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The Horror at Red Hook Audiobook

The Horror at Red Hook

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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

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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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Dunlap 04-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Too noisy"

    The story is alright, but I couldn't finish as there was too much background noise/sound effects/music overpowering the narrator's voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 11-12-13
    Lee 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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    Jennifer L 09-06-16
    Jennifer L 09-06-16

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    "over the top sound effects"

    I've read most Lovecraft, but some stories really benefit from being listened to. I think this is one if them, but this recording's background sound effects were so extreme that I couldn't hear the story. The narrator would have been good otherwise. I don't mind a bit of atmospheric background where appropriate, but this overwhelmed the story.

    This is a good Lovecraft horror story that can be listened to more than once, and it doesn't need anything beyond a competant narrator.


    I'm going to try to return this one. If you like dramatisations, though, give it a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie D. 08-06-16
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    "What lies beneath Brooklyn?"

    One knows not horror until one knows Lovecraft. This proverb ringeth true in the Horror At Redhook...

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    sgtfrg 07-29-16
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    "Audio effects"

    The audio effects were more of a distraction that help. But besides that it was great. The narrator was great as well

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    Mary Karowski 04-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hp creepiness with a great voice behind it"

    Classic lovecraft tale told by a creepy sounding narrator with sound effects that lent an eeriness to the tale. A great addition to the collection of any fan of the pulp horror genre.

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    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 12-22-15
    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 12-22-15 Member Since 2015

    I live in Columbia Maryland not Columbia Moldova! I haven't turned into a Groucho Marx character yet.

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    "Wonderfully crafted short story"

    Anyone familiar with Lovecraft's childhood and adult life, especially his phobia of people who differed from him especially ethnically, Will certainly be prepared for the "politically incorrectness" of this short story.

    Having made the necessary caveat for those who are not familiar with his work, I enjoyed this short story immensely. In it he identifies at least fifty ancient deities mostly prehistoric and to the modern mind diabolical. The story is well paced, the narration is excellent, and the end brings the story to a sudden but well executed culmination.

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    Emrich 07-27-15
    Emrich 07-27-15 Member Since 2016
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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.

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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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  • Amy Oudot
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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Borbála
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    "A classic with comical sound effects"
    What did you like best about The Horror at Red Hook? What did you like least?

    I'm not sure if I did like it. I can see how it would have been a shocking and frightening piece in its time. To me it was a bit too archaic and trying too hard to horrify and shock with too much horror all over the place the whole time.


    Would you be willing to try another book from H. P. Lovecraft? Why or why not?

    I probably will try. A short one. He is a great classic and I need to read him without the childishly comical background noises.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was a bit over the top with trying to be very-very dramatic, a bit as though he was reading to children. In the last chapter about HP Lovecraft and the horror genre he even tried to give a "voice " to quotes from the writer which was completely unnecessary. The sound effects were comical and pathetic.


    Was The Horror at Red Hook worth the listening time?

    Well... I'm glad it was only an hour long. If it had been a regular length audiobook I would have returned it after the first few chapters mainly because of the awful noises and sound effects.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like lots of demonic laughter, mystical incantations and curses in Latin, ghostly writings on walls appearing and disappearing, chanting in distorted voices, gruesome faces appearing in windows at every turn, ghostly organ music, lots and lots of frantic shrieks and cries and screams, and all this in a clearly biased tone of total xenophobia, then this one is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shanna
    3/28/16
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    "Had no idea Lovecraft was such a xenophobe."

    Lovecraft's rambling, over detailed account of an odd event is only made worse by the author's shocking xenophobic attitude. Will not be reading this author again. The narrator was not bad though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
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    "Hmm... Not for the diversity sensitive"
    What did you like best about The Horror at Red Hook? What did you like least?

    Nice creepy short story from HPL


    If you’ve listened to books by H. P. Lovecraft before, how does this one compare?

    I prefer the Cthulu myths ones


    Did Jim Donaldson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    He's got a good voice but it's a little soporific. I liked the background sound effects.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a touch racist by 21st century standards!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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