair on the back of your neck. Our unabridged audioproduction may not be your first encounter with these stories, but the power of the narrations will make it a memorable one.

  • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Shredni Vashtar by Saki
  • The Open Window by Saki
  • The Damned Thing by Ambrose Bierce
  • The Adventure of the Speckled Band by A.Conan Doyle
  • The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

Public Domain (P)1997 Recorded Books, LLC

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good, if standard collection.

Great stories if you are into the genre.

The readings, in particular, "The Tell-Tale Heart," could have been more forceful. If you really want to hear that Poe classic done right, go find Terrence Mann's performance of it on "Selected Shorts." Truly Fantastic. It's easy to find; the title of the episode it was on is "The Heart of the Matter." You won't be disappointed.

Of this collection, my favorite, too, was "The Canterville Ghost."

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  • carmen
  • OFallon, MO, United States
  • 01-14-13

Can't get any better story tellers than these

Imagine sitting around the campfire trading spooky stories with Ambrose Bierce, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allen Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Saki. you can't get much better than that. My favorite was The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde about a haunted house where the residence scared the ghost because the new owners were American and Americans had different attitudes about ghosts. So the ghost tried to enhance his haunting by shaking chains and using ketchup. Of course all the stories are great.

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Old & New well chosen

Classic stories performed very well. One of my favorite genres and this collection did not disappoint.

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Classic tales , but really poorly read

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone with patience for a a really heavy British accent in a monotone.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

No Poe story should ever be read by someone who cannot emote the fear and passion inherent in his stories. The only truly enjoyable ones came from Richard Farrone, who does a great job with the Beating Heart. So, I'm sure if he had done them all, it would've been great.

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  • Ms. H. Morris
  • 03-15-12

Okay

Found this okay, a couple of stories worth listening too but overall found it a bit boring and kept losing the plot a bit! Easy to be distracted and had to keep skipping back!

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  • Dan Bowen
  • 02-29-12

Spooky and effective

Some of the dark tales are better than others but there's not a dud amongst them. Could probably have done with a few more thrown in.

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  • Dan Bowen
  • 09-28-14

Spooky and effective

Any additional comments?

Some of the dark tales are better than others but there's not a dud amongst them. Could probably have done with a few more thrown in.