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Iconic macabre author Edgar Allan Poe first published "The Fall of the House of Usher" in 1839. This unsettling 20-minute short story begins when the unnamed narrator receives a letter from his friend Roderick Usher, who claims a mysterious illness is crippling him. From Usher's crumbling castle to his unnamed disease and the burial of his sister, each carefully placed detail builds a sense of doom and leads to the work's shocking ending. Jack Benson's voice proves perfect for this audiobook. With restrained pacing, Benson builds suspense until, employing a galloping speed, he supports the ending's intensity. With delightful ease, he shifts voices from the unnamed narrator to nervous Usher. Overall, Benson's performance makes Poe's gothic story utterly haunting.

Summary

When it comes to short stories, Edgar Allan Poe is considered by many to be the master of terror and the macabre. This is one of his most famous stories. A man visits a friend but finds something very strange is going on with him - and his house.

Public Domain (P)1984 Jimcin Recordings

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Not Unabridged

My partner purchased me a soft back of some Poe. And I like to listen to it being read when I read, it helps me digest the words better. But this listing is abridged (though it's listed as unabridged) and misses out some very significant chunks of writing, which is very disorienting while reading and misses out on some very key, very impressive exposition and description of the scenes, not particularly impressed.

Want to get another version, but concerned that I may make the same mistake again.

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  • James
  • 08-06-08

Very well done.

Very well done reading of Poe's classic story.

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  • Amazon カスタマー
  • 04-09-20

Reader's articulation

Reader Ben Johnson articulation could be more clear. So that foreigner comprehend better. I had to slow the speed, but did not help much.



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  • Ward
  • 19-05-15

Read the Reviews! This is NOT the entire story!

What disappointed you about The Fall of the House of Usher?

False advertising! I am usually pleased with the products I get from Audible. However, this is listed as UNABRIDGED. It is clearly abridged, only giving the beginning and ending sentences of many paragraphs. Yes, this version is inexpensive. Yes, it takes the narrator half as long to read the story. The reason has nothing to do with the narrator being expedient. The reason is that the narrator is not reading the story in its entirety.

Would you ever listen to anything by Edgar Allan Poe again?

Poe, yes. This version, no. It was a waste of my money.

How could the performance have been better?

The main improvement would be to re-categorize this title as abridged rather than mislead the customer.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration. I am going to use this version for the moment because I have wasted the time I would have spent listening to the entire story (approx. 45 as compared to this version, which is about half as long) to determine that it is indeed abridged and to write this poor review. Later, I will return to the listings to look for a truly unabridged version of the story and spend a few more of my hard earned dollars to download another version.

Any additional comments?

I have found Audible a reliable place to purchase audio books in the past, and I have been pleased with most of my purchases up until this one. I was very disappointed to find this version incorrectly labeled. I am going to contact Audible and voice my displeasure.

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  • B. Stiner
  • 22-01-14

NOT UNABRIDGED

What disappointed you about The Fall of the House of Usher?

I purchased this for my class, but discovered I'd wasted my money when it turned out to be abridged. (This is a short story, why on earth would you abridge it?) The performance is good, but it's a straight up lie to market this recording as "unabridged."

What could Edgar Allan Poe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It's a great story, no problems with Poe.

Which scene was your favorite?

The song (which is not in this recording)

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fall of the House of Usher?

None, I'd have actually included the whole short story!

Any additional comments?

Audible, this is a deceptive listing. I'm asking for my money back.

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  • Kylie
  • 24-04-13

Abridged Version

What disappointed you about The Fall of the House of Usher?

Story is labeled as a unabridged version, lies. The story omitted several places. I bought this for my class to listen to. It was very hard to keep up because the story skipped ahead so often.