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Featuring three of Poe's most infamous and twisted tales, The Edgar Allan Poe Collection I is a staple for any fan of Edgar Allan Poe's dark stories of madness and horror. David Ian Davies gives a chilling performance in this compendium of terror. Thrilling and sinister, Davies' voice is perfectly suited for these disturbing scenes of torture and madness. It's incredible the way Davies is able to evoke and amplify the feelings of mystery and suspense present in Poe's work.

Summary

One Voice Recordings presents amazingly versatile voice actor David Ian Davies performing three of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous short stories.

Oblong Box is Poe's shipboard tale of a pleasure cruise to New York that progresses from odd to horribly grotesque.

In The Pit and the Pendulum, the infamous trials and inhuman violence of the French Inquisition are the inspiration for Poe's narrative of one man's waking nightmare as he finds himself being driven mad in a torture chamber by one horrific confrontation with hideous immolation after another.

The Black Cat is Poe's renowned and blood curdling story of one man's descent into madness, focused on his steadily growing and inexplicable hatred of a once beloved black feline. This tale is highly disturbing and not for the squeamish.

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Improved as it went along

The reading of the oblong box felt disjointed and punctuation almost ignored. However the other 2 stories were well read and enjoyable.

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A Classic Author, Somewhat Bland Stories

I wasn't really a fan of the stories contained within this one, that's by no means a knock on Edgar Allan Poe, but these 3 stories didn't really grip me. The first was perhaps the one that did most and then the later two fell somewhat short.

The narration was good and the acting was made to separate characters and establish their individuality. David did a good job of the work he was given, I just feel that the work itself wasn't the best to begin with.

I do appreciate that it was a different time and that may be the reason I struggle to resonate with these stories but if this was my only taste of Poes work I probably wouldn't be looking any further. Thankfully that isn't the case!

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Hard to listen

Although Allen poe is a classic writer I found that these stories where not so easy to follow there seemed to be a kind of argogence behind the writing. And the reading by Davies was good but I feel that he was not passionate about the stories and this translated into boredom to me.

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Narrator very easy to listen to voice suited the stories.Would listen to it again

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  • Celina
  • 30-08-05

I would have liked a different accent better

These stories are classics, but I wasn't crazy about the reader's ultra-plummy Shakespearean accent. My husband wasn't bothered by it.

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  • Lgvw Mom
  • 02-02-22

Low Recording Quality

The audio has low quality and awkward pauses. This is distracting. The voice and stories were good though.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-21

You cant go wrong

Its edgar allen poe. You cant go wrong. Wasnt crazy about the narrator but it wasnt unreadable by any means

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  • philippe
  • 09-03-11

unfortunate experience

fortunately for me i had already read edgar allan poe's book, for this particular audiobook doesn't do justice to the author.

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  • William
  • 24-06-22

It's Poe

There’s something about Edgar Allan Poe. He had a gift for the macabre, but also a knack for putting a story together in a way that reveals its secrets slowly and pulls you in, while also exploring the psychology of guilt. This is an audiobook that puts together 3 or Poe’s most famous short stories, “Oblong Box,” “The Black Cat,” and “The Pit and the Pendulum. The “Oblong Box” is just a bit of a strange story of a passenger on a ship that is not quite what he seemed. “The Black Cat” is a tale of a man’s descent into some sort of psychotic madness that changes him so that he becomes cruel and murderous, but who thinks he will get away with it until “betrayed” by a black cat and possibly his own madness. “The Pit and the Pendulum” is probably the most famous of the three, set during the French Inquisition with a man facing slow psychological torture. Of course, Poe’s stories are good, but they could have had a better reader. I would expect that Poe would be the ideal kind of book for an audiobook because the right reader can add so much to the atmosphere behind the story, as I saw last year when I listened to a reading of “The Raven.” This reader was not bad, but just didn’t light that spark. Still, it’s Poe and if you like Poe, you’ll like this short collection.