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Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories | [H. P. Lovecraft]

Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories

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.
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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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    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 04-10-13
    Kenya LAFAYETTE, IN, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "it was ok"

    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.

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    Clayton GROVE CITY, OHIO, United States 02-01-13
    Clayton GROVE CITY, OHIO, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Monotonous, but still intriguing"
    Would you try another book from H. P. Lovecraft and/or William Roberts?

    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.


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

    I thought the ending was appropriate and I'll leave it at that.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by William Roberts?

    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.


    Could you see Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see it being a bad sci-fi series along the lines of The X-files.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    The Book Buff Florida, USA 12-14-12
    The Book Buff Florida, USA 12-14-12

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    "Evocative Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is creepier because of the narrator, an older-sounding man.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories?

    The description of Cthulu and the story about Dagon are the most memorable moments.


    What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

    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.


    If you could rename Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories, what would you call it?

    Audio Nightmares


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended if one likes to be scared. Not for children uner 12.

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    Eric Knox grean road, New Brunswick, Canada 11-11-12
    Eric Knox grean road, New Brunswick, Canada 11-11-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Boo!"
    Have you listened to any of William Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first time listening to William Roberts's reading. I think he was perfect for this tittle.


    Any additional comments?

    The stars must have right because this was near perfect!

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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 10-17-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 10-17-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "Classic horror of the 40s"

    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.

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    Todd Orange, Australia 08-21-12
    Todd Orange, Australia 08-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Classic, but at times hard to follow"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What did you like best about this 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.


    What aspect of William Roberts’s performance would you have changed?

    He talks in a very loud voice and a little more softness and subtlety would have been nice.


    Do you think Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mairead O'Sullivan Washington, DC United States 02-11-13
    Mairead O'Sullivan Washington, DC United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Mood"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 01-09-12
    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Call of Cthulhu"

    This book was recommended to me by someone, and I really could not get into the stories. The narrator was fine, but this was not my kind of book. I kept waiting for something to happen and it did not.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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