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During the book sale, I treated myself to all 13 of these wonderful productions and I've enjoyed them so much I can't tell you. This one may be my favorite, though.
Ambrose Bierce's masterful time-twisting in "The Death of Halpin Frayser" is unforgettable. Arthur Conan Doyle's story of the mummy is excellent.
And what more can be said for "The Fall of the House of Usher?" Every time I listen to Poe, I am stunned by his musical, poetical ear for language. (Besides, I've often thought I'd end up like Roderick Usher should I go mad, still painting and surrounded by stringed instruments!)
Poe is the master who stands above all others in imagination, originality, depth, and intelligence. He always leaves more to the imagination than he explains, and leaves the reader wanting more.
While I could do with a little less Lovecraft, I'd still recommend the series to anyone with a taste for the dark, Gothic, and supernatural. Bradley's readings are outstanding, and worth listening to again and again.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
If you're a fan of weird fiction / horror, you can NOT go wrong here. Doug Bradley is, in my opinion, the best possible reader for tales of this (and maybe just about any...) sort. While he doesn't change his voice very much from character to character, due to inflections, you never really have trouble knowing which character he is speaking as.
As to the stories themselves, the only one I don't care for is "For Annie", and that's a fault of me not being a fan of poetry, not the poem it's self (well, I assume).
"The Death of Halpin Frayser" is, if a tad confusing, a very freaky tale. Dark and morbid.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" is...well, The Fall of the House of Usher. Very dark and, I believe, Poe's best work.
"How It Happened" might have been frightening in it time (a very VERY long time ago), but now it's really not. While the 'action' is good, the outcome is a bit predictable, and not quite terrifying. But, that makes it no less enjoyable, and actually a nice quick 'breather' between the darker tales.
"Lot No. 249"... Ah, my favorite. After having first heard the tale here, I've collected every audio, print and digital version I could get my hands on. This is a Mummy tale as it should be. It's this story that got me interested in Arthur Conan Doyle. And although I still could care less about Mr. Holmes, Doyle's dark fiction is some of my favorite.
As a final note, the music and ambient sounds used in parts of the story telling add a LOT to the over all feeling. If I could throw a few more stars on my rating, I would.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This series just gets better and better, since volume four Doug has given a short introduction that really adds to the stories. I also like the quiet and clear way that Doug reads and the collections come across as brilliant performances quite aside from the excellent choices of material.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful