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Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection [Version coupée, Livre audio] [Anglais] [CD]

Edgar Allan Poe , Vincent Price , Basil Rathbone


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3 octobre 2000

Universally acclaimed as the maestro of horror and the morbid, Edgar Allan Poe’s dark gift has for more than a century and a half set the standard for the genre.

Now, Caedmon Audio presents a classic collection of Poe’s most terrifying tales performed by two of the most brilliant interpreters of his work, Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone. Between them, they perform 20 of Poe’s chilling stories and poems, creating an unforgettably intense listening experience.

Includes:
• The Gold Bug
• The Imp of the Perverse
• Ligeia Performed by Vincent Price
• The Tell-Tale Heart
• The Pit and the Pendulum
• The Raven Performed by Basil Rathbone
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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) reigned unrivaled in his mastery of mystery. Born in Boston, he was orphaned at age three, expelled from West Point for gambling and became an alcoholic. In 1836 he secretly wed his thirteen-year-old cousin. The Raven, published in 1845, made Poe famous. He died in 1849 under what remain suspicious circumstances.



Vincent Price's film career included such classics as Tower of London, Laura, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tomb of Ligeia and Tales of Terror.



Basil Rathbone appeared in over eighty films including Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and The Comedy of Terrors, and made thirteen appearances in the tremendously popular Sherlock Holmes series.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just about perfect 30 août 2001
Par Zack Davisson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:CD
This 5 disk collection of Edgar Allen Poe's works is one of the best audio collections I have ever heard. Generally, I am a fan of the "radio play" style of spoken audio, with a full cast and appropriate sound effects. Yet, Poe's work (especially on the represented stories) tends to be from a single point of view, and largely take place in the mind of the main character. This first person style lends itself well to a single narrator. I could not imagine two better chosen narrators.
The heritage of radio shines in there performances. These are two actors who cut their teeth in radio, in shows such as "Suspence," "Inner Sanctum" and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." Voice acting is almost a lost art. It is amazing, the sheer richness that comes from hearing Poe's words manipulated by such talented voices.
Vincent Price, famous for his sinister voice, is a natural for Poe. He does fewer pieces, voicing "Ligeia," "The Imp of the Perverse," "Morella," "Berenice" and "The Gold Bug." All of them are well done, with "Ligeia" being a stand out.
Basil Rathbone does the lion's share of the CD set. As I was not as familiar with him, I was a little disappointed about this. Then I heard him speak. Wow. His voice is superb, and obviously highly-trained. I prefer him to Price on the recordings, and I am thankful that he voices my favorite pieces. He slips easily between prose and poetry, and has a voice full of both emotion and cold regard. Rathbone lends his tenor to "The Tell-Tale Heart," The Fall of the House of Usher," The Black Cat," "The Cask of Amontillado," The Masque of the Red Death," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Haunted Palace," "The Bells," "The Facts of the Case of M. Valdemar," "The Raven," "Annabel Lee," "Eldorado," "To--," "Alone" and "The City in the Sea."
Are there flaws to the set? Sure. The long tracks mean you have to listen to each story in one go. There are some abridgments, if you follow along with the books. However, the talent of the narrators combined with the respect for the words being spoken outweigh any flaws. This is a truly exceptional collection.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Audio Antique Treasure: Edgar Allan Poe Comes To Life 19 février 2003
Par Rachel Garret - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:CD
The reviewers for this audio box set of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works of fiction are absolutely right. There is perfection in this product. The talented Vincent Price and Basil Rathborne lend their voices to the narration of the classic tales of horror and suspense. This is an antique. It is valuable and very reminiscent of the old World War II days of radio-plays sponsored by soap companies. This same style was responsible for the popularity of H.G. Well's "War of the Worlds". When Orson Welles narrated the story, his voice and the drama of the radio was so convincing, people actually believed flying saucers were invading American cities. The power of radio was very strong in the time before television media. At any rate, my point is that this same magnetism is felt in the drama that Vincent Price and Basil Rathborne provide to the original master of horror pre-Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe.
Poe was responsible for creating the detective story, some would say the short story, American Gothic, macabre tales that gripped readers with haunting melancholia, dread and superstition. It was as if he took drugs and hallucinated and wrote down what he saw. Among his most famous tales, of which Vincent Price and Basil Rathborne perfectly read with powerful narration are "The Cask Of Amontillado", "The Fall of the House of Usher", "The Mask Of The Red Death," "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Tell-Tale Heart" and the "Black Cat". It is unfortunate that they did'nt include selections from "Tales From The Rue Morgue". Among the poems that are read and made Poe quite a literati are "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee".
With all the well-constructed suspense and literary Gothic, poetic romanticism, the tales of Edgar Allan Poe are suddenly alive and fresh in the old radio style. This is truly a great gift for fans of Gothic storytelling, and most specifically, for fans of Edgar Allan Poe. Not only is a great gift, a great audio treasure, but a perfect compliment to homework. Your high-school age son or daughter will benefit immensely from hearing these classic short stories, narrated dramatically by these old "mystery" movie actors from the 50's, a more pleasurable, but nonetheless educational experience.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The master of horror (sorry Mr. King) comes to life. 17 octobre 2000
Par Richard P. Mayhew - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Any fan of Mr. Poe's shocking stories will be happy to obtain this very fine collection, they read like a "greatest hits" list; The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall Of The House Of Usher, The Cask Of Amontillado (my favorite), The Black Cat, The Masque Of The Red Death, The Pit And The Pendulum and several others. The poetry of Mr. Poe is also well represented with his most famous works being included in this collection. There could be no better choice of narrators, Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone both possess voices that translate very well to the works of Mr. Poe, they are perfect in their gesticulation and their delivery. To hear Mr. Rathbone's voice rise into a frenzy of madness as the police come to investigate "a shriek in the night" durring the performance of The Tell Tale Heart is wonderful, the creepy narration of Mr. Price will remind you of listening to an old serial radio show. This is a large volume, 5 CDs that contain 6 hours of material, the sound quality is good despite the fact that these performances (at least Mr. Rathbone's) were taped in the 60's, I found no skips or static. This style of horror short story and especially POEtry are more difficult to follow than one would expect, I don't think this would be a good subsitute for a book on tape to listen to in a car, this collection demands your attention. So why you ask do I only rate this collection at 3 stars? The first reason is the omission of chapters within the stories, for example The Pit And The Pendulum is over 30 minutes long, if you are interupted or are required to divert your attentions while listening to a story you must either start all over again of use the seek function of your CD player to find where you left off, this gets to be a pain because there are 12 stories over 14 minutes long, some over 40 minutes long! My next reason depends on your own tastes, I like sound effects and backgrond music, this collection lacks both, if you are not bothered by the lack of effects or music raise this rating to 4 Stars. I have a version of The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat by Mr. Rathbone from the original taping back in the 60s and I think that the sounds of door hinges creaking , footsteps on stairs, cats meowing, bodies thumping the floor and the proverbial "shriek in the night" really enhance the story, futher a discrete background music can really increase the drama if done right. I had hoped to play this CD for the Trick Or Treaters on Halloween night to lend my home a spooky air about it, alas, this is the wrong CD for that job, it would go un-noticed except by a very few sharp eared parents, and even at that it would not have a scary effect to it. I suppose if you are a Poe "purist" this is the hot ticket. I am pleased with this collection however it just wasn't what I expected.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Quoth the raven, "don't ignore" 14 avril 2001
Par Andrew Gilmore - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:CD
I bought this 5-CD collection of Poe readings by Basil Rathbone and Vincent Price about two months ago. They are excellent readers..although they don't bring enough life into the stories. I have heard better, but still, Basil Rathbone is to Poe what John Gielgud is to Shakespeare. My CD player can only hold 5 CDs at a time, so when I bought it, I was thinking "oh boy, now my CD player is crammed wall-to-wall with the works of the Master!" I still have that feeling, but I have some complaints.
First, the box clearly says "UNABRIDGED". This is false advertising. They rather pointlessly edited several passages from several stories. I was shocked, being a "purist". When I buy a 5-CD set of possibly the greatest writer in the past 200 years, by golly, I want it to be unabridged, just like it says on the box! If you are as deep a "believer in" Poe as I am, these omissions would be considered blasphemy!
Second, no music or sound effects. I find that background music and sound effects help liven up audio-books so that you aren't just listening to a voice reading words in an empty, echoing studio hall.
Nontheless, this is just about the best offering of Poe out there, and maybe I'm making it sound worse than it is, but I think it was 90% worth buying.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Unabridged? I don't think so. 26 août 2005
Par Murphy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:CD
Yes, Poe is an extraordinary storyteller. Yes, his content is magnificent. Yes, he is a grandmaster of American literature. My poor review of this CD set is removed from Poe himself, but with the word "Unabridged" that is unabashedly displayed on the cover. While some of the stories do appear in their original form, many are cut, truncated, and butchered. The performances are extraordinary, sometimes chilling, renditions; however, they are not, as promised, "Unabridged." If it wasn't for that one word, that one promise of content on the packaging, I would give this set five stars.
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