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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (685 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: John L Chatty Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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Ligeia is a haunting story told by a husband about his deceased wife. She was beautiful but, also very strange in many ways. After her untimely death,he marries again but strange things start to happen as he becomes disenchanted with his newwife and begins thinking more and more about his first wife, Ligeia. Poe's descriptive powers are at his best here in setting the mood for this incredible story. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aryeli | 2/16/2014

    " oh Poe <3 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 2/13/2014

    " My favorite of Poe's works "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/8/2014

    " Ok, I am having a tough time with Ligeia. I loved the ghost story part of this. Crimony, I wanted to shoot up out of my chair and go screaming from the room! The suspense was spectacular! I mean, could you imagine, your dead spouse suddenly re-animating and walking across the room toward you while still in their shroud?! Granted, this would be more horrifying if it were in a gothic setting, and if there were all kinds of Egyptian funerary objects scattered around the room, but thankfully, those things were present in Ligeia. But the first half of this story went on entirely too long. The narrator babbled on so much about Ligeia's large black eyes, (eyes that seemed much larger than those of normal people), and about her superior intelligence, that I began to think, "What is he describing here, an alien?!" Really, it left the realm of gothic romance and wandered into the realm of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. So for me, Poe just spent too much time on (ridiculously flowery) verbal portraiture of Ligeia the woman, and not enough time freaking me out with what could have been a truly great ghost story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/2/2014

    " The writing seems dated to me in its melodrama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelly | 2/1/2014

    " This was a strange fun little story I read for the Poe Party this year. I love the Poe Party. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/18/2014

    " Man, does he love this lassie's eyes. He goes on about them for twenty minutes. I never knew there were so many ways to describe a woman's eyes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 1/17/2014

    " Daily Lit book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/15/2014

    " This short story contains everything one would expect from Edgar Allan Poe: creepiness, dark, gothic writing, people dying, people coming back from the dead (at least perceived by the narrator). I enjoyed it quite a bit. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oksana | 1/15/2014

    " Short but I like it :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hope | 1/12/2014

    " The first Poe book I hated! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 12/9/2013

    " Read through Daily Lit. A thing of beauty transformed into a thing of ugliness. It was very interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 May | 10/24/2013

    " Not really my cuppa. I found it tedious this first reading. I might try it again another day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 9/20/2013

    " It took a time gettin into, even being a short story. Poe has a richness in his narrative description that paints a vivid be it macabre vision to the reader. It was not until the end that I realized what this story was about and it hit with a resounding spine chilling thump when I did! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joey | 9/4/2013

    " The suspense was a little heavy. The outcome, for me, was overshadowed by way too much description. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianna | 7/16/2013

    " Like most of Poe's works, "Ligeia" has to do with perversity. It has to do with the women's sphere, with madness, with love, with hate, with race and money and the nineteenth century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 6/6/2013

    " I read this as a kind of love story; my classmates read it as utterly creepy. I saw the ending as a literal event; my classmates read it as a hallucination. Is there something wrong with me? Probably. Ligeia is awesome. End of story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessyca | 1/5/2013

    " Definitely interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 8/3/2012

    " Wonderfully written, I especially enjoyed Poe's description style in this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 7/31/2012

    " Typical Poe. I never thought that I would enjoy anything of Poe but after I, or me readin for an American Literature class, made myself read some of Poe's works, I like him. Ligeia is dark and not the happiest story but I liked it anyway. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 iGravityâ„¢ | 1/26/2012

    " Poe is talent itself; an earthly linearization of the pure abstract. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luigi Paz | 12/3/2011

    " Not bad, not great. Meh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For | 8/30/2011

    " Fairly typical Poe short story, overly wordy with supernatural elements and a tortured soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 3/11/2011

    " As far as I will go when it comes to reading horror. I love Poe. He lived such a sad yet fascinating life, it's interesting to me to read his works and see a product of such a life he lived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 11/30/2010

    " Some good stuff in there; mostly a lot of second-rate stuff (in my opinion). I learned from reading this book that I don't much care for Poe. More power to those who do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 10/6/2010

    " So many books I've read lately referred to Poe that I felt I ought to re-read some of the short stories. In the end, I've opted for three stars, as the good ones are really good, and for the most part balance out the stories which grabbed me less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalía | 7/30/2010

    " Poe was a HUGE influence in my writing short fiction. His tales are brilliant and psychologically chilling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alessandro | 3/8/2010

    " It doesn't get any better than this, folks. Edgar Allan Poe is the unchallenged master of horror and what got me into reading books. His short stories always deliver and are imbued with a unique horror aura. The stuff of legends, ladies and gentlemens.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurinda | 1/11/2010

    " I really hate Poe. I'm only reading this because I have to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 1/11/2010

    " I think this book is really good! I recomend everyone to read this if the are interested into the life of Edgar Allen Poe. He is a really creppy person but his stories have a way of pulling me in and keep me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damon | 8/12/2009

    " This book is decent ... I read the English edition... They only thing lacking is his amazing collection of poems... this was a poet who was very deep and dark at times but the short stories only show his lighter side.. But great work to say the least.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 1/14/2009

    " Many of the stories in this collection tend towards the monotonous and dull. There are the odd one or two which are engaging but overall the writing comes across as laboured and grinding. A great little dust collector, this one. "

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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.