The Raven and Selected Short Stories Audiobook, by Edgar Allan Poe Play Audiobook Sample

The Raven and Selected Short Stories Audiobook

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Read By: Stefan Rudnicki, Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781483090603

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65:53 minutes

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09:31 minutes

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33:42 minutes

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Publisher Description

The title work in this collection of twelve short stories and poems is widely regarded as the most famous of Edgar Allan Poe's writings. This unsettling tale in verse tells of a man's slow descent into madness as he mourns the loss of his lover. The mysterious visit of a talking raven that utters only one word sparks the man's steady decline.

Now the inspiration for a major motion picture starring John Cusack, these tales of mystery and terror are here brought vividly to life by Blackstone Audio. Poe, the inventor of the modern detective story, was an expert at weaving suspense and horror into tales that thrill and chill. Included in this collection are "The Raven," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Black Cat," "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar," "Hop-Frog," "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt," and "The Purloined Letter."

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"I love Poe's work. I always have since I was introduced to it in school. The narration is well done, and that sets this book above the audiobook that I already had. Nothing better for me than to listen to a tale in the dark before I go to sleep. Not so scary now, but still brings tingles because it reminds me of the first time these were read to me. Well done."

— Bur (4 out of 5 stars)


  • “This vivid writing!—this power which is felt! ‘The Raven’ has produced a sensation—a ‘fit horror’ here in England. Some of my friends are taken by the fear of it, and some by the music.”

    — Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • “Stefan Rudnicki and Bronson Pinchot work eerily well together to bring a dozen of Edgar Allan Poe’s works to life. Pinchot’s pacing and timing are impeccable—from the frantic whispers of a tortured man’s startling confession in “The Fall of the House of Usher” to the matter-of-fact tone he gives a madman who hides a dismembered body in “The Tell-Tale Heart.” In “The Raven,” there’s a guttural, almost growling quality to Rudnicki’s voice that’s as dark as the feathers of the bird itself. Throughout the production both narrators add suspenseful pauses that have just the right spine-tingling effect.”

    — AudioFile
  • “A great triumph of imagination and art…The rhythm of the poem is exquisite, its phraseology is in the highest degree musical and apt, the tone of the whole is wonderfully sustained and appropriate to the subject, which, full as it is of a wild and tender melancholy, is admirably well chosen.”

    — Southern Literary Messenger
  • “Edgar Allan Poe’s style is florid, his denouements chilling, and his mastery of the genre unchallenged…In tones ranging from hushed to exclamatory [Stefan Rudnicki and Bronson Pinchot] portray the author’s bizarre short stories and the title poem, emphasizing his lush, melodious language. Both narrators make Poe’s more elaborate language more accessible to today’s younger readers/listeners.”


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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I listened to the audiobook rather than reading, and I am glad that I made this choice. One of the narrators sounds amazingly like Wharf. Beautiful voice. "

    — Court, 7/2/2013
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    " It's Poe! "

    — Tim, 4/1/2013

About 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 Narrators

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than five thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than nine hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for several audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.