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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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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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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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2nd try

I ordered this and tried to listen to another narrator. Lost interest almost immediately. This is by far superior to that version.

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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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Not Bad

This classic Edgar Allan Poe Short story is not bad, The narrating and sound effects by Kevin Theis were also pretty good. I received this in an audiobook giveaway.

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The Fall of the House of Usher

Such a classic story by Poe. I have read it a few times and each time I love it more.

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Horror Novella by Original Master of Macabre

Great performance by Kevin Theis. Poe does a good job and scene setting, and the horror is PG at best which makes it a good listen for middle readers.

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😱Narration Fall👎

Great movie, but this book not so awesome to be honest.

If there were a different narrator for Edgar's story, then perhaps I could have and would have enjoyed listening to this short story.🙉😬

I just could NOT AT ALL keep listening without cringing with every single word. What did I really expect for free?🙄😬 A narrator, that I could at the very least would grow on me at least a 🤏 bit.

Sorry, but the story I give a ⭐⭐⭐ (as Poe has WAY BETTER).🧐
Kevin gets, ⭐ as the narrator. 😪 I believe he could be much better with a different kind of story/subject/genre perhaps.

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Classic Poe with a great production behind it

The story is classic Poe. Wonderful and timeless it can be enjoyed by any and all. I find this rendition of it with music and sound effects to be a perfect addition to any library especially as we close in on Halloween. Full productions like this are also a great way to introduce kids into audiobooks as they find the music and sound effects to be more movie like and engaging for them. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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  • Chris Christo
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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!