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Editor reviews

Edgar Allen Poe’s masterpiece of gothic terror featuring paranoia, uncommon disease, madness, a crumbling, gloomy mansion, and a family unfortunate for generations receives a spirited production in this selection from the Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination collection of Poe’s short works. AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator William Roberts ranges widely in tone, from somber to excited to terrified, with his performance of this nightmarish tale describing the psychologically searing demise of the final two members of an ancient family.

Summary

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.

Critic reviews

"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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  • Brandy Kara Kratzer
  • 06-09-17

Excellent short story

The story is very wordy, typical of E.A.P., but I enjoyed listening to it more than reading it for myself. It helps that the narrator uses dramatic emphasis when needed. I am so glad this was on audible.

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  • 14-01-18

great

I love it...Edgar Allan Poe is one of my favorites..I will be getting more soon

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 20-08-17

Great story!

the story was intriguing and makes you think about what Usher is going through. Amazing.

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  • Eileen Kell
  • 11-06-17

Poe done well

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fall of the House of Usher to be better than the print version?

I have never read the print version.

What did you like best about this story?

Considering the script, the reading was very good

What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

Good reading, perfect emotion, not flat, not overdone.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I think it's been done.

Any additional comments?

It's hard to make Poe enjoyable, but this was a good job.

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  • Tiarra Rodrigues
  • 01-11-15

I love the infamous Allen-Poe

He is an amazing author who engulfs your full attention within his stories. The audio book was wonderful, I don't think I would have gotten through that myself.

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  • Bookworm O'Nerd
  • 04-07-18

Not for me, but will revisit

This was my first foray into Edgar Allan Poe's works. Maybe it was the timing, maybe it was this particular book, or perhaps it was simply a hangover from my previous book, but I could appreciate neither the story nor Poe's famed prose. I will revisit this book after a couple of months though, and see if I can isolate the reason for my disfavour.

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  • Ben
  • 27-01-15

Scary

If you're in the market for trouble goodnight to sleep at night, get this, and never sleep again. Thanks English class

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