This is volume two of a two-volume omnibus set comprising the complete fictional works of Howard Phillips Lovcecraft. Every story written for publication under his own name is included in this set, from 1927 through 1935. (Poems, ghostwritten material, and stories written in collaboration with other writers are not included.)
Highlights of this volume include:
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"A great get for Lovecraft fans"
H.P. Lovecraft has a style like no other and this chronological telling of his later works is great and definitive. At this point Lovecraft's style is completely realized. The author gives great insights in between stories that explain Lovecraft's life at the time of writing these works
I wish that the first volume in this series was available, and hopefully it will be some day. The performance seems well rehearsed and well spoken, which is impressive when it comes to Lovecraft's love of difficult to pronounce made up language. There are one or two times in which the reader stumbles over his words and the voice he adopts when narrating the dialog of a country folk or other less worldly characters can be construed as vaguely offensive, but that shouldn't stop you from picking this book up.
"Awesome collection, well curated and narrated"
I love Lovecraft's work, especially the later stories from after he started making his stories less like ghost tales and more like really terrifying science fiction. I really enjoyed this collection, both for the commentary and for the narration. I think the narrator sounds great.
And I'm not just saying that because I know the narrator (which, full disclosure, I do, he's an acquaintance) -- if I didn't like it, I wouldn't comment on it at all.
But don't take my word for it, you can listen to the audio sample and see for yourself.
"Great omnibus, less than profession 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.
"Narration is very bad to awful"
The narrators voice lacks the power and range to convey the horror of the stories.
As a fan of Lovecraft, I was very disappointed with the performance. I found myself skipping over whole stories because of the ever changing accent and tempo, mispronounced words especially characters names and it seemed like the narrator was more enthusiastic about the commentary than the stories.
It would have been better had the narrator/biographer/annotator chosen a someone else for the stories
"Great Books. Boring Narration."
I enjoyed the stories but struggled to finish due to narration. Listen at 1.05 speed.
"old stories by lovecraft"
lovecraft uses his imagination and "inexplicable" imagination to create timeless scifi stories. the narrator falls short of covering all the character voices and range of emotions. it sounds like whining almost.
"A tangle of tentacles, wrapped round a slimy cone"
The title is, of course, a reference to just two of the many horrors to be found in this spine-tingling volume of nasties ( listen to the Shadow out of Time and At the Mountains of Madness to find out more). I love HPL's later work far more than his earlier stuff, which was influenced far too much by Edgar Allen Poe and Lord Dunsany (neither of whom I care for much). This volume, which only includes works written by Lovecraft alone, published under his own name (rather than ghost written) includes much of his Cthulhu Mythos stuff (save for pre-1927 writings like Call of Cthulhu and Dagon), plus non-mythos sci-fi horror tales such as Colour out of Space. On the whole, this makes for a brilliantly noxious, blubbery, tentacle-rich horror collection which should keep me trembling behind the sofa for months - or at least the 27 hours run time.
That being said, there were several omissions that made me wish volume 1 was available, so I could enjoy such shivery classics as From Beyond, Re-animator and the Call of Cthulhu and also learn more about this great writer . The way in which the entire book (including biographical notes between stories) is arranged in chronological order allows the listener a fascinating look at the way in which Lovecraft's style refined and developed over time, against the background of his personal life,and it's a shame I can't experience this with his earlier work.
Because the book includes novels/novellas as well as short stories, the bookmarking system becomes absolutely essential, both to mark individual chapters and to name individual stories (as well as mark the biographical bits). That way, one can keep tags on which HPL works they got already, as well as see if the longer stories are worth the time it takes to read them. I'd say, it's worth staying the course, because the narration is first class. I thought I'd find the longer sections (Charles Dexter Ward for example) boring (I've only heard Lovecraft in a monotone before, with predictable results). This narrator, however,really brought Lovecraft's work to life, creating individual accents and personalities for each character, and knowing just when to feed emphasis into the spooky/adrenaline charged scenes. His female voices aren't too bad, either.
One idea - it would really help if a contents page was included at the start of compilations like this, so the reader could bookmark sections more easily. Just a thought - and the only reason I didn't give 5 stars across the board.
"No chapter names"
What could have been good spoilt by having no idea which story is being read.
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