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The Horror at Red Hook | [H. P. Lovecraft]

The Horror at Red Hook

Lovecraft’s gothic horror masterpiece. During an investigation in Red Hook, Detective Thomas F. Malone, and discovers horrors that he never imagined. A horror classic.
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Lovecraft’s gothic horror masterpiece. During an investigation in Red Hook, Detective Thomas F. Malone, and discovers horrors that he never imagined. A horror classic.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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    Daryl United States 03-09-13
    Daryl United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Just a Bit of a Warning"

    I had no idea when I bought this that some genius had made the decision to add a background sound every few minutes to the narration. I could just picture some college kid they had paid in burritos in the sound booth, pressing various sound effect buttons and high fiving himself for his totally righteous editing skills.

    But still! It's cheap and you could do worse.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lee MATTHEWS, NC, United States 11-12-13
    Lee MATTHEWS, NC, United States 11-12-13
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    "Worth a listen, but not one of Lovecraft's best."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Horror at Red Hook to be better than the print version?

    I feel for any narrator who has to read Lovecraft's wonderful but archaic prose. Jim Donaldson did a great job with it, though! I enjoyed his reading, and appreciated the addition of some musical touches and sound effects of moans and shrieks during dramatic moments. It really made listening to the story a better experience than reading it would have been. I will be looking for other horror works done by Mr. Donaldson.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    From what I've read, this was one of Lovecraft's early works, and I think that shows. The story seemed to go on longer than needed. I thought that HPL's xenophobia was showcased more than usual in this tale, which was off-putting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are some good creepy scenes in the story, which I enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    After the end of the story, there is a short piece giving some background on Lovecraft and his influence on modern-day writers. I thought this was nicely done and appreciate the effort to show the significance of HPL's works.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    hvac_engineer_dave 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow, tough to listen to"
    What did you like best about The Horror at Red Hook? What did you like least?

    H.P Lovecraft was an innovator and hugely important. He produced a great deal of amazing work that revolutionized horror.

    He was also incredibly racist and xenophobic. This story reads like a right wing website, dripping with ethnic stereotypes and paranoia. I'm not leveling this as a moral complaint. If the presence of these blatant stereotypes don't put you off, by all means, enjoy the book. I'm just putting it out there for the folks who won't enjoy that kind of thing.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A strange combination of next listen, and the planned one after that: Buddhism for Beginners then the Exorcist. (Listened to Neil Gaiman's Anasi Boys and the Amityville Horror right before this one)


    Could you see The Horror at Red Hook being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly, but there'd certainly be "PC" concerns.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emrich 07-27-15
    Emrich 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enough to make me curious about Lovecraft"

    The narrator Jim Donaldson was very enjoyable with his performance. I caution you not to set a timer with this title and drift off to sleep. You see for no reason at all they hit a dong making you exit REMS and sit up with hernia generating force.

    This was my first Lovecraft experiance and Ill give him another go, just without the sudden loud background effects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Barnard U.S. 06-30-15
    M. Barnard U.S. 06-30-15

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    "Awful Presentation"

    Filled with distracting and non-contributory sound effects, especially at the start of each chapter. I wanted this story but, if there had been another read available, I'd have taken it in a heartbeat.

    Painfully top heavy for a mediocre reading.

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    Mark 04-12-15
    Mark 04-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too much background noise"

    Good story but I had to listen to it a couple of time. they added in background noise for effects but it was too much. distracted from the reading.

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    52 weeks, 52 books 03-28-15
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    "Maybe I'm not a horror fan"

    This seemed flat without an interesting character and little devropment. It was terribly inflated...I usually like the vocabulary of older works but this seemed overdone in both the writing and the reading. I like Poe and Koontz ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-16-14
    Andrew FAIR OAKS, CA, United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.

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    "Pulpy, if you like that."
    Any additional comments?

    This was really around 2.5, it was decent. But it reads like a pulp story and probably was, since I have a hard time getting into pulp stories I didn't enjoy it as much as others would.

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    "Not bad for 50p..."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A die-hard Lovecraft fan who appreciates the dramatics of sound effects accompanying a story.


    What was most disappointing about H. P. Lovecraft’s story?

    The prose was hard to follow in places - I found myself listening to several parts again just to keep up with the story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Though the story was read well, the sound effects in the background were distracting and amateurish.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The end section of the audio book gave some insight into Lovecraft's life and his first steps into becoming an author, which was interesting and worth listening to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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