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Ambrose Bierce's classic weird tale, first published in 1886, brings us the eerie visons of a feverish man, and introduces to the world the strange realm of Carcosa. Following this telling is a commentary tracing the origins, influence and importance of this Bierce story.

Public Domain (P)2014 Jim Moon

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Omfg

this was not worth the $3 I paid for it, understanding that that is the minimum price that can be charged well fair enough. But the analysis that the end was actually fascinating especially since I obtained this story for my own personal research is a writer and so for me it actually was worth it, but if you are simply interested in the works of Ambrose Bierce there has to be an anthology somewhere on Audible that contains more works by Ambrose Bierce instead of the singular short story because the actual short story in this simple 29 minutes of narrative is actually only 13 minutes whereas he goes to the second half of the narrative talking about the actual history of the story and its impact on literature which was very valuable for me but if you're simply looking for a narrated version of the story you should look elsewhere his narrative style is very similar to Captain Kirk in a really bad First Take

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TLDR great lit discussion, poor story narration

the summary following the story proper is exactly the start I needed, discussing some of the legacy that this story has. I bought this as research, in a sense, as I'm considering writing my own fiction using a lot of the King in Yellow mythos as a basis/ starting point-- and that all directly ties its inspiration and many of its names to this story-- as well as some of Bierce's other work.

the narration, though, is... unrefined. it's clear that the narrator is much more comfortable speaking as though in a lecture theater about nonfiction. he sounds prefecture natural in the discussion of this story's place in modern literature. but for the actual story itself, his narration left something to be desired. inflection, pacing, and emphasis were all over the place, and if the story had taken much longer than 10m, I'm not entirely certain I could have finished it.