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Publisher's Summary

American poet, critic, and short-story writer Edgar Allan Poe is universally recognized for his cultivation of the macabre in fiction. His stories are characterized by an original kind of supernatural horror, often using the awareness of death as a catalyzing force in its own right. His tales and poems brim with psychological depth and intense imagery, made vivid through his musical language and hypnotic rhythms, which are especially captivating when heard aloud.

This special audio collection features some of Poe's best-known stories, including "The Tell Tale Heart", "Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar", "Hop Frog", "Murders in the Rue Morgue", "Masque of the Red Death", "The Pit and the Pendulum", "Fall of the House of Usher", "The Black Cat", and "The Cask of Amontillado".

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"Poe constantly and inevitably produced magic where his greatest contemporaries produced only beauty." (George Bernard Shaw)

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Pick an accent

It was very difficult to concentrate on what was being read because the narrator kept changing accents. I’ve found the audible originals of Poe’s work are better read and wish there were more free ones. I can see why this one is free

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The Stories Were Good. Audio Quality Was Not

I have always enjoyed the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe and this collection was no different.

Bruce Blau and David Thorn did fine jobs performing these stories, however the audio quality was only fair at best. There are several areas where it sounds as if the narrators were talking in a tunnel, whether it be one word or several. It was distracting and annoying while listening to this book.

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Halloween galore

Edgar Allan Poe. What else is needed to be said? A collection of short stories it's a good read for October and really get's you in the mood for October 31st! Not exactly known for in depth plots the power he wields over descriptive narrative is unparalleled even today.

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Not a very relaxing listen

I love Poe but this is not for you if relaxing or sleeping while this is playing is your plan. The loud spikes and music are really jarring. This my opinion though. To me the music would fit a horror movie better, rather than stories with existential dread.

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Always a Delight

Poe is a true classic. This narrator brings something extraordinary to these already compelling stories. The intermission music was a nice touch, too. The narrator may not be what you’re expecting, but don’t give up on it; it’s truly a transcendent experience. Favorite: Masque of the Red Death.