The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Read by Reynard T. Fox

(4.4 stars; 132 reviews)

The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1841. Poe referred to it as a "tale of ratiocination" featuring the brilliant deductions of C. Auguste Dupin; it is today regarded as one of the first detective stories and is almost certainly the first locked room mystery. (Summary from Wikipedia) (1 hr 34 min)


Chapter 1 27:00 Read by Reynard T. Fox
Chapter 2 28:25 Read by Reynard T. Fox
Chapter 3 38:56 Read by Reynard T. Fox


Excellent Reader and a Creative Murder

(5 stars)

Poe is superb in his storytelling... twisted and weird, but well done. I can see why Dupin earned the ire and disdain of Sherlock Holmes. Dupin's reasoning is nearly fantastical and on the surface not as logical as Holmes'.

the murders of rue morgue

(4.5 stars)

I love this audio while going to sleep...the voices are very soothing.

Free Audio, Review

(3 stars)

Hmmmmm... Despite this short story being read by one of my favourite Librivox readers I was still disapointed. The first half of the first chapter/section is a rather long and slow lead up to introducting the investigative character. Frankly I was about to give up on the story as being too boring, when the story started. I'm a Sherlock Holmes fan so the idea of listening to the first "Locked Room Mystery" appealed to me. However towards the end of the story as the clues started to fit together and the who and the how became clear I was disapointed. I am glad I listened to it, because of its vintage and standing, and the reader is an absolute delight on the ears. Shame about the story! Reading 3/3 Production 2/3 Story 1/3 Total Score 6/9 For more of my review of Free Audio visit

good story well read

(5 stars)

Good job reading by Renard. Not Poe's best story by any stretch, but a good story, and important as the first locked-room mystery. Later authors wrote better locked room mysteries (much better, in fact), but this one is good, too, though short. Worth hearing for its historic importance to the genre, too.

Over rated

(2 stars)

Not the first mystery. The Chinese and the Jews had a few long before this. I found this both boring and unbelievable. If Poe hadn’t written it, it would be long forgotten.


(5 stars)

One of Edgar Allen Poe's finest works. will always be a favourite 'pulling the rug out' discovery.

(4 stars)

great audio narration! the story was just ok, not as good as some of Poe's others

Good recording

(5 stars)

Recording was really well done. Very interesting story.