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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middle of the pack
I have enjoyed listening to these stories. Not sure how much more I'll read from him but all in all, this is a good selection of his works.
I would be much more inclined to recommend virtually anything else that Lovecraft wrote first. Call of Cthulhu has become his most well-known work, but it is not his best by a long shot. To be fair, this recording also includes The Dunwich Horror, which is a much better story, so your time would not be wasted if you bought this audiobook on sale. This reader does an excellent job of making the weaker works more engaging than the print versions, so I would probably recommend this version over the print version.
I would say so. I like Lovecraft, but I've never been crazy about Call of Cthulhu itself. Hearing William Roberts' performance, however, did improve the material in my esteem.
Honestly the reader is a little boring for me. He sounds so scientific, like a British scientist, that I just kept loosing interest. But I would give an HP Lovecraft book a chance again.
I probably won't be reading/listening to anything else by H.P. Lovecraft. It was fun to finally figure out what all the Cthulu business was all about, but it's still very old school and monotonous. This audiobook was only just over 4 hours long, but I listened to the first two hours... paused for a month, and then listened to the rest.
I thought the ending was appropriate and I'll leave it at that.
Yeah, his voice was fine. I found the parts where he was reading the native tongue of the Cthulu worshippers to be ridiculous, but that's just how it was written, so good for him.
I could see it being a bad sci-fi series along the lines of The X-files.
Again, not my highest recommendation, but worth it just so I could say "Oh, now I get all the pictures of that elephant headed, man bodied, octopus thing." Yup.
The audio version is creepier because of the narrator, an older-sounding man.
The description of Cthulu and the story about Dagon are the most memorable moments.
Mr. Roberts' voice gives the stories a special feeling of doom; he sounds like a world-weary man who has seen and experienced much that is unpleasant.
Highly recommended if one likes to be scared. Not for children uner 12.
I value the scientific method, have some understanding of the size and age of the universe and I respect the methods and findings of science.
My first time listening to William Roberts's reading. I think he was perfect for this tittle.
The stars must have right because this was near perfect!
I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.
You either find Lovecraft entertaining or appalling. I'm entertained. This is a very nice version of the cthulhu cannon. It's silly stuff but fun.
I would have preferred the prose to be a little easier to understand. I found listening to the Call of Cthulhu difficult at times because the way Lovecraft wrote it is very formal and kind of strange. The second story "The Hound" was much easier to listen to, as was the third story.
The idea of the Earth once being inhabited by cruel and monstrous Gods who can never die, but are at this very moment sleeping. The whole idea of the wrongness of the city of Cthulhu was disturbing and intriguing. The story idea was fantastic. I just wish it was executed better in the way it was told.
He talks in a very loud voice and a little more softness and subtlety would have been nice.
Yes. I would be interested to see a continuation of the Cthulhu mythos and how it affects other people sensitive to the God's dreams.
I found the third story "The Dunwich Horror" to be a lot of buildup to an anti-climax. It was a long story to endure when considering there was little payoff at the end. I was disappointed. Cthulhu was definitely the best story, but overall I'd have to say I was expecting more from this great classic.
History student with VERY eclectic tastes. Too busy to actually sit down and read most of the time so audiobooks have saved my sanity.
This was my first real foray into Lovecraft and I didn't REALLY know what to expect. The incidental music really adds to the atmosphere and the narration is wonderfully expressive.
The end of 'The Dunwich Horror' is really sticking with me. So horrifying!
His reading of the ancient language is wonderful and he is very expressive. Really adds to the overall horror atmosphere.
Again.. the ending of 'The Dunwich Horror' is really sticking with me.
This was a great introduction to the world of H.P. Lovecraft. It features some of his best known stories so is a great jumping off point. So incredibly creepy! I'll definitely be looking up more Lovecraft after this.
In some ways, yes. The narrator did an excellent job of capturing Lovecraft's somewhat hysterical, overblown, exaggerated writing style without excessively dramatic flourishes. (I was pretty worried about that -- most stories do revolve around characters going insane, and Lovecraft's descriptions are sort of over the top, so I was expecting a multiple hour verbal freakout.)
The touches of soundtrack also added to the mood. The music isn't constant, but there are occasional snippets of spooky music.
Listeners should note that this work dates from the 1920s. Every now and then, Lovecraft will throw in a description that is not exactly polite by today's standards. (For example, his descriptions of voodoo rituals are definitely not PC.) It's not malicious; it's just the style of the time. However, be warned.
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