In this novella set in 1924 London, ex-boxer Harry Stubbs is on the trail of a mysterious legacy. A polar explorer has died, leaving huge debts and hints of a priceless find. His informants seem to be talking in riddles, and Harry soon finds he isn't the only one on the trail - and what he's looking for is as lethal as it is valuable. The key to the enigma lies in an ancient Arabian book and it leads to something stranger and more horrifying than Harry could ever imagine.
Harry may not be an educated man, but he has an open mind, the bulldog persistence and fists like pile drivers - useful assets when you're boxing the darkest of shadows.
The story of mystery and horror draws on H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos and is inspired by Ernest Shackleton's incredible real-life adventures.
©2014 David Hambling (P)2016 David Hambling
Having already read the ebook of this I had some idea what to expect. I'm a big fan of Harry Stubbs and his world, and the alleys, pubs, and parlours of Edwardian London make a very cosy, intimate setting for an audio adaptation. The story is still great, and the narration does a good job of bringing out some of the subtleties in the writing. The reader's accent is, at times, a little uneven, and I found it took a few minutes to acclimatise to his rendition of Harry (though the accompanying / incidental characters are very nicely rendered.) However, once immersed in the story all such concerns pretty much drifted away. Overall, I cheerfully recommend this adaptation, either to newcomers or as an alternative to re-reading the book yourself, and I look forward to the sequel, Broken Meats, getting the same treatment.
The story was well crafted. I was able to immediately get into it.
Great historical choices.
Try it. It is fun to listen to.
A well written tale with believable characters and evident research on the historicla and scientific topics touched upon in the story.
There were enough twists in this short tale to keep it interesting. The mythos was present, but not overused. key to a good mythos tale.
The accent of the reader jars with a native of the British Isles on the pronunciation of some words, and the Welsh and Irish accents erred on the side of comically stereotypicla, but was otherwise well done.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in exchange for a fair review.
"A Curious Tale"
This was my first foray into the world of the Lovecraft Genre and I really enjoyed it, the story was engaging and easy to follow. I would read listen to this author again.
The only mar on an otherwise excellent listen was the readers slightly dodgy English regional accents and his mispronunciations of basic words, almost as if he was from New England USA.
Excellent audio book!y
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