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Publisher's Summary

Chapter titles have been updated to reflect the name of each poem/story as of March 2022.    

Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most prolific authors of his time, eventually gaining recognition for his tales of horror and his uncanny ability to paint a macabre picture with words.

The Complete Works Collection of Edgar Allan Poe contains over 150 stories and poems, separated into individual chapters, including all of Poe's most notorious works such as The Raven, Annabel Lee, A Dream Within a Dream, Lenore, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans Pfaal, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, and many more.

Public Domain (P)2018 A.R.N. Publications

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Excellent Collection and Masterful Performance

First off, this is a wonderful collection with pretty much everything that Poe has ever written in a single book. The downloadable table of contents comes in VERY handy… navigating without it would be a nightmare.

Now for the voice that brought life to this book... I simply loved Mr. Duquenoy’s voice. It was a pure delight to listen to and he delivered a truly heartfelt performance in this reading. He pauses at the right moments and puts emphasis on the right words when needed, without ever over doing it. You will not get tired of this man’s voice!

For any Poe fans I think this is a great addition to your library which you will revisit over and over…

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Wonderful!

Poe has long been one of my all time favorite authors. Duquenoy's rendition is splendid.

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You Should Know

Somewhere in the very beginning chapters, the entire book gets moved back two chapters. If you download the table of contents and illustrations that are associated with this particular book (available on the description page of the book) you actually can pick and choose what you're listening to. I think chapter three runs into chap four and five. Not exactly sure, but I can say that the very first story, after all the intros, starts on chapter 6. So the story The Unparalleled Adventures of One Hans Pfaal is Chapter 6. And the book continues to be off by two chapters. I think the narrator is great. I don't see what people are complaining about.

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Would recommend to anyone!!!

This is a marvelous compilation of Poe's works! The narrator and sound quality are both wonderful.

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I like listening to this before I go to sleep. You'll never tire of this reading and there are many writings I never knew, I never heard anyone mention Poe was one of the first science fiction writers but that's probably why my dad was so fond of him. I am really enjoying it and love listening to these stories

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Wrong narrator for subject

The narrator was very boring and had the wrong voice and tone for the subject. I couldn't listen to the whole thing.

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No chapter titles makes it worthless!

Why do they bother to put in all the time to make this audiobook and then make it worthless by not bothering to title the chapters?

There are 176 chapters.

Sure, you can download a pdf of the chapters, but then you've got to print out 7 pages of chapters! Are you going to take those with you when you listen on your phone?

Why not actually label the chapters? Other books do.

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Disappointing

The narration was too fast and did not capture the mood of the stories. it would have been better with more intonation and dramatic pauses.

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waste

informative but cant even chose stories to listen to.... if I could get my money back I would. what a waste.

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A good addition to the library

I like having complete work collections as a great way to explore an author’s more obscure works that are more difficult to find individually, especially if trying to avoid excessive duplications in your collection. This collection spans Poe’s works across multiple formats, from short stories to poems, a novel, essays, and a play. That said, I couldn’t find a lot of pattern to the ways the works are organized, but the pdf accompanying the audio book makes it simple to navigate to the correct chapter for the work you want to hear. There are also some accompanying illustrations which are a bit awkward in the audiobook format but are there for completeness.

In terms of the performance, I have listened to some other things narrated by Mr. Duquenoy, and he has some pros and cons. He does very well in general with pronunciation of some of the dated and obscure words Poe uses with some frequency, and does admirably in reading the many excerpts Poe includes in other languages including Latin, French, Spanish, German, and Italian. His intonation keeps the reader interested in some of the works that can otherwise get a bit dry or laborious with Poe’s complex writing style.

That said, I find his phrasing to be awkward on many occasions, putting stress or rising/falling intonation in unnatural (to my ear) places in the text such that it sometimes distracts from the work. In the prose works, I generally find his pros to outweigh his cons, but I find his readings of the poems difficult to enjoy because his phrasing feels so unnatural or forced. As some other reviewers have said, it does come across sometimes as if being read by a computer voice. I did notice a few words he pronounced incorrectly and one example of a word order mistake, but in general it seemed pretty solid in terms of accuracy. The narrator also reads with a British accent which I find to be a strange choice for an American poet.

In terms of the works themselves, they really span the gamut of format, with both long and short, numerous and serious, satirical and straightforward examples abounding. Poe can tend to unnecessary complexity and lack of brevity that can grow a bit tiresome in some works, to the point of getting in the way of the story, but on the whole feels more like a consequence of the age of the works than a defect of the writer per se. There are definitely outdated ideas of science, race (including some terms, concepts, and stereotypes that are objectionable to modern readers), and society that have to be read with an understanding of the period in which the work was written.

In general I don’t regret the 40 hours or so I spent listening to this and for those like me who like to listen to the greats, this is a decent choice!

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  • 01-21-20

Lobotomised Narration.

The guy narrating sounds like hes reading aloud from a report on his own frontal lobotomy.
Flat, dull and he kept messing up the pronouncearions.

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  • Katherine Rosemary
  • 08-05-19

Great stories, bad narrator.

Love Edgar Allan Poe's work, but with this narration I just can't listen to it. The pace is repetitive, and the voice is monotonous and lacking inflection. The writing is incredible, and in this particular version the beauty of it is wholly lost.

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  • Al
  • 05-01-21

robotic reader ruins book

I was really looking forward to this but unfortunately due to the reader reading as though so he was an automaton it sounds as though every word has been cut and paste very disappointing and extremely annoying to ruin something as good as Poe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-18

I could not stand the narrator's voice

I love Edgar Allen Poe's work but the narrator completely ruined this for me. it's a shame

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  • Choggy
  • 07-09-20

Awful narration and extremely dull stories

Granted I didn't listen to many of the stories, but the ones I did were very dull.

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  • 01-04-21

The worst narrator of ALL TIME

The works of Edgar Allan Poe are, of course, beyond reproach so I won't bother to comment as far greater minds than mine have already said all that need be said. All I will say is that the narrator chosen for this particular endeavour is the single WORST narrator I have ever had to suffer. Boring and seemingly lacking ANY and ALL emotional intelligence. How, given the wealth of talent out there, did this absolute NO TALENT DROSS ever get a gig like this?! In fact, how did he EVER get any work AT ALL??!!

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  • 10-16-20

Terrible narration

Absolutely zero attempt to make the narration remotely interesting, just fast hard to follow monotone.

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  • Danny
  • 04-06-21

Most boring reading ever

Poe's stories are some of the most interesting and gripping tales written and this narration manages to suck any sense of immersion or feeling out of them. Just straight reading of the text with no intonation or emotion whatsoever. It's worse than listening to politicians give speeches.

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  • Bruce M
  • 03-17-21

Much easier to listen to than read

So glad I listened to this. The language and sentences are so daunting when trying to read the printed version. Much much much easier to listen to in the car or on the run than to sit and read.