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The Essential Poe Audio CD – Audiobook, December 2, 2008

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this marvelous recording has all the bells and whistles. Tasteful musical transitions set off three gifted narrators. The language is archaic, as when the hero of "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" boasts that most men "wore windows in their bosoms," but enthusiastic narrations lure us into black places in the heart that seem not to have altered significantly since Poe's time. - Maine Portland, AudioFile This collection of 8 short stories, 23 poems, and a short biography of Poe is narrated by three readers: John Chancer, William Roberts, and Kerry Shale. Shale begins with The Murders in the Rue Morgue.A" He employs a high-pitched French accent to represent Dupin and affects a surprised, somewhat immature tone for the narrator. Some of Poe's endless descriptions bog down the pacing. Listeners may want to head right to The Pit and the Pendulum,A" read by Roberts, who is a master of the verbal adrenaline rush. His tones lower as the pendulum descends and speed up to match the petrified shrieks. Shale recites the poetry selections; cue up to LenoreA" and zip over to The RavenA" to experience a perfect audible pairing of love lost and unmitigated grief. Chancer provides a simple yet engaging reading of Poe's biography. Suitably macabre mood music marks transitions between the selections. The celebration of Poe's 200th birthday brings renewed interest in the author's works. - Kaite Mediatore Stover, Booklist

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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) reigns unrivaled in his mastery of mystery. Born in Boston, he was orphaned at age three, expelled from West Point for gambling, and became an alcoholic. In 1836 he secretly wed his thirteen-year-old cousin. The Raven, published in 1845, made Poe famous. He died in 1849 under what remain suspicious circumstances. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Essential
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Unabridged edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626349212
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626349212
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "hedwigschmidt" on February 29, 2004
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WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THIS SHORT, LITTLE BOOK IS THAt it it contains all the best poe poems in the literary canon. this makes it great for college teachers like me who need an inexpensive, thorough Poe survey.
Best poems include: Alone, Annabel Lee, The Raven, The Sleeper & Dream within a dream. Students tend to love these, as does every poet and prof. I know!
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