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The Cask of Amontillado

Narrated by: William Roberts
Length: 17 mins
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One of Edgar Allan Poe’s most chilling short stories finds the starkly Machiavellian protagonist, Montresor, proudly recounting how he used his friend Fortunado’s affinity for fine wine as a duplicitous method for exacting revenge for the unspecified "thousand injuries" he had inflicted upon him in this engrossing audiobook expertly performed by William Roberts, whose unflinching and deeply committed portrayal of the pathologically prideful narrator elevates Poe’s exploration of the darkest crevices of human nature.

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This is a story from the Fall of the House of Usher collection.

The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares: Premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.

Also in this collection of Poe's tales of mystery and imagination: "The Black Cat", "The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar", "The Cask of Amontillado", "Ligeia", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Premature Burial", and "The Raven".

Public Domain (P)2003 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

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"Those who thought only Basil Rathbone could narrate Poe are in for a surprise and a treat. The no-nonsense William Roberts narrates a production mercifully free of frills. No unnecessary music or sound effects interfere with the brilliance of the writing or the purity of the performance." ( AudioFile)

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  • Jessica Braswell
  • 07-10-19

Using for classroom reading;

The students really seem to enjoy this version. I would recommend for anyone who has to do the read alouds.

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  • Brndn
  • 22-03-17

Great short story!

Revenge is a dish best served cold. William Roberts does a marvelous job on this chilling tale!