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
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.
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.
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.
There are some good creepy scenes in the story, which I enjoyed.
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.
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.
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.
I live in Columbia Maryland not Columbia Moldova! I haven't turned into a Groucho Marx character yet.
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.
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.
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.
"Not bad for 50p..."
A die-hard Lovecraft fan who appreciates the dramatics of sound effects accompanying a story.
The prose was hard to follow in places - I found myself listening to several parts again just to keep up with the story.
Though the story was read well, the sound effects in the background were distracting and amateurish.
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.
"A classic with comical sound effects"
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.
I probably will try. A short one. He is a great classic and I need to read him without the childishly comical background noises.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"Hmm... Not for the diversity sensitive"
Nice creepy short story from HPL
I prefer the Cthulu myths ones
He's got a good voice but it's a little soporific. I liked the background sound effects.
It's a touch racist by 21st century standards!
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