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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,947 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Walter Covell Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN:
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Edgar Allan Poe, American poet and master of the horror tale, is also credited by many with inventing the American mystery story. The Gold Bug is one of his most famous stories. It was first published in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in June 1843, after Poe had won a competition held by the paper and received a prize of $100. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 2/19/2014

    " I first read The Gold Bug several years ago, when I was only about ten years old, maybe even younger. I remember making -- or more accurately, trying to make -- my own treasure map and riddle after I finished it. At that time, I didn't know who Edgar Allan Poe was, but I decided after reading this story that he is a brilliant writer. I can see now that The Tell-Tale Heart is better written, words- and tone-wise, but The Gold Bug was what made me like Poe as a writer. No doubt, The Gold Bug strengthened my interest in riddles, and started my interest in ciphers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 2/17/2014

    " I went through a Poe phase when I was young. This is one of the stories that got under my skin. I liked to sit in the sun and read it out loud, using my 'I am reading Poe' voice, which sounded kind of creepy. I wanted to write like him when I grew up, but unfortunately I am still waiting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kandice | 2/15/2014

    " I must have been about 9, on a family camping trip, when I read this. It was a struggle, but the story was awesome. I should have read it a little older. I probably would have gotten more out of it. I just remember the excitement of knowing what happened next was enough to keep me plugging away! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 2/10/2014

    " An unbelievable mysterious adventure,which finally turns out that in fact, has nothing to do with the gold bug! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J | 2/1/2014

    " I read this book when I was eight or nine. It was one of the first pieces of fiction that made me suspend my disbelief. Now that I write about it and remember the joy I felt in reading it, I have the urge to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackenzie Hayes | 2/1/2014

    " One of my Poe favorites "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 1/31/2014

    " Here Poe tells the tale of William Legrand's gold quest after he gets an insect bite "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 1/19/2014

    " I can't believe I had never read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samuel | 1/11/2014

    " i think it's a great book of calculation and comprehensive search that gives results "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 12/29/2013

    " How can anyone not love part crazy person story, part mystery, part pirate story/gold hunt? Great story. Still love it even though I had not read it in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/10/2013

    " Very strange story about misdirection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 12/7/2013

    " It is a good story but I found some parts rambling and a bit off topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill Warden | 12/3/2013

    " Great stories don't have to be long. Poe does an excellent job maintaining mystery and suspense in this short story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 12/2/2013

    " This is one of my favorite of Poe's stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Belinda | 3/3/2013

    " This book is an interesting mixture of prose and poetry. This are some of Poe's more moderate works. There was nothing really frightening or chilling. I thought I had read the "Purloined Letter" before, however, I clearly never have or my memory is failing at a greater rate than I suspected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Spicer | 11/15/2012

    " LOVE THESE! Had a multi CD collection of Poe's work. EXCELLENT "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandie | 11/2/2012

    " Not my favorite work of Poe but a good read nonetheless "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M. | 10/9/2012

    " Another great short story by Poe :) a mystery, a treasure hunt and pirates :) in such neat story with a remarkable use of words, I liked it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 4/17/2012

    " I love Poe's stories. I would have given this 5 stars, but I got tired of Jupiter's dialect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 3/24/2012

    " Very different from the traditional doom, gloom, gore, and horror that we all expect from Poe. This tale is about cryptology and has a nice little ending that makes you go "Hmmmmm...". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jc | 2/19/2012

    " Like the Dupin stories, this should be read for historical reasons -- important for the development of American fiction. A fun little read, though certainly of an archaic style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Max | 9/9/2011

    " Great book for those who want to know how work the substitution cipher, but otherwise... just an absurd rationale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 5/17/2011

    " I went through a Poe phase when I was young. This is one of the stories that got under my skin. I liked to sit in the sun and read it out loud, using my 'I am reading Poe' voice, which sounded kind of creepy. I wanted to write like him when I grew up, but unfortunately I am still waiting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 5/3/2011

    " Great stories don't have to be long. Poe does an excellent job maintaining mystery and suspense in this short story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aman | 10/27/2010

    " A nice short story. Good time pass! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sona | 9/18/2010

    " this is very interesting adventure story "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mackenzie | 8/29/2010

    " One of my Poe favorites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Radka | 8/27/2010

    " A really nice, interesting story. I expected some kind of terror, after all, it is E.A. Poe, but I still wasn´t disappointed. "

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

    " Excelentes cuentos de un clasico del horror.

    Great tales from a clasic of horror. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginny | 4/17/2010

    " An unbelievable mysterious adventure,which finally turns out that in fact, has nothing to do with the gold bug! "

  • 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 | 2/21/2010

    " Not one of Poe's better stories, it is a mystery of sorts, in that it describes how someone solves a puzzle, but it's mostly about coincidence and about a man doing seemingly crazy things with only the end explanation putting it into context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeni | 1/16/2010

    " I fell in love with Poe as a teen, and still find him utterly perfect in his genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 10/30/2009

    " How can anyone not love part crazy person story, part mystery, part pirate story/gold hunt? Great story. Still love it even though I had not read it in years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MARIAGUADALUPE | 10/27/2009

    " Para todos los amantes del Suspenso no tanto del terror, mas bien relatos que te toenen a la espectativa de que algo extraño sucederá "

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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.