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Universally acclaimed as the maestro of horror and the morbid, Edgar Allan Poe's dark gift has for more than a century and a half set the standard for the genre. Here, 20 of Poe's most chilling stories and poems are performed by two of his most brilliant interpreters: Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone. Included are The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Cask of Amontillado, The Fall of the House of Usher, Bells, The Gold Bug, and many more!
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2000 Winner of Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award: Archival Reissue
"Superb renderings...[Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone] know this material well...and know how to make it chill the listener. It's a romp for them and a delight for us." (AudioFile)
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By tom on 10-24-11

Excellent performance, poor formatting.

As mentioned by other reviewers: a. Price and Rathbone provide a masterful performance here, and b. the formatting is bad enough to render the recording almost unusable, especially to those not already intimately familiar with the works of Poe. I have little to add by way of review, but I took the time to create a table of contents that I hope will be of assistance to other listeners.

1.) 0:10 - 2:03 To -----
2.) 2:03 - 3:10 Alone
3.) 3:15 - 6:23 The City in the Sea
4.) 6:28 - 31:20 Berenice
5.) 31:25 - 55:28 The Fall of the House of Usher *
6.) 55:30 - 1:44:27 Ligeia
7.) 1:44:30 - 1:46:49 excerpt from The Fall of the House of Usher
8.) 1:46:55 - 2:18:43 The Pit and the Pendulum
9.) 2:18:46 - 2:35:27 The Masque of the Red Death
10.) 2:35:33 - 2:49:37 The Tell-Tale Heart
11.) 2:49:40 - 3:45:27 The Gold Bug
12.) 3:45:30 - 4:12:19 The Black Cat
13.) 4:12:25 - 4:20:58 The Raven
14.) 4:21:03 - 4:38:00 The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar
15.) 4:38:01 - 4:54:07 The Cask of Amontillado
16.) 4:54:13 - 4:58:23 The Bells
17.) 4:58:28 - 5:00:35 Annabel Lee
18.) 5:00:40 - 5:01:19 Eldorado
19.) 5:01:25 - 5:16:00 The Imp of the Perverse
20.) 5:16:06 - 5:31:22 Morella

*Selection #5, "The Fall of the House of Usher" skips a section of verse (marked as I-VI in the text), along with approximately one page on either side of this section. The skip occurs at 40:57. Selection #7 is of the missing verse (I-VI), though without the other material excluded from #5. Selection #5 has additional abridgments - a paragraph here, a sentence or a word there. I have not found any further abridgments in the other selections; if you find any, please post the information in a review.

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By David on 11-29-07

No Titles or Introductions and ABRIDGED

Although the reading is performed in an exceptional manner, this collection is best suited for one very familiar with Poe's works. Many selections are less popular short stories. None have introductions or even a pause between the current and previous selection. You may require a text of the entire collected works of Poe on your lap while listening to understand what short story is read. Also, some (Fall of the House of Usher and others) are abridged. Tales of Terror narrated by Foreman may be a better choice.

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By ERMZ on 11-06-16

Almost perfect but...

I absolutely loved this, Edgar Allan Poe's stories are timeless, and you couldn't ask for more perfect narrators...HOWEVER, it would be so helpful if each chapter actually corresponded to each story and there was more info available such as the name of each story and who was narrating it. This is a failure on audibles part and by no means a reflection on the audio book itself.

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By Michael A Eliot on 12-17-12

Master Recitals!

Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price both attack these texts of the Legend himself, Mr Edgar Allen Poe. These are all absolutely outstanding performances that are beyond criticism. Never again will we be able to hear such eloquent performances. Modern voices have lost much in terms of dramatic expression. Mr Rathbone and Mr Price can never be repeated.



Poe's works were meant to be read outloud. The textures of his prose and verse are highly stylized and individualistic. If we appreciate when these were actually written we will understand that Poe was a master of language. He was a phenomenon in that his prose is still sounding so modern. Among his peers he is strikingly modernist and evolutionary in American Literature.



Poe is an author and poet one can read time and time again. You will never tire of these stories and they can keep you pleasantly haunted on constant return trips into the dark yet, by today's standards, quite moral imagination of Mr Poe.

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