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H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 Audiobook

H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926

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Publisher's Summary

This is volume one of a two-volume omnibus set comprising the complete fictional works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Every story written for publication under his own name is included in this set, from 1917 through 1935. (Poems, ghost-written material, and stories written in collaboration with other writers are not included.) Highlights of this volume include:

  • "Dagon"
  • "The Doom That Came to Sarnath"
  • "The Music of Erich Zann"
  • "Herbert West, Reanimator"
  • "The Hound"
  • "The Lurking Fear"
  • "The Rats in the Walls"
  • The Shunned House
  • "The Horror at Red Hook"
  • "In the Vault"
  • "The Call of Cthulhu"
  • "The Strange High House in the Mist"
  • The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

©2016 Finn J.D. John (P)2016 Finn J.D. John

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    J.J. 09-26-16
    J.J. 09-26-16
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    "I really enjoyed this collection"
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    Narration sounded great to me, just the same as the other volume which I listened to before, with the later stories in it. The mini-biographical sketches of each year of Lovecraft's life were really interesting and in a couple cases changed the way I thought about the stories that he wrote in that year.

    Glad I didn't listen to those other comments from the three guys who left one-star reviews. A couple of those guys seemed to think it was Celebrity Mean Tweets with Jimmy Kimmel. I guess not everybody is going to love anything, so like the one guy said, listen to the sample before you decide.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 09-05-16
    Ryan 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great stories but..."

    Hes like a cathy dobson, and i simply cant listen to him hes a horrible narrator ill leave it at that because theres just so many things wrong with his performance this being said i do have the volume 2 and after listening to that no way could i go another 20+ hours with him. Play the sample if you dont mind his droning voice thisll be great but for me its a deal breaker.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mark United States 10-24-16
    Mark United States 10-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great omnibus, less than stellar narration"

    I do love H.P. Lovecraft but have been a bit miffed in the past that there weren't any audible compilations of his fiction. Needless to say, I was pleased to finally find this Omnibus in two volumes. The weakness is the narrator, who apparently is an HPL scholar rather than a professional narrator. The presentation suffers for this, but it is not enough to have kept me from grabbing and then the other when they became available.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    aaron titko 09-12-16
    aaron titko 09-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Finn needs to go"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, HP lovecraft stories are truly great, however Finn almost made me want to never listen to these wonderful stories... ever.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926?

    one of the few places where you can find "the Call of Cthulhu"


    What didn’t you like about Finn J.D. John’s performance?

    Finn's performance is wretched. His sing song meter forced me to focus before going to sleep. He has no range and when he tries to make other voices it is wretched.


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

    my god no. only someone on a week long cocaine and meth fueled binge could stay awake long enough to counteract Finn's sad performance.


    Any additional comments?

    great stories which are in desperate need of someone to properly read them

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The guy can't narrate"

    I couldn't stand Finn, so i returned the collections. Look elsewhere for a narrated rendition of Lovecraft.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Larry P
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    9/28/16
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    "Wonderful tales but under-produced & overpriced"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have preferred some longer tales but the format of including date specific bio-snippets precluded that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cthulhu of course!


    What didn’t you like about Finn J.D. John’s performance?

    On the positive side:
    a. The amateur reading style is probably in keeping with HPL's "amateur" writing;
    b. The narrator clearly put a lot of effort in and I get the feeling Mr. John knows the writings and enjoys them;
    c. I liked the bio-snippets.

    Room for improvement
    It seems likely that the production did not use a professional producer (of it did they should refurbished their fee). Producing audio books is not as easy as it sounds.

    For example a good producer would have picked up the following simple pervasive errors:
    1. Pronunciation: even though HPL's fictional names are always going to be contentious there is no reason to miss-pronounce known words or names such as Dagon (Day-gone) as Dah-gone or the star Aldebran as AldeBARN;
    2. Overly dramatic: I know it is tempting to try and ham up Lovecraft when reading but he does deserve better than doing things like saying the gibbous moooon.

    All in all the pedantic listener will struggle and even the casual listener may dose off on occasion.


    Do you think H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one.


    Any additional comments?

    For the price tag of £25 I would have expected a much better production and a professional voice actor.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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