The Call of Cthulhu

Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
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Professor Angell was an expert on ancient languages. When a young man brought a grotesque carving to his office that contained a strain of hieroglyphics that were unreadable to all, it started the strangest and most horrific research of his life.

The statue would lead the professor and is great-nephew to discover the awful truth of the cult of Cthulhu and what its existence meant for the future of mankind.

©2016 Felbrigg Herriot (P)2016 Felbrigg Herriot
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loved how it was written, and spoken.

I forgot I was listening to a book and just got so caught up I thought this just someone telling me about something that happened. couldnt stop listening.

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best read

This was one of the hardest and most captivating storys I've read to date I loved it!

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Good story, not very good narrator

The narrator has a Brittish accent, but that's not even the beginning of the problem: As the book progresses, the inflections in his voice become less and less in tune with the text. By chapter 2 it seems like the narrator is simply reading and speaking autonomously. Although the narrator is not necessarily monotone throughout, it is clear by this point that he generally unimmersed with the text.

Always preview the narrator before you buy!!

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Still the Best Version

It can be a bit jarring when the narrator pronounces an otherwise innocuous word incredibly differently than the American English pronunciation that I'm used to. Beyond that, this is a great recording of a great story.

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I’ve really enjoyed this recording

I’ve really enjoyed this recording. There is something about the voice of the reader that is just right for this Lovecraft story.

I got it to prepare for an upcoming group discussion of our local chapter meeting of the Mythopoeic Society at the end of this month.

I like the Lovecraft Historical Society recordings but I wanted to have individual recordings by other readers of the stories we will be discussing.

I’m glad I did. As much as I like the LHS complete collection I think Herriot is a discovery for me. I’ve bought all of his readings of Lovecraft. What a pleasure. I see his work as a complement to the wonderful LHS collection.

I recommend them both.

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Another Powerful Victorian Horror tale.

Like in The Lurking Fear, in Cthulhu Lovecraft conjures a horrific world through atmospherics and suggestive descriptions. He takes the reader on a journey to a mysterious land peopled by worshippers of a terrifying Being and its Brethren. We never discover the real origins or ultimate fates of the Creatures but feel the dread of all those who suffer from their encounters with them.

Using the simplest language he communicates this strange tale declaratively but the reader hears it all in the subjunctive. What if?!

I’ve heard of the Mythical Cthulhu but never understood its origin in Lovecraft’s writings. Having read The Call I can appreciate his craft and his well-earned reputation. I’ll sleep with the light on tonight.
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A prototype horor

Taking into account, when this was written, the author had to be very imaginative. Really well, food for imagination this is.

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Great narration and great story to start with

Was interested / invested throughout the entire story. Great start for Lovecraft stories and other horror.

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Narrator was good but sometimes used different wording than the actual book. Story great but best experience without spoilers.

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Pleasant reading voice, needs editing though

Lovecraft's story holds up as well as ever, but while I enjoyed the narrator's voice I was distracted by a number of mispronunciations and occasional instances of completely-wrong words. (It's possible the narrator was reading from an imperfect text, but if so, it should have been apparent from context that some of the words were wrong.) It happened just often enough to be distracting, which is a pity.