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The Horror at Red Hook Audiobook

The Horror at Red Hook

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Daryl
    United States
    9/03/13
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    "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.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Motley Shopper
    1/04/16
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    MATTHEWS, NC, United States
    12/11/13
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/05/17
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    Buford, Ga
    1/04/17
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    "Cheap Sounds, Good Narrator."

    Cheap sound effects should be banned from audiobooks. I am an auditory learner and little sounds and noises are extremely distracting. I use sound cancelling earbuds so that I can focus on what is being said. But with this book I'm getting a freaking whistle, or keyboard clicking, or violin in my ear every couple of seconds. It's a great narration. Stop trying to compensate with cheap sound effects.
    I can't finish this version because I can't focus on him talking, so I can only give the story a neutral rating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne E. O'Neil
    brooklyn, ny United States
    21/03/17
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    "Great reader"

    I'm new to lovecraft but I've read and heard this story other places. He does a great job

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet Campbell
    Somerville, MA United States
    13/03/17
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    "Not quite typical Lovecraft"

    Was doubtful about buying this production because of the bad reviews about the sound effects. Most of the time I didn't mind them, but there were a few that were so intrusive as to be comical--for instance, there was an old fashioned car horn cropping up from time to time that had me laughing and immitating it. (New paragraph)

    The story itself wasn't bad. Not in the Chthulu mythos, but similar ambiance. Interesting for me since I knew the neighborhood where the story was placed--Did Lovecraft placed any other stories in Brooklyn? . . . (New paragraph)

    My main problem with the story was that it was less clear than his usually are--that is, usually by the end of a Lovecraft story storie you understand something of the nature of the Evil Power and what It wants to do and the effects It has, even if Lovecraft has described it only in hints and allusions. Not so much in this one. Lots of fine build up, but in the end--what was the Impending Power's actual plan? And the Twittering Thing's? How much of the main character's behavior was the result of possession (and so, who was running the corpse)? And so on. Inquiring minds want to know . . . No, you can't just say that Lovecraft leaves it to your imagination. Lovecraft always leaves much to the imagination--that's a done deal. But the end of this story felt like more of a structural defect, and so it was disappointing.




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kode
    10/01/17
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    "awesome"

    such a fantastic author. I love his entire mythos and his descriptions of Gore and horror.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • karlisa
    24/12/16
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    "very good very interesting enjoy the story"

    very very very good the voice kept me interested the voice was nice and smooth everything went very well and it sounds in the background keep you into the story I really enjoyed the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    25/11/16
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    "Narration"

    Had a hard time understanding narrator. Tried slowing it down, made it even harder to understand

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Amy Oudot
    London, England
    4/08/14
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    "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 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    Linslade
    9/09/15
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    "Hmm... Not for the diversity sensitive"
    What did you like best about The Horror at Red Hook? What did you like least?

    Nice creepy short story from HPL


    If you’ve listened to books by H. P. Lovecraft before, how does this one compare?

    I prefer the Cthulu myths ones


    Did Jim Donaldson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    He's got a good voice but it's a little soporific. I liked the background sound effects.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a touch racist by 21st century standards!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • G. Chandler
    UK
    4/02/17
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mrmalaya
    26/11/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Borbála
    London, United Kingdom
    9/05/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shanna
    28/03/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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