Regular price: $38.37

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Dan Starkey takes on the mantle of William Hope Hodgson's supernatural detective, Thomas Carnacki, in this collection of enhanced audiobook readings: 'The Gateway of the Monster', 'The House Among the Laurels', 'The Whistling Room', 'The Horse of the Invisible', 'The Searcher of the End House' and 'The Thing Invisible'.

Directed by Scott Handcock.

Public Domain (P)2016 Big Finish Productions

Critic Reviews

"This is a straight, very faithful rendition of the original stories by William Hope Hodgson, and very well produced. No unnecessary updating, no loss of Hodgson's period language or descriptions. Spot on." (Grey Dog Tales)
"Neil Gardner and Tanja Glittenberg, the collection's sound designers, are to be congratulated. They've outdone themselves with this release." (Occult Detective Quarterly, Issue 1)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    9
  • 4 Stars
    3
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    12
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    8
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A Disappointment Due To 'Atmospheric' Music

I waited for some time for this to hit release, having had a longtime familiarity with Hodgson's stories and others subsequently written, using these central characters.

Unfortunately, I did not realize that there was music added in the background to 'enhance' the reading. This ruined the read for me. I want a straight reading on an audio book, and frankly the addition of music to any degree within the body of the text is distracting for me and (inn this case) completely breaks the mood.

I have a number of Big Finish recordings in my library, and this isn't as large an issue as it is on these more atmospheric stories. To be fair, I've had similar issues with a couple of collections of M.R; James' work from another publisher -- though in that case it's an insistence of bridging the gaps between the stories with 'mood' music.

While it is good to finally see a collection of Carnacki tales in release, this one did not work for me. I lasted approximately six minutes into the initial story before I was so vexed that I gave up and switched my player to a historical test.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Meep
  • Seattle
  • 07-04-18

revolting

Hope Hodgeson should be in jail for animal abuse. I am aware that he is dead and nothing can be done about him now, but his stories are completely ruined, for me anyway, by his devotion to brutalizing and murdering random domestic pets. I had read the first story in this collection years ago, so I knew to skip the entire episode of the cat, but I had hoped that that would be an anomaly. It was not. The second story was even worse with SPOILER ALERT three completely innocent dogs murdered for no reason at all, the last in full view of Carnacki who was armed and could have stopped it at any time, and quite graphically described as well just in case I didn't feel bad enough allready. It is too bad, because Hope Hodgeson is an good writter and evokes the atmosphere of Victorian Ghost Story with a great deal of ability, but the constant assault on the dogs and cats (and probably others as well, but I have permanently stopped reading Hope Hodgson at this point so I will never know) is too great an obstacle to my enjoyment. The reader and productions values are excellent, they deserve someone better than Hope Hodgeson to interpret.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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

Flimsy Fun

These are fun, creepy, but somewhat predictable mysteries. Hodgson does an amazing job with atmosphere, tapping into upper-class anxieties, but the plots are repetitive and often offer Scooby Doo endings that only disappoint.

I'd love to hear the same narrators and producers tackle one of his more weighty works, like The Night Lands, or House on the Borderland.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Nigel
  • 10-11-17

100 year old ghost stories


Thomas Carnacki, voiced by Dan Starkey, is an occult detective. The premise of the stories is that Carnacki invites his friends, which includes Dodgson (played by Joseph Kloska), to come and listen to his recent investigations into the supernatural. There are six such stories.

98% of each story is the single voice of Dan Starkey with Joseph Kloska’s character, Dodgson, interjecting at the beginning and end.

Written over 100 years ago, they are rather mild horror stories, similar to that written by M.R.James. And for me that’s their main weakness, just not scary enough. Though I would listen to more just for Dan Starkey who is a fantastic voice actor.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful