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The Fall of the House of Usher - Unabridged

Narrated by: Kevin Theis
Length: 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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This is an audio-enhanced version - with music and sound effects - of one of the earliest stories from the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe.  

"The Fall of the House of Usher" tells the tale of Roderick and Madeline Usher, ailing siblings who inhabit a gigantic mansion that is, as they are, slowly deteriorating.  

A thrilling and eerie story from the greatest writer of suspenseful tales in literary history.

Public Domain (P)2018 Fort Raphael Publishing Company

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Classic story with a great narrator

As far as Poe goes this is one of his less elaborate and more straight forward suspense stories. For those who have a hard time getting into his stories this one is perfect to start out with. There is extensive analysis done on Poe so I will leave you with one thought, as a person who thinks Poe and Hubbard are overrated I do enjoy this story.
Kevin really rocks this story. He has the perfect old timey voice and cadence and I could picture people listening to this sitting around the radio. He really keeps the story going and I would be more inclined to listen to more Poe if Kevin continues to voice them. He definitely is a narrator I'm going to have to listen to more of.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Best Read on a Stormy Night in Surround Sound

This reminded me of something I long forgotten; records of Poe’s stories from my early education, and I loved every second of it. When the story is right, I have come to truly appreciate the enhanced versions with extra creaks and moans. Those that frequent my reviews will recall me mentioning that another narrator practically made a character out of a door just from the added effects. This was no different.

I do not recall reading this story after listening to it this time. I’m sure I must have read it at some point as I love all things Poe. I think that is more a testament as to how much a story can change depending on the way it is presented. This story (as well as most of Poe’s work I’d imagine) lends itself very well to the added effects, especially since part of the story revolves around that very issue. Mr. Theis has done a marvelous job bringing Poe’s work to life. I can’t wait to hear more.

I was provided with a free copy of this audio book for my honest review. The views expressed here are entirely my own.

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That narration.

I love the narration and the background sounds. Usually I don't like it, but with this narrator, it was done right. Good story! Definitely love the narrator!

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Elegant, effective

A first-rate version of Poe at his creepiest (well, there’s “Annabel Lee,” but I digress). I’m not usually fond of audio-enhanced books, but this is an exception—the enhancements actually enhance. This story is all about atmosphere, and the music and sound effects provide strong support for Kevin Theis’s surefooted narration; bonus, they carry us smoothly past now-obscure names of artists and thinkers we might otherwise stumble over. Well done, Fort Raphael Publishing (from whom I requested a review copy).

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Disturbing

Brilliantly narrated. Disturbing and creepy as only Edgar Allen Poe’s can be. I love how descriptive is stories are.

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Well-done!

Kevin Theis brings Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher - Unabridged (Unabridged) to life through his skillful and engaging narration. With a running time of ~53 minutes, you can easily listen to the recording of this classic horror story in one sitting. In addition to the professional recording and editing quality of this audiobook, the awesome sound effects that are strategically placed throughout the text added to my overall enjoyment of the piece, as a whole. I don't listen to many audio-enhanced books, but when hearing one done as well as this one, it makes me want to find more of the same. If you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, the master of horror, this version is the one you want to listen to, as Kevin Theis does not disappoint. This is the 2nd time I have heard him perform Poe's work. His consistency throughout the piece makes for easy listening; I have no doubt you, too, will be fully engaged from start to finish!

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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the fall of the house of usher

** I received this audiobook in exchange for a honest review**

well, we all know the story so I won't spend anytime there. Kevin Theis is the narrator for this masterpiece. He spoke clearly and loudly. However, his reading could have used a little more emotion to put it over the top. The sound quality of the recording was excellent.

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Old school dramatization of a creepy story

Narrator Kevin Theis gets totally into 19th century character for this creepy Edgar Allen Poe story. At a little less than an hour, it's more than worth your time to give it a listen. This dramatization allows you to drift back to a time when horror was less about gore and more about getting inside your head to free your worst nightmares.

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Nicely done!

Very good reading of one of Poe's best. The narrator was lively and engaged, and of course, the story by Poe speaks for itself! :)

I was given this audiobook for free at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Chris Christo
  • 11-18-18

Ok I’m a little creeped out now.

This is one of Poe’s more haunting works. It is very subtle and full of symbolism. I listened to it three times and then had to go to YouTube and watch a video version and I still think I’ve only begun to grasp why is going on in this story. It is beyond your typical haunted house tale in that the occupants are still alive (some maybe more than others) and the haunting is of the mind and soul more than merely seeing apparitions. Told from the perspective of a visitor to the house, the pain and sorrow evident in the family and soaked into the very walls of the house unfolds as the descent into madness of the last living male heir of the Usher’s lays his sister to rest in the family tomb. As the bloodline falls, so does the house and almost everything and everyone within it. Very well read in the original prose by one of my favourite narrators, with the addition of sounds to enhance the listening experience. I am going to now have to watch a film and maybe a few more items then I’ll come back and listen yet again! I get something new each time I listen. Highly recommended is you love classics, Poe and maybe a few nightmares!