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  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Nope, DNFing this book at 60%...it's not the story. The narrator for this is really really not holding my attention. I can't even tell you much about the book because he's not good. I'll just have to find a copy of the story and read it myself. Nope, DNFing this book at 60%...it's not the story. The narrator for this is really really not holding my attention. I can't even tell you much about the book because he's not good. I'll just have to find a copy of the story and read it myself.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leilani

    My first taste of lovecraft, and it did not disappoint

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy Hansen

    Not terribly impressed with the Dunwich Horror. The Thing on the Doorstep, however, was eerie in the best of ways.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    My partner and I found this on Spotify during a road trip, and it was a perfect way to pass the time! It was my first introduction to Lovecraft, and I really enjoyed the narrator of these two stories. Lovecraft's writing is superbly crafted and I love how the supernatural encounters are told from secondhand characters rather than first person; it creates a slow tension and limited perspective that's easy to digest with a weird aftertaste. I'd definitely recommend giving this audiobook a chance i My partner and I found this on Spotify during a road trip, and it was a perfect way to pass the time! It was my first introduction to Lovecraft, and I really enjoyed the narrator of these two stories. Lovecraft's writing is superbly crafted and I love how the supernatural encounters are told from secondhand characters rather than first person; it creates a slow tension and limited perspective that's easy to digest with a weird aftertaste. I'd definitely recommend giving this audiobook a chance if you're in the mood for some slowly creeping horror!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Latoya

    My first HP Lovecraft! Had to sleep with the light on last night. :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tyler

    Lovecraft has such a unique style. There isn't the extensive characterization you get with King or the active vengeful horrors of Clive Barker or Peter Straub. It's more like a story you'd find within Silent Hill or something you'd hear if you got stuck in an elevator with Dan Simmons while he was brainstorming short form cosmic horror for an anthology series... The tales are well written and unsettling and sharpened with an almost historic lens that gives them just a modicum of believability de Lovecraft has such a unique style. There isn't the extensive characterization you get with King or the active vengeful horrors of Clive Barker or Peter Straub. It's more like a story you'd find within Silent Hill or something you'd hear if you got stuck in an elevator with Dan Simmons while he was brainstorming short form cosmic horror for an anthology series... The tales are well written and unsettling and sharpened with an almost historic lens that gives them just a modicum of believability despite the premise. They aren't keep-you-up-at-night horror, but rather the type of stories that carve out a little space in your head and take up a quiet and persistent residence. I'm looking forward to starting my next Lovecraft.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Richards

    Just take out my brain and jack it into the world of HPL immediately. I am so into the audio books of HP Lovecraft - Cthulhu is in my veins. I think The Dunwich Horror is one of HPL's better novellas, the narrative is wonderfully dark, as we all like it to be. This is up there with The Shadow Over Innsmouth for sure. Just take out my brain and jack it into the world of HPL immediately. I am so into the audio books of HP Lovecraft - Cthulhu is in my veins. I think The Dunwich Horror is one of HPL's better novellas, the narrative is wonderfully dark, as we all like it to be. This is up there with The Shadow Over Innsmouth for sure.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Great stories, glad I found this!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Riley Rabuck

    This one book is actually three short stories. Unfortunately, the best one here was also in the necronomicon by H.P. Lovecraft as well so I did not enjoy this read through as much as I might have.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fuzzball Baggins

    The immersion was not very good - someone really needed to tell Lovecraft 'show don't tell'. But the visual descriptions of the monsters were really cool. The immersion was not very good - someone really needed to tell Lovecraft 'show don't tell'. But the visual descriptions of the monsters were really cool.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Angry Lawn Gnome

    One of Lovecraft's creepier tales, superbly narrated. One of Lovecraft's creepier tales, superbly narrated.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David

    I find Lovecraft's continuing popularity fascinating. He's not significantly more entertaining or readable than many other authors of the early 20th century, and there's considerably less humor and character depth than many other Important Authors. Many smart folks have written oodles on his influence and importance, but here are a couple factors to his popularity: - The consistency of atmosphere in his stories creates a cohesive world (and mythology) that lends itself very well to filling in the I find Lovecraft's continuing popularity fascinating. He's not significantly more entertaining or readable than many other authors of the early 20th century, and there's considerably less humor and character depth than many other Important Authors. Many smart folks have written oodles on his influence and importance, but here are a couple factors to his popularity: - The consistency of atmosphere in his stories creates a cohesive world (and mythology) that lends itself very well to filling in the gaps and drawing connections. While many authors have dedicated cottage industries of fan fiction surrounding their work (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, anyone?), the consistency of tone but variety of different stories makes the Cthulhu Mythos into an early extended universe that is easily expanded upon by anyone with spooky ambitions. - The ambiguity of Lovecraft's monsters mean that their "meaning" can shift with the culture. Over the years they remain unknown, and their timelessness within the fiction and undefined horror means that they can fit just as well in the unknown spaces of any culture. So they fit as well in the stuffy stacks of Miskatonic University as they do in the redacted files of the 1960's intelligence community, or any other setting. - His influence on other creators means that the tone and tropes have been copied many times, so seem familiar even to a new reader. Onto the book itself. The Dunwich Horror is a bit pulpier than his average story, with the heroes actually coming out victorious. The Thing on the Doorstep is a classic horror tale, where the narrator tells us the terrible act immediately, and then we have to decide which is the source of the horror... the "thing", or the narrator himself. Both are solid reads, but I think I preferred The Thing on the Doorstep. The narrator was great, which was a nice surprise since this and many other Lovecraft stories performed by him are free on Spotify. If you've never given Lovecraft a chance, you could do worse than this collection as an introduction.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Classic horror tales.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jevgeni

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Williams

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tobias Malm

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jared Medved

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kelli Boitnott

  19. 5 out of 5

    David

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eva

  21. 4 out of 5

    Noel

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mothlight

  24. 4 out of 5

    Luke Dzirbik

  25. 4 out of 5

    Maria-isabella

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ishaan Chandhok

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nan Fitzgerald

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Brauweiler

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jim

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