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Mark

Alice Springs, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • The Shadow over Innsmouth

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Phil Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (94)

    Considered to the be one of most influential American authors, Howard Philip Lovecraft is synonymous with some of the best fantasy and horror fiction of the 20th century, second only to Edgar Allan Poe. Innsmouth is a dilapidated seaside town with secrets as a hybrid race of half-human and half-amphibian creatures worship the gods of Cthulhu and Dagon.

    James Turner says: "Great Rendition of Lovecraft's Story"
    "Probably Lovecraft's best book"
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    Would you listen to The Shadow over Innsmouth again? Why?

    I have listened to 'Shadow' three times now since downloading it just a few months back- yes, its that good!
    This is easily Lovecraft's best book, and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing it to life.
    Anyone who has ever spent time in a remote community where they have felt uneasy and unwelcome will certainly recognise the mood of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow over Innsmouth?

    The best moment in the book is the twist in the tale and I don't want to be a spoiler!


    What does Phil Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator delivers the prose with such skill and poise you are just carried along with him. His accent skills when needed are top-knotch.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made multiple shivers run down my spine.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Cloud

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Fred Hoyle
    • Narrated By Jack Klaff, Richard Dawkins
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    As an immense cloud of gas enters the solar system, it blocks the sun, threatening to wipe out most of life on Earth. In Britain, a team of scientists gathers at a secret location to deal with the crisis. But as the months pass, what they learn will challenge everything they believe about the nature of life and the universe.

    Mark says: "Exceptional old-school British Sci-fi!"
    "Exceptional old-school British Sci-fi!"
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    If you could sum up The Black Cloud in three words, what would they be?

    Grounded hard sci-fi.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The description of the cloud's effects on the earth: sci-fi writers usual stuff up the details (because what they write is usually just fantasy in space) but Hoyle brings his enormous learning and knowledge to bear and the results are awesome.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When space came down to Earth (?)


    Any additional comments?

    The Black Cloud is possibly too dry for anyone without a real interest in science, and probably too intellectually demanding for those who just want cliched heroics and explosions every 10 minutes...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • At the Mountains of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Howard Phillip Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    FNH Audio presents a complete and unabridged reading of H.P. Lovecraft's famous story "At the Mountains of Madness". The story is related by one of the two survivors from a polar expedition. Unlike other polar explorers who may have died from cold, starvation or simply getting lost, in this story things are somewhat different.The survivor is desperate to prevent a new polar expedition because there are "beings" there, strange murderous beings.

    Todd says: "Starts strong but goes downhill"
    "Pretty good story, great production"
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    What did you love best about At the Mountains of Madness?

    I liked the 'steampunk' feel of it- written at a time when Antarctica was little known and science was in early days it is a great 'alternative history' of polar exploration.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The structure of the story doesn't really do the ending justice- there as so many heavy hints only the dumbest listerner couldn't figue out what is coming next. That is Lovecraft's fault, not the productions'.


    Which character – as performed by Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot – was your favorite?

    It is all narrated as the view of one party so this question is not relevant.


    If you could rename At the Mountains of Madness, what would you call it?

    The Antarctic Horror?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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