H. P. Lovecraft is considered to be one of the most influential horror and fantasy writers of the 20th century. His work is frequently compared to the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, and explored the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien.
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity; and it was not meant that we should voyage far."
"The Call of Cthulhu", written in 1926, is probably Lovecraft's best-known work. Discovering notes left by a deceased relative, the narrator pieces together the whole truth and disturbing significance of the Cthulhu cult. This release also contains the shorter tales "The Festival" and "The Hound", in which gravediggers bring home more than they bargained for!
Gareth David-Lloyd has appeared the second series of the BBC sci-fi series Torchwood. Before playing Ianto Jones, Gareth trained at the National Youth Theatre, and his credits include the role of Sebastian in Twelfth Night as well as television appearances in Mine All Mine, Absolute Power, and Rosemary & Thyme. Veteran actor Ian Fairbairn is best known for his appearances in Timeslip as Alpha 4 and Dr. Frazer, while also starring in four classic Doctor Who stories. Other credits include: Stand up Nigel Barton, Emergency Ward 10, and The Professionals.
(P)2008 Fantom Films
"I think it is beyond doubt that H. P. Lovecraft has yet to be surpassed as the twentieth century's greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." (Stephen King)
I don't usually go for an audiobook that is less then several hours long. However, this is Lovecraft and this is not your usual narration. These narrators are creepy, haunted souls, given to fits of passion. They are impossible to ignore, fitting since this story is impossible to stop listening to. The power of the words and the excellence of the narration is an infectious seed of disturb that takes root in the listener. I am very pleased, even if I'm not likely to sleep tonight.
I bought this thinking that it was going to be a larger collection of stories, and I was a bit disappointed to find that it is only three stories:
1: The Hound
2: The Call of Cthulhu
3: The Festival
The readers have a pleasant mild British accent, which suited the stories well. I did find the volume slightly lower on "Cthulhu" than on the other two tracks.
Despite the small number of stories included in this collection and the small volume issue on "Cthulhu", I feel the purchase was justified. "Cthulhu" in particular is among Lovecraft's best tales and the other two are pretty good as well.
How was the narrator? Very well read by both parties. I just wish that Gareth David-Lloyd would have used his natural accent instead of adding an English overtone. Other than that subtly, it was beautifully read. Bravo!
Imaginative, horrific, and mesmerizing
The short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe and Lovecraft are both masters of horror. The kind that gives you nightmares and enjoyment in a well written story at the same time.
I have listened to Gareth David-Lloyd before but not Ian Fairbairn. Gareth is one of those narrators that could make reading the phone book interesting listening. This is one of his best performances, though. He gets so involved in the story that he takes you right along with him.
Masterpiece of the Macabre
I think it would've been even better if Gareth David-Lloyd had narrated all of the stories. Ian did a good job, but next to Gareth, Ian's performance felt lackluster even though the stories he read were still creepy as hell.
The story was very interesting and suspenseful. The Narration was God Awful!!! I had to listen to it on a super loud volume to understand what he was saying and when scenes changed I had to quickly turn down the volume so not to go deaf.
Anyone except Ian Fairbairn!!
Yes, because HP Lovecraft's stories are always entertaining
Pronunciation was really poor for basic words
The narrators did a fine job of bringing these Lovecraft tales to life. I've been a fan of Lovecraft for years but this was my first experience with these stories in audio version. I enjoyed them and it inspired me to revisit other Lovecraft stories both in print and audio.
I'm travel alot and auido books are my moble home. I seem to be hooked on them and there is rarely a time that there not on for me.
I Love this style of Book. I love the style of the narration. In the first story The Hound the protagonist is unlikeable dip that is getting a karmic justice reaped upon him and the narrator portrays him as a snob. In The Call of Cthulhu the protagonist tries to be scientifically detached but he finds that subject matter slowly driving him mad and the narrator gives him nice dry scientific tone but dripping with suppressed horror toward the end. In the last tale The Festival the protagonist is already slightly cracked and your never really sure if this was all in his head or this really happened to him.
Lovecraft defined his own genera a scientific or detached reading or set of stories written by people that should be well grounded in reality that slowly descend into madness.
I think I covered this already
No.... just no...
This is a nice Gateway into Lovecrafts other stories. If you like this story you'll like the rest of his stories but if you don't you probably won't. Most of Lovecrafts stories are written in an academic format of supposedly smart people that have odd run ins with Lovecrafts Gods or Outer things, and for the most part ether adapt and triumph, go mad, or die horribly. And your never quite sure which is going to happen each time.
I don't think so, he seems to be a popular horror/sify author but I found the work dry
Slow and easy to drift away from the story, had to relisten 3 times and still didn't care for it
I've tried twice listening to this but the reader is horrible! The reader has a thick lisp causing the words to not enunciated clearly. It made it very hard to understand what was going on.
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