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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (6 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Bob Thomley Publisher: Trout Lake Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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This fantastic collection of Poe's short stories remains one of the most popular and best-selling audiobooks sold at TheAudioBookStore.com.

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary. . . " begins the first line of his lengthy poem, "The Raven."

While not a short story, this familiar and often recited poem is beloved by people from all over the world and is synonymous with mystery, horror and foreboding.

Why did Poe write so many dark, dreary and even grotesque poems and short stories?

Poe has answered that question before, "All my life was midnight dreary," he has said.

Poe virtually invented an art form -- the short story. He claimed that each story should have as its aim one primary effect. For him, that effect was horror, and his short stories certainly conjure up that dramatic effect in generation after generation of readers and listeners.

Poe wrote to be listened to.

Even more than his ability to elicit a response of horror Poe was able to use the English language in a way unlike any other poet, especially when it comes to the sound of the language.

People perceive their world through the senses of sight, taste, smell, touch and sound. Shakespeare used the sounds of words, the rhyming possibilities of words and the rhythms produced when he put words into phrases. The results are works of art, creating "thrilling, chilling, filling" sounds and thoughts listeners had seldom heard before.

Note: Older biographies of Poe aren't always factual, largely because one of his supposed "friends" wrote a biography that lied about him in an unflattering manner, and that biography served as a definitive one for decades. People looking for information on Poe should bear this in mind before assuming the worst of him.

Edgar Allan Poe was born in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts to a family of actors. Performing in theaters was a questionable profession at that time period, especially for a woman. As a young child, he watched his mother perform the role of "Juliet," every evening, scenes in which she plunged a dagger into her breast and died -- over and over again. In truth, his mother did die when she was very young.

His life after that was filled constant shuffling from foster family to foster family, finally being sent away to be boarding school in England. He lived an adult life of poverty and loss, particularly of the women who entered his life, most of whom died early.

The grief and confusion that accompanied these things in his life filter into all of his works.

There is no better way to enjoy Poe's works than to listen to them, except, perhaps, to listen to them on a dark and dreary evening.

Here are all of Edgar Allan Poe's great short stories in one 16-hour collection. Also includes The Raven. Stories included are:

  • The Angel of The Odd
  • Berenice
  • The Black Cat
  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • The Maelstrom
  • Eleanora
  • The Facts in the Case Of M. Valdemar
  • The House of Usher
  • Hop Frog
  • Imp of the Perverse
  • Island of the Fay
  • Ligiea
  • Man of the Crowd
  • Message in a Bottle
  • The Masque of the Red Death
  • Mesmeric Revelation
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Never Be the Devil Your Head
  • The Oval Portrait
  • The Pit and the Pendulum
  • The Premature Burial
  • The Purloined Letter
  • Silence - A Fable
  • Some Words with a Mummy
  • The Spectacles
  • The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Feather
  • The Tell Tale Heart
  • William Wilson
  • The Raven

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliet | 5/17/2011

    " This is one of my favorite "go-to" books... I LOVE IT!!! I just pick a story... I have yet to read all the stories... It may take me a bit - small doses of dreariness, I suppose. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/14/2011

    " This is the ultimate book for Edgar Allan Poe fans! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy | 4/28/2011

    " A Must read for every person who loves to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 4/6/2011

    " enjoyable as always, but don't read them all back to back! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 3/27/2011

    " Had read this is high school and hated it. Then had to tutor an 8th grader on the very same book and loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 3/13/2011

    " I loved Poe's shorter stories, however, his longer ones were a very taxing read - So much unnecessary waffle. "

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About the Author
Author Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1848) transformed the American literary landscape with his innovations in the short story genre and his haunting lyrical poetry, and he is credited with inventing American gothic horror and detective fiction. He was first published in 1827 and then began a career as a magazine writer and editor and a sharp literary critic. In 1845 the publication of his most famous poem, “The Raven,” brought him national fame.