The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story that would probably be familiar to most of my readers. Mostly because they were most likely forced to read it sometime when they were in school. It is funny how books and stories we are forced to read somehow seem dull and off-putting to us. Even when they are in fact anything but. The Tell-Tale Heart is a good example of this.
It is the story of a criminal confessing to a crime he had committed somewhere in the past. We are never given much detail as to the when and where. But the narrator wants to make one fact quite clear. He is without a doubt not a madman. And the reason he had murdered was for a very logical, rational reason. Weither we agree to that assertion on the other hand….
I think this short story is masterfully written. The prose is very compact and to the point, without a single wasted word. The tone remains constant. The climax and resolution is thrilling. And the characterization is quite remarkable consitering the lenth of the tale.
It is hard to find someone able to match the tone in an audio book reading. They either make it too dramatic. Or the delivery is too deadpan. But I think I had found a reader that hit the perfect note.I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I have.
Happy 31 days of Halloween!