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Attending to the affairs of his late uncle, a man pieces together disturbing notes, articles, and horrendous carvings of a nightmare beast on stones neither of which are from this world. It propels him on a world-wide search that culminates with the discovery that dormant, great, elder beings who seeped to Earth before humanity's dawn are stirring in their sleep and will rise to re-exert their dominion over the world at the expense of humans and their civilization.

Public Domain (P)2014 Kevin Anderson Yancy

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First Lovecraft tale I've ever read

This is the first Lovecraft tale I've ever read and I can understand why he is considered a master of the horror genre. The slow buildup and atmosphere in this tale really heighten the tension and fear levels. I'm usually not a lover of horror, but as Halloween is getting closer I feel like I will be reading more of Lovecraft's work in the coming weeks.

While I think the Yancy's narration was actually really good, the audio could use a bit of editing. The pops and hisses from his excellent pronunciation hurt my ears after a bit and became a bit distracting. Occasionally, the background sounds overwhelmed the narration and there were multiple occasions that I felt the music/sounds were more Halloween store than horror story. However, I really enjoyed the narration and I look forward to listening to more.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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A Horror Classic Marred by Audio Production Issues

The book material is great; creepy, ominous, and cerebral. If you've ever read Lovecraft before (chances are you've already read this story), then you already know that this story deserves all the attention it receives as new readers discover it for the first time.

The narration for this title was OK. It was more like an old radio drama, but its use of effects made it seem a little campier than the material warrants. The main narrator did a fine job, but he spoke a little too softly for my taste--I had to crank up the volume to be able to hear him properly.

*** In full disclosure, this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Thomas
  • Denver, CO, United States
  • 01-05-16

Added sound effects were a bit much

Would you listen to The Call of Cthulhu again? Why?

I have listened to it twice so far. It it only 1 hour and 20 minutes long.

What other book might you compare The Call of Cthulhu to and why?

not sure. An Edgar Allen Poe book maybe?

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

There were all these extra sound effects that were supposed to be the sound of a scary alien or surreal horror screaming - I found it grating. The narrator was panting at points because he was scared or asthmatic or something. I appreciate the effort, but a straight reading might have been better. The sound effects were a bit distracting.

Any additional comments?

I got this audio book because it was slightly cheaper than other HP Lovecraft audiobooks. Still, one credit for 1 hour and 20 minutes? I'll just read the book next time and I'll get that from the library.

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Loved it

Any additional comments?

Love K. Anderson Yancy and his SonicMovies.

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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the Call of Cthulhu review

What made the experience of listening to The Call of Cthulhu the most enjoyable?

Incredible sound effects, and the narrator's voice.

What other book might you compare The Call of Cthulhu to and why?

None.

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

No.

Who was the most memorable character of The Call of Cthulhu and why?

Inspector Legrasse.

Any additional comments?

I received this to give an unbiased review.

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Awful, Distracting Production

This is the worst production of an audio book I've ever heard. The voices and sound effects make understanding the words difficult, and detracts from the experience.

I CAN'T STAND HIS VOICE.
HIS VOICE RUINED THE STORY FOR ME.

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Excellent book but narrator needs work!

This is my first H.P. Lovecraft story and I loved it. It sent chills up and down my spine, made the hair on my neck stand on end and all those good creepy things. I can't wait for my next Lovecraft story.

However I have some issues with the narration. I loved the sound effects and creepy demonic voices that made my toes curl.

However, I was reading along with the eBook on my Kindle app and saw many occasions where the narrator skipped entire sentences and parts of other sentences. In many cases he used the completely wrong word or totally mispronounced the correct word. In many MANY cases he is speaking so fast that there is barely any pause, if any, between sentences. This made it difficult to follow along and was the reason I broke down and bought the eBook so I could follow along.

After getting the eBook I completely started over with chapter 1 so that I would be up to date. When I have to go buy the eBook and start the recording over that is not a good thing. I want to be able to clearly follow the narrator as he or she is performing so I can be immersed in the story. I shouldn't have to go and buy the book so I can follow along and keep up.

On the plus side, I absolutely loved the tone Kevin Yancey's voice that he used. It added to the macabreness of the story. Now if he would just slow down, enunciate his words, use the correct words and use the correct pronunciation of words he would be a great narrator whom I would buy again.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Modern Lovecraft Performance

If you could sum up The Call of Cthulhu in three words, what would they be?

Creepy, good, and enthralling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Call of Cthulhu?

Anytime the narrator sees something that he cannot comprehend (something cosmic horror) he does his best to describe it while conveying the absolute lack of comprehension about something like that existing. It's one of Lovecraft's trademarks and translates well to this performance.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrator keeps all of the tension and mystique at a high while adding in the sound effects and emotion that someone actually undertaking the events of the story might mirror.

If you could rename The Call of Cthulhu, what would you call it?

I would not... this is one of the stories that everyone either knows or should know and there would never be a reason to change it.

Any additional comments?

I received the code for this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review and here it is. As a longer sonic movie performance than the ones I'd listened to previously it actually seemed more like a movie. I recommend it to anyone who wants to hear a classic done a new way.

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  • Jim
  • Texas
  • 09-23-15

The production is enthusiastic.

What disappointed you about The Call of Cthulhu?

I read my first Lovecraft story when I was 10, some thirty years ago, and I am very familiar with this story and all of the "weird" fiction of that era. It seemed to me that there was a bit of unfamiliarity with the subject matter, though the production of the performance (sound effects, music, etc.) was fun. The tone and cadence of the read didn't seem to go with the additional features of the production. Pronunciation of certain words was a little off, too, taking away instead of adding to the read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I've always like Inspector Legrasse in this story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of the narrators?

I think the casting was actually OK, but I also think that the narrator(s) needed just a little more familiarity with the story.

What character would you cut from The Call of Cthulhu?

If I had to cut a character, it would be William Channing Web, as he serves little to the story as a whole.

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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good book

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i really enjoyed this book