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The House on the Borderland Audiobook

The House on the Borderland

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While on a fishing trip two men discover the ruins of an old house perched on the very edge of a cliff. In the ruins they discover an old manuscript that seems to suggest the house was once involved in something super natural, and horrific.

Public Domain (P)2013 FNH

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    MR Havant, United Kingdom 25/06/2015
    MR Havant, United Kingdom 25/06/2015 Member Since 2012

    I teach computing at a college an hour from home. I get through a lot of audiobooks! I consider the audiobook an art form in its own right.

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    "Not quite the classic I remember"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, on the whole. It's not an especially long book, but it is a key work of its kind.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It begins with strange goings on in and around a very large house where the narrator lives alone except for his sister and dog. Despite being there for 10 years there are unexplored parts of the house, including a vast cellar with a trapdoor to... what? After an investigation, the house is besieged by extradimensional creatures. This is followed by a sequence obviously inspired by Wells's The Time Machine, some dream stuff, and then a rather low key, not to say anticlimactic, ending.
    The rapid flight into the future starts off well but ends up as rather poorly described waffle. I had real problems with the narrator, a self-declared dog lover, leaving his dog outside when he knew there was a likelihood of the evil creatures coming back.
    At best it's visionary, creepy and exciting. At worst it's a bit dull and irritating because much of the time it's just things happening to the "protagonist"; not only is there no apparent reason for the events, the prot hardly even speculates about why they are happening.


    What aspect of Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot’s performance might you have changed?

    Now there's a question. Some of his pronunciations struck me as non-standard. "Deities" pronounced as "di-et-ies", "denizens" pronounced as "denzins", and "catastrophe" as "cat-a-stroff". (I was hoping he'd pronounce "picturesque" as "picture-scew" but the word isn't in the book.) I also felt he was miscast;the narrator of the main story is supposed to be quite a bit older.


    Did The House on the Borderland inspire you to do anything?

    Get on with my own novel. It's not based on a similar idea, but there's a certain vibe I could borrow.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel I could almost sum this up as a dream written up. But a very good dream.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • mark martin
    09/11/15
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    "One of the greatest stories I have ever heard"

    Wow! Lovercraft and Ashton Smith take their hats off to this story with good reason. William Hope Hodgson describes ... I can't tell you. It would spoil your enjoyment. The narrator is superb Felbrigg Napolean Herriot. Truly enjoyed this book and will listen to it again and again as I get older. Poor Pepper!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • E. P. Todd Gordon
    Ladera Ranch, CA United States
    28/10/16
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    "Good story, fair reading."

    Good, atmospheric story of cosmic horror. The reading, although clear, is largely uninflected and monotonous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • blumenfelt
    Massachusetts, USA
    03/09/15
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    "Great narrator, OK story"

    Great narrator, interesting example of "weird tales" genre, though the story becomes somewhat tedious at points. I found Hodgson's Carnacki stories more enjoyable.

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