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Librarian note: There is a later printing with a different cover using the same ISBN available on Goodreads here. This collection contains five stories:     The Telltale Heart (1843)     The Masque of the Red Death (1842)     The Oblong Box (1844)     The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) (A Chevalier Dupin story)     The Purloined Letter (1844) (A Chevalier Dupin story) Librarian note: There is a later printing with a different cover using the same ISBN available on Goodreads here. This collection contains five stories:     The Telltale Heart (1843)     The Masque of the Red Death (1842)     The Oblong Box (1844)     The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) (A Chevalier Dupin story)     The Purloined Letter (1844) (A Chevalier Dupin story)


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Librarian note: There is a later printing with a different cover using the same ISBN available on Goodreads here. This collection contains five stories:     The Telltale Heart (1843)     The Masque of the Red Death (1842)     The Oblong Box (1844)     The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) (A Chevalier Dupin story)     The Purloined Letter (1844) (A Chevalier Dupin story) Librarian note: There is a later printing with a different cover using the same ISBN available on Goodreads here. This collection contains five stories:     The Telltale Heart (1843)     The Masque of the Red Death (1842)     The Oblong Box (1844)     The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) (A Chevalier Dupin story)     The Purloined Letter (1844) (A Chevalier Dupin story)

30 review for Famous Tales of Mystery and Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Dominguez

    Really not a whole lot to say, except that listening to these Poe's stories read by Christopher Lee was a real pleasure. Lee's voice adds a distinct air of horror and quality that makes listening to it hard to stop listening. At just over to hours this is a quick, easy listen that will leave you wanting more. Really not a whole lot to say, except that listening to these Poe's stories read by Christopher Lee was a real pleasure. Lee's voice adds a distinct air of horror and quality that makes listening to it hard to stop listening. At just over to hours this is a quick, easy listen that will leave you wanting more.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maca Mamone

    Selección de cuentos de este Halloween terminada, dejo algunos para otro momento. Poe nunca defrauda, sus cuentos se leen buscando desesperadamente el final... Ligeia 3/5 Un descenso al Maelstrom 3/5 Berenice 5/5 La barrica del amontillado 5/5 La conversación de Eiros y Charmion 4/5 El entierro prematuro 4/5 El demonio de la perversidad 3/5 El caso del señor Valdemar 5/5 Hop-frog 5/5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diana Gomes

    Finalmente terminei esse livro!!! Eu arrastei essa leitura por 2 meses, meu deus!! Definitivamente não é o livro para mim. Alguns contos foram bem interessantes, outros....... eu chegava ao fim e não entendia qual tinha sido o objetivo da história, sinceramente. Eu sei que a tradução é um ponto fortíssimo e que influencia demais no fato de o leitor se envolver ou não com a história, mas apesar disso, sinto que realmente só não é pra mim. Ao menos eu consegui perceber o motivo pelo qual o Poe é tid Finalmente terminei esse livro!!! Eu arrastei essa leitura por 2 meses, meu deus!! Definitivamente não é o livro para mim. Alguns contos foram bem interessantes, outros....... eu chegava ao fim e não entendia qual tinha sido o objetivo da história, sinceramente. Eu sei que a tradução é um ponto fortíssimo e que influencia demais no fato de o leitor se envolver ou não com a história, mas apesar disso, sinto que realmente só não é pra mim. Ao menos eu consegui perceber o motivo pelo qual o Poe é tido como o grande escritor de terror, com as descrições muito bem feitas e detalhadas. Mas, infelizmente, além disso, nada mais conseguiu me prender na leitura (que algumas vezes chegou a ser tediosa).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Agus Recomienda

    Buen libro de cabecera.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Giseli Santos

    Uma ótima coletânea de contos! Sensacional!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bruna

    Contos lidos: Berenice; O Rei Peste; William Wilson; O coração denunciador; O poço e o pêndulo; O enterramento prematuro; O caso do sr. Valdemar; O barril de amontillado.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    My book is an older copy printed in 1980, and contained five stories. (It seems there is a different edition with more stories mixed in with these reviews.) The stories included in the short edition are: The Telltale Heart The Masque of the Red Death The Oblong Box The Murders in the Rue Morgue The Purloined Letter I really enjoyed the first three, the first two especially. The short horror stories are such fabulous little bite-sized bits of creepy. The murder details in Rue Morgue were definitely dist My book is an older copy printed in 1980, and contained five stories. (It seems there is a different edition with more stories mixed in with these reviews.) The stories included in the short edition are: The Telltale Heart The Masque of the Red Death The Oblong Box The Murders in the Rue Morgue The Purloined Letter I really enjoyed the first three, the first two especially. The short horror stories are such fabulous little bite-sized bits of creepy. The murder details in Rue Morgue were definitely disturbing, and I though the witness depositions were very clever. But the ultimate identity of the murderer? No. Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter both feature the narrator and his friend Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin. Dupin outwits the Paris police at every turn. At first he felt like a rip-off of Sherlock Holmes, but Dupin came first. Maybe Holmes is a rip-off of Dupin? These longer stories with know-it-all Dupin got really irritating. Poe’s propensity for overly-verbose, flowery language gets out of hand with Dupin, and I found myself skimming a lot. At least Rue Morgue features a murder. The Purloined Letter is only about a stolen letter, and we never even find out the contents of said letter! I will definitely read more Poe, but I intend to skip any stories featuring Dupin. Two is enough for me. I will aim for Poe’s poems and shorter stories.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela Petti

    Lo terminé! Dos cosas hay que saber para leer Poe. Poe es brillante. Tiene la habilidad de explicar un hecho relativamente simple de una forma super compleja. Tanto en el uso de las palabras durante la narracion, como en la trama de la historia. Por esto mismo tambien llega a resultar denso. Le gustan las vueltas, explicar una cosa de muchas formas diferentes y rebuscadas. Todas sus historias son sobre la muerte en general y los asesinatos en particular, sobre la locura que puede llevar a un ser Lo terminé! Dos cosas hay que saber para leer Poe. Poe es brillante. Tiene la habilidad de explicar un hecho relativamente simple de una forma super compleja. Tanto en el uso de las palabras durante la narracion, como en la trama de la historia. Por esto mismo tambien llega a resultar denso. Le gustan las vueltas, explicar una cosa de muchas formas diferentes y rebuscadas. Todas sus historias son sobre la muerte en general y los asesinatos en particular, sobre la locura que puede llevar a un ser humano a cometerlos de la forma mas despiadada. Es real lo que dicen que tiene una obsesion con la muerte, al menos eso refleja. Uno de sus cuentos se asemeja a un informe forense sobre el asesinato de una joven, Marie Roget. Era tanto el detalle que daba de lo ocurrido que me dio curiosidad y buscando por internet leí que se basaba en un caso real y que al publicarlo en un diario la gente especulaba con q él habia cometido el crimen por los detalles especificos que daba del mismo y las conclusiones q sacaba. En otra vida Poe deberia haber sido detective. Sin duda es singular, incluso algunos relatos son recitados cual poema, pero todos son oscuros. El punto en contra es que luego de leer varios de ellos se vuelven predecibles. Uno ya sabe para que lado va a ir la historia y se tornan un poco monotono. Pero sin duda vale la pena de ser leido. Lo recomiendo!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Iván Duré

    Bien, de momento solo había leído "El gato negro" pero se me hizo indiferente. Decidí leer ésta colección de cuentos de "horror y misterio" pensando que evocarían en mí esas emociones, no he de negar que Edgar tiene una pluma excelente, eso sí, a veces abusando de descripciones, palabras y cosas vanales, que en mí opinión no aportan nada más que una estética a veces innecesaria en los relatos, sirviendo como relleno y una especie de alternativa a la falta de entretenimiento y fluidez de la obra. Bien, de momento solo había leído "El gato negro" pero se me hizo indiferente. Decidí leer ésta colección de cuentos de "horror y misterio" pensando que evocarían en mí esas emociones, no he de negar que Edgar tiene una pluma excelente, eso sí, a veces abusando de descripciones, palabras y cosas vanales, que en mí opinión no aportan nada más que una estética a veces innecesaria en los relatos, sirviendo como relleno y una especie de alternativa a la falta de entretenimiento y fluidez de la obra. Me planteé varias veces abandonar el libro y confirmarme con haber leído unos pocos cuentos suyos, el resultado hubiera sido el mismo. Realmente no puedo decir que disfruté la lectura, había cuentos que eran aceptables y sorprendían un poco, como es el caso de "El crimen de la calle Morgue" o "El escarabajo de oro" (según tengo entendido sus cuentos más célebres) pero de ahí, el resto de las historias fueron pesadas, de excesivo tedio, y a veces hasta de cuestionables bases científicas.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Devin

    Although this is the ISBN number as my copy of "Famous Tales of Mystery and Horror," my book not only has a different cover, but different stories as well. My copy contains: The Taletell Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, The Oblong Box, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter. This is my second time reading through this particular collection and I love it (even though I think Poe's detective stories are a little too easy to solve). Although this is the ISBN number as my copy of "Famous Tales of Mystery and Horror," my book not only has a different cover, but different stories as well. My copy contains: The Taletell Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, The Oblong Box, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Purloined Letter. This is my second time reading through this particular collection and I love it (even though I think Poe's detective stories are a little too easy to solve).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kylie Combs

    An awesome friend of mine gave me a copy of this book, but this edition has different stories. It combined classic horror stories with others that had more mysterious conclusions and a pretty large sense of humor in my opinion. There were some amazing lines and just great story telling and fun. And the cover of my copy is almost as awesome as my friend.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Adina Cameo

    1 of the first horror books I bought when I was about 6-8 y.o.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bereniice

    Not my fave, but good stories. Cultura gneral, no son mis favoritas, oero es bueno leerlas

  14. 4 out of 5

    AraBD

    No soy muy fan de los cuentos, siempre me quedo con ganas de más o terminan antes de que pueda agarrarles el ritmo. De estos cuatro los que más me gustaron fueron: "El corazón delator" y "¿Él?". No soy muy fan de los cuentos, siempre me quedo con ganas de más o terminan antes de que pueda agarrarles el ritmo. De estos cuatro los que más me gustaron fueron: "El corazón delator" y "¿Él?".

  15. 4 out of 5

    Geetanjali Tara Joshi

    not as horrifying and mysterious as I thought...some stories are good but many are unbearable..

  16. 4 out of 5

    lilias

    So I judged a book by its cover. I judged it by its author and title, too. How couldn't I? It's lucky I did because this was a very fun read full of dramatic deaths and cutting remarks. So I judged a book by its cover. I judged it by its author and title, too. How couldn't I? It's lucky I did because this was a very fun read full of dramatic deaths and cutting remarks.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Agustina

    3.5*

  18. 5 out of 5

    Varun

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alma

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Morace

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ismael MV

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maria

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tym

  24. 4 out of 5

    Oscar Sosa

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lucie Jane Miller

  26. 4 out of 5

    Crickett Cote

  27. 5 out of 5

    A Lofty Fox

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brigitte

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leo Molas

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rolando Rivera

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