For half a billion years, Cthulhu has lain trapped in R'lyeh, dead but dreaming. But now the stars are right, and the Old One is rising. Instant death for hundreds of millions, insanity for many more. And he hasn't even gotten out of the water yet.
World governments and a desperate and frightened populace scramble to understand, survive, and ultimately fight back against an enemy so powerful his presence could kill every human on Earth without him even noticing we are here.
Buckle up for apocalyptic suspense as you witness what happens when Cthulhu Attacks!
©2015 Sean Hoade (P)2016 Sean Hoade
I'm a huge fan of Lovecraft and all those who continue to delve into the pantheon which he created and so I always get excited by new stories based around the so called Cthulhu Mythos.
Sometimes books come along that handle it brilliantly (such as the CM series by Brian Lumley which is now, finally being put to the spoken word) and then there are the not so good (such as 14 by Peter Clines) and finally there are those more horrific, more soul rippingly terrible than Hastur himself...such as this little gem.
From the moment it began I had trouble due to a truly diabolical narrator. I have no idea why anyone would ever consider hiring someone no dull, so boring and frankly so clearly uninterested in reading as this chap.
As the story proceeded I began to wonder if the writing was OK and let down by bad narration but then I realised this was not the case and I began to feel I was reading someone's high-school coursework.
I finally gave up 3 hours from the end when I heard this line.
"The only safe place now is Washington, there's no way Congress and the President are gonna be in danger. And we're the army, that's where we belong, defending freedom and presidents and what-not".
So I warn you all, avoid this book like the plague. It may be an awesome idea, the stars finally being right and the Old One rising from R'lyeh and attacking but the only thing here to be afraid of is the amount of pain you'll feel when you're kicking yourself for buying this book!
"Captivatingly gruesome- a perfect new twist on Lovecratian horror"
The story is a fabulous account on what would happen in the world as we know it if Cthulhu were to rise from the depths of his slumber. In a world where Lovecraft has become part of our pop culture, it truly drags you in to the terror and psychotic horror that H.P. originally created. Each event feels perfectly in place, true to our world, even as the gruesome awe of what is happening sends shivers down one's spine.
The narrator's tone is a great vocal choice to sound like "just the facts, ma'am" until we are introduced to the characters. The characters themselves each have their own unique voice and life, and I easily found myself rooting for them or cringing about what was to befall them. The narrative, while dryly given, seems to heighten the eery, the unimaginable, and the bloody gore perfectly.
If you enjoy Lovecraft's stories, you'll love revisiting his world in our present day setting. If you've never read his stories, familiar or not you'll be drawn into this apocalyptic tale which will chill you to the core, reminding all readers how frail we humans are.
"Decent story, lackluster performance."
The story is fine. It's the nerve raider that's the problem with this particular production. He is so robotic I had to take a break from listening several times.
You're better off buying an actual hard copy of this.
"Excellent, fun apocaplyse, narrated by a robot"
The book is great, if you are a Lovecraft fan, you will love the reality/fantasy tie in
The initial sighting of Cthulhu. Loved all of the WTF reactions of the characters
He overdid some of the character voices which could be entertaining at times. The majority of his narration sounded like a male Siri or a text to voice app. Almost ruined the experience
Yeah, stay away from the southern hemisphere
"Harmless but banal story"
A harmless story with a banal narrator.
Libervox quality. Not worth the Audible price. Get it from the library.
"Not for me."
Maybe. I don't know. I'd have to listen to a bit first. That was my mistake with this book, I bought it on impulse.
One thing you should take into consideration, I didn't get through much more than the first hour. Knowing that, to me this felt like a lot of bad fanfic. Granted all Mythos stories are, in a way, fanfic but this is one of the few published works that I've read or listened to that really felt like it. In the first part of the book the author name dropped Lovecraft so many times it eventually elicited an eye roll so pronounced that I nearly drove off the road. Spoilers from my inaccurate interpretation of the story: "0530 hours. Somewhere someplace. Steve whatever (who happens to be a huge fan of the 1930's author H.P. Lovecraft) is thinking about his life and kids and things in general when his head literally explodes. 0531 hours. Somewhere else. Kevin whatever (who is also a fan) has the same thing happen. This happens like ten times... Main characters follow. You'll know them because thay don't actually die yet."
Every time I think of submitting a bad review of a book it occurs to me that, at the least, this is a published author and I am just a reader. No matter what I think, somebody else thought this was good enough that people would want to read it. Nobody can say that about anything I've ever written so maybe I'm not the expert here. I could be terribly wrong. But if you're going to spend money on this at least listen to the entire Audible sample first. I didn't and this review is the result.
The combination of monotone delivery and poorly performed characters did nothing to improve the already mediocre writing.
I don't know. I didn't finish it and maybe I didn't even give it a fair chance.
Well, if your a die-hard fan of that old misogynist racist HPL who adores the cultish Cthhulhuesque mythos of weird tales era this might be to your liking. But if your interested in updated (as in 21st Century) Yog-Sothtoth type stories maybe this is not your cup of slime. I suggest the far superior Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff. No disrespect to the Cthulhu cult aficionado crowd (aii hha!!) but Mr. Ruff has the whole Lovecraft universe nailed-down tight for a contemporary interpretation that will rock your boat. Check him out...enjoy Mr. Hoade at your own risk: Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.