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Harry Houdini is the hero in a Lovecraft story! How great is that!
This is first time we read the famous words:
Harry Houdin - he was like a real life Indiana Jones!
OK, this is not the BEST H. P. Lovecraft story. That's
No. It's not a "reading" of a book so much as an "Over-Acting" of a book.
Well, it was a twisted tale, from multiple view points. That was nice.
He grossly over acts this book. All I need is a nice clear reading, not an over-dramatic "Performance"…I mean, wow, he is way out-of-control, and off-the-charts, - yelling and screaming and playing to the cheap seats way in the back of the theater! Wow, take it down a bit, please! Just "READ" the book, I don't need a one-man-radio-play! Urgh, some of his over-done scenes were so "hammy-Alabamy" and over-blown it made a mockery of the material. I was cringing as Bronson "Screams" his lines…. please, bronson, just reel it in, and take in down a few notches, let's not over shadow the story with your "Great Acting". OK?
I did cringe with embarrassment and many times I had to turn it down, least someone hear to the ridicules over-dramatic "Blasting-Acting" coming from my speakers.
I was a little insulted by the overtly "gay" and lisping bad-guy. Sheesh! This is almost a homophobic piece of writing and acting when it came to the "EVIL QUEEN" of a bad guy. Way too over done!
Our Gruff Hero.
I can paint my art and still get to hear my favorite's author's amazing work.
I love the back and forth tween the cold psychopathic Hannibal the Cannibal like Doctor, and our gold hearted mountain of a man. Noir and Horror and mystery all wrapped up in the best steam punk world yet mad. Pure genius!
in the top 13.
The here, a great every-man. I pictured John Cusack.
Yes. Well, sometimes I don't dig how he does "woman" voices. but, I love most of his work, he has an amazing range…from young dudes, to German Landlords, to 80 year old women. Wow… that's not easy to pull off, but he makes each one different. Just some of his women are … ah… too "cute" sounding (?). This is a good solid performance and didn't get in the way of the story at all.
This is a good "Edge-of-your-seat-Jeepers Creepers This can't be happening and what's gonna happen next" adventure story. Real page turner. Extremely inventive.
The only disappointment is when we are finally lead to the ultimate grasping of exactly just what is REALLY going on, and our hero comes face to us "face" with the "Thing-That-Cannot-Be", I wished he would have had a little bit more exotic way of describing the thing that you cannot disc rib with-out going insane. "Squale"? No, no. This was the only part where I wish Peter Clines had been a little more "Lovecraft" in his writing. The creatures from the other dimension: their meaningless form is so alien to our senses, that gazing upon these "things" would have certainly been the death of anyone. The monsters are "One of those who walk behind the stars". It needed to be described as really heavy duty scary other world stuff… I think the author could not have laid it on thick & heavy enough at that point, since the build up to discovery had been so great. So when they kinda' just "deal" with it, called it a squid-whale… well, I was a tad disappointed.
Yes, it's a great part of the Grimnoir history/world.
To see an aged Japanese Iron Guard, older and a little bit weary of the world, inter act with Jake's son almost as a new father figure - it was very amusing. But I really almost hoped he was gonna stay in Japan and be a new Iron Guard!
Great voice, he really sells this world and the people in it.
Oh yeas… I could not stop! Edge of my seat!
Boy, I hope we get more books about this Grimnoir world!
Great idea, and a GREAT further explanation of Lovecraft's genius ideas. THE Best Lovecraft inspired book I've read yet.
An explanation of the bad guys motives. You hear the "other-side" of the story. Get ready to Learn the whole truth… you'l get the story of everything revealed… you may just go insane!
Annoying. Whine. Horrible.
We are shown exactly just what it is that is in the sky behind the mountains of madness that so disturbed the hero in the original tale by Lovecraft. Awesome work.
Lovecraft, further explained and, amazingly, made even better! No writer has ever improved on Lovecraft till now. I just wish the reader had not used such an annoying "character-voice" as his main narration. It about made me stop listening several times, but I stuck it out because the story is so good. I was rewarded by the end.
Oh yes! These are great action tales with a twist toward the dark! It's Earl Flynn meets Cthulhu! While savage Conan was the birth of "Swords and Sorcery", grim Kane is the birth of "Swashbuckling vs Supernatural"! Leaves you wanting more!
Kane smacks of Robert E. Howard's other horror tales, but with a great dashing and dark caped crusader as the leading man.
Paul was good and clear and deep, and brought forth all the male bravado and creepy chills required.
Wha? That's the dumbest question from an audible review yet! Who wrote this silly thing?
A great book, and a wonder flu listen. I was promoted to go out and watch the recent film of Soloman Kane, and they did a fine job, great monsters, beautiful art direction, fine acting, however, the film got a tad too grim I thought. When Robert E.Howard's hero beat evil, you felt completely validated by justice and righteousness. The movie dips a bit down the sado-masacistic scale for me, and you end up feeling like you need a good wash.
Great story telling - constant surprise twists. Ninjas and samurai in a tale so exquisite & full of action & high emotion, building to a climax nearly unbearable in it's intensity. This is the tale of mystic ninja warriors I have waited to hear snce I was a young martial art student... a life time ago.
Sixteen-year-old Takeo - his slow discovery of his powers and heritage, intelligence, and passions for love and sex and revenge- everything ins in this tale..and I mean everything!
The ending is amazing - it just builds and builds in drama and action, both physical and emotional till I was stopped at my art, gasping, waiting to hear what was gonna' happen next!
I did both! Plus, I was amazed at the skill of the writer Lian Hearn bringing in so many elements of suspense, passion, and mystic powers and martial skill... it's the book I always wanted to read / hear since I studied martial arts so intensely as a young man.
This book takes to the brink of sanity in it's build of anticipation, thirst for revenge, and such beautiful depiction's of obsession & love... it's like poetry. What made me re-wind several time to get all the slight nuances of what was going on in this complex yet gripping tale, was it's great ability to swing from one extreme to another, and have it all so seamlessly fit. What made me re-listen to a scene three times to make sure I got it right was the brief but so gorgeously touching so tastefully written was the homosexual love of the young monk for our hero near the end of the book - after we've been through so much blood, broken hearts, burning revenge, heterosexual love and passion, mystical ninja powers of deception , fighting and killing, then, a really touching moment of a young monks's adoration, and love, for our hero as he is blood soaked from his so delicious rage filled revenge, yet still, sadly in need of some real kind tenderness- and he finally gets it form this most wondrous turn of the tale near the end... wow. That shows Lian Hearn - the highly skilled story teller at the height of his craft. This life long martial artist got moist eyed and shaken to the roots of my understanding of "love" in a tale I thought was about "revenge". Bravo Lian Hearn! I bout the second book instantly!
It was a great, scary, horror story written by one of the best story tellers of our time: Guillermo Del Toro, and read by one of my favorite character actors: Ron Perlman.
There are many, and Guillermo Del Toro slowly turns over cards like a carnival Fortune Teller, each card more frightening and darkly illustrated than the last... but... the first time a naked dead body walks, and attacks, in times square, with it's mouth full of vampire alien leech tentacles - that was a good moment!
I have not, but I will hunt them out now! I LOVE Ron Perlman. His deep voice is a special effect all by itself! He never strains to create a silly female voice, but uses all his acting skill - I can only feel he is leaning a bit towards Bela Lugosi in this frightful tale of Nosferatu! It's like being read a bed-time story by Hellboy, or Hannibal Chau! Ron's deep voice rumbling out this horror-story brings with it all the depth of a dark and stormy night glowing with an EC comic read by flash-light under the covers! What a treat!
Nosferatu Take New York! ...or (Where is Blade When you Need Him!)
This audio book is really a special gift to us horror-fans! Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, these wonderful actors are all gone. However, Ron Perlman, he is here, and we are so lucky to have him willing to sit with us... maybe in a midnight darkened room, perhaps by a low flickering fire, or a ghostly glowing candle, and read to us... this delicious dreadful delight. He is one of the few living actors of such caliber to deliver to us this brilliant tale by one of the best horror and pulp writers of our time: Guillermo Del Toro with such perfection! I cannot wait to hear the rest of the books! Oh...so great! This is a rare treasure, indeed! I am so excited I found it, and now, how nice would it be to have Mr. Perlman read a few HELLBOY books? Hmmmmm?
It's so well written. The Characters so well thought out. The ideas so smart.
Jake. The Heavy, gravity Spiker - the ultimate pulp adventure hero.
Smarts. Really amazing ideas that set you back on your heels they are so fresh and new.
It's climax is nearly impossible to hear it's so intensely good!
This is the BEST trilogy since Lord of the Rings. It's pulp fiction, taken to it's very best possible limits. Maybe the middle book is my favorite. But Bronson writes his bad guys and good guys with the same deep love and understanding. You feel for them all, cheer for them all, and cringe from the monstrous evil put down in literature since Pulp horror master H.P.Lovecraft wrote about Cthulhu and the great old ones. You love pulp? You love Lovecraft? you got to read / listen to this!
Vincent Van Gogh - he was so ahead of his time.
This is what makes life worth it. Culture and Art.
I listen to it over and over. A joy to hear. Still, I don't understand why Hockeny was so great.
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