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  • Nightmare Abbey

  • By: Thomas Peacock
  • Narrated by: Flo Gibson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Don't let the title mislead you - this is not a tale of terror. Instead, with Mr. Flosky perhaps representing a caricature of Coleridge, Scythrop Glowry as Shelley, and Mr. Cypress as Byron, the author gathers characters in an old mansion in order to satirize concepts of romanticism in England in the early 1800s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reduce the Playback Speed

  • By MR C D AINSWORTH on 04-08-18

Reduce the Playback Speed

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Anyone reading on the romantic or gothic movement should enjoy this period paraody work. The narration is however lacking. The playback is quite high pitched and while you may be able to understand what is being said I doubt you will be able to absorb it at the speed it comes. Listening on 90% to 80% makes it much more palatable in my opinion.
If you can get past the seemingly churned out audio (listen to the sample) the dry humour of the piece is still very good, as the caricatured inhabitant of Nightmare Abbey poke fun, with sullen face, at the fashionable joy of being miserable.

  • Necronomicon

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899

Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Collection, but NOT Complete.

  • By Ian on 28-09-15

Brilliant piece of work. Needs an index.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-18

A brilliant way of consuming Lovecrafts stories in a more convenient manner. Players read the tales with a suitable clear ominous reverance that lends it's self well to the subject matter.
My only critism is the lack of titles to the "Chapters" of what is essentially an anthology of short stories. Some stories take up multiple chapters where most only take up one, but without an index or Chapter references/titles it's difficult to select a particular tale with ease without flipping through the sixty odd chapters.
That niggle aside this audio book is a fine production whether you're wanting to try Lovecrafts work for the first time or you just want the luxury of having a weird creepy tale read to you while you rest or bathe.