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The Shadow over Innsmouth Audiobook
The Shadow over Innsmouth
Written by: 
H. P. Lovecraft
Narrated by: 
Phil Reynolds
The Shadow over Innsmouth Audiobook

The Shadow over Innsmouth

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Publisher's Summary

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)

©2009 Fantom Films (P)2009 Fantom Films

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    James Turner Temecula, CA USA 10-11-12
    James Turner Temecula, CA USA 10-11-12
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    "Great Rendition of Lovecraft's Story"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Barnes 02-27-15
    Kyle Barnes 02-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "One of Lovecrafts best..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Alice Springs, Australia 01-18-12
    Mark Alice Springs, Australia 01-18-12
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    "Probably Lovecraft's best book"
    Would you listen to The Shadow over Innsmouth again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow over Innsmouth?

    The best moment in the book is the twist in the tale and I don't want to be a spoiler!


    What does Phil Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made multiple shivers run down my spine.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David S. Mathew 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I'a Dagon!"

    A fantastic reading of a bone-chilling classic. If you're at all curious about what lies in the deep, I'd highly recommend this.

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    Curious Feathers 05-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Boredom"

    I happen to love Poe, and have always heard good things about Lovecraft. So, I gave this book a chance. The intro was strong, however most of the book was riddled with over discription and pointless running around. This book read like a bad role playing game. I do not suggest reading this novel as your first Lovecraft.

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    Aaron Jeffers 04-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen."

    Exceptional listen. H.P. paints an eerie depiction of innsmouth. I've listened through twice now and probably will a couple more times throughout the years.

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    Katie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 02-20-16
    Katie ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 02-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, narrator is a bit off"
    What did you love best about The Shadow over Innsmouth?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow over Innsmouth?

    The ending conclusion, which I won't discuss for those that haven't read or listened to the story yet :)


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did, but ended up listening in two sittings.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fraley 12-08-15
    Fraley 12-08-15
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    "great voice"

    This is a great read through. The narrator has a voice that actually sets the mood and gets the story going. He brings it to life as if his voice was lovecrafts

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    Qaadir Hooper 11-25-15
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    "Eldritch AbomBASTIC"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen 06-24-15 Member Since 2016

    Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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    "...My Introduction To Lovecraft..."
    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    6/16/16
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    "An EXCELLENT edition"

    Phil Reynolds does a great job of the New England accents, his tone is just right, and the story, of course, is portentous from the beginning. One of the original 'Mysterious Little Town' stories. Definitely one for the best horror stories ever written list, which has inspired everyone from Dean Koontz (see 'Midnight') and Stephen King, to the late, great James Herbert.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
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    "Disappointed"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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