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The Call of Cthulhu

Narrated by: Brian Kelly
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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Summary

"The Call of Cthulhu" is one of H. P. Lovecraft's best-known short stories. Written in the summer of 1926, it was first published in "Weird Tales", February 1928. It is the only story written by Lovecraft in which the extraterrestrial entity Cthulhu himself makes a major appearance. It is written in a documentary style, with three independent narratives linked together by the device of a narrator discovering notes left by a deceased relative. The narrator pieces together the whole truth and disturbing significance of the information he possesses, illustrating the story's first line: "The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity; and it was not meant that we should voyage far."

©2018 H.P Lovecraft (P)2018 Oregan Publishing

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  • E. Allison
  • 07-11-18

Riveting

This is my first Lovecraft, an author I've been meaning to read for many years. I now understand the fascination with his writings. This story reads less like fiction, and more like the matter of fact retelling of the 'author's' discoveries.

While we are jaded now as this type of imagery is a well established part of our culture (with a significant contribution from Lovecraft himself), I see why Lovecraft's work was considered so influential and frightening - it must have been genuinely disturbing when it first came out, with such horrifying and profoundly disturbing ideas and primal imagery. The background of what inspired Cthulhu is a fascinating one and the discussions on the subject are well worth reading.

I was at first startled by the reader sounding older than most readers, but he is absolutely perfect for this story as it adds to the realism of the reading, it sounds like an old man recalling his unsettling uncovering of his uncle's secrets.

I can't remember ever being this enraptured by an audiobook, and it does drag a bit towards the end but overall, I enjoyed it very much.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-19

Just.... Wow....

I couldn't make it past chapter one..... Whoever is narrating this sorry, is pretty hideous. Reminds me of old 90s pc game voice acting.
Just...... Ouch

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  • Eric Klein
  • 07-02-19

I wanted to enjoy it

I'm sure this is an amazing book, but I feel it's much better to be read instead of listened to. I found it hard to follow through audio book. The final chapter was very entertaining though.

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  • Salananstra
  • 09-11-18

Good story, bad reader

The story was awesome but the reader was a bit bland. Luckily its short enough of a listen, power through his voice because it was a good read.