• The Essential Poe According to Joe

  • Poems & Stories
  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Beware the black cat.... 

Good luck escaping the pit....

Don’t go to that party without your masque....

Delight in these and many more stories and poems from the master of dark prose, Edgar Allan Poe. This collection has been specially curated and performed by award-winning audiobook narrator Joe Arden. Dive in to the darkness.

©2021 Joe Arden (P)2021 Joe Arden

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wow just wow ...worth the purchase so buy it 😁😁

loved loved loved this ....again he did not disappoint he brought emotion and passion to this like no other one could ..thank you ...Joe arden you are a very talented man ...

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A MASTERPIECE!

I have been listening to Joe Arden narrate romance for many years now and I have heard many sides of his voice. There is a reason why he is my favorite narrator. He is a passionate storyteller, the way he taps in to every character with passion and emotion makes him a MASTER in his craft. HOWEVER it was not until this MAGNIFICENT performance that I understood how incredible his talent truly is. Hearing his telling of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems was such an experience!! One you MUST experience for yourself! It is the darker, grittier and crazier side of his voice but so impactful! As I listened, I was blown away the emotion in Joe’s voice. His delivery is strong and powerful and gave me goosebumps at the end of each poem or story! BRILLIANT WORK JOE!

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Making Poe Accessible

I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Joe Arden read Poe. He does a great job of making the stories and poems come to life by reading these lines in a modern way. I think it is easy to make Poe sound disconnected and stuffy as we don't tend to write nor talk the same way as Poe did. Joe does a great job of bringing the words in close, and creating a personal world of gothic delights.

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This is how it’s done, Joe! Thank you!

I have not read Edgar Alan Poe since I was an angsty teen. Joe gave the poems and stories life like I’ve never heard!!!

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Loved it 🥰

Joe just gives a great kick to Edgar Allen Poe’s stories and poems. Definitely recommend honestly.

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very dark

I can't dicide if i like it.
I LOVE Joe but i am not american so i don't know a lot of Poe i have heard some, but not a lot, he need some getting use to i think. Some of the storys are great, some not so much.

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Wow, so much more than I excepted.

I have loved listening to Joe Arden’s voice for years now and this, this was so amazing. The way he pulls you into each new poem he reads is just…I have no words to describe.

I so enjoyed hearing Poe in a whole new way, Joe was able to breathe new life into these classics in such a way that now every time I read them, I will forever hear his voice.

I even was able to engage my husband to give Poe a listen. He too was just enthralled with the voice that brought new life to old classics we were forced to read in school. He now says if this was an option then, he would love Poe’s writing as much as I do.

Thank you Joe for breathing new life into such amazing work.

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Dive into the Darkness….

“ I would define the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty “… Edgar Allan Poe.
Well, award winning audiobook narrator, Joe Arden really brought this collection of EAP macabre stories and poems in a beautifully dark and unique way that’s all Joe’s own style. If you are a fan of Poe, you will certainly enjoy the extraordinary performance by Joe. I’m OBSESSED, he blew me away with how much he got into it, so animated, so expressive. He captures each story/poem with such passion. His articulation, infections, and emotions are so on point for each piece, each line. I really FELT THIS!
This collection was thrilling and exciting to listen to. There were so many “take my breath away” moments. Joe made my heart race really fast, and then in the next story, make me feel so relaxed and calm. I love reading Poe, but having Joe Arden read it to me in his unique way was such a treat! The Tell Tale Heart was my favorite piece in this collection. Joe gave another level of performance on this one, my goodness. The crazy inflections, extremely animated, slow…very slow whispers that gets your heart and mind going and your breathing hitched. His aggressive, menacing, CREEPY cackle, and that maniacal laughter that was spine tingling and hair raising.
If you are a fan of Poe, this is a MUST LISTEN! There is something for everyone in these haunting tales. I highly recommend Joe’s remarkable interpretation on Poe’s classic works.

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Joe Arden is Sensational!

I have known Joe Arden to be talented, passionate. A narrator that truly knows how to emote, however, while listening to his rendition of Poe's poems and short stories, I can only conclude that I do not believe any other would have brought interest to some of Poe's darkest tales as Joe has. For example, `The Pit and Pendulum` only Joe can make this tale sound interesting. Joe came from all sides of the spectrum in these readings: melancholy, desolate, mysterious, upbeat, restless, melodious, suspensful, lyrical, composed both personally and in the literary form; and YES! even comically sarcastic in `The Cask of Amontillado '. No question, the myriad of emotions articulated by one of my favorite narrators in this book is insurmountable! Lastly, in 'The Oval Portrait' Joe comes to life, ALL JOE ARDEN!!! True and true! He is extraordinary, so F...G talented, beautiful and overall terrific! I love you Joe Arden


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J O E & P O E ! ! !

Joe Arden made me fall more in love with Edgar Allan Poe.

With his hauntingly beautiful rendition of the beloved classics, we have all read time and time again Joe Arden gives us Poe in a way that will send chills down your spine. You could feel the raw emotion, the passion, and the spine-tingling moments as if you were there seeing them come to life.

The Essential Poe According to Joe is going to be my new go to method when I want a little Poe in my life. Joe Arden is one of the best narrators I have ever heard and with this collection it really proves that he can do anything, and it make it sound delicious.

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  • Alisha
  • 01-21-22

Pretty good stuff

This is my first time knowing of this book. I enjoyed listening to the poems more then the short stories, which surprised me as I’m more of stories type of reader. I think if I had the physical copy in front of me and followed along with Joe, I would have understood more and listened more intently. Nothing against Joe’s voice it’s just the language the way it’s written. It really does remind me of F.Scott Fitzgerald short stories.
However, Joe’s voice is great to listen too, I like how his pitch goes a notch higher during the intense scenes in the book.
Joe’s pretty great.

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  • KLW
  • 10-28-21

I wanted to love it.

I grew up loving Poe's work, it's simply an outstanding masterpiece of a catalogue. I have listened to nearly 350 Joe Arden titles and had high expectations for this piece.
I was disappointed. Some stories I couldn't even finish. The narration was disjointed for me and did not properly convey the poems and short stories, instead it was a distraction.
I know he can deliver quality narration of any genre, however for me this missed the target.

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  • Wanderer Dreamer Romance Reader
  • 10-21-21

Simply outstanding!

Wow, my mind is totally blown!
Anyone who puts Joe in a box of just a romance narrator/author will be eating their words after this.
Having admired Joe's work in the romance genre for a number of years, I have heard Joe pull off incredible performances in every book he has narrated.
I have always known Joe is magnificent at his craft, however, performing the great Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems Mr Arden gives us a masterclass in the dark, chilling and crazy sides to his usually velvety voice.
Such an emotive and passionate performance that gave me chills, goosebumps and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. I honestly don't think anyone could do Poe's work justice quite like Mr Arden.
Absolutely outstanding! This is a must add to the library for any Joe or Poe fan, you won't be disappointed.
Thank you Joe, for bringing Poe's work to life.