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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (259 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781593165031
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Edgar Allan Poe is widely known as a master of the macabre—and this short story, originally published in 1849, is a testament to that.

Poe’s masterpiece of recrimination and revenge depicts a king and his court as self-indulgent buffoons. Hop-Frog, a grotesquely deformed dwarf, and his friend Trippetta were captured and forced to serve as jester for the king and his court. The king’s cruelty drives Hop-Frog to plan revenge—a terrible, terrible revenge.

It has been suggested that Poe wrote this story as a form of literary revenge against a woman named Elizabeth F. Ellet, and several others.

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  • “A tale of horror and heart, Hop Frog teaches the lesson that you reap what you sow. With an incredibly creative plot and cast of characters, Poe is able to captivate the reader from start to finish.”

    Examiner.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/13/2014

    " last published poe work; revenge of the dwarfs "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 9/7/2013

    " The underdog kicks 'a' and takes names. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deana Young | 11/16/2012

    " A good scary tale by EAP -- where Height doesn't mean a thing if you are seeking revenge! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Timothy Morrow | 5/6/2012

    " A fun little tale about a Dwarf who finally had enough and takes a horrid revenge on his captor and master the King. It makes you feel for the half-insane deformed creature, even after what he does in the story. Altogether, a interesting story and great tale.....Timothy~ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sierra | 4/15/2012

    " this was not 44 pages when we read it in class. it was like 8.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Juergen | 1/27/2012

    " this is one of my favorite Poe stories...why is it not more well-known? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaac | 12/4/2011

    " Read it people! This short story is literally heart warming. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 11/12/2011

    " This was a great story from Poe about revenge. A king calls Hop Frog, a jester, and his female friend, Trippetta, into perform and entertain. After insulting Hop Frog and Trippetta, Hop Frog devises a wonderful form of revenge for the king and his counselors. I loved this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 5/30/2011

    " Probably one of the funnest revenge stories I've ever read. Brief, intriguing, and thoroughly entertaining. Great for kids, too (if they've a morbid sense justice)! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 1/23/2011

    " Yes, the violence and that element of morbidity are there, that sudden horror that catches you when it comes to Poe. But herein lies a message one that reminds us not to be evildoers but to respect all regardless of circumstance... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiny Mendoza | 1/7/2011

    " Based on the title, I thought the story was humorous but I stand corrected since it's about revenge. One of the best stories about revenge that I've read, actually and one of my favorite by Poe's, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 10/19/2010

    " I'm going through as many well-known Poe stories as I can right now. There's not a lot to this one but it's quite violent. It must have been fairly shocking in its day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ahmed Bahaa | 7/4/2010

    " in this one i felt the sadness, the suffering ,the agonay,and the happiness all togather such a great poem "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Capsguy | 12/4/2009

    " Proof that Poe could excel other than in the horror/suspense genres. A nice little read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam Sprague | 11/7/2009

    " I cheered for the lad,but it's just not that great of a revenge. "

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