The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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This Penguin Classic is performed by Tom Ravenscroft, radio presenter known for his work on BBC 6 Music, and Catherine Bailey, known for A Quiet Passion and The Crown, as leading roles in London Theatres. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by David Galloway.
The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings is a collection that displays the full force of Edgar Allen Poe's mastery of both Gothic horror and the short story form.
This selection of Poe's critical writings, short fiction and poetry demonstrates his intense interest in aesthetic issues, and the astonishing power and imagination with which he probed the darkest corners of the human mind. 'The Fall of the House of Usher' is a slow-burning Gothic horror, describing the final hours of a family tormented by tragedy and the legacy of the past. In 'The Tell-Tale Heart', a murderer's insane delusions threaten to betray him, while stories such as 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'The Raven' and 'The Cask of Amontillado' explore extreme states of decadence, fear and hate.
In his introduction David Galloway re-examines the myths surrounding Poe's life and reputation. This edition includes a new chronology and suggestions for further reading.
Although dissipated in his youth and plagued by mental instability towards the end of his life, Boston-born Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) had a variety of occupations, including service in the US army and magazine editor, as well as his remarkable literary output.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 8 minutes|
|Author||Edgar Allan Poe|
|Narrator||Tom Ravenscroft, Catherine Bailey|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 27 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #153,720 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#4,762 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
#21,575 in Classic Literature (Books)
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Poe's writing style and voice is impressive and I wish I were able to enjoy his short stories but there were too many that left me too bored to keep me impressed with the ones that didn't. To me, they were either exceptionally good or bad and only the writing kept me going. I wish I was able to delve deeper into the stories as I was reading this for research purposes but I couldn't enjoy myself in every story and I found myself taking forever to get through this volume on the sheer fact that nothing kept me returning for more. I didn't want to pick the book up again and keep reading so I'm glad that the stories were short because if I were reading a novel I think it would've taken me longer to get through it.
Perhaps I'll try something else from Poe in the future because his writing style is well mastered but I may have to make it later on to distance myself from this disappointing experience. Maybe I'll go back to the stories I did enjoy and go from there because if I had to go through the entire volume again I think I'd have enough of Poe for the rest of my life.