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One dark, moonlit night, two artists met at the Lake Drummond Hotel, built directly on the borderline of North Carolina and Virginia. One was a young woman with the ability to see spirits trapped in trees and stone, anchored to the earth beyond their years. Her gift was to draw them, and then to set them free. The other was a dark man, haunted by dreams and visions that brought him stories of sadness and pain, trapped in a life between the powers he sensed all around him and a mundane existence attended by failure. They were Eleanore MacReady, Lenore, to her friends, and a young poet named Edgar Allan Poe, who traveled with a crow that was his secret, and almost constant companion, a bird named Grimm for the talented brothers of fairy-tale fame.
Their meeting drew them together in vision, and legend, and pitted their strange powers and quick minds against the depths of the Dismal Swamp itself, ancient legends, and time.
Once, upon a shoreline dreary, there was a tree. This is her story.
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By Kimberly Scott on 06-19-13
A Talented Writer of the Macabre
This is certainly one of the most captivating and creative accounts of Edgar Allen Poe and his Lenore, as well as the foundations for Poe's infamous poem, "The Raven". Filled with unexpected twists and turns that left me guessing until the very end, David Niall Wilson has proven himself to be an extraordinary storyteller with a keen gift for the macabre. The suspense throughout was spectacular and never did I feel a sense of prolonging. Wilson has put forth everything I could want from such a novel; extremely well-developed characters, suspense, intrigue, and a great deal of unpredictability. As a long time fan of Edgar Allen Poe, this is one of the rare creative endeavors that truly capture Poe's spirit and then goes beyond to create a mesmerizing story within a story. The narrator of this audio edition, Gigi Shane, is equally as talented. Her voice is rather deep and raspy, yet soft and gentle, which only enhances the ambiance of the story. Listening to her was as though I were enveloped in an old quilt; a bit frayed and rough on the edges but warm and comforting as it drew me in. Her narration was astounding and truly brought this novel life. My overall experience with this particular audiobook was astounding and I sincerely could not ask for anything more. I highly recommend this to any fan of the macabre and Edgar Allen Poe in particular....FIVE stars!
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By ecocat on 08-21-15
Edgar Allan Poe in his famous Poem, The Raven
Nevermore is story of a younger Edgar Allan Poe. In this story of how the Raven came to be, explores a possibility where Edgar Allan Poe meets Eleanor MacReady (aka Lenore)at The Lake Drummond Hotel. Both artist and writer are compelled to come to The Dismal Swamp.
With the accidental meeting between Lenore and Edgar Allan Poe, each discovered that they both have a gift. Lenore's gift as an artist is to free spirits that are trapped in objects. Edgar's gift (obviously) is to tell stories.
Lenore and Edgar are pawns in the battle of good vs. evil in this supernatural story. The author David Niall Wilson does an excellent job of keeping with the gothic writing style of Edgar Allan Poe. As with all of Edgar Allan Poe's gothic stories, it always has a melancholy ending.
I could listen to this story over and over again. The narrator, Gigi Shane tells the story in a very interest way that capture the characters and that melancholy ending of the story. I do recommends this audiobook to Edgar Allan Poe's fans. They will not be disappointed especially of telling how the Raven came to be and the mysterious woman,Lenore which is mentioned in the poem.
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