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H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926

Narrated by: Finn J.D. John
Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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Publisher's Summary

This is volume one of a two-volume omnibus set comprising the complete fictional works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Every story written for publication under his own name is included in this set, from 1917 through 1935. (Poems, ghostwritten material, and stories written in collaboration with other writers are not included.)

A full ebook copy of this book in interactive PDF format is included and can be downloaded by clicking the "PDF" link in your Audible library (it's in the "Title" column). This PDF includes the audiobook chapter numbers, to make navigation easier.

Highlights of this volume include:

  • "Dagon"
  • "The Doom That Came to Sarnath"
  • "The Music of Erich Zann"
  • "Herbert West, Reanimator"
  • "The Hound"
  • "The Lurking Fear"
  • "The Rats in the Walls"
  • The Shunned House
  • "The Horror at Red Hook"
  • "In the Vault"
  • "The Call of Cthulhu"
  • "The Strange High House in the Mist"
  • The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Finn J.D. John (P)2016 Finn J.D. John

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Cthulhu approves.

Little bit difficult if you're not born english speaker. Definitely worth every penny. The Great Old Ones are waiting for you.

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everything you would expect

Aside from all of lovecraft's supernatural stories contain the relevant information from his life. The book was very good on the whole, particularly the latter half, and I would recommend it to any fan of the science fiction or supernatural horror-mystery genre.

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Great progression

Shows Lovecraft progressing from novice to master. I found the stories in the earlier portions of the book a hit hard to follow, as they were very short stories. However, after the half way point of the book, the stories become amazing classics which were definitely worth a listen.

I'll be picking up the second part of this book, and I would recommend buying this one to anyone.

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I really enjoyed this collection

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Narration sounded great to me, just the same as the other volume which I listened to before, with the later stories in it. The mini-biographical sketches of each year of Lovecraft's life were really interesting and in a couple cases changed the way I thought about the stories that he wrote in that year.

Glad I didn't listen to those other comments from the three guys who left one-star reviews. A couple of those guys seemed to think it was Celebrity Mean Tweets with Jimmy Kimmel. I guess not everybody is going to love anything, so like the one guy said, listen to the sample before you decide.

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Surprisingly good...

Reading all the negative reviews regarding Finn J. D. John performance I hesitated with purchase. I gave a listen to sample and decided to give this collection a try. I must say that I really enjoyed J. D. Johns narration! Highly recommended! Looking forward to second volume :-)

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Great Introduction to Lovecraft (2 hours in)

If you could sum up H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 in three words, what would they be?

transcendental cheese tales

What other book might you compare H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 to and why?

Reminds me of a "The Hobbit" reading from a different narrator a few months back in terms of performance. I do not remember the audiobook's performers but the style is similar. It's kind of goofy with the character voices while still staying true to the theme of it's work.

Have you listened to any of Finn J.D. John’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Nope.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at the voice of the transcendental entity being imprisoned in a dying man's body. It was goofy but that didn't take away from the source material.

Any additional comments?

He hits his stride around an hour and a half in.When he does impersonations I could tell Finn was enjoying himself and it helped to distinguish characters. Longer pauses at the end of sentences would help. I could have used more time to process one thought at a time. Some of the stories could have used more variety in character voices to keep the listener engaged but I'd still stand by it being a 4 star performance.His accent and tone for this reading aligned with the Lovecraft stories. Overall, I was listening to this at my job and also found it nice to listen to while 3-D modelling. Helped to get me in my creative mood while I was world building.

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Narrator is main issue

The narrator has great voice but becomes monotone really quickly after the first words of every sentence, like if he's trying to skip commas and periods and trying to read as much as he can in a single breath. You'll lose paying attention after a couple of lines. If you ever read Lovecraft before you'll know the book is not the problem.

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Loved it

I really enjoyed everything about this book. The performance was fantastic the biographical information was interesting and I genuinely enjoyed the stories! I am looking forward to getting the second as soon as I can.

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Great omnibus, less than stellar narration

I do love H.P. Lovecraft but have been a bit miffed in the past that there weren't any audible compilations of his fiction. Needless to say, I was pleased to finally find this Omnibus in two volumes. The weakness is the narrator, who apparently is an HPL scholar rather than a professional narrator. The presentation suffers for this, but it is not enough to have kept me from grabbing and then the other when they became available.

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the narrator is difficult to listen to and his speach patterns don't really match the story

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  • Dunlops
  • 02-01-18

Brilliant

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As a long time super fan of Mr Lovecraft this collection (together with Vol2) are superbly put together and wonderfully narrated. The interspersed history of Lovecraft really helps to set the emotions that the author was experiencing at the time and enhances the listening experiences. As mentioned, the narration is exceptional and the almost laconic style builds the tension to fever pitch. Thank You!

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  • Therion Tiberius Ware
  • 01-14-18

Nicely done.

Would you listen to H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 again? Why?

Yes. Why? Because I want to run in to gibbous night and howl at the moon as a batrachian custodian of the silver key.

What did you like best about this story?

Af ew stories here I'd not read/heard.

Which character – as performed by Finn J.D. John – was your favourite?

Charles Dexter Ward.

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

Yes, if I had the stamina. Alas going to sleep with the headphones on didn't open the gateway that is Yog-Sothoth. Maybe tonight.

Any additional comments?

Unlike most semi-professional productions, Finn J.D. John can actually read well. The collection is interspersed with a fair amount of Lovecraft's biographical background that puts the tales in context. A longer and deeper exposition of Cosmicism and its post-Lovecraft developments would have been interesting. Other than that it's an excellent and accomplished effort, and clearly a labour of love. Kudos to Finn J.D. John!

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  • Craigie
  • 01-04-18

Fantastic Tales from The Master of Horror

All of Lovecrafts early works together and read in style.
Enjoyed this talkie emmensly.
Now for Volume 2!!

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  • Larry P
  • 09-28-16

Wonderful tales but under-produced & overpriced

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would have preferred some longer tales but the format of including date specific bio-snippets precluded that.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cthulhu of course!

What didn’t you like about Finn J.D. John’s performance?

On the positive side:
a. The amateur reading style is probably in keeping with HPL's "amateur" writing;
b. The narrator clearly put a lot of effort in and I get the feeling Mr. John knows the writings and enjoys them;
c. I liked the bio-snippets.

Room for improvement
It seems likely that the production did not use a professional producer (of it did they should refurbished their fee). Producing audio books is not as easy as it sounds.

For example a good producer would have picked up the following simple pervasive errors:
1. Pronunciation: even though HPL's fictional names are always going to be contentious there is no reason to miss-pronounce known words or names such as Dagon (Day-gone) as Dah-gone or the star Aldebran as AldeBARN;
2. Overly dramatic: I know it is tempting to try and ham up Lovecraft when reading but he does deserve better than doing things like saying the gibbous moooon.

All in all the pedantic listener will struggle and even the casual listener may dose off on occasion.

Do you think H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It has one.

Any additional comments?

For the price tag of £25 I would have expected a much better production and a professional voice actor.

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  • Geckoo
  • 11-06-18

Dreadful narration

I love Lovecraft but this guys narration is so boring, stiff, and robotic.
Awful.
It’s far too monotone and puts me off listening.

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  • Krats Dillion
  • 08-18-17

Horrible narration.

Sleazy. Insidious. As soon as he forgets his contrived dramatic reading the story comes through. Finally. His campfire ghost story tone is heinous. Not recommended

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  • Fritz
  • 07-26-17

Oh, the narration, THE NARRATION!

To plow this through was an ordeal far greater than my imagination had mercifully capacity to reach, for I would be locked in Arkham asylum had I willingly subjected myself to such horrors.

No, the horror wasn't in Lovectaft's stories, the naivete in these early works was agonizing at worst, humoring at best, the whole collection having 5 or 6 stories worth listening. There's a website with ranked order of stories. You will not miss anything if listening only stories in top 30.

The true horror was in the narration. Oh dear me. With contiously undulating pitch, the narrator dragged along with effort resembling of walking belly deep in a swamp, like every story would be a poem that needs an emphasis on... every.. word.. of
.. every.. sentence.. with.. pitch.. going.. up.. and .. down... without... any.. purpose... or... meaning...

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  • MaidenTiejuan
  • 06-09-17

Loving Lovecraft!

I love the stories and enjoy the narration, not sure why others have complained...each to their own!
Well worth the credit :)

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  • Mark Browne
  • 04-17-17

The book would be good if not for the narrator

The performance only became bearable when I increased the speed! It just felt VERY laboured and as if he was reading in the style of Orson Welles! Orson Welles he is not however so it just felt unnecessarily slow and dull!

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  • L. E.
  • 08-26-19

Great book - horrible narration

I gave up after 30 minutes of listening to this audio book because the narrator couldn't keep my attention. The monotonous narration made my thoughts drift off and I found the myself daydreaming. It sounds like the narrator is reading the script rather than actually telling the story.

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  • Paul Sheldon
  • 08-02-18

Classic horror stories, terrible performance

There probably isn't much that can be said about Lovecraft that hasn't already been said. He is a master of horror and very eloquent. Despite the older style of language these stories are still both entertaining and relevant today. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the narration. The combination of uncountable mis-pronunciations, in many cases of relatively common words, coupled with a style that sees every piece of dialogue delivered as if from an old man, makes this difficult to listen to. I would recommend reading the works instead.

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