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
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.
The stories, ranging from the very short to the several chaptered, are an interesting collection of Lovecraft's fiction. I really enjoyed most of the readers. There was one who I felt didn't measure up to his esteemed colleagues, but it's easily forgiven. This collection of stories shows how very good a writer Lovecraft was, but it also shows how invariant were his subjects and terminology. His use of the word "grotesque" for instance, was so ill-used and so commonplace that the word had no bite by the time I was a quarter through the collection. I suggest, if you wish the material to remain fresh and -grotesque- that you go through these stories slowly. A very enjoyable and engrossing set of writings, though, I finished it in four days time!
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.
"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!
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