The only audio edition of Necronomicon authorized by the H. P. Lovecraft Estate!
Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released. It will introduce a whole new generation of readers to Lovecraft's fiction, as well as attract those fans who want all his work in a single, definitive volume.
©2014 H. P. Lovecraft (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Herbert West: Re-Animator
The Lurking Fear
The Rats in the Walls
The Whisperer in Darkness
In the Vault
The Call of Cthluhu
The Colour Out of Space
The Horror at Red Hook
The Haunter of the Dark
The Shunned House
The Thing on the Doorstep
Under the Pyramids
I'm not one to write reviews, but after listening to Lovecraft's Necronomicon, I'm motivated. To start with, this is my first read by H.P. Lovecraft. I have known of his writings for many years, but just have never picked up a book, I did well in starting with this collection of stories.
The performances were well done and did not distract from the stories. The stories are amazing, Lovecraft builds the stories with firm foundations and builds and builds leading the reader in anticipation until you are sitting on the edge of your chair. It is so refreshing in this world of "fast"-"express" everything, to read something that takes the time to use the quality of words that fully describe the scene that Lovecraft is painting and is sorely lacking in a great deal of today's storytelling.
Bottom line, if you like this genre of story, if you've even slightly thought of reading Lovecraft, then I recommend this book to start with.
HP's collection received a deserved treatment by all o the narrators presented.
I hope they continue this trend with a second volume.
It really depends on who is reading it. That is my main complaint about this book. Some of the narrations are terrific at their job while others are dull and monotone. So half the tales I'd rather read because listening was putting me to sleep.
Something about having the story of Cthulhu narrated makes the imagery of the book even more vivid.
Some were good.
Quite a few of the stories were wonderfully done.
I have yet to read a positive review that states the work is good if you over look the rampant racism. I know it was another time, however I'm reading it now and rats in the walls has has a black cat named " mister niggerman" . Also if you are Asian, middle eastern, or Jewish you may find some lines and descriptions... Pretty offensive. But that being said I still like Lovecraft, I do, his brand of strange pulp fiction is highly entertaining even if his views on race are not.
Lovecraft seems very scientific in his descriptions making his impossible tales believable. the voice performance is done by several individuals and each one does a separate story. this brings a sense of personalization to each one, as though these are people approaching you to tell you the horrors they encountered.
After listening to this audiobook I went out and bought a "Complete Collection" of his work. This audiobook misses quite a lot of his other stories, so no. But still a great collection of his work.
Nathaniel Wingate Peaslee, simply because I could just empathize with him. Having his body stolen for years and then trying to retrace his steps.
The final part of The Shadow out of Time with "The Elder Ones" is definitely one of the most terrifying things I have ever read. His escape sequence is wonderfully written.
I did not laugh or cry but there were a few times I was saying, "For the love of all things holy, RUN and DON'T LOOK BACK!"
H.P. Lovecraft became one of my top three favorite writers with this collection. I currently am enjoying his "Complete Collection" of the Knickerbocker Classic edition, which are wonderfully made. I recommend that if you enjoyed this book and if you want to own a collection of his work, try the Knickerbocker Classic.
I've hear of this collection of short stories before but never could I have imagined they were as good as my friend had raved so vigorously about.
I, however, do not consider this "Horor" but rather merely fantasy. I enjoyed it much more since I wasn't terrified but rather entranced by the fanciful stories relating to my own spiritual and extraterrestrial speculation.
Defiantly the best collection of stories I've listened to recently!
"Eldtrich and unspoken horror...no, wait!"
Yes, I've loved it! I assume you already know Lovecraft if you're looking at this so I'll review it with that in mind.
The stories are well read and, although it's not quite as creepy as reading them yourself, it's still great and...come on, you get about 65 stories here, for ONE CREDIT?
That has to be (at the mountains of) madness!
I sometimes work at night and driving around the dark, wintry streets of Glasgow, often out in the sticks, with this audiobook playing in the background....brilliant!
Some of the narrators are great, some not so much.
I locked the doors in my car when I was listening in the dark....who knows what lurking horror might have crept up on me?
Lovecraft is never terrifying or shocking in a 21st century way, but his writing is always creepy and sticks in your mind. This collection does a fine job of bringing that crawling chaos to life.
Considering I got this for one monthly credit I honestly can't complain. There's 60-odd stories, all professionally read and that is just great value for money. I've read the stories dozens of times myself over the years and yet still found myself wanting to listen more to this to see what happened next. And I've only listened to the first few stories so far! Can't wait until I hear the likes of "Shadow Over Innsmouth" or "The Call of Ktulu" (oops, sorry, I've got Metallica on just now, got mixed up for a sec!).
Needless to say, if the quality drops I'll edit my review but for now I just wanted to post my thoughts as there's not a lot for other listeners to go on.
Trust me - if you're a fan of HPL give this a go.
Steven A. McKay, author of the Lovecraftian histfic novella "Knight of the Cross" (also on Audible!).
I know that Lovecraft has been very influential and is much admired by some. I liked some of it too, and most of the several narrators were competent. In the end though, this compilation is just too much of material that is too uniform. In the latter half I found myself waiting for the next occurrence of "demoniac", "cyclopian" or "unspeakable" and truth to tell, I never had to wait long. If you opt for this title, my advice would be to listen to a story then listen to a different book, then come back for another Lovecraft tale another day!
The longer you listen, the more you realise lots of the stories intertwine.
There is something exceedingly strange about the way Lovecraft shows his 'cosmic horror' that will. She you want to go back and re listen to many of the stories.
Some readers are clearly better than others but you very quickly get absorbed into their particular reading style. I particularly enjoyed those who read the stories as one large monologue.
Overall very good, my personal favourite being 'the whisperer in the darkness' closely followed by 'the outsider'
"Not a bad collection"
Good narration - very atmospheric. If you don't yet have any Lovecraft in your library, then this is the perfect start!
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