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.
Cheap sound effects should be banned from audiobooks. I am an auditory learner and little sounds and noises are extremely distracting. I use sound cancelling earbuds so that I can focus on what is being said. But with this book I'm getting a freaking whistle, or keyboard clicking, or violin in my ear every couple of seconds. It's a great narration. Stop trying to compensate with cheap sound effects.
I can't finish this version because I can't focus on him talking, so I can only give the story a neutral rating.
I'm new to lovecraft but I've read and heard this story other places. He does a great job
Was doubtful about buying this production because of the bad reviews about the sound effects. Most of the time I didn't mind them, but there were a few that were so intrusive as to be comical--for instance, there was an old fashioned car horn cropping up from time to time that had me laughing and immitating it. (New paragraph)
The story itself wasn't bad. Not in the Chthulu mythos, but similar ambiance. Interesting for me since I knew the neighborhood where the story was placed--Did Lovecraft placed any other stories in Brooklyn? . . . (New paragraph)
My main problem with the story was that it was less clear than his usually are--that is, usually by the end of a Lovecraft story storie you understand something of the nature of the Evil Power and what It wants to do and the effects It has, even if Lovecraft has described it only in hints and allusions. Not so much in this one. Lots of fine build up, but in the end--what was the Impending Power's actual plan? And the Twittering Thing's? How much of the main character's behavior was the result of possession (and so, who was running the corpse)? And so on. Inquiring minds want to know . . . No, you can't just say that Lovecraft leaves it to your imagination. Lovecraft always leaves much to the imagination--that's a done deal. But the end of this story felt like more of a structural defect, and so it was disappointing.
very very very good the voice kept me interested the voice was nice and smooth everything went very well and it sounds in the background keep you into the story I really enjoyed the book
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.
"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.
"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!
"Highly entertaining. "
Highly entertaining and masterfully read by Jim Donaldson. H.P. Lovecraft. Is a master of spine chilling literature. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you like creepy stories, listen to this one. The bonus is the history of the authors life at the end. In all, a 5 star performance.
"Good reading, but I can't get over the author's ra"
Even in this short story the author's hatred for foreigners and eugenic approach to humanity distorts the more interesting demonic storyline. Great reading but of Lovecraft I am not a fan.
"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.
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