A fourth floor room, a door locked with the key inside, no way in, no way out. Edgar Allan Poe is the true grandfather of the murder mystery. Decades before Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, Poe gave us C. Auguste Dupin, a man able to solve mysteries through observation and deduction. This is fiction noir in the true sense, set in the dark back streets of 1840s Paris. The juxtaposition of Dupin's clear logic, and the insanity of the outside world make this a psychological thriller of the first rank.
Other stories in this book include "Murders in the Rue Morgue", "The Purloined Letter", "The Thousand-and-Second Tale of Scheherazade", "A Descent into the Maelstrom", "The Raven", and "The Masque of the Red Death".
Murders in the Rue Morgue and Other Stories contains a fantastic sampling of Edgar Allan Poe masterpieces. The title piece holds the crown as the first detective story, predecessor to the Sherlock Holmes episodes. David Case makes this audiobook particularly special as he performs Poe with unparalleled enthusiasm. He endows each story with his own unique and convincing spin, utilizing all of the vocal tools at his disposal. Namely, his haunting and desperate interpretation of the great poem "The Raven" stands in a league of its own.
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Hands down, the best narration of "The Raven"