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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: Grover Gardner Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781593161163
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It was about dusk, one evening during the supreme madness of the carnival season, that I encountered my friend. He accosted me with excessive warmth, for he had been drinking much. The man wore motley. He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells. I was so pleased to see him, that I thought I should never have done wringing his hand.

Originally published in Godey’s Lady’s Book in November 1846, The Cask of Amontillado is set in nineteenth-century Italy and concerns the deadly revenge taken by the insane narrator on a friend who he claims has insulted him. Like several of Poe’s stories—and in keeping with the nineteenth-century fascination with the subject—the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive.

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  • “Poe was a master of gothic horror, and this short story shows why. From the first sentence, the narrator vows revenge, and the reader is in on the action as the conceited victim is lured into the catacombs, chained, walled up, and left to die among the piled skeletons.”

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  • 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.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.