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  • H. P. Lovecraft's Book of the Supernatural

  • 20 Classic Tales of the Macabre, Chosen by the Master of Horror Himself
  • By: Stephen Jones (editor), Henry James, Washington Irving, and others
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter, Steven Crossley, Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

H. P. Lovecraft is arguably the most important horror writer of the 20th century. Culled from his 1927 essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature”, Lovecraft acknowledges those authors and stories that he feels are the very finest the horror field has to offer, including Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, and Arthur Conan Doyle. This chilling collection includes 20 works, each prefaced by Lovecraft's own opinions and insights in each author’s work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook Contents

  • By Maliboo on 10-31-14

Audiobook Contents

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

Reviewed: 10-31-14

Courtesy SFFAudio:

Introduction by editor Stephen Jones – Approx. 7 Minutes
Notes on Writing Weird Fiction By H.P. Lovecraft – Approx. 11 Minutes
The Tale of the German Student by Washington Irving – Approx. 14 Minutes
Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson – Approx. 49 Minutes
Who Knows? by Guy de Maupassant – Approx. 34 Minutes
The Invisible Eye by Erckmann-Chatrian – Approx. 41 Minutes
The Torture by Hope by Villiers de l’Isle Adam – Approx. 15 Minutes
Ms. Found in a Bottle by Edgar Allan Poe – Approx. 29 Minutes
What Was It? by Fitz-James O’Brien – Approx. 34 Minutes
The Middle Toe of the Right Foot by Ambrose Bierce – Approx. 24 Minutes
The Turn Of The Screw by Henry James – Approx. 4 Hours 52 Minutes
The Dead Smile by F. Marion Crawford – Approx. 57 Minutes
The Wind In The Rose-Bush by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman – Approx. 38 Minutes
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman – Approx. 36 Minutes
The Recrudescence of Imray by Rudyard Kipling – Approx. 30 Minutes
The Hands Of Karma (Ingwa-banashi) by Lafcadio Hearn – Approx. 11 Minutes
The Burial Of The Rats by Bram Stoker – Approx. 1 Hour 7 Minutes
The Red Lodge by H.R. Wakefield – Approx. 35 Minutes
The Captain Of The Pole-Star by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Approx. 1 Hour 6 Minutes
The Villa Desiree by May Sinclair – Approx. 28 Minutes
The Voice In The Night by William Hope Hodgson – Approx. 36 Minutes
Novel of the White Powder by Arthur Machen – Approx. 48 Minutes

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  • Eldritch Tales

  • A Miscellany of the Macabre
  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: various narrators
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 220

Following the phenomenal success of Necronomicon, its companion volume brings together Lovecraft's remaining major stories plus his weird poetry, a number of obscure revisions, and some notable nonfiction, including the seminal critical essay "Supernatural Horror in Literature." athering together in chronological order the rest of Lovecraft's rarely seen but extraordinary short fiction, this collection includes the entirety of the long-out-of-print collection of thirty-six sonnets "Fungi from Yuggoth."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook Contents

  • By Maliboo on 10-29-14

Audiobook Contents

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

Reviewed: 10-29-14

History of the Necronomicon
The Alchemist
A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
The Beast in the Cave
The Poe-et's Nightmare
Memory
Despair
The Picture in the House
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Psychopompos; A Tale in Rhyme
The White Ship
The House
The Nightmare Lake
Poetry and the Gods
Nyarlathotep
Polaris
The Street
Ex Oblivione
Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
The Crawling Chaos
The Terrible Old Man
The Tree
The Tomb
Celephais
Hypnos
What the Moon Brings
The Horror at Martin's Beach
The Festival
The Temple
Hallowe'en in a Suburb
The Moon-Bog
He
Festival
The Green Meadow
Nathicana
Two Black Bottles
The Last Test
The Wood
The Ancient Track
The Electric Executioner
Fungi from Yuggoth
The Trap
The Other Gods
The Quest of Iranon
The Challenge From Beyond
In a Sequester'd Providence Churchyard Where Once Poe Walk'd
Ibid
Azathoth
The Descendant
The Book
The Messenger
The Evil Clergyman
The Very Old Folk
The Thing in the Moonlight
The Transition of Juan Romero
Supernatural Horror in Literature

133 of 134 people found this review helpful

  • Necronomicon

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,866

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This has bugged me for a while...

  • By mike on 06-23-16

Audiobook Contents

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

Reviewed: 08-14-14

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

387 of 436 people found this review helpful

  • Dreams of Terror and Death

  • The Dream Cycle of H. P. Lovecraft
  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 20 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

This volume collects, for the first time, the entire Dream Cycle created by H. P. Lovecraft, the master of twentieth-century horror, including some of his most fantastic tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Table of Contents

  • By Maliboo on 08-14-14

Table of Contents

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

Reviewed: 08-14-14

Azathoth
The Descendant
The Thing in the Moonlight
Polaris
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
The Doom That Came to Sarnath
The Statement of Randolph Carter
The Cats of Ulthar
Celephais
From Beyond
Nyarlathotep
The Nameless City
The Other Gods
Ex Oblivione
The Quest of Iranon
The Hound
Hypnos
What the Moon Brings
Pickman's Model
The Dream Quest of Unknown Kaddath
The Silver Key
The Strange High House in the Mist
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
The Dreams in the Witch House
Through the Gates of the Silver Key

120 of 122 people found this review helpful

  • The End of the World

  • Stories of the Apocalypse
  • By: Martin H. Greenberg (editor)
  • Narrated by: Suehyla El Attar, Nicholas Tecosky
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56

Before The Road by Cormac McCarthy brought apocalyptic fiction into the mainstream, there was science fiction. No longer relegated to the fringes of literature, this explosive collection of the world’s best apocalyptic writers brings the inventors of alien invasions, devastating meteors, doomsday scenarios, and all-out nuclear war back to with a bang. The best writers of the early 1900s were the first to flood New York with tidal waves, destroy Illinois with alien invaders, paralyze Washington with meteors, and lay waste to the Midwest with nuclear fallout.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Apocalypse Without Zombies

  • By Maliboo on 10-29-13

The Apocalypse Without Zombies

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

Reviewed: 10-29-13

Here's an interesting idea, suppose they gave an apocalypse and no zombies came? This anthology bucks the trend of zombies ruling over the apocalypse that is so prevalent in today's science fiction and horror literature (the stories collected here were written before the recent zombie craze.)

Actually, there is one story (The Underdweller by William F. Nolan) that is somewhat zombie-like in the same way that Richard Matheson's I Am Legend is, in that the world is overrun with monsters. Exactly what kind of monsters though remains to be seen until the shock ending.

Contents:
1. Introduction: Dancing Through the Apocalypse - Robert Silverberg
2. The Hum - Rick Hautala
3. Salvador - Lucius Shepard
4. We Can Get Them for You Wholesale - Neil Gaiman
5. The Big Flash - Norman Spinrad
6. Kindness - Lester del Rey
7. The Underdweller - William F. Nolan
8. Lucifer - Roger Zelazny
9. To the Storming Gulf - Gregory Benford
10. The Feast of Saint Janis - Michael.Swanwick
11. The Wheel - John Wyndham
12. Jody After the War - Edward Bryant
13. Salvage - Orson Scott Card
14. By Fools Like Me - Nancy Kress
15. The Store of the Worlds - Robert Sheckley
16. Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels - George R. R. Martin
17. "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." - Arthur C. Clarke
18. Afterward - John Helfers
19. When We Went to See the End of the World - Robert Silverberg
20. Flight to Forever - Poul Anderson

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  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

  • A Radio Dramatization
  • By: Washington Irving, Jerry Robbins (dramatization)
  • Narrated by: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Ichabod Crane, a lanky, lean, superstitious school master, arrives to teach the children of Sleepy Hollow. As he vies for the attention of the lovely Katrina Van Tassel, his rival for her attention is the town rowdy, Brom Bones. Brom tries to scare Ichabod away with local superstitions and ghost tales. And soon enough the ill-fated schoolmaster encounters a terrifying legend come to life: the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Return of the Classic!

  • By Troy on 04-19-13

Very Faithful Adaptation

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

Reviewed: 10-25-13

Large portions of this adaptation are taken directly from Washington Irving's text. The first few pages and the ending are nearly unabridged readings. In-between, sentences are quoted verbatim as the structure follows closely the original story.

The dramatized portions include songs (similar to the Disney animated adaptation) and other whimsy as well as sound effects and music. The thrilling finale is read with suitably theatrical gusto and is completely unabridged from the original text.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is perhaps the ultimate Halloween story, and this rendition does it proud.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bite Me

  • A Love Story
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443

"The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!!

  • By Ron on 03-30-10

Read By the Voice of Siri

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

Reviewed: 10-04-13

As all the other reviewers have stated, the voice performance by Susan Bennett is incredible. She is an amazingly talented voice artist, so much so that Apple actually chose her to be the voice of Siri.

When this news first broke today on CNN, I immediately looked her up on Audible to see if she had any audiobooks and was very surprised to find that she performed this book. Needless to say, she doesn't sound at all like Siri on this recording, which just goes to show how incredibly versatile a voice actress she is.

  • A Pleasure to Burn

  • Fahrenheit 451 Stories
  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is an enduring masterwork of twentieth-century American literature - a chilling vision of a dystopian future built on the foundations of ignorance, censorship, and brutal repression. The origins and evolution of Bradbury’s darkly magnificent tale are explored in A Pleasure to Burn, a collection of sixteen selected shorter works that prefigure the grand master’s landmark novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The World of 451

  • By Maliboo on 09-15-13

The World of 451

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

Reviewed: 09-15-13

"It was a pleasure to burn." That is how Fahrenheit 451 opens. This collection titled after that first line contains stories that might be set in the universe of Fahrenheit 451, are thematically similar, or are actually early versions of that novel.

Contents:

The Reincarnate • (2005) Unrevised version of same title published in We'll Always Have Paris.
Pillar of Fire • (1948) Previously collected in S Is for Space.
The Library • (2006) Originally published in Match to Flame: The Fictional Path to Fahrenheit 451 (an earlier deluxe edition of this collection.)
Bright Phoenix • (1963) Previously collected in Bradbury Stories: 100 of His Most Celebrated Tales.
The Mad Wizards of Mars • (1949) Variant version of The Exiles from The Illustrated Man and R is for Rocket.
Carnival of Madness • (1950) Variant version of Usher II from The Martian Chronicles.
Bonfire • (1950) Originally published in the fanzine Torquasian Times Winter 1950/51, later collected in Gauntlet #2.
The Cricket on the Hearth • (2002) Originally published in One More For the Road.
The Pedestrian • (1951) Previously collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun and S Is for Space.
The Garbage Collector • (1953) Previously collected in The Golden Apples of the Sun.
The Smile • (1952) Previously collected in A Medicine for Melancholy and S Is for Space.
Long After Midnight • (2006) Not the same story as in the book Long After Midnight, this is the earliest take on what would eventually become Fahrenheit 451, it was previously unpublished until Match to Flame (2006)
The Fireman • (1951) Originally published in Galaxy Magazine February 1951, this is the original novella that was later expanded into Fahrenheit 451.

Bonus stories - all featuring the same characters and dystopian time travel premise:

The Dragon Who Ate His Tail • (2007) Originally published in a chapbook of the same title, previously uncollected.
Sometime Before Dawn • (2004) Variant version of the same title originally published in The Cat's Pajamas.
To the Future • (1950) Variant version of The Fox and the Forest from The Illustrated Man.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • In the World's Dusk

  • By: Edmond Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Jim Gallant
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

There has always been a looming question in the mind of man. Will the human race become extinct one day? This is a story of Galos Gann, the last great scientist on Earth, who attempts to save humanity from oblivion. So take a journey into the outer twilight of your mind. Turn off the light, sit back and relax, close your eyes and enter the infinite universe of your imagination.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Last Man on Earth

  • By Maliboo on 08-11-13

The Last Man on Earth

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

Reviewed: 08-11-13

Originally published in the March 1936 edition of Weird Tales pulp magazine, this story has been included in anthologies with titles such as "The End of the World" and "The Last Man on Earth" so you can guess what it's about. It was also included in "The Best of Edmond Hamilton" which was edited by his wife Leigh Brackett, so they must've thought it was a pretty good story. And it is.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Face

  • The Best of Jack London, Volume 2
  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Julie Just
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Experience first-hand the dramatic ebb and flow of emotion as classic literature is transformed into the world of your imagination like never before. In Lost Face, the listener sits right beside a tribal prisoner as he plots to avoid the painful beheading that awaits him next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged

  • By Maliboo on 07-28-13

Unabridged

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

Reviewed: 07-28-13

Audible seems to have made a mistake in listing this as abridged. I've listened along with the free Kindle ebook and can confirm that it is in fact completely unabridged.

This is one of Jack London's darkest tales, it's even been anthologized in a number of horror story anthologies. Like many of his stories it involves a man struggling to survive, but this time instead of struggling against the uncaring brutality of Nature, our hero is fighting against the cruel brutality of Man. The protagonist is a prisoner of a barbaric Indian tribe who are savagely torturing their prisoners to death one by one. While the man awaits his turn he has only his wits to use to avoid his horrible fate.

The narration is superb. There is some background music that lends atmosphere such as tribal drums which some people may not care for. Listen to the sample and decide for yourself. I personally believe it enhances the immersive experience.