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Lovecraft’s gothic horror masterpiece. During an investigation in Red Hook, Detective Thomas F. Malone, and discovers horrors that he never imagined. A horror classic.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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Worth a listen, but not one of Lovecraft's best.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Horror at Red Hook to be better than the print version?

I feel for any narrator who has to read Lovecraft's wonderful but archaic prose. Jim Donaldson did a great job with it, though! I enjoyed his reading, and appreciated the addition of some musical touches and sound effects of moans and shrieks during dramatic moments. It really made listening to the story a better experience than reading it would have been. I will be looking for other horror works done by Mr. Donaldson.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

From what I've read, this was one of Lovecraft's early works, and I think that shows. The story seemed to go on longer than needed. I thought that HPL's xenophobia was showcased more than usual in this tale, which was off-putting.

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

There are some good creepy scenes in the story, which I enjoyed.

Any additional comments?

After the end of the story, there is a short piece giving some background on Lovecraft and his influence on modern-day writers. I thought this was nicely done and appreciate the effort to show the significance of HPL's works.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Daryl
  • United States
  • 03-09-13

Just a Bit of a Warning

I had no idea when I bought this that some genius had made the decision to add a background sound every few minutes to the narration. I could just picture some college kid they had paid in burritos in the sound booth, pressing various sound effect buttons and high fiving himself for his totally righteous editing skills.

But still! It's cheap and you could do worse.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Too noisy

The story is alright, but I couldn't finish as there was too much background noise/sound effects/music overpowering the narrator's voice.

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Felt like watching TV commercials

The story isn't that bad, since it was written almost 100 years ago and kick started the modern horror genre. What really killed it were the sound effects that drowned out the words and the reading of the credits between each chapter. Audible should really be able to equalize the audio for the listener, instead of having us turn the volume up for the story and down for the sound effects and "commercial breaks". In the end, it felt like watching TV with way too many/loud commercials

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Decent Recording

The sound effects added to the story, but were sometimes louder than the narrator. Otherwise, a good story, well read.

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Not great.

I actually listened twice. It just didn't stick. I tried to concentrate on the story. Just wouldn't grab me at any point in time. Therefore I can neither agree it's a horror story nor can I recommend it.

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Way overproduced, get ready for some noise

Far too much overuse of background noise, what could setup scenes if done in moderation is instead flooded with such loud stock sound effects as it floods out the narration, virtually ruining the tale.

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Immersive story and performance

A new favorite in the horror genre.

The narrator's voice perfectly matches the books story and creates an atmosphere of authenticity.

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  • Admiralu
  • Camarillo, California United States
  • 02-26-18

Old School Horror

A great police procedural that discovers a horror beyond their imagination. This is a dated story with a fear of xenophobia noted, since the late author noted this in his writing. Great production and the narration is superb. The essay about the author’s life at the end was great as well.

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  • Alane
  • North Carolina
  • 02-24-18

An interesting way to spend an hour

In the past, I have seen & read biographical information on H.P. Lovecraft. His life was that of a loner and sheltered in many ways. He appeared to have some serious issues about those of different races & a definite distrust of those who were not Caucasian. I find this story to be interesting, but Mr. Lovecraft uses so many words ( was he perhaps paid by the word by the fanzines?). I can see how he was an inspiration to many of the writers in the genre that came after. This audio book had a good narrator, but I found the sound effects to be distracting. That was also a criticism of a friend who has medium hearing difficulties as well. All in all, the story if rewritten by Stephen King, Clive Barker or Neil Gaimon would definitely leave me wanting more. If one loves tales of the "Old Gods" with ancient rituals plus a close knowledge of Brooklyn past & present, this may be just the story for you.

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  • Amy Oudot
  • 08-04-14

Not bad for 50p...

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

A die-hard Lovecraft fan who appreciates the dramatics of sound effects accompanying a story.

What was most disappointing about H. P. Lovecraft’s story?

The prose was hard to follow in places - I found myself listening to several parts again just to keep up with the story.

How could the performance have been better?

Though the story was read well, the sound effects in the background were distracting and amateurish.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The end section of the audio book gave some insight into Lovecraft's life and his first steps into becoming an author, which was interesting and worth listening to.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • honestopinion
  • 01-16-18

A Must for horror and takes of the unknown fans.

Can't believe that I've never come across this author before as Poe, Stephen King and Clive Barker are authors whose works U love to read. Maybe I have come across Minecraft but not realised in all of the Pan Horrors U read in my youth. Have now purchased the collection.

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  • Si Straw
  • 09-22-17

A shallow tale that chills but no more

The Horror at Red Hook is a slightly off field tale by the legendary H.P. Lovecraft that chills without exploring the raw terror of his more well known works. A non-Cthulu book, the short story slowly builds towards the creepy scares that H.P. Lovecraft fans know well.

Jim Donaldson's telling of the work is good, supported by some decent old school scary sound effects.

The book is a good listen yet Lovecraft devotees may feel this is a weak addition to the genre, lacking the depth of his other books. This is very much a book of its era, where the author explores a perspective of race which most would consider unacceptable and xenophobic.

A tale of interest for readers of traditional horror but in no way a classic.

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  • Eric
  • 07-07-17

Terror at its best

This book kept me enthralled for a few days.Read mostly when I go to bed.being a bit of an imsomniac.I set my device to close after 30 mins of inactivity

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  • Ms S
  • 06-20-17

Mysterious

Nice listen. I was looking for more in the characters - I wanted to know someone in the book, in detail - maybe that, is the mystery.

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  • comrade_alex
  • 06-02-17

Loved it!

The gravely voice of the narrator really added to reading and the occasional creepy background sounds really added to the atmosphere.

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  • G. Chandler
  • 02-04-17

Highly entertaining.

Highly entertaining and masterfully read by Jim Donaldson. H.P. Lovecraft. Is a master of spine chilling literature. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and if you like creepy stories, listen to this one. The bonus is the history of the authors life at the end. In all, a 5 star performance.

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  • mrmalaya
  • 11-26-16

Good reading, but I can't get over the author's ra

Even in this short story the author's hatred for foreigners and eugenic approach to humanity distorts the more interesting demonic storyline. Great reading but of Lovecraft I am not a fan.

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  • Borbála
  • 05-09-16

A classic with comical sound effects

What did you like best about The Horror at Red Hook? What did you like least?

I'm not sure if I did like it. I can see how it would have been a shocking and frightening piece in its time. To me it was a bit too archaic and trying too hard to horrify and shock with too much horror all over the place the whole time.

Would you be willing to try another book from H. P. Lovecraft? Why or why not?

I probably will try. A short one. He is a great classic and I need to read him without the childishly comical background noises.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was a bit over the top with trying to be very-very dramatic, a bit as though he was reading to children. In the last chapter about HP Lovecraft and the horror genre he even tried to give a "voice " to quotes from the writer which was completely unnecessary. The sound effects were comical and pathetic.

Was The Horror at Red Hook worth the listening time?

Well... I'm glad it was only an hour long. If it had been a regular length audiobook I would have returned it after the first few chapters mainly because of the awful noises and sound effects.

Any additional comments?

If you like lots of demonic laughter, mystical incantations and curses in Latin, ghostly writings on walls appearing and disappearing, chanting in distorted voices, gruesome faces appearing in windows at every turn, ghostly organ music, lots and lots of frantic shrieks and cries and screams, and all this in a clearly biased tone of total xenophobia, then this one is for you.

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  • Shanna
  • 03-28-16

Had no idea Lovecraft was such a xenophobe.

Lovecraft's rambling, over detailed account of an odd event is only made worse by the author's shocking xenophobic attitude. Will not be reading this author again. The narrator was not bad though.