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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (102,009 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: William Roberts Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2005 ISBN:
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The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares: premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.

Also in this collection of Poe's tales of mystery and imagination: The Black Cat, The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar, The Cask of Amontillado, Ligeia, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, The Premature Burial, and The Raven.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronald | 2/19/2014

    " If you want to read a short story or a poem from Edgar Allan Poe just buy this book ussually it is very cheap. "

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

    " I absolutely love the short stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe! Yes, they are suspenseful, insane, depressing, and sound like the works of a madman, but they have unbelievable depth and truth. I feel as though I am right in the story. I may have enjoyed these stories so much because they are quite different from the norm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronkohai | 2/14/2014

    " Edgar allan poe, the name itself is a legend. This fenomunal guy doesn't need an introduction, I have a love affair with his stories and poems, everything he wrote was genius and is true literature "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Kilfoyle | 2/12/2014

    " It has taken me quite a few years to finally read everything in this volume and marks out of 5 are given on the strength of the book as a whole. Although Poe is my favourite author and his better stories (Masque of the Red Death, The Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher etc.) are without parallel in the world of gothic horror, it is easy to see *why* these are the better known of his works. Although amongst the tales I had never read before there was the odd gem (Silence: A Fable is one that particularly stands out for me) there were a few that I found it difficult to hold an interest in, particularly his humourous tales which are not to my taste at all. His poems are generally of a much higher standard though some of them have a challenging structure and rhythm which make them difficult to read (which is not a surprise at all after having read his two essays on poetry which are also included in this volume). However again when he is at his best, as in Annabel Lee, Alone, The Conqueror Worm and of course The Raven he is completely beyond criticism for me. So, the loss of a single star purely because a couple of his stories are not up to the high standards he has set for himself when he is at his best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristaline Shanon | 2/11/2014

    " My favorite poet and writer as a child and still I read his stuff over and over! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 2/4/2014

    " I used to be transfixed by all of Poe's short stories. I'm not as passionate about them now but they are still as chilling as ever. They don't have the gore like most of the horror stories now but are every bit as scary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenzie *Clinically Acclaimed* | 2/1/2014

    " Poe is a brilliant poet, although some of his short stories and poems are quite morbid. They're very interesting, and well written. I really wish that he hadn't died so early in his life, because his poetry was a burst of creative genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gini | 1/16/2014

    " I love Edgar Allen Poe's writing but by the time I finish this I'll be 80 >_< "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 1/1/2014

    " My favorite of all time. Poe is incredible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dottie Darling | 12/29/2013

    " One of my all time favorite authors! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B.J. | 11/23/2013

    " quote the raven, nevermore. Love that Poe. Faves: Ullalume, Annabel Lee and, of course, The Raven -- great rhyme scheme and meter choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/16/2013

    " I've read several of Poe's stories with my 9th and 8th grade students. The language is a bit advanced but they love the twisted endings. Poe is creepy and odd and so much fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 11/8/2013

    " There's nothing like Poe to chill your bones. He's an amazing writer and most of his poems totally freak me out...which is a good thing. I had to read some of his work in school, and it wasn't even like homework, but more like fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Barros-burkhardt | 10/26/2013

    " I read Poe in grade school and I've always loved all his short stories and poems. I still love reading them from time to time. He was a deep writer and I always tune them in to my emotions. Love him! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nina | 10/25/2013

    " Although I can appreciate his literary skill. His work gives me nightmares. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C.D. Sweitzer | 10/17/2013

    " I had this book when I was a teenager, and it hooked me on gothic horror ever since. Beautifully written and macabre. Modern horror is so LAME compared to this! Pass me the absinthe, I'll have what he's having! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erich | 10/12/2013

    " An amazing collection of the finest works of one of America's greatest authors. Often unheralded and definately underrated, Poe is a master and creator of several genres. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 6/16/2013

    " I love Poe more than any other American author. I've read the complete works at least once and I admire the complete flexibility of his writing style. This is a great book for anyone who loves some darkness in what they read, or a great mystery story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rory | 3/23/2013

    " When I was given this book, I had already read much of Poe's work and was a huge fan. This book spent years on my bedside table for easy access whenever I felt the urge to read it. I've read it cover to cover and absolutely love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/11/2013

    " I have read some of the stories and have enjoyed the Pit and the Pendulum, the Tell-tale heart, the cask of amontialldo, fall of the house of usher etc. Much enjoyed! Please try it out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marquise De sade | 12/8/2012

    " Not many words to discribe my depth of love for Poe's writings! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Mueller | 10/22/2012

    " How can you not love the brooding Poe!? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 10/6/2012

    " I read this every year before Halloween. I usually re-read a favorite or two, and as many more previously unread stories that I can fit in. You can't go wrong with Poe! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Knier | 6/18/2012

    " Great stuff in Poe, but reading one after the other seems to erode some of the effectiveness. Sample occasionally, rather than in one sitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suellen | 11/2/2011

    " cool! it is difficult to make me feel fear through a book. Poe knew how. And even when he doesn't scare the shit out of me, he has the hability of making me pround of his clever mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 7/7/2011

    " Edgar Allan Poe- dark, witty, a little bit twisted, and above all, brilliant. The only recommendation I would give is to really try and get the edition that's illustrated by Harry Clarke. Their styles lend really well toward one other and the effect is something special. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Fisher | 5/11/2011

    " He's the master in my humble opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madilyn | 3/24/2011

    " I love Edgar Allan Poe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Misty | 3/20/2011

    " I love Edgar Allen Poe and having all of his work in one book is incredible. Sadly, I don't own this one though I've read it. I will definitely be adding it to my collection. "

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

    " Mine was another hardcover edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/18/2011

    " Another great Poe, I love it when kids at school start reading Poe and they light up with understanding. Horror is a favorite, but Poe is the master. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Argothia | 12/15/2010

    " The Fall of the House of Usher is a wonderfully, fascinating and horrifying tale, in my opinion one of Edgar Allan Poe's best works. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 11/15/2010

    " A chilling story full of charecters with enough background information in such a short story. Now my reviews are getting better. :) Also I mean the real one not the short one in class
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica | 9/18/2010

    " I really liked the spookiness of it all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 9/5/2010

    " This is simply what every writer should aspire to do, make every word count! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 8/27/2010

    " Some of the short stories were interesting but most of the book was redundant so clearly I am not a Poe fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MJ | 8/24/2010

    " I love, love, loved this story. It was a little difficult to read at times and I even had to read over a couple sections more than once to fully understand what was going on. But Poe is proving to be one of my favorite writers--I love the twists he throws in at the very last minute!! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roxanne | 8/11/2010

    " don't you wonder what Poe was like at parties? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 3/26/2010

    " liked it but didnt love it. its basically the end of an heritage immortalized in/by a house. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/7/2010

    " Story about a man goes to visit his creepy sick boyhood friend in his decaying mansion where he lives with his sickly sister. Someone told me this was one of Poe's best stories. It was good but I wouldn't say the best. It didn't fail to spook me out but leading up to it was very slow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mommy | 2/23/2010

    " Very Creepy - that's why we love it! "

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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

William Roberts’ theater appearances include Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird. Among his films are Cold Mountain and Death Wish III, while he has been seen on television in Martin Chuzzlewit and The Old Devils. An accomplished voice artist, he is a frequent narrator of audiobooks and has received an AudioFile Earphones Award.