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:
©2016 Finn J.D. John (P)2016 Finn J.D. John
I would have preferred some longer tales but the format of including date specific bio-snippets precluded that.
Cthulhu of course!
On the positive side:
a. The amateur reading style is probably in keeping with HPL's "amateur" writing;
b. The narrator clearly put a lot of effort in and I get the feeling Mr. John knows the writings and enjoys them;
c. I liked the bio-snippets.
Room for improvement
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.
For example a good producer would have picked up the following simple pervasive errors:
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;
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.
All in all the pedantic listener will struggle and even the casual listener may dose off on occasion.
It has one.
For the price tag of £25 I would have expected a much better production and a professional voice actor.
A better narrator.
Not the narrator.
The performance was an awful sing-song take on H.P Lovecraft's literature.
Fire Finn J.D John
"Great Introduction to Lovecraft (2 hours in)"
transcendental cheese tales
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.
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.
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.
Great stories! I can't believe it has taken me this long to read his works!
"I really enjoyed this collection"
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.
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.
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 :-)
"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.
"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.
"Finn needs to go"
yes, HP lovecraft stories are truly great, however Finn almost made me want to never listen to these wonderful stories... ever.
one of the few places where you can find "the Call of Cthulhu"
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.
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.
great stories which are in desperate need of someone to properly read them
"The guy can't narrate"
I couldn't stand Finn, so i returned the collections. Look elsewhere for a narrated rendition of Lovecraft.
"THE WORST NARRATION"
The story selections in this are unparalleled among the Lovecraft anthologies I've seen. Most collections will focus on particular threads of narrative that make up a cycle of stories, but this collection looks at the published works in chronological order, a great thing for completists.
YES! The reading by Finn J.D. John is absolutely terrible. He has an affected posh accent, and lilting reading quality that is applied to every story. Each one bleeds into the next with no regard for pacing, tone, or even the horror of the story he's reading. Everything sounds like he's gently trying to tell a child a bedtime story. It's completely wrong, and after hours of listening it becomes impossible to continue. It's just bad.
I would buy this anthology if they hired a proper narrator who could actually provide some sense of tension or drama to these stories. In their own right they are excellent, but the narrator completely destroys the work.
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