Trade Ed. Naxos AudioBooks 2003
CS ISBN $22.98 Four cassettes
CD ISBN $26.98 Four CDs
This collection contains some of the nineteenth-century author’s most popular and well-known stories. Master of the “grotesque and arabesque,” Poe wrote many stories that reflected his worst personal nightmare--premature burial. Those who thought only Basil Rathbone could narrate Poe are in for a surprise and a treat. The no-nonsense William Roberts narrates a production mercifully free of frills. No unnecessary music or sound effects interfere with the brilliance of the writing or the purity of the performance. In addition to “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Pit and the Pendulum,” Roberts reads such favorites as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Black Cat,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” and “The Masque of the Red Death” in a manner both terrifying and satisfying. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 03/JAN 04]
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