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3.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 53.57 out of 5 3.57 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781593166083
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“The Oblong Box,” which was first published in 1844 concerns a sea voyage and a mysterious box taken aboard the ship. “It was about six feet in length by two and a half in breadth.” The owner of the box begins acting very strangely and refuses to say what is in the box. As the ship passes Cape Hatteras, it is caught in a hurricane and the terrible truth about the box is finally revealed. A vintage Poe story.                                           
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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caiti | 6/16/2011

    " Poe is so macabre. And brilliant. The illustrations in this are very vibrant. They kind of feel like an assault on my eyes. Not my cup of tea, but they fit Poe's work really well, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 5/14/2011

    " They are very astmospheric, moody stories. A fun read if you don't linger in that place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JaNae | 4/11/2011

    " This author had an interesting/eerie mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 3/11/2011

    " As far as I will go when it comes to reading horror. I love Poe. He lived such a sad yet fascinating life, it's interesting to me to read his works and see a product of such a life he lived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 faress | 1/10/2011

    " believe me, it's haunting. dont try to read it at night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 11/30/2010

    " Some good stuff in there; mostly a lot of second-rate stuff (in my opinion). I learned from reading this book that I don't much care for Poe. More power to those who do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lahni | 10/21/2010

    " I really enjoyed a couple of the stories and didn't like a couple of the stories at all. The stories weren't as quick of a read as I thought they'd be because of the dense writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 10/6/2010

    " So many books I've read lately referred to Poe that I felt I ought to re-read some of the short stories. In the end, I've opted for three stars, as the good ones are really good, and for the most part balance out the stories which grabbed me less. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 9/11/2010

    " ¡Qué obra tan maravillosa la que nos dejó el señor Poe con todos sus cuentos y poemas! :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chaos-progenitus | 8/8/2010

    " Ksiazka specyficzna - bowiem jest zbiorem róznych opowiadan. Róznych o tyle, ze niektóre sa niemalze detektywistyczne - a niektóre na wskros metafizyka czuc ;] "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roberto | 7/30/2010

    " No soy bueno para reviews, pero altamente recomendado, les dara miedo de verdad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosalía | 7/30/2010

    " Poe was a HUGE influence in my writing short fiction. His tales are brilliant and psychologically chilling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alessandro | 3/8/2010

    " It doesn't get any better than this, folks. Edgar Allan Poe is the unchallenged master of horror and what got me into reading books. His short stories always deliver and are imbued with a unique horror aura. The stuff of legends, ladies and gentlemens.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurinda | 1/11/2010

    " I really hate Poe. I'm only reading this because I have to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 1/11/2010

    " I think this book is really good! I recomend everyone to read this if the are interested into the life of Edgar Allen Poe. He is a really creppy person but his stories have a way of pulling me in and keep me reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damon | 8/12/2009

    " This book is decent ... I read the English edition... They only thing lacking is his amazing collection of poems... this was a poet who was very deep and dark at times but the short stories only show his lighter side.. But great work to say the least.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sean | 1/14/2009

    " Many of the stories in this collection tend towards the monotonous and dull. There are the odd one or two which are engaging but overall the writing comes across as laboured and grinding. A great little dust collector, this one. "

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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

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.