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'The Fall of the House of Usher' is a short story by Poe, first published in 1839 in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine.

The story follows the unnerving experience of a nameless narrator who is summoned to care for a reclusive friend and his sister in an old, haunted mansion. Both are mentally and physically unwell, their paranoia and agitation being exacerbated by strange happenings in and around the property. Soon, the narrator himself begins to experience the eerie old house and its ghostly inclinations. Poe ties themes of madness, mystery, suspense, death and the ethereal together into one of the most gripping short stories ever published.

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Masterful Reading of Poe's Best Story

This is, hands down, Poe's finest work, and Jonathan Keeble gives the best performance I've ever listened to on Audible. It will make you shiver with fright and burst with joy - what a great audiobook!

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The Best Performance I've Ever Heard

I've read and listened to a lot of Edgar Allan Poe, but Jonathan Keeble's reading of Poe most famous story is the best thing I've ever heard on Audible. He gives it absolutely everything and sucks you into the story with an incredible performance. Absolutely worth a listen, even if you already know this story.