Considered to the be one of most influential American authors, Howard Philip Lovecraft is synonymous with some of the best fantasy and horror fiction of the 20th century, second only to Edgar Allan Poe.
Innsmouth is a dilapidated seaside town with secrets as a hybrid race of half-human and half-amphibian creatures worship the gods of Cthulhu and Dagon…. Written in 1931, and published by the Visionary Publishing Company some five years later.
”It’s a genre blessed with many great stylists, H. P.Lovecraft’s baroque imagination and outrageous use of language still manages to stand head and shoulders above the rest. A timeless master of the macabre and the true connoisseur of dread.” (Michael Marshall-Smith)
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Phil Reynolds did a very nice job on this story. Lovecraft can be hard to read at times, but Reynolds did very well with it. I had already read the story a few years ago, but wanted to experience it again. I'm picky about my narrators, but enjoyed this edition.
It's a great story, and definitely shows Lovecraft at the top of his form. If you have the time, I'd recommend starting with his earlier works and working through them. He is somewhat of an acquired taste.
If you want a grisly tail filled with atmosphere and subtly, look no further than a shadow over innsmouth. This books reputation as one of H.P. Lovecrafts most memorable tails is not unearned, and the performance of Phil Reynolds does this piece especial justice with his portrayal of the tale's fatally curious protagonist.
if you've heard of Lovecraft through his Cthulu mythos and would like to test his works for yourself, there is no better a starting point than Innsmouth, and this reading is of especial quality for the uninitiated.
I have listened to 'Shadow' three times now since downloading it just a few months back- yes, its that good!
This is easily Lovecraft's best book, and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing it to life.
Anyone who has ever spent time in a remote community where they have felt uneasy and unwelcome will certainly recognise the mood of the story.
The best moment in the book is the twist in the tale and I don't want to be a spoiler!
The narrator delivers the prose with such skill and poise you are just carried along with him. His accent skills when needed are top-knotch.
It made multiple shivers run down my spine.
The story itself is very enjoyable. The first half is somewhat slow, but the last half is very good with a few twists. Keep in mind this is a horror story written in 1931.
The ending conclusion, which I won't discuss for those that haven't read or listened to the story yet :)
The author, H.P. Lovecraft, is an American as is the main character in the story. But for some reason they chose a narrator that has very proper British accent. That would have worked out fine, Phil Reynolds has a very pleasant voice and does a great job, EXCEPT when he reads the long monologues from the locals in a horrible Massachusetts/American accent that teeters back and forth between New England, Texas, and the Southeast. It's a minor complaint, I still recommend the story, but the accents were way off.
I did, but ended up listening in two sittings.
I loved this book, but I wish it weren't such a good lullabye, y'know? The reader was very fluent, made no mistakes or fumbles, and had a voice that just... fit. His reading matched the story perfectly, and this is probably why it brings me to the SandMan's greedy arms every night that I sit down to listen to it.
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
As you may have gathered from the title of my review, "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" was my first exposure to any of H.P. Lovecraft's work. I am now a fan.
This is a GREAT place to start with if you've never read any Lovecraft before. Most people gravitate towards his most popular work, "The Necronomicon", but I would definitely recommend checking this one out first. This story is a nice way to slowly get accustomed to this author's style and overall weirdness before plunging in head first into The Necronomicon.
The narration performance on this audiobook is FANTASTIC. Phil Reynolds' voice fits Lovecraft's spookiness perfectly.
I was really impressed with this one. Buy it if you dare!
9.09 / 10.00
The narrator did quite a good job. One thing that may be noticed if you read along with the book is that some of the words are misread and the Cthulhu chants are off....but who can really pronounce them correctly. Other than this, you can tell the narrator is becoming tiresome toward the end based on the number of mistakes increasing from a couple to a few in the 5th and final section of the audiobook. I applaud his efforts at reading this book aloud.
Mr. Reynolds does an unsurprisingly good job of delivering Lovecraft's words. What is surprising is the brilliant shift from his rich Brittish accent to the voices of the New England figures voiced in the story. I was oddly delighted in the midst of this creepy classic.
I didn't like Phil Reynolds' narration of this story at all - his attempts at an American accent were awful! Instead, you'd do better looking for Garrick Hagon's readings of the tales (recorded in the 80s), or, failing that, Wayne June's.
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