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Extended Audio Sample The Murders in the Rue Morgue: Edgar Allan Poe, by Edgar Allan Poe
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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 "

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