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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (17,909 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: Going Public … in Shorts Release Date: June 2013 ISBN: 9781482943078
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Edgar Allen Poe is seen today as one of the greatest practitioners of gothic and detective fiction that ever lived, and popular culture is replete with references to him. In “The Pit and the Pendulum,” one of his most famous short works, a condemned man is judged guilty by the Spanish Inquisition and sentenced to die. Locked away in a pitch-black cell, he soon discovers a pit in the center of the room, a watery grave at its base. Above him hangs a large, razor-sharp pendulum. As the man is slowly tortured, he must face either the pit or the pendulum.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marts (Thinker) | 2/17/2014

    " The Pit and the Pendulum tells a tale of torments endurd by a prisoner, this volume also includes other tales such as, The Black Cat and The Tell-Tale Heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Gager | 2/14/2014

    " Read this probably with some other Poe stories(The Telltale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher)back in the 60's. Maybe for prep school English class. I can still hear the swoosh of the blade. Date read is approximate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Capsguy | 2/9/2014

    " Nice introduction to classic horror/Poe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tino Rodriguez | 1/15/2014

    " still a book I think a lot of and this is many years after I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/8/2014

    " I thought this one was the best of the 3 Poe stories on the 1001 Books you must read before you die list. It really makes you feel like you are in the shoes of the narrator. It also has a great ending. Altogether a fabulous read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet Brennan | 1/8/2014

    " Welcome to the perfectly deranged mind of Edgar Allan Poe as you are walked through a man's death sentence "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 11/30/2013

    " "The room had been square. I saw that two of its iron angles were now acute and two, consequently, obtuse. In an instant the apartment had shifted it's form into that of a lozenge." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacqie | 11/17/2013

    " I read this for school. It was actually kinda interesting. Poe is definitely Gothic..lol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle Frost | 10/24/2013

    " This was amazing. It contains something strange that had added to the book's beauty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marzena | 8/22/2013

    " This is a genius story that you can't simply forget. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 AnnMarie | 7/21/2013

    " Poe is not my favorite author, and this story creeps me out big time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 6/10/2013

    " A classic in the gothic-horror genre for a reason, this story never fails to send chills up my spine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.S. Bailey | 2/24/2013

    " One of my favorite Poe stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenette | 12/5/2012

    " I have loved Edgar Allen Poe since High School. Love the creepy of it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Em | 11/8/2012

    " Great from cover to cover. You can't help but keep reading to the end to find out if the man is actually going to be killed because he keeps escaping from his sentence to death. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruna Gonçalves | 3/22/2012

    " one of the most amazing Poe's tales "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lala | 3/1/2012

    " the story gives you chills down your spine. this is what nightmares are made of. moreover, try reading this while you are having fever. that's one complete experience i would not forget, ever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/24/2012

    " Not as terrifying as I had hoped. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roland | 10/24/2011

    " A great short story, but what the hell was up with that ending? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kolan | 8/18/2011

    " Read Poe when I was about 16 during my dark goth period (even tho i didn't dress goth inside I was) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 7/24/2011

    " Took me a while to get into it, and by the time I had it ended (somewhat anticlimactically). Great writing though. "

  • 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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