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H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 Audiobook

H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926

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Publisher's Summary

This is volume one of a two-volume omnibus set comprising the complete fictional works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Every story written for publication under his own name is included in this set, from 1917 through 1935. (Poems, ghost-written material, and stories written in collaboration with other writers are not included.) Highlights of this volume include:

  • "Dagon"
  • "The Doom That Came to Sarnath"
  • "The Music of Erich Zann"
  • "Herbert West, Reanimator"
  • "The Hound"
  • "The Lurking Fear"
  • "The Rats in the Walls"
  • The Shunned House
  • "The Horror at Red Hook"
  • "In the Vault"
  • "The Call of Cthulhu"
  • "The Strange High House in the Mist"
  • The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Finn J.D. John (P)2016 Finn J.D. John

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  • Evan Rechsteiner
    23/02/17
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    "Great Introduction to Lovecraft (2 hours in)"
    If you could sum up H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 in three words, what would they be?

    transcendental cheese tales


    What other book might you compare H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 to and why?

    Reminds me of a "The Hobbit" reading from a different narrator a few months back in terms of performance. I do not remember the audiobook's performers but the style is similar. It's kind of goofy with the character voices while still staying true to the theme of it's work.


    Have you listened to any of Finn J.D. John’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at the voice of the transcendental entity being imprisoned in a dying man's body. It was goofy but that didn't take away from the source material.


    Any additional comments?

    He hits his stride around an hour and a half in.When he does impersonations I could tell Finn was enjoying himself and it helped to distinguish characters. Longer pauses at the end of sentences would help. I could have used more time to process one thought at a time. Some of the stories could have used more variety in character voices to keep the listener engaged but I'd still stand by it being a 4 star performance.His accent and tone for this reading aligned with the Lovecraft stories. Overall, I was listening to this at my job and also found it nice to listen to while 3-D modelling. Helped to get me in my creative mood while I was world building.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • J.J.
    26/09/16
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    "I really enjoyed this collection"
    Any additional comments?

    Narration sounded great to me, just the same as the other volume which I listened to before, with the later stories in it. The mini-biographical sketches of each year of Lovecraft's life were really interesting and in a couple cases changed the way I thought about the stories that he wrote in that year.<br/><br/>Glad I didn't listen to those other comments from the three guys who left one-star reviews. A couple of those guys seemed to think it was Celebrity Mean Tweets with Jimmy Kimmel. I guess not everybody is going to love anything, so like the one guy said, listen to the sample before you decide.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    28/02/17
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    "Great!"

    Great stories! I can't believe it has taken me this long to read his works!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    United States
    24/10/16
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    "Great omnibus, less than stellar 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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    5/09/16
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    "Great stories but..."

    Hes like a cathy dobson, and i simply cant listen to him hes a horrible narrator ill leave it at that because theres just so many things wrong with his performance this being said i do have the volume 2 and after listening to that no way could i go another 20+ hours with him. Play the sample if you dont mind his droning voice thisll be great but for me its a deal breaker.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Fred P.
    15/07/17
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    "Interesting, but..."
    What did you like best about H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926? What did you like least?

    I had previously read some Lovecraft and I know that some people whose opinions I respect mark him as one of their favorite authors, so I thought I would dive in to a collection so as to get the full experience. I quite liked the accompanying historical commentary on Lovecraft's life, and his important contribution to the supernatural aspect of the genre is made quite evident. That's good. On the other hand (and this is a matter of personal taste) i find his use of (what I consider to be overly) ornate language a negative factor. Some people like that level of erudition. I find it a bit forced and an overall distraction. Elizabethan (?), when it doesn't need to be. AC Doyle could have written his Sherlock Holmes stories that way, but didn't. It just seems affected in his case.


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

    There are clearly some stories I liked better than others. "From Beyond" is my favorite. On the other hand, in many of these stories, there is the repetitive use of "unimaginable" or "unnamed" or "indescribable" or "unknown" or etc. horrors that gets a bit tedious after a while. That might be because this is a collection of separated stories written over a lifetime; it might not be such an issue for one reading the stories over a lifetime.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator has a pleasant voice and is easy to understand, but this narration has a rhythm of timings, stresses, inflections, and intonations (or the lack thereof) that frequently does not match or is inappropriate to the semantic and/or emotional content of what is being read. Peculiar. Sometimes sounds like something a computer synthesis might fail to process correctly. <br/><br/>I hate to say anything about pronunciation, because God knows I have sinned, and one here and there that doesn't agree with what I might say, makes no big difference. However I do notice these disagreements when they occur. Unfortunately, Lovecraft loves the word "hideous" (go figure!). It pops up quite frequently, and the narrator's unique pronunciation of that particular word and the frequency with which it occurs irritates me like the scratch on an old vinyl record. (Something Lovecraft might have described as "an unimaginable horror akin to the intense torment of an unending series of water droplets ceaselessly burrowing into a single spot on the forehead", but I wouldn't go quite that far. I am, perhaps, too sensitive.)


    Do you think H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There IS a follow-up book, Volume II, but personally: I've had enough for now. Anyway I've already read the Cthulhu stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    If you know you like Lovecraft, you will probably like this series. If you don't know if you like Lovecraft, you will find out. (Although I admit: the quality of the narration does complicate matters.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wyatt Rupp
    15/06/17
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    "Great progression"

    Shows Lovecraft progressing from novice to master. I found the stories in the earlier portions of the book a hit hard to follow, as they were very short stories. However, after the half way point of the book, the stories become amazing classics which were definitely worth a listen.

    I'll be picking up the second part of this book, and I would recommend buying this one to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Petr Pour
    Czech Republic
    10/03/17
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    "Surprisingly good..."

    Reading all the negative reviews regarding Finn J. D. John performance I hesitated with purchase. I gave a listen to sample and decided to give this collection a try. I must say that I really enjoyed J. D. Johns narration! Highly recommended! Looking forward to second volume :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    16/09/16
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    "The guy can't narrate"

    I couldn't stand Finn, so i returned the collections. Look elsewhere for a narrated rendition of Lovecraft.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • aaron titko
    12/09/16
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    "Finn needs to go"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, HP lovecraft stories are truly great, however Finn almost made me want to never listen to these wonderful stories... ever.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926?

    one of the few places where you can find "the Call of Cthulhu"


    What didn’t you like about Finn J.D. John’s performance?

    Finn's performance is wretched. His sing song meter forced me to focus before going to sleep. He has no range and when he tries to make other voices it is wretched.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    my god no. only someone on a week long cocaine and meth fueled binge could stay awake long enough to counteract Finn's sad performance.


    Any additional comments?

    great stories which are in desperate need of someone to properly read them

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • Larry P
    London
    28/09/16
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    "Wonderful tales but under-produced & overpriced"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have preferred some longer tales but the format of including date specific bio-snippets precluded that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cthulhu of course!


    What didn’t you like about Finn J.D. John’s performance?

    On the positive side:<br/>a. The amateur reading style is probably in keeping with HPL's "amateur" writing;<br/>b. The narrator clearly put a lot of effort in and I get the feeling Mr. John knows the writings and enjoys them;<br/>c. I liked the bio-snippets. <br/><br/>Room for improvement<br/>It seems likely that the production did not use a professional producer (of it did they should refurbished their fee). Producing audio books is not as easy as it sounds. <br/><br/>For example a good producer would have picked up the following simple pervasive errors:<br/>1. Pronunciation: even though HPL's fictional names are always going to be contentious there is no reason to miss-pronounce known words or names such as Dagon (Day-gone) as Dah-gone or the star Aldebran as AldeBARN;<br/>2. Overly dramatic: I know it is tempting to try and ham up Lovecraft when reading but he does deserve better than doing things like saying the gibbous moooon.<br/><br/>All in all the pedantic listener will struggle and even the casual listener may dose off on occasion.


    Do you think H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one.


    Any additional comments?

    For the price tag of £25 I would have expected a much better production and a professional voice actor.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fritz
    26/07/17
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    "Oh, the narration, THE NARRATION!"

    To plow this through was an ordeal far greater than my imagination had mercifully capacity to reach, for I would be locked in Arkham asylum had I willingly subjected myself to such horrors.

    No, the horror wasn't in Lovectaft's stories, the naivete in these early works was agonizing at worst, humoring at best, the whole collection having 5 or 6 stories worth listening. There's a website with ranked order of stories. You will not miss anything if listening only stories in top 30.

    The true horror was in the narration. Oh dear me. With contiously undulating pitch, the narrator dragged along with effort resembling of walking belly deep in a swamp, like every story would be a poem that needs an emphasis on... every.. word.. of
    .. every.. sentence.. with.. pitch.. going.. up.. and .. down... without... any.. purpose... or... meaning...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MaidenTiejuan
    9/06/17
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    "Loving Lovecraft!"

    I love the stories and enjoy the narration, not sure why others have complained...each to their own!
    Well worth the credit :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Browne
    17/04/17
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    "The book would be good if not for the narrator"

    The performance only became bearable when I increased the speed! It just felt VERY laboured and as if he was reading in the style of Orson Welles! Orson Welles he is not however so it just felt unnecessarily slow and dull!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Davies
    13/12/16
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    "Inappropriate Narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not the narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was an awful sing-song take on H.P Lovecraft's literature.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Omnibus Collection, Volume I: 1917-1926?

    Fire Finn J.D John


    Any additional comments?

    Terrible narrator.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Norma Lopez
    17/06/17
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    "Good for sending you to sleep "

    You need to be an ardent Lovecraft fan to enjoy this book. I managed 30minutes then had to admit defeat. Language to archaic and monotone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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