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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (101,878 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Chris Lutkin Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2017 ISBN: 9781520083414
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First published in a 1839 edition of Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, The Fall of the House of Usher is the story of the declining physical and psychological health of the residents of the House of Usher—and the way in which the house itself reflects that. Gothic in theme and style, the story is an exemplar of Poe’s philosophy of composition, which dictates that literary works should be short, methodological, and have a unity of effect wherein all the elements of the story are related and relevant.

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

    " I didn't make it all the way through the book but I love Poe's works and would someday like to read all of them. The Telltale Heart is by far my favorite! "

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel | 1/19/2014

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 4/12/2011

    " It was interesting, it was well written...but what was the point??? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 4/7/2011

    " A-Ma-ZING! The house takes on the physical and emotional ailments of both it's living characters and those who are dead, keeping them suspended in a half-living state. Terrifying! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 3/31/2011

    " Not one of his best, in my opinion. Maybe the language went over my head. It was pretty creepy, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/14/2010

    " Edgar Allan Poe at his creepiest best! "

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/11/2010

    " This was a depressing one. His descriptive abilities are amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 10/7/2010

    " A good short story with very detailed descriptions which made me feel I was there in the mansion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sana | 9/13/2010

    " Creepy but not scary enough for a Poe read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonfaith | 9/6/2010

    " Not to dote along a cliche, but it was simply thrilling detour: a bit purple perhaps, but enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tenijha | 8/4/2010

    " I am amazed that this short story that only took half an hour to read was so chilling! Hair on my arms was standing up when Usher says Madeline was standing outside the door! "

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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

Chris Lutkin has been in and around the business of acting for more than twenty-five years. A member of Ensemble Studio Theater for twenty years, his proud moments include being directed by Jerry Zaks in a play called Buddy-Pals and working with Horton Foote on his play Lily Dale playing Horace, and putting in more than four hundred off-Broadway performances in a Perfect Crime.