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Ligeia

Written by: Edgar Allan Poe
Narrated by: William Roberts
Length: 44 mins

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Publisher's Summary

This is a story from the Fall of the House of Usher collection.

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".

Public Domain (P)2003 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Those who thought only Basil Rathbone could narrate Poe are in for a surprise and a treat. The no-nonsense William Roberts narrates a production mercifully free of frills. No unnecessary music or sound effects interfere with the brilliance of the writing or the purity of the performance." ( AudioFile)

One of Poe’s earliest short stories, published in 1838, centers around an unidentified, opium-addled narrator and his disarmingly beautiful and infinitely wise wife, Ligeia, who eventually succumbs to a disease but resurfaces in an unexpected way after his second wife, Lady Rowena, too contracts a mysterious illness.

William Roberts’ intimate, resonant performance masterfully captures the dark romanticism of Poe’s work, particularly the child-like awe Ligeia’s mystical beauty and intelligence inspires in our spellbound yet possibly unreliable narrator.

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