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Beware the black cat.... 

Good luck escaping the pit....

Don’t go to that party without your masque....

Delight in these and many more stories and poems from the master of dark prose, Edgar Allan Poe. This collection has been specially curated and performed by award-winning audiobook narrator Joe Arden. Dive in to the darkness.

©2021 Joe Arden (P)2021 Joe Arden

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wow just wow ...worth the purchase so buy it 😁😁

loved loved loved this ....again he did not disappoint he brought emotion and passion to this like no other one could ..thank you ...Joe arden you are a very talented man ...

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A MASTERPIECE!

I have been listening to Joe Arden narrate romance for many years now and I have heard many sides of his voice. There is a reason why he is my favorite narrator. He is a passionate storyteller, the way he taps in to every character with passion and emotion makes him a MASTER in his craft. HOWEVER it was not until this MAGNIFICENT performance that I understood how incredible his talent truly is. Hearing his telling of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems was such an experience!! One you MUST experience for yourself! It is the darker, grittier and crazier side of his voice but so impactful! As I listened, I was blown away the emotion in Joe’s voice. His delivery is strong and powerful and gave me goosebumps at the end of each poem or story! BRILLIANT WORK JOE!

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Wowsa!!!

Listening to Joe Arden narrate this is a delight to the ears. The passion and emotions come thru is outstanding!!!! Reading Poe and listening to it are two very different experiences!!!! Give it a listen and you won’t be disappointed!!!!

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Wonderful collection and narration!

I loved reading Poe in high school. “Raven” has always been a favourite of mine. Whenever I see a Raven, I always say “Nevermore”

Joe Arden is amazing at bringing Poe’s work to life. Joe is very well known in the Romance world and it’s so great to hear him in a different category. His range is amazing and his love for the written word shines through in his performances of Poe’s poems.

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Did Joe just improve the great Poe?

Why yes! Yes he did!
I always enjoyed Edgar Allen Poe, and revisiting him with Joe has been an absolute treat. I know we are all used to Joe making our hearts beat faster for a bit different reason, but he does these stories so well, that I am here to admit that after listening to his reading of Tell Tale Heart, he has made my heart race in two totally different genres!
He brought the same amazing talent and energy to these hair raising tales as he has some of my favorite book boyfriends. His narration has added a whole new level to my enjoyment of the original master of horror..
For me, this has been so exciting to see released. A must listen from this award winning narrator.

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You Are In For A Treat!

There is Poe, and then there is Joe’s Poe.

The works of Edgar Allan Poe on their own are a masterpiece , but when you add Joe Arden into the equation it creates a piece of art that is truly unforgettable .

For those of you who thought Joe Arden was “just” a romance narrator you are about to be schooled. This is a master class in narration. The intense and diverse works of a Edgar Allan Poe give Arden the vehicle required to demonstrate his immense talent and remarkable performance skills. The intense passion and range of emotion that Joe conveys performing Poe’s works takes you on a soul-stirring roller coaster ride. Poe’s writing deserves a talent like Joe and Joe delivers. Thank you Joe, for breathing new life into these enduring works of art.

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Brilliantly done Joe Arden!

I have always heard about the famous dark poet Edgar Allan Poe but somehow never read his work. Something l sort of regret. however, I am very grateful for being introduced to Poe in this manner. Joe Arden has brought it to life for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book! I am looking forward to more of this from Joe!

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Making Poe Accessible

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Joe Arden read Poe. He does a great job of making the stories and poems come to life by reading these lines in a modern way. I think it is easy to make Poe sound disconnected and stuffy as we don't tend to write nor talk the same way as Poe did. Joe does a great job of bringing the words in close, and creating a personal world of gothic delights.

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This is how it’s done, Joe! Thank you!

I have not read Edgar Alan Poe since I was an angsty teen. Joe gave the poems and stories life like I’ve never heard!!!

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Loved it 🥰

Joe just gives a great kick to Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and poems. Definitely recommend honestly.

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  • 10-28-21

I wanted to love it.

I grew up loving Poe's work, it's simply an outstanding masterpiece of a catalogue. I have listened to nearly 350 Joe Arden titles and had high expectations for this piece.
I was disappointed. Some stories I couldn't even finish. The narration was disjointed for me and did not properly convey the poems and short stories, instead it was a distraction.
I know he can deliver quality narration of any genre, however for me this missed the target.

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  • 10-21-21

Simply outstanding!

Wow, my mind is totally blown!
Anyone who puts Joe in a box of just a romance narrator/author will be eating their words after this.
Having admired Joe's work in the romance genre for a number of years, I have heard Joe pull off incredible performances in every book he has narrated.
I have always known Joe is magnificent at his craft, however, performing the great Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems Mr Arden gives us a masterclass in the dark, chilling and crazy sides to his usually velvety voice.
Such an emotive and passionate performance that gave me chills, goosebumps and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. I honestly don't think anyone could do Poe's work justice quite like Mr Arden.
Absolutely outstanding! This is a must add to the library for any Joe or Poe fan, you won't be disappointed.
Thank you Joe, for bringing Poe's work to life.