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I came to this novella in a circuitous way. I liked
Apocalypse Now and saw that it was based on Heart of Darkness. I have listened to Heart of Darkness and read it over the years, this is one of the best audible editions. I discover something new in Heart of Darkness every time. Outstanding!
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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes, but mostly as a reminder of how formal Poe's writing style is.
Has The Gold Bug put you off other books in this genre?
No, it has the nostalgic atmosphere of certain old movies.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
His impersonation of a black man was as borderline racist as the old story seems to demand; I was close to laughing many times though not necessarily for the right reasons.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
No, it is an inconsequential little story mostly concerned with one character's desire to show how clever he is at the decryption of cyphers, though it is interesting in that regard.
Any additional comments?
One lengthy passage is concerned with the details of an encoded message. It would have been a detail glanced at on paper but the narrator reads out every character. It is astonishing how long this takes. At least two minutes of reading out gibberish.