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Deconstructing Lovecraft's work?!

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-20

This book puts a story around a very vast amount of disparate elements from the Cthulhu Mythos.
As such, it creates a canvas around those elements and tends to give an explanation to almost every cosmic horror invented by Lovecraft and his followers.

The Cthulhu Mythos is the very opposite of what this book represents, it's supposed to be vague, inconsistent, and rife with mystery. Even in Lovecraft's own stories, he constantly changes the nature of the Old Ones, he uses certain names in more than one context, and he purposefully leaves many mythical elements vague so as to emulate the way myths evolve and are forgotten over long periods of time...

Instead of adding to the collective work that is the "mythos", Peter Rawlik actively destroys it (albeit with finesse and style) with this book.

The one redeeming feature of this audio book is the quality of the narration: Oliver Wyman gives a stellar performance and the speech patterns of the main character is absolutely marvellous!

A good as it gets for a story told and told again

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-19

The War of the Worlds has been translated in all languages imaginable, transformed into plays, movies, radio dramatizations (Orson Welles!) and a rock opera...

I had read the book and I had listened to Jeff Wayne's work previously (it is considered one of progressive rock's top 100 albums) and liked both very much.
But the combination of the music with the spoken word, by no lesser people then this cast, transforms the whole into something very special.

Very highly recommended!

Learning about music as it should be: with music!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-19

I'm quite curious about jazz and I've listened to another book previously. The problem was that, being a complete novice in this form of music, I was unable to link what was explained to the actual music. As interesting as it all was, it remained dry and uninformative.

Not here! Bill Messenger plays the music he talk about, with gusto and quite some virtuosity. When needed, he even invited other musicians to play along. Fantastic!

This is by far the "greatest course" I've listened to yet!

I'm eagerly awaiting a sequel!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-19

Hints and dashes of victoriana, steampunk, history of science. A perfect mix for a very well written story.

One of the most interesting books I've listened to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-19

Shock full of tidbits, discoveries and revelations about humans, our relatives, our history and our basic biology. The social implications are astounding...
Easily understood and we'll presented.

Quite interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I learned a lot about a great many subjects.
The only negative remark I have is that, especially in the beginning, but also later on, Ruby Wax is unable to ask a question and to wait for the answer to be finished before interrupting the interviewee. But this is so Ruby Wax...

This book was over much too quickly.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-08-19

I'll fetch the next one as soon as possible.
It does exactly what it should: fast paced urban fantasy at it's best!

A perfect introduction into Wilde's work and life

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-08-19

The title says it all.
The only thing missing is a real title for the chapters (not just the numbers).

Arthur Conan Fry?! You bet!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-19

I wanted to read all of Sherlock Holmes since a very long time and never gt around to actually do it. This "Definitive Collection" was the very best occasion to do so. But reading is often better than listening: the voice of the narrator, the quality of their voice acting, all have a major influence on how the words are perceived. And reading A.C. Doyle isn't always as easy as it sounds.
Stephen Fry does it in a masterful way. (Is there anything he doesn't? Kidding!)
Holmes by Fry: strongly recommended!

Meta-Lovecraft at it's best!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-17

The book starts a bit slowly, but give some time, the end is Well worth it!