The Gold Bug

  • by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by Walter Covell
  • 1 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Edgar Allan Poe, American poet and master of the horror tale, is also credited by many with inventing the American mystery story. "The Gold Bug" is one of his most famous stories. It was first published in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in June 1843, after Poe had won a competition held by the paper and received a prize of $100.


Audible Editor Reviews

First published in the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper in June 1843, "The Gold Bug" won its author, Edgar Allan Poe, a sum of 100 dollars and was during his lifetime the author’s most popular work. Performed in a stentorian and agile voice by Walter Covell, "The Gold Bug" features a treasure-seeker who is rendered possibly insane by the bite of a golden bug, his black servant (spoken in a dialect that may offend sensitive ears), the swampy locale of an island in South Carolina, buried treasure, and one of the most famous cryptograms in all of literature. A perennial delight, "The Gold Bug" was also the inspiration for that other tale of buried treasure, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.


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Outstanding in every way!

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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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-15-2007
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings