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Publisher's Summary

Hailed by literary critics as the inventor of modern-day horror, H. P. Lovecraft is the cultivating force behind such modern writers as Robert Bloch, Wes Craven and Stephen King. The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume One is a collection of his best-known tales narrated for the first time by Wayne June and includes both "The Dunwich Horror" (published in the summer of 1926) and "The Call of Cthulhu" (published in the summer of 1928).

Listen to more Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft…if you dare!
(P)2008 Audio Realms, Inc.

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"Wayne June... his deep raspy voice is used to good effect for all the narration." (SFFAudio.com)

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  • Edward
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 11-28-10

Excellent Series for those who love Lovecraft...

This release and the whole series is new, well produced, and provides an excellent medium for those who enjoy H.P. Lovecreaft. There are a total of six albums in the series, although Audible has five on sale.

If you are a follower of Lovecraft you know how difficult it is to get solid, well recorded audio books into the library. This is the path. Their principal reader, Wayne June is quite balanced: with clarity and no strong sense of being a goul, as some other readers are.

The recordings are priced about right for non-Audible-credits payers. I doubt that one 3-hour download is worth a full credit (which can be worth a full 20 hour download for other recordings). My suggestion: Since there are an even number of books available, have a two-for one sale.

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  • Erica
  • Providence, RI, United States
  • 04-22-11

Narrator is amazing

I've loved Lovecraft for a long time, but I feel like I'm experiencing it for the first time hearing it read by Wayne June. He has an incredible grasp of how to do character voices. He brings the lushness of Lovecraft's prose to life. Passages that I must admit I've found boring when read on the page become genuinely creepy when read aloud by June's cultured, insinuating rasp. I'll be listening to this one over and over.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Excelent !!

My first ever audiobook , I came here because of Wayne's work in Darkest Dungeon. I am supremely satisfied with the experience and Wayne is fantastic to listen to.

Can't recommend this enough.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Matter of Fact Lovecraft

Wayne June reads two of Lovecraft's best-executed stories in the tone of a staid man of common sense, say a business manager or a pedantic scholar, who has been brought unwillingly to believe in strange and terrible things. His approach underlines Lovecraft's strengths while covering his faults. An excellent afternoon's entertainment.

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Creepy and Compeling

What made the experience of listening to The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume One the most enjoyable?

Two Words. One Name. Wayne June. This guy could read the phone book and make it scary.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume One?

The Climax of The Dunwhich Horror really stands out, the whole story builds and builds and the dread grows and grows. It's amazing.

What about Wayne June’s performance did you like?

Everything. Just re-read the top, that's it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not originally, but once Mr. June's voice started in I just could not turn it off.

Any additional comments?

For any fans of H.P. Lovecraft this entire series is a must have.

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  • alicia
  • Santa Cruz, CA, US
  • 11-01-17

great narrator

great narration and of course the stories are timeless. recommend to everyone you know. right now

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Wayne June is the best way to listen to Lovecraft

Wayne June takes the atmosphere Lovecraft made in text and translates it to audio perfectly.

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  • Mike
  • Red Wing, Minnesota, United States
  • 07-17-17

Great Narrator

If you could sum up The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume 1 in three words, what would they be?

creepy entertaining stories

What other book might you compare The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume 1 to and why?

Anything else by H.P. Lovecraft

Have you listened to any of Wayne June’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to a couple of chapters of Necronomicon that was performed by Mr. June. His voice is very distinct. I prefer to listen to Mr. June narrating Lovecraft.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the whippoorwills would start making noise when somebody was about to die. Very creepy.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to the book many times. I really like Mr. June as the narrator. He just tells the stories in the right way.

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Good, but hard to follow

Two classic tales from H. P. Lovecraft. Sadly, both left me underwhelmed.

The deep voice of Wayne June is so monotonous that it makes the story hard to follow for me. Though his voice is very soft and pleasant, the lack of "acting" makes the performance feel like a ceaseless drone unless you concentrate very hard. At least it was like that for me.

This was especially true for The Dunwich Horror. Having read The Call of Cthulhu beforehand, I can only assume this was a problem with the performance and not the source material since I remembered it as much more immersive.

I also own the audiobook of At the Mountains of Madness narrated by Edward Herrmann whose performance was far more captivating.

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Awesome book. Even better reader.

There could not have been a better voice actor to narrate this book. Wayne freaking June. Nuff said.

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  • Mark
  • 05-04-16

Great

Loved it, my first audible download and it will not be my last. All hail our dark lord Cthulhu!

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  • Damian Jones
  • 09-06-17

Perfect

v spooky. perfect narrator for Lovecraft. will be downloading all the other volumes at once

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  • Diogo
  • 07-11-17

best narrator for this book

Wayne June is my spirit animal, amazing. he could make a sandwich sound creepy, and the story itself is pretty good as well

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  • Mr C.
  • 05-28-16

Classic stories, well told.

The stories of Lovecraft are as brilliant as ever, with Mr. June's voice adding a great sense of horror and gravitas to the words.

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  • Robert
  • 12-07-15

A dark view of our Reality <br />

It is made reality by an excellent author.

I read 'The Call of Cuthulu," as a teenager, it, I suppose is the one story, by Lovecraft, that has always dragged me back to his works.

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  • Conor
  • 01-09-15

Utterly unsettling

I wouldn't call these horror on the modern expectations. But they remain unearthly enough to push goosebumps through even the sternnist of skin.

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  • Geometer
  • 10-15-17

Wayne June is perfect for Lovecraft!

Great performance by Wayne June. I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of the stories!