the guardian Fri 24 October 2008
Read by Bill Nighy, 4hrs unabridged
Sony's new gizmo that holds eight complete downloaded audio books sold out at Waterstone's within 24 hours. Unsurprisingly, more audio producers such as SilkSound are offering downloads only. I plumped for this crime classic set in Paris whose lay investigator with superhuman deductive powers, the chilling Chevalier Auguste Dupin, was Conan Doyle's model for Sherlock Holmes. Whoever chose to combine Poe's ghoulishly gory and violent script with Nighy's famously low-key, deadpan delivery knew what they were doing - it's a powerful brew.