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Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories Audiobook

Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

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Publisher's Summary

At the heart of these stories, as with all the best of Lovecraft’s work, is the belief that the Earth was once inhabited by powerful and evil gods, just waiting for the chance to recolonise their planet. Cthulhu is one such god, lurking deep beneath the sea until called into being by cult followers who – like all humans – know not what they do. It is because of these dark, mythic tales with their terrified awareness of the limits of Man’s knowledge, that H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most influential American writers.

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    Brett woodberry, Australia 03-17-13
    Brett woodberry, Australia 03-17-13
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    "A masterpiece of Horror"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes but it may send them mad just by listening, but such is the risk if you delve into the necronomicon or the worship of the elder gods



    "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"


    What other book might you compare Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories to and why?

    i am now unable to comprehend any other books because of the infinite madness that has seeped into my mind from exposure to CTHULHU




    "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"


    What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

    The fact that he maintained his sanity whilst being so close to the necronomicon speaks volumes of this narrators will and expertise



    "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    i dont remember as i somehow ended up in this asylum in arkham with strange esoteric script written all over the walls in blood... wait.... is that ... my blood?????




    "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"


    Any additional comments?

    Dont waste time reading my review JUST DOWNLOAD THIS AUDIOBOOK before the goat with a thousand young comes for you




    "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"

    19 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Alberto Hernandez Greenville, SC USA 11-02-15
    Alberto Hernandez Greenville, SC USA 11-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "4 stories"

    Chapter 1: The Call of Cthulhu
    Chapter 4: The Hound
    Chapter 5: The Dunwich Horror
    Chapter 15: Dagon

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simon 10-19-15
    Simon 10-19-15
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    "Too much grandiose."
    Would you try another book from H. P. Lovecraft and/or William Roberts?

    Nah, dawg.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the daily deals. I enjoy them immensely.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    casta 10-19-15
    casta 10-19-15
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    "ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtag"
    Any additional comments?

    All I got to say is that as soon as I saw this as a daily Deal .... I came

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela 08-26-14
    Pamela 08-26-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Classic but dated"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonas Rapid City 09-29-16
    Jonas Rapid City 09-29-16 Member Since 2015

    I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!

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    "All In for Cthulhu..."

    I have to say that Lovecraft writes very eloquently. I attribute it to attending a fancy dinner party where there are lots of different utensils and courses. Also, with short stories, I get a little turned off by some and the rest suffer.

    The Call of Cthuhlu was very interesting to read. It's becoming such an iconic and equally unknown/viral monster that I can't believe a major film hasn't been done yet. The premise and look into the classic is mystifying and intriguing and I would say a must for any sci-fi, fantasy, horror reader to pick up and partake in.

    The remaining stories are why I ranked lower. Alone, Cthulhu would have bumped it up a star, with others, I was done being fancy and wanted to eat from a take out bag for a while.

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    Daniel Robert Wilkinson 09-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great reader and collection"

    This was a great collection of love craft tales. Very well read I quite liked them. Great Intro for anyone looking for the classics and explanations of the mythos. Dunwich Horror was probably my favourite with call of Cthulhu a very close second. The hound was a bit morbid but creepy. Do yourself a favour and look up some of the words because they are rich in meaning and drenched in atmosphere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ladybug 09-12-16
    ladybug 09-12-16
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    "Original and well read"

    This is my first venture into HP Lovecraft and I definitely enjoyed it. The narrator was expressive and managed to keep the long descriptions and old-timey language interesting.

    The only frustrating thing is that there was no table of contents at any point, so I never knew how many stories there would be or how far into each one I was. I resorted to listening for the story titles and looking them up on Wikipedia so I could get my bearings a little bit. If you're interested, the stories in this book are:
    -the call of Cthulhu
    -the hound
    -the dunwich horror
    -Dagon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Fort Bragg, NC USA 09-09-16
    Kindle Customer Fort Bragg, NC USA 09-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love H.P. Love craft"

    The voice actor was monotone but was good in magority and I like the book a lot.

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    Joe Kraus Kingston, PA, United States 09-09-16
    Joe Kraus Kingston, PA, United States 09-09-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A Lazy Aesthetic. A Silly Set of Stories"
    Any additional comments?

    I understand that, in some quarters, these works have become canonical. Lovecraft stands like a kind of Raymond Chandler or J.R.R. Tolkien, an inventor of a genre, what we now call ‘horror.’ And I understand as well that Chandler and Tolkien are also highly stylized, that a lot of readers come to them and say, “Is this all there is?”

    But, seriously, is this all there is?

    These stories are laughably bad. This is, at best, second-rate Poe, and I have a lower opinion of the original, first-rate Poe than most.

    For starters, Lovecraft is a lazy craftsman. These sentences are larded with adjectives. Take away his favorite obscure ones – eldritch, stygian, cyclopedian – and replace them with their essential synonym, “scary,” and you have very little.

    Then the plots themselves are clumsy and unfinished. I do like the idea of getting to see Cthulu from the perspective of several different dreamers. Maybe there’d have been something to it if Lovecraft had foreseen the postmodern narrative and managed to make a consciousness of storytelling part of the narrative itself. Instead, as with most of the others here, we have a narrator who, conveniently, goes mad or kills himself just after finishing. Cthulu is out there, tentacle-faced and fearsome (or should I say tentacle-faced and eldritch) and we’re supposed to close the book, go to sleep, and have nightmares about him.

    The whole effect comes down to a cheap horror movie stunt: let us catch only a glimpse, only a sense of the shadow of what’s out there. Then let us live in fear of what it might be. I find it a cynical form of narration, and a cynical aesthetic move.

    Anyway, all that has made me wonder about the parallels between the horror genre in general and heavy metal music. Each is probably the genre I least appreciate – one in literature and one in music. Friends tell me Metallica is great, and I do recognize the sophistication of their work. Still, I hear mostly just noise and anger, a noise that seems intended to bully me into submission, and an anger that seems to want to enlist me in causes I don’t share.

    And maybe it’s true that Stephen King is the analogue of Led Zeppelin, each the most successful out of the genre. Each supposedly competent in ways I can only distantly see. And each spawning admirers who fall far short.

    If all that’s true, if horror is a genre predicated on an aesthetic that troubles me from the start, fine. I’ll leave it to others without judgement.

    Except, Lovecraft. Really? I think his analogue may be Slade.

    I have gone with two stars, the second coming to acknowledge the influence and for the sheer stupid ambition of the work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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