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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (992 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Adam Sims Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Poe's only full novel, is one of his most unusual works. A riveting story, toldl in the first person, it tells of a disastrous sea voyage involving storms, mutiny, starvation, thirst - and a mysterious conclusion. Jorge Luis Borges and Baudelaire were among those who rated it highly. This recording was timed to mark the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth. 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 Janet | 2/18/2014

    " Very Gothic. Very Poe. Lots of violence, claustrophobic horror, creepiness. Not enough whales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 2/17/2014

    " This might be the worst novel by a legendary author ever published. Seriously, it's terrible. There is no continuity throughout the novel. Characters appear and disappear at will. It switches between first person narrative and diary style travelogue a couple times, with no explanation. However, the concept of whiteness and blackness, as well as the racist overtones throughout this novel are fascinating and don't really come out in any of Poe's short stories. Totally worth the read, even if it's only to understand the commentary in "Pym." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Quitério | 1/10/2014

    " Unsettling, disturbing and compulsive are the words I find to describe this book. I turn into a compulsive reader when I read it, I find it truly unsettling and quite disturbing. The story isn't that great but the friendship between the two main characters is the motor of the story, is the reason of all the disasters. And that's why I love it so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ellen middlebrook herron | 12/18/2013

    " weird. very weird. and like 3 separate stories in one. but i'm really glad that i finally got around to reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 12/1/2013

    " Flawed in several ways. Poe was wise to stick with poetry and short stories as his only novel is truly not up to his usual standards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 11/28/2013

    " I really liked this in high school and did a book report about it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 7/23/2013

    " It tells some cool adventures thought up by Poe around 1838 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laywa | 4/29/2013

    " I thought it would be as good as the tales, but it wasn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darrenbob | 12/31/2012

    " Poe's only novel-length story. For good reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/22/2012

    " A hillarious spoof on Moby Dick. The main character experiences a plethora of mishaps (which really should cause absolute death of the character) but somehow Pym always manages to "straighten his tie" and head to the captain's table for dinner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyle | 10/15/2012

    " Long and tiresome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elsa | 7/30/2012

    " Did H.P. Lovecraft riff on some of the ideas and scenes in this story? Hmmm. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sunny | 3/9/2012

    " set on a fishing port in north east america about. Arthur hides on a whaling ship adn various adventures befall him. the soty starts of as an adventure story but then it becomes bizarre and references the "hollow earth" theory which modern science has since refuted. quiky book witha bizarre ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernie | 11/7/2011

    " I loved the detail. It seems like Edgar Allan Poe cannot resist talking about being buried alive in any book that he writes. It's classic Poe, but with a spirit of adventure that I have not previously known in his writing. Great stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Namrirru | 5/21/2011

    " Eww, eww, eww! "

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

    " Read book for a class "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith | 5/4/2011

    " "Pym whose failures entice instead of repel. Pym that flows and ignites and Pym that becomes so entrenched it stagnates for hundreds of words at a time. A book that at times makes no sense, gets wrong both history and science..." - mat johnson "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 3/6/2011

    " I love Edgar Allan Poe that's why I'm giving his only novel 4 stars. If it was anyone else it would only be 3 but I'm prejudiced! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Babete | 2/28/2011

    " ( Aventuras Extraordinárias de Gordon Pym ) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Erika (YAlitcrave) | 2/22/2011

    " I love Poe. But his only novel is not up to his standards. It was ridiculous, boring, and seemed pointless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/28/2011

    " This story was pretty amazing. I'm pretty positive that the writers of Lost were reading this when they created that show. For me, I found there to be a connection between Pym and Dr. Faustus with his overwhelming desire to sail and have an adventure. More to come later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 12/13/2010

    " It tells some cool adventures thought up by Poe around 1838 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geraud | 12/7/2010

    " La seule histoire du monde Qui commence mal, continue mal et fini très mal.
    c'est un régal pour qui aime les bonnes histoires de bateaux, de naufrages et d'aventures. "

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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

Adam Sims, Earphones Award-winning narrator, is an actor who trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. His recordings for radio include Wenny Has Wings, The World According to Humphrey, and The Salamander Letter, all for the BBC. Film and theater credits include Band of Brothers on HBO; Lost in Space and The Madness of George III at the West Yorkshire Playhouse; Alice in Wonderland with the Royal Shakespeare Company; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Regent’s Park; and Snake in Fridge at the Royal Exchange Theatre, for which he won the award for Best Actor at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards.