Poe invented modern suspense. Each emotion that draws and assails human spirit is found in his work. You cannot read a horror novel or see a tragic operatic production without seeing Poe in the shadows. Whether in sing-song rhyme or austere prose, Poe tells pithy and terrifying tales. His writings evoke the Greek tragedies. Poe's narrators are dangerously unreliable. No character's sanity or decency can be taken at face value. Narrator Nicholas Stikoski reads Poe with utter sincerity. His curious but normal tone convinces you to trust what you hear, until the supernatural weirdness kicks in. Despite knowing the bait and switch, listeners will be lured by the certainty in Stikoski's voice to believe in dire and fantastic characters and events.
A collection of classic works by Edgar Allan Poe, American author, poet, editor, and literary critic. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story and is considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. He is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.Includes: "The Unparalleled Adventures of one Hans Peall", "The Gold Bug", "Four Beasts in One - The Homo-Camel-Leopard", "The Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Mystery of Marie Roget", "The Baloon-Hoax", "Ms. Found in a Bottle", "The Oval Portrait".
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"Poor narration hurts these Poe classics"
What's not to like about Edgar Allen Poe? These are classic stories with a wide range of appeal. The narrator was so disappointing to me that I have not been able to finish listening to the sories.
Poe is not all death and murder. His stories range from clever satire, humor, mystery, and early forms of science fiction. There is no other figure in literature like him.
The biggest problem I have with the narrator is that he makes a loud inhaling sound before he begins a new sentence. By the end of the first story, his breathing noises had become so distracting that I was not even hearing the words anymore. He is not fluent either, often breaking a sentence with a long pause where there is no punctuation to justify it. And finally, he speaks in a subdued, quiet monotone. He does not seem to understand that not all of Poe's writing needs to be spoken with a kind of quiet gravity. Much of Poe's work calls for a tongue-in-cheek delivery. The least he could do is try to inject a little life into it.
I am glad to see more volumes of Poe's work with different narrators.
It's too bad that Vincent Price isn't around to give his voice to these stories. After watching his performances in the old movie adaptations of Poe's work, it is obvious that he not only understood the mechanics of the story, but he relished each delicious line.
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