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Necronomicon | [H. P. Lovecraft]

Necronomicon

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Karen Deer Lodge, MT, United States 04-10-15
    Karen Deer Lodge, MT, United States 04-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Masterful!"

    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.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Maliboo Los Angeles, CA 08-14-14
    Maliboo Los Angeles, CA 08-14-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Audiobook Contents"

    Dagon
    Herbert West: Re-Animator
    The Lurking Fear
    The Rats in the Walls
    The Whisperer in Darkness
    Cool Air
    In the Vault
    The Call of Cthluhu
    The Colour Out of Space
    The Horror at Red Hook
    The Haunter of the Dark
    The Outsider
    The Shunned House
    The Unnamable
    The Thing on the Doorstep
    Under the Pyramids

    244 of 271 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 05-26-15
    Saud 05-26-15

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "Dim the lights, listen closely, feel the fear"

    I have been putting this off for ages now, but I am glad I finally got to listen. This is a collection of H. P. Lovecraft's greatest tales, and relentlessly barrages you with fear of the unknown, taking you beyond sanity, logic, humanity and the thin veil of our mundane lives into the infinite terror of the beyond.

    I listened to parts of this book past midnight. I recommend you do the same. If you do, keep the shades open and the windows closed. Who knows when your mind will start playing tricks on you.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Costa Rica 04-12-15
    Amazon Customer Costa Rica 04-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great compilation"

    HP's collection received a deserved treatment by all o the narrators presented.
    I hope they continue this trend with a second volume.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    TJ 03-19-15
    TJ 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful listen... depending on the narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Necronomicon to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Necronomicon?

    Something about having the story of Cthulhu narrated makes the imagery of the book even more vivid.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Some were good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quite a few of the stories were wonderfully done.


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sydney Gray Minnesota, USA 05-28-15
    Sydney Gray Minnesota, USA 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My only complaint is that now I want more!"
    Any additional comments?

    I dont think Ive ever left a book review before, but these stories were too fantastic not to. Its strange how concepts from the early 1900s can still be so intense now, with all the tales of horror and scifi that people have become so used to.

    I listen while Im at work and there were a few points that a coworker touched my arm to get my attention and I actually was really startled.

    At first I found the change in narrators odd, but almost ever time within a few minutes I barely remembered the shift. While some narrators were better than others it was still very neat how Id grow to picture the characters differently with the different voices

    .Now its time for me to go find as many more of his stories that I can!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Johnson tonasket, wa, usa 01-31-15
    Larry Johnson tonasket, wa, usa 01-31-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Strange fiction indeed"

    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.

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    SK Figler 07-03-15
    SK Figler 07-03-15
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    "the Master of Horror"
    Would you try another book from H. P. Lovecraft and/or the narrators?

    20+ hours of Lovecraft is plenty. As to narrators, I don't buy books because of them. I'll avoid some narrators, though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    the elder beings that looked like towers with circular feet.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    It's an anthology of novellas and short stories, so it's hard to choose.


    Was Necronomicon worth the listening time?

    mostly


    Any additional comments?

    I see why he's the master of horror.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 07-02-15
    Scott Hammond Atlanta, GA 07-02-15 Member Since 2014

    Big Kid

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    "Good Collection, Confusing Title"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    First things first: I'm reviewing the Audiobook listed above, with the black cover featuring blue tentacles and the title "Necronomicon" in bold white caps. Why do I specify? Because there are evidently several different books out there with the same title. Very confusing to a potential buyer, and the reviews I read before purchasing this audiobook were misleading. Regardless of the publisher's summary, it does not contain all of Lovecraft's "harrowing stories" and it doesn't include all of the Cthulhu mythos stories.

    I'm not sorry I bought the book, but it simply wasn't what it was represented to be. Another issue: another reviewer listed the stories included in this volume. Well, they're not the stories in the audiobook I bought. By the way, a Table of Contents would be nice, maybe even a downloadable information sheet. In order to learn what my audiobook had in it, I had to go through all 63 chapters and deduce which stories they were associated with. For example, the second selection in the audiobook, "Herbert West..." takes up six chapters. Also, unless you can recognize a reader's voice, there's no way to tell who is narrating each story.

    This volume contains:
    DAGON; HERBERT WEST-REANIMATOR; THE LURKING FEAR; THE RATS IN THE WALLS; THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS; COOL AIR; IN THE VAULT; THE CALL OF CTHULHU; THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE; THE HORROR AT REDHOOK; THE MUSIC OF ERICH ZANN; THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME; THE DUNWICH HORROR; THE HAUNTER IN THE DARK; THE OUTSIDER; THE SHUNNED HOUSE; THE UNNAMABLE; THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP; UNDER THE PYRAMIDS


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I began with my favorite Lovecraft story, "The Shadow Out of Time." I happened to recognize the narrator's voice, Keith Szarabajka, and he was excellent. A lot of Lovecraft's stories are first person narratives, making an audiobook like this one an outstanding way to experience Lovecraft. I'm looking forward to working my way through every story in the volume.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Keith Szarabajka did a commendable job on "The Shadow Out of Time." I'd also like to commend the narrators of "The Call of Cthulhu" and "Herbert West", but I have no idea who they were.


    Did Necronomicon inspire you to do anything?

    Sleep with a light on.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good audiobook with great stories and well-done narration, but it suffers somewhat by a poorly chosen, all too common title, and an evident publisher's disregard for the little things that might have greatly improved the buyer's experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    matthew 06-20-15
    matthew 06-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great stories"

    Lovecraft draws you in and keeps you wanting more. This was my first time reading his work and I must say I am now a huge fan

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Steven A. McKay
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    2/19/15
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    "Eldtrich and unspoken horror...no, wait!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    Some of the narrators are great, some not so much.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!).

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Stewart
    lincoln, United Kingdom
    1/13/15
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    "Too much"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • felix
    5/14/15
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    "Increasingly creepy"

    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'

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katya
    Urmston, United Kingdom
    5/8/15
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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