Roberts pulls no punches with his urgent, feverishly impassioned portrayal of a deeply disturbed man in Poe’s fearless examination of madness and guilt that will appeal to fans of classic Gothic horror.
The horrors of the Spanish Inquisition, with its dungeon of death, and the overhanging gloom on the House of Usher demonstrate unforgettably the unique imagination of Edgar Allan Poe. Unerringly, he touches upon some of our greatest nightmares: Premature burial, ghostly transformation, words from beyond the grave. Written in the 1840s, they have retained their power to shock and frighten even now.
Also in this collection of Poe's tales of mystery and imagination: "The Black Cat", "The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar", "The Cask of Amontillado", "Ligeia", "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Masque of the Red Death", "The Premature Burial", and "The Raven".
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By Traci on 03-03-17
Poem of Distress
Would you listen to The Black Cat again? Why?
No. While it is a work of art, and Poe is known for his macabre manner, I found the disregard for life of any form even in metrical verse distasteful. It was hard to rally a satisfaction of the author being turned in by the phantom feline in the midst of all the dark pleasures of the deeds.
Has The Black Cat turned you off from other books in this genre?
No, it has not. I will take art in how it is presented and form my own opinion of the body of work. This is how we should review art in all its forms.
Which character – as performed by William Roberts – was your favorite?
In this case I had no favorite character.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
The narrator was very good and his tone if not the context was enjoyable.
By Maurilio on 23-01-16
What does William Roberts bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
William Roberts's narration is really good! He really conveys the emotions and despair of the character.