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
A die-hard Lovecraft fan who appreciates the dramatics of sound effects accompanying a story.
The prose was hard to follow in places - I found myself listening to several parts again just to keep up with the story.
Though the story was read well, the sound effects in the background were distracting and amateurish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I probably will try. A short one. He is a great classic and I need to read him without the childishly comical background noises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice creepy short story from HPL
I prefer the Cthulu myths ones
He's got a good voice but it's a little soporific. I liked the background sound effects.
It's a touch racist by 21st century standards!
"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.
The story is alright, but I couldn't finish as there was too much background noise/sound effects/music overpowering the narrator's voice.
"Worth a listen, but not one of Lovecraft's best."
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.
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.
There are some good creepy scenes in the story, which I enjoyed.
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.
such a fantastic author. I love his entire mythos and his descriptions of Gore and horror.
"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
Had a hard time understanding narrator. Tried slowing it down, made it even harder to understand
"over the top sound effects"
I've read most Lovecraft, but some stories really benefit from being listened to. I think this is one if them, but this recording's background sound effects were so extreme that I couldn't hear the story. The narrator would have been good otherwise. I don't mind a bit of atmospheric background where appropriate, but this overwhelmed the story.
This is a good Lovecraft horror story that can be listened to more than once, and it doesn't need anything beyond a competant narrator.
I'm going to try to return this one. If you like dramatisations, though, give it a go.
"What lies beneath Brooklyn?"
One knows not horror until one knows Lovecraft. This proverb ringeth true in the Horror At Redhook...
The audio effects were more of a distraction that help. But besides that it was great. The narrator was great as well
"Hp creepiness with a great voice behind it"
Classic lovecraft tale told by a creepy sounding narrator with sound effects that lent an eeriness to the tale. A great addition to the collection of any fan of the pulp horror genre.
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