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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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.
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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.
When I was in my late teens I read some Lovecraft stories and wasn't impressed. It felt dated and plodding, and this to someone who read and enjoyed pulp adventures such as the Shadow, the Spider, and Doc Savage, as well as enjoying Edgar Rice Burroughs and the horror stories of Robert E. Howard.
I picked this up because I hadn't read Call of Cthulhu. I'd recently finished off the entire Sherlock Holmes collection and felt like dipping my toe back into Lovecraft's worlds.
William Roberts' reading of the stories added some life to the ancient styling of Lovecraft and made it easy to listen to, even though the source wasn't the best. It's easy to understand why the mythology of Lovecraft's stories have held up because it is so rich. The stories just aren't well-told by the author, but also aren't terrible.
If you are interested, it would be worth the money if you can get it on sale, which I did.
I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.
It was a good read. It wasn't the scariest thing that I have ever read but there are some great stories included in the audiobook. The Call of Cthulhu was the most intriguing story but the other were well done as well. The stories flow really well and the narrator does an amazing job playing out the various characters.
Lovecraft's antiquated views on race and class remain unpleasant to experience, but he's one of the leaders of weird fiction. It's hard to imagine what modern storytelling, especially horror, would be like without this man so afraid of the world that he could write of the terror of an alien hue.
Roberts does a great job of giving voice to the insensate fear of these characters, and manages the consonant-heavy mutterings of beings outside our time and space with aplomb.
Every October I get a new set of books for Halloween. This was the best. So glad I saved it for last.
I thought this would be different. I kept waiting for scary, spine tingling, just flat. I will try reading more about the author. It just didn't grab me. Blaspheme I know.
"A horror classic"
I've been a Lovecraft fan for years, so it was great to find an audio book version of his stories, especially as it's read by the great William Roberts, one of my favourite narrators.
Many of his stories are based in the "Cthulu Mythos", the premise that eons ago Earth was ruled by The Great Old Ones; vast, non-human creatures who even now slumber in other dimensions, waiting until they can re-enter our world, crush the kingdoms of man and once again take dominion of the planet.
Despite some attitudes that may seem a bit uncomfortably old fashioned to modern readers, these stories remain classics of their kind, deeply influential to subsequent writers and a lot of fun as well.
"Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!"
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories. The narrator was just perfect and did a great job with accents as well. I'd only "read" (listened to, actually) one other Lovecraft story before these, but I already knew I would love it. I love that Lovecraft gave his colleagues and everyone else permission to write in the "world" he'd created, the Mythos. I came to his work because I'd read many Lovecraftian poems and short-stories and was curious what was actually behind it. It's really lots of fun.
"Great introduction "
Having only heard of H.P Lovecraft before, but never had the time, I got myself this. What a great introduction to H.P Lovercraft's work it has been. The Cthulhu mythos was portrayed perfectly. It's been a long time since I got this engaged in a story. Can't wait to listen to more of his works.
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