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The Shadow over Innsmouth

Narrated by: Phil Reynolds
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
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Summary

Considered to the be one of most influential American authors, Howard Philip Lovecraft is synonymous with some of the best fantasy and horror fiction of the 20th century, second only to Edgar Allan Poe.

Innsmouth is a dilapidated seaside town with secrets as a hybrid race of half-human and half-amphibian creatures worship the gods of Cthulhu and Dagon…. Written in 1931, and published by the Visionary Publishing Company some five years later.

”It’s a genre blessed with many great stylists, H. P.Lovecraft’s baroque imagination and outrageous use of language still manages to stand head and shoulders above the rest. A timeless master of the macabre and the true connoisseur of dread.” (Michael Marshall-Smith)

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A Thrilling Lovecraftian Narrative

A tale of discovery through uncertainty and delirium.

A man travels the New England coast only to come across a fotlrsaken and odd town, only later to discover what lurks within that place and later on, himself.

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truly brilliant

I had never read a HP Lovecraft book and was pleasantly surprised now I want to read more of his work
The narrator was also fantastic with change of accents and tones

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An EXCELLENT edition

Phil Reynolds does a great job of the New England accents, his tone is just right, and the story, of course, is portentous from the beginning. One of the original 'Mysterious Little Town' stories. Definitely one for the best horror stories ever written list, which has inspired everyone from Dean Koontz (see 'Midnight') and Stephen King, to the late, great James Herbert.

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Disappointed

I didn't like Phil Reynolds' narration of this story at all - his attempts at an American accent were awful! Instead, you'd do better looking for Garrick Hagon's readings of the tales (recorded in the 80s), or, failing that, Wayne June's.

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  • Mark
  • 18-01-12

Probably Lovecraft's best book

Would you listen to The Shadow over Innsmouth again? Why?

I have listened to 'Shadow' three times now since downloading it just a few months back- yes, its that good!
This is easily Lovecraft's best book, and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing it to life.
Anyone who has ever spent time in a remote community where they have felt uneasy and unwelcome will certainly recognise the mood of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow over Innsmouth?

The best moment in the book is the twist in the tale and I don't want to be a spoiler!

What does Phil Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator delivers the prose with such skill and poise you are just carried along with him. His accent skills when needed are top-knotch.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made multiple shivers run down my spine.

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  • James Turner
  • 11-10-12

Great Rendition of Lovecraft's Story

Phil Reynolds did a very nice job on this story. Lovecraft can be hard to read at times, but Reynolds did very well with it. I had already read the story a few years ago, but wanted to experience it again. I'm picky about my narrators, but enjoyed this edition.

It's a great story, and definitely shows Lovecraft at the top of his form. If you have the time, I'd recommend starting with his earlier works and working through them. He is somewhat of an acquired taste.

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  • John&Tracy
  • 06-02-19

Outstanding

I’m a huge Lovecraft fan, and this is one of the better reads of this particular story that I’ve found.

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  • David S. Mathew
  • 31-05-16

I'a Dagon!

A fantastic reading of a bone-chilling classic. If you're at all curious about what lies in the deep, I'd highly recommend this.

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  • Kyle Barnes
  • 27-02-15

One of Lovecrafts best...

If you want a grisly tail filled with atmosphere and subtly, look no further than a shadow over innsmouth. This books reputation as one of H.P. Lovecrafts most memorable tails is not unearned, and the performance of Phil Reynolds does this piece especial justice with his portrayal of the tale's fatally curious protagonist.

if you've heard of Lovecraft through his Cthulu mythos and would like to test his works for yourself, there is no better a starting point than Innsmouth, and this reading is of especial quality for the uninitiated.

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  • Tyler Huffman
  • 12-10-16

Not the best narrator

I love H.P. Lovecraft and The Shadow Over Innsmouth is one of his best stories. Unfortunately, this recording's narrator does not convey much if any feeling whatsoever in his recitation of the narrative, making it very dry, matter-of-fact-and dull.

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  • Ethan J. Hill
  • 22-07-20

Good Book

I enjoyed a great majority of the book, except for (SPOILER) the main character’s running away passage. I felt like that was drawn out. I was also hoping something along the lines of horror, but this was still a good book.

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  • samuel
  • 02-04-20

classic horror

if you can get over the idea of oldschool story tellers being of there time you would find this book wonderful, full of atmosphere and terrors its worth a read

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  • Chris
  • 14-12-19

Favorite Lovecraft story so far.

This audiobook was great. The narrator did an excellent job and I particularly enjoyed the ending.

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  • Blake Jaeger
  • 12-12-19

Best Lovecraft story I've experienced so far

I'm not that far into Lovecraft's work, but this created the most real dread in me of any I've read/listened to.