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"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a story by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham's Magazine in 1841. It has been recognized as the first detective story; Poe referred to it as one of his "tales of ratiocination". C. Auguste Dupin is a man in Paris who solves the mystery of the brutal murder of two women. Numerous witnesses heard a suspect, though no one agrees on what language was spoken. At the murder scene, Dupin finds a hair that does not appear to be human.

Writing the first true detective in fiction, Poe's Dupin originated many literary conventions which would be used in future fictional detectives including Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. Many later characters, for example, follow Poe's model of the brilliant detective, his personal friend who serves as narrator, and the final revelation being presented before the reasoning that leads up to it. Dupin himself reappears in "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt" and "The Purloined Letter"

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A work of sheer brilliance. English language of the highest calibre, the sight of which will never again be seen.

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Poe is more than horror

How very interesting to read the genesis for the modern detective story; and how Auguste Dupin is the template for the creation of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. It’s one thing to be told this, another to read for yourself.
This particular story has haunted me, or followed me, for most of my life due to the scene where the two characters are walking and Dupin is able to comment on his companions’ current train of thought even without verbal communication for a length of time. It is his exposition of his train of thought from subject to subject that I’ve used many times in my life when my creative mind has managed to race ahead and I’ve had to get back to my original subject; the subject at hand. For all his dissolution, it is eye opening to comprehend how incredibly intelligent Poe must have been for his time.
Yes, I have my original Poirot and Marple paperbacks from when I was a teenager. May I recommend from experience that you save these books in hard copy if you need the comfort of paper?
The narration is decent in this audiobook. Choose a voice that you feel is appropriate for the character and pleasant to your ears.
I recommend checking out this story, if not all 3 Dupin; but be prepared for the verbose style of Poe.

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How do you ruin Poe?

The narrator’s delivery is not in line with the story....his tone, pitch and variations are too sing-songy, stealing energy from the author. I bought dozens of books while on sale...and am wondering if they were on sale because of the Narrator?