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Publisher's Summary

"The Cask of Amontillado" is Edgar Allan Poe's short but enigmatic masterpiece. Set in an unnamed Italian city, we hear the story of how Montresor lures Fortunato through the catacombs into the Montresor family vault and there chains him up and bricks him in for eternity. Why he does it we will never know, but he does so with a casual savagery that is truly chilling.

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Overproduced

Voice acting was good but the loud and intense coughing, chain rattling, etc was too much. Very unpleasant and made it so I could hardly hear the dialogue at points.

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Literally, could not hear this one.

Volume on full, with or without headphones, I could not make out the words being spoken.

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Horrible performance

The performance was so quiet I had to strain to hear it. After straining to hear what I could, I can say the effort to hear was wasted on a sub-par performance. Give this a miss.

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Absolutely crazy,

It sounded like the actual raving of a mad man it is INANE
Ya know

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ehh

as other reviews say, very hard to hear montresor, very easy to hear fortunato's coughing fits. fortunato is appropriately drunk, but difficult to understand.

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It Tried to be an Audio Theatre but Failed

I get what they wanted to do here - An audio version of the play.

But the thing with audio is that our sense of hearing is heightened (specially when we are wearing headphones and doing nothing but listening). Therefore, the way they (the narrators/vocal artists) speak needs to be more articulated and clear, otherwise it's easy to miss all the words and the entire thing. And because no visuals are going to split our focus, we will deem the audio awful.

To improve this, they need to make their voices louder than any of the background noise. They also need to slow their narration and articulate each words more. Give the play the tones it requires, and make it more dramatic (Dramatical Tones like deep breaths, gasp, grin, etc., are actually better than Background Noises).

Anyway, the only thing that I like was that laugh at the end.

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Probably the worst audiobook I’ve ever heard

The Voice I think on this audiobook is uniquely bad, it is somehow too loud and too quiet at the same time. Ambient noise makes it impossible to hear the literary flare from Edgar Allan Poe.

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Did the producers actually listen to this?

Turned it up in a (failed) attempt to hear the whispered narration only to be blasted out of my senses with loud bootsteps and manic coughing fits. Complete misfire.

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bad audio

wasn't a fan hard to hear at some points. obviously the story remained fine to the point.

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Poor production

Hard to hear and unnecessarily lengthened. Doesn’t do justice at all to a fine story