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H.P. Lovecraft, The Complete Omnibus, Volume II: 1927-1935 Audiobook

H.P. Lovecraft, The Complete Omnibus, Volume II: 1927-1935

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Publisher's Summary

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:

  • The Color out of Space
  • The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
  • The Dunwitch Horror
  • The Whisperer in Darkness
  • At the Mountains of Madness
  • The Shadow over Innsmouth
  • The Dreams in the Witch House
  • The Thing on the Doorstep
  • The Shadow out of Time
  • The Haunter of the Dark

©2016 Finn J.D. John (P)2016 Pulp-Lit Productions

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    susan crane 17/05/2016
    susan crane 17/05/2016 Member Since 2016

    love all things discworld especially, but read a vast range of both fiction and non-fiction. disabling stroke means i now prefer to listen.

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    "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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    J Norton 19/09/2016
    J Norton 19/09/2016
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    "No chapter names"

    What could have been good spoilt by having no idea which story is being read.

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    kevin 10/01/2017
    kevin 10/01/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "terrible reader."

    I lovecraft's stories but this reader is the worst I have ever heard. He reads in a monotone which sends me to sleep. I had to stop listening. I really expect more from audible. great books appalling reader.

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  • Matt
    30/03/16
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    "A great get for Lovecraft fans"
    Would you listen to H.P. Lovecraft, The Complete Omnibus, Volume II: 1927-1935 again? Why?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    26/12/16
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    "Great for any Lovecraft fans"

    Great collection of Lovecrafts stories as well as info about the author's life in between the years of his writings.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chaplin Tarshis
    02/12/16
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    "Fantastic narration!"

    Really outstanding narration, with thoughtful historical background and high production values. Great because most stories are relatively short, but many of them are connected in unexpected ways.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Frederick w. Scott
    26/11/16
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    "Absolutely LOVED it!!"

    I have previously read most if not all of H.P. Lovecraft's works. Therefore I was familiar with the stories but WOW. In audiobook form they're just fantastic. The narration is awesome. This is simply a terrific product.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J.J.
    25/06/16
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    "Awesome collection, well curated and narrated"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Petr Pour
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    18/03/17
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    "Great Collection"

    As with the first Omnibus this was a great listen, and I found J. D. Johns performance wery enjoyable! Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    06/03/17
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    "love the story the narrator voice is nice"

    great story the narrator cause me to get a bit sleepy which sucks because I work nights shift while listening to him

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Martel
    20/05/17
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    "Good reading of great work marred by errors"

    John's edition and reading of Lovecraft's work are clearly labors of love. He has a fine voice for it and gives a spirited reading. There are, however, many misreadings (spotted by reading along) and mispronunciations marring an otherwise quality audiobook. The worst example is reading "ye" phonetically, instead of as "the," which makes large chunks of Charles Dexter Ward unintelligible ("ye" is an archaic typographical abbreviation for "the"). Others that come to mind are reading "anomalous" as "enamelous," "Whateley" as "Wattley," "puerile" as "pwehrile," etc. There are loads more and they add up. That said, John's reading is the only one of the complete fiction readily available, so this is your best bet. The biographical interpolations are a nice touch, as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nilesh Manglani
    29/04/17
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    "Stories are great, but the audiobook is difficult to navigate"

    No table of contents?? Navigating is impossible. This is especially critical for such a large omnibus. Lovecraft has some great stories but some are just tedious. And if you want to listen to something specific again, you're out of luck. The only way is to go through each chapter and listen for the title.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    United States
    24/10/16
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    "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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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