Edgar Allen Poe had a dark and morbid imagination. His capacity for suspense and shock has never been rivaled. He had a unique art of creating nameless fear, fear that makes the reader ache for, and yet shrink from explanation. Fear that alternately torments and numbs the mind, the fear that comes from the dark of nowhere, the fear that will never go away. Here are four of the greatest stories by the master of the macabre, told, with sparing but telling dramatic effects, by Edgar Lustgarten in coolly terrifying style.
You can find the following Poe tales in this program: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", "Ligea", and "Berenice".
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The Terry Tales of Edgar Allen Poe
Excelent Version Of His Classical Poems Best Read in Candle Light Preferably by an Open Fireplace on Comfortable Seating with Drink In Hand at Aprox. 11:30 PM Halloween night.
The absolute best Poe audiobook I've come across
I wish I could go back and listen to this again for the first time. I have obsessively sought out every Edgar Allan Poe audiobook I can find to get me through my work day, and this is far and away the best. I still get chills when I listen to it (I have listened to this at least 25 times). Edgar Lustgarten meanders through the narrative, taking the time to create atmosphere and suspense. (I find that many other narrators read too quickly.) His reading of "The Cask of Amantillado" can't be beat - his tonal shifts between the scheming Montresor and the oblivious and drunken Fortunato results in about as excellent a narration as you can ask for. Lustgarten's voice delights me (be sure to listen to his Famous Trial Series), and, married with Poe's brilliant texts, creates a thorougly enjoyable listen.
This collection of "Terror Tales" is actually very interesting. My favorite is the Tell Tale Heart. Very deep and scary but calm and soothing at the same time.