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  • The Compleat Crow

  • By: Brian Lumley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

To many thousands of listeners world-wide, Titus Crow is the psychic sleuth - the cosmic voyager and investigator - of Brian Lumley's Cthulhu Mythos novels, from The Burrowers Beneath to Elysia. But before The Burrowers and Crow's transition, his exploits were chronicled in a series of short stories and novellas uncollected in the USA, except in limited editions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pulpy, Punchy Tales of the Occult Hero, Titus Crow

  • By Troy on 07-16-16

fun departure from classic Lovecraft mythos

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Which friend? I recommend this if you enjoy occult fantasy and detective style short fiction – however, Lovecraft traditionalists should be aware that Lumley's take on the mythos is fundamentally different from most other work in the genre. Crow is a potent investigator who does not succumb to the sweet, obliterating surcease of drugs (though he does enjoy his alcohol), suicide, gibbering insanity or involuntary body swappage -- this guy can productively peruse the Necronomicon, formulate innovative spellcraft, and smugly explain his designs to buddies while sipping choice brandy. I found it good fun, but it's not really cosmic horror – these stories are far more lighthearted than the fiction in such modern mythos works as Book of Cthulhu I/II, Lovecraft's Monsters, or the work of Laird Barron, et al.

What did you like best about this story?

the story mechanics of arcane sorcery and mythos lore are wonderfully and freshly fleshed out – Lumley builds on Lovecraftian fundamentals, and feathers in elements of numerology, Biblical references, and his own original inventions – rather than cryptic hints about the unnameable passages in the blasphemous Necronomicon, we are treated to fascinating details about how Titus Crow operates as an adept/investigator – combined with fun, adventurous, detective-style storylines, it's a pleasure to read, and strong for establishing a believable foundation for Crow's power

Which scene was your favorite?

the climax of Lord of Worms -- I don't think I can offer more detail without spoilers, so enough said

If you could take any character from The Compleat Crow out to dinner, who would it be and why?

in my humble opinion, this question is annoying – does anyone really care what fictional character I want to eat dinner with? okay, sorry for being snarky and sarcastic – I'd want to eat with The Lord of the Worms. why? Because he's very generous with his vast hoard of sorcerous, opium-laced wine.

Any additional comments?

at one point, Lumley takes us into the mind of a villainous cultist – we are informed that the cultist understands that, on a basic level, "balance is always maintained" – meaning that although the cultist wants nothing more than to usher in the apocalyptic rise of ye old demonic pantheon, he recognizes that the Forces of Good might thwart him. Good and Evil are balanced, and with Titus leading the charge, perhaps things are even tilting ever so slightly toward Good. I think this underscores the difference between Lumley's work other mythos authors: good, lighthearted fun.

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PS: Simon Vance is great, as usual