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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,772 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Walter Zimmerman, John Chatty Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue was first published in Graham's Magazine in 1841. Today, it is considered by many as the first detective story. Poe referred to it as one of his tales of ratiocination. C. Auguste Dupin is a Frenchman who decides to solve the mysterious brutal murder of two women in Paris. Numerous witnesses are quoted in the newspaper as having heard a suspect, though the witnesses each think it was a different language. As the first true detective in fiction, the Dupin character established many literary devices which would be used in future fictional detectives including Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. Two such devices are a personal friend who serves as narrator, and the final revelation being presented first followed by the reasoning that leads to it. 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 Doskoi_panda | 2/11/2014

    " Poe's work itself is 5 stars, no question. But this edition would benefit from some footnotes/annotations for some of the more obscure things and the French phrases, rather than the additional material and the "reader's circle" questions/discussions, particularly for someone not familiar with the early 1800s. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dru | 2/8/2014

    " While I enjoy a few things of Poe, the detective "Dupin" is a bit of a bore. I'm sure they were fascinating tales at the time, but they are so easy to "solve" by today's standards. So...they don't really hold up well over time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robert Blanchette | 2/5/2014

    " I can't say that I actually liked this short story. It was a difficult read because of the writing style. I enjoyed the mystery, but found the perpetrator to not be plausible. The complexity of the way the murder was accomplished was too great. "

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

    " The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, and the Purloined Letter, are the three separate mysteries in this book. I enjoyed all three, C. Agugste Dupin being an obvious inspiration for Sherlock Holmes (an observation made by Dr. Watson himself), and the mysteries each being short and clever and unique. Dupin isn't as developed as Holmes but his powers of observation and reasoning mixed with Poe's dark wit and some real life inspiration made these stories real page turners "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aileen | 1/25/2014

    " This story seemed well ahead of its time. I'm fascinated by Edgar Allan Poe and his life and death and even though his topics don't always enthrall me and I skip some of the wordiness of his writing style, the stories are interesting and creepy. Good, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 1/4/2014

    " The first of its kind. Started the Sherlock Holmes trend. "

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

    " Read this for my book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Angelov | 11/12/2013

    " Deductive reasoning can solve anything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Synthia | 11/10/2013

    " Fun to read the father of all detective stories. Interesting to realize that Poe thought of the detective story and got the ball rolling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 11/4/2013

    " A little wordy, but still good. Very interesting, and his reasoning is a little mind boggling... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradford | 10/9/2013

    " The genesis of the Detective story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 9/26/2013

    " Poe's stories are okay, but I beleive there are two camps. Dupin vs. Holmes. I myself will back the Baker Street Sleuth anyday. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 8/16/2013

    " A must read... one of the best detective stories I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Pagel | 6/25/2013

    " great short story! I'd love to read more stories like this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Boss | 6/22/2013

    " After reading Holmes I went to Poe's Auguste Dupin (the original Holmes). Weird, gruesome stories. It's what you'd expect from Poe, I guess. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 4/3/2013

    " I believe these three tales are the pioneers of detective fiction. A precursor to sirs Holmes and Watson. Largely enjoyable but I did give up on the second tale as the detail was quite tedious. A lover of crime fiction should probably read this to see where it all began. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chiara | 7/23/2012

    " 2 murders in Paris are too complicated for the policement but not for our investigator... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 6/14/2012

    " Predecessor to Sherlock Holmes, Poe's Dupin detective stories are a great favorite of mine. The imagery of the orangutan having his way with the straight edge is indelible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 4/21/2012

    " Before there was Sherlock Holmes, there was Dupin. I only wish there were more Dupin mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 valentin | 8/28/2011

    " I think it was 15 or 16 years ago when I first read this novel. I fell in love immediately with E.A.Poe's writing style. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 4/18/2011

    " I had high expectations for this one, but was ultimately disappointed in the ending... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 3/29/2011

    " You would never guess the murderer ....hahaha "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phaedra221 | 3/14/2011

    " This one will take a while as it's day-by-day installment from DailyLit. It's a gripping tale and easy to tell that it was written quite some time ago. The words give that away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Freak | 2/26/2011

    " Esse livro reúne grandes contos da carreira de nosso mestre, Poe. Os mais marcantes, para mim: O gato preto e O Demônio da Perversidade. Além de conter a primeira aventura do primeiro detetive até então: Auguste Dupin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arianna | 12/16/2010

    " Loved it! Very Sherlock Holmes. A quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nomad | 10/19/2010

    " dupin was like holmes, deducting and all. and his fren watson
    A short story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/16/2010

    " I think this is one of the better-written of his short stories. I like his prefacing of how analytical minds work and his comparisons to chess and whist. The crime scene deductions reminded me of our modern day CSI stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaethe | 7/14/2010

    " I don't recall exactly when I first read this (sometime in late elementary/middle school), but it certainly made an impact. I still consider Poe one of my favorite mystery writers. "

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

    " great short story! I'd love to read more stories like this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 2/18/2010

    " Excellent; the original mystery story, this short story from Poe is around the solving of a case of double murder behind locked doors and apparently committed with super human strength "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For | 1/16/2010

    " The very first detective story. I found the solution of the mystery to be somewhat disappointing, but it is certainly the story that set the stage for Sherlock Holmes and all others that followed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 10/15/2009

    " A masterpiece of one of the pioneers on mystery and suspense stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 2/24/2009

    " Crimenes De Calle Morgue/Murders of the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe (1996) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Squeemu | 9/30/2008

    " Too dry and intellectual for my taste. "

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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.