Probably the largest problem I had with this pairing. He was so keen on providing emphasis and really trying to sell the academic sentiment that it felt like a public speaker reading rather than someone trying to convey a mood of eerie atmosphere I was hoping for in a horror story.
Maybe it's just me or maybe that's just how Lovecraft is, and, while I could understand the decision to choose such a narrator to highlight a classical pillar of horror fiction, it's exhausting to listen to and it's only 3 hours long. Eitherway, he ruined it for me. Sorry to the guy cause he didn't do a bad job, it was just a bad mix.
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This is clearly a classic of the horror / sci-fi genre but it did not age well to my ear. Not only is the story itself incredible knowing what we do today, but they way the story plays out to stereotypes and prejudice is disturbing. Characters who have physical or mental features different than the "normal" are mistrusted and treated with fear. In all cases that fear is well placed - as if simply being an albino or having large hairy hands makes you much more likely to murder your family.
That said, this is an author who broke fresh ground and inspired many well respected authors of the last several decades. In that context, it is worth reading (or listening to) for the foundation Lovecraft establishes.
The narrator is excellent for this book.
Very hard to follow and not much of a story behind it
I probably would just because of his reputation
Maybe make it more linear
This is only the Call Of Cthulhu story. I really thought I would like this more than I would. The story is very hard to follow and it skips around a lot. That said, the atmosphere is crafted well and there are some spooky parts of the parts I could follow. I guess I tend to like the mythos Cthulhu has created more than the real source material. Final Grade - C-
Some of Lovecraft's best works are presented in this little collection. The performer of this piece brings the appropriate amount of gravitas to the works, enhancing them and engaging the listener.
When I was in my late teens I read some Lovecraft stories and wasn't impressed. It felt dated and plodding, and this to someone who read and enjoyed pulp adventures such as the Shadow, the Spider, and Doc Savage, as well as enjoying Edgar Rice Burroughs and the horror stories of Robert E. Howard.
I picked this up because I hadn't read Call of Cthulhu. I'd recently finished off the entire Sherlock Holmes collection and felt like dipping my toe back into Lovecraft's worlds.
William Roberts' reading of the stories added some life to the ancient styling of Lovecraft and made it easy to listen to, even though the source wasn't the best. It's easy to understand why the mythology of Lovecraft's stories have held up because it is so rich. The stories just aren't well-told by the author, but also aren't terrible.
If you are interested, it would be worth the money if you can get it on sale, which I did.
I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.
It was a good read. It wasn't the scariest thing that I have ever read but there are some great stories included in the audiobook. The Call of Cthulhu was the most intriguing story but the other were well done as well. The stories flow really well and the narrator does an amazing job playing out the various characters.
Lovecraft's antiquated views on race and class remain unpleasant to experience, but he's one of the leaders of weird fiction. It's hard to imagine what modern storytelling, especially horror, would be like without this man so afraid of the world that he could write of the terror of an alien hue.
Roberts does a great job of giving voice to the insensate fear of these characters, and manages the consonant-heavy mutterings of beings outside our time and space with aplomb.
Every October I get a new set of books for Halloween. This was the best. So glad I saved it for last.