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The Call of the Cthulhu and Oher Stories | [H. P. Lovecraft]

The Call of the Cthulhu and Oher Stories

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!
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Publisher's Summary

Includes the short stories "The Hound" and "The Festival"

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    David Flagstaff, AZ, USA 02-14-10
    David Flagstaff, AZ, USA 02-14-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Lovecraft, a Rare Presentation"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle NEPTUNE, NJ, United States 03-27-14
    Michelle NEPTUNE, NJ, United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Story was Great,. Acting Sucked"
    What could H. P. Lovecraft have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Gareth David-Lloyd and Ian Fairbairn ?

    Anyone except Ian Fairbairn!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jkeramidas Brooklyn, NY 10-31-13
    jkeramidas Brooklyn, NY 10-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great stories, narration could be better"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because HP Lovecraft's stories are always entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writing


    How could the performance have been better?

    Pronunciation was really poor for basic words


    Did The Call of the Cthulhu and Oher Stories inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Kirkwood, New York, United States 01-05-13
    Amy Kirkwood, New York, United States 01-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Well done classic horror"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph APO, AE, United States 10-22-11
    Joseph APO, AE, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2006

    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.

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    "A Wounderful Gateway into Lovecraft's Books"
    What made the experience of listening to The Call of the Cthulhu and Oher Stories the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Call of the Cthulhu and Oher Stories to and why?

    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.


    What about Gareth David-Lloyd and Ian Fairbairn ’s performance did you like?

    I think I covered this already


    If you could take any character from The Call of the Cthulhu and Oher Stories out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    No.... just no...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    zach Marietta, GA, United States 05-15-12
    zach Marietta, GA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Not what I was expecting"
    Would you be willing to try another book from H. P. Lovecraft? Why or why not?

    I don't think so, he seems to be a popular horror/sify author but I found the work dry


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Slow and easy to drift away from the story, had to relisten 3 times and still didn't care for it

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah, USA 11-06-10
    Amazon Customer Utah, USA 11-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Narration is horrible!"

    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.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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