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Lovecraft Country

By: Matt Ruff
Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Chicago, 1954. When his father, Montrose, goes missing, 22-year-old army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his uncle George - publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide - and his childhood friend Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite - heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’ ancestors - they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn - led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb - which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centres on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his - and the whole Turner clan’s - destruction.

An imaginative blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism - the terrifying spectre that continues to haunt us today.

©2017 Matt Ruff (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Kevin Kenerly gives a strong voice to two extended black families who are victimized by racism in this terrifying blend of horror, history, and pulp noir.... Thanks to Kenerly, this production is a chilling examination of racism, both overt and subtle." (Audiofile magazine)

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Puts fear Into a new perspective for most

Like with all good novels this story gives the reader a view into the minds and lives of it's characters that are all too familiar to some. This book will shock you with the horrors that are mythical and all to real. Recommend to any book lover who has an open mind

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Race relations and ancient magic

This book is really a series of closely connected short stories around a central group of characters. The racism of America in the 50s (and still today) is in full display throughout these stories but is most prevalent within the first story. Indeed this racism describes the real horror with the Cthulu monsters and magic providing both a dark humour and central focus for the storyline.

It is interesting to now watch the new TV series of this and compare.

Highly recommended. I have been unable to do it justice within this review. I personally found the racism in this book very hard to handle and during the first story it was a challenge to continue at times. Matt Ruff does drive his point home hard and then relents (but never forgets) what a real life horror is.

Although I am not well read of the Cthulu mythos / genre, I did enjoy these aspects within this book.

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  • Magdalena
  • 17-09-2020

Awesome

Definitely entertaining. Well written and-read as well.
You have to be in the right frame of mind for certain books.
The timing was right for this one. I had to continue listening until the end

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  • Wakana
  • 13-06-2020

Not Lovecraft country

I’m sure I’m not the only one to mention this, but borrowing of the name Lovecraft does not mean that this has anything to do with the Lovecraft mythos.

Nothing. A little disappointing if that’s what you’re looking for. But otherwise a good book.

Disappointing though.

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  • T
  • 18-02-2019

Excellent

Enthralling story, exciting premise and fantastic narration. I highly recommend this author and narrator, money well spent.

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  • Mac
  • 08-07-2019

Distracting narration

The storyline is interesting and well developed (having read the paperback) so I tried the audio book. Unfortunately the narrator reads as though simply selling a script. The narration is in clipped, sudden sentences with no intonation, emotion or character. I thought I’d adapt to it, but it was too clipped and matter of fact to hold the suspense, awe and emotion of the storyline.

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  • Lesley
  • 17-10-2019

Many tales sublimely crafted

As a fan of Lovecraft, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book which came highly recommended. Glad I went with it! Evocative and clever, never shying away from the realities of the experiences of the main protagonists and giving the reader food for thought as well as some great Lovecraftian horrors.

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  • Pete G.
  • 07-07-2020

Great story

Listened to this over two days. very well written tale - the story just flows, mixing the brutal racism faced together with supernatural horror.

It took a while to get used to the narrator's style and it was confusing at times when there were a number of male characters talking as there was little differentiation used by the narrator so unless it was said 'George said- X' then i found it difficult to determine which character was talking.

definitely recommend this to anyone who likes a cracking tale

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  • Miss Dawn K Saunders
  • 06-07-2020

Sooo goood

Wonderful book, it's a ride from start to finish! I wish it didn't end. I hope there's going to be a sequel or something I want to know more about these interesting people's lives. Fictional but oh so real, truly grounded Sci fi brilliance

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  • A. AKANNI
  • 18-06-2020

A welcome change in horror

I got this after being intrigued by the trailer for the new tv adaptation.

A horror without many scares, a thriller short on many thrills. It just about hangs together with a few weak chapters slowing things down.

On the plus side it was superb reading about black characters in this genre. And the sense of its place in time was well written.

I would likely have given up, but the narration drew me in and kept me until the end.

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  • R. Maines
  • 12-09-2020

Wonderful

Basically a collection of short stories with an overall story arc, this is a book I didn’t really want to end. Each story fleshes out the universe the author has created using lovecraftian tropes as backdrop. It’s also a stark reminder of the systemic racism that African Americans suffered in 50s America.

I don’t understand the hatred for the narration as it sounded ok to me.

A fantastic book.

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  • Michael Weddell
  • 04-09-2020

Amazing, Gripping, Couldnt put it down

stumbled across the book after watching the TV series and blown away. The series is good but the book is so much better and more in depth! Hopefully this introduces people to write cosmic horror stories in a new perspective

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  • Paul
  • 29-08-2020

Awesome, a wonderful book

Sci-fi adventure sit in the deep south, a truly wonderful book I wish there was a sequel.

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  • Chris parry
  • 09-07-2019

To much useless information

Lots of unrelated stuff happens that has no relevance to the storyline. Lots of unanswered questions and just really disappointing story. The only thing I found really interesting was hearing how bad it was for African Americans back in that era. Not sure if it was the narrator or the story.... maybe both.