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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Arkham County. Population: 749,824. But that number’s dropping all of the time.... 

Lying northeast of Massachusetts, just south of Hell, Arkham County is somewhere you find yourself, not somewhere you ever mean to go. Once you do find it though, you'd better get used to living there, as you may be there for however long you have left to live. 

From within the walls of Arkham’s asylum, reclusive writer Randolph Carter tells the story of orphan Violet Flintock, who arrives in Arkham County in search of her own history only to be instantly greeted by the bloody realities of this small town, whose foundations are built from the lore and mythology of HP Lovecraft.

In this Audible Original production, Stanley Tucci (The Devil Wears Prada, Fortitude) leads a cast to introduce you to the horrific, bizarre and just plain weird world of Arkham County. This HP Lovecraft-inspired tale will delight fans and those unfamiliar with his wild, surreal and terrifying horror stories.

Starring;

Stanley Tucci as Randolph Carter

With: 

David Annen as Vincent Matravers

Emily Barber as Violet Flintlock

Dakota Blue Richards as Morrigan

Burn Gorman as Wilbur

John Heffernan as Walter Gilman

Alex Kingston as Henrietta

Laurel Lefkow as Keziah Mason

Stuart Milligan as Marsh

Carlyss Peer as Chloe

Blake Ritson as Herbert West

Dan Starkey as Dean Halsey

Shane Taylor as Detective Lewis

Becky Wright as Lavinia

Directed by Simon Barnard

©2020 Guy Adams & AK Benedict (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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Meh

More of a radio play type of deal than anything else. No narration. It was fine.

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very good

very nice audio, i love it that the sound effects actually help to imagine it even more.

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No idea what is happening

I feel like I am missing something, and perhaps I need to listen to it again. But I have no idea what is happening and the direction of the story. Very clunky

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alright

The performances and sound editing were great, but I struggled to get into the story.

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Fantastic Story, Terrible Audio Levels

I'll open by saying, Stanley Tucci is a beautiful gift to the world, and was phenomenal in this audible production.

Also, I think there were some really great ideas in the story, but the presentation fell a bit flat. I had a very hard time distinguishing some of the characters (especially the female voices), and spent a lot of the time a bit lost in regards to the story. There were many times when the background sound, special effects and music were outrageously loud, forcing me to turn the audio down, just to have to crank it back up again because I couldn't hear the speaking parts. I also didn't understand a word of what Brown Jenkins said. Many times, the background audio was louder than the voices, which made it impossible to hear.

All that said, I believe the story was great, I just really wish more thought would have been put into the sound mixing for the final product. I love audio plays, this one just had a lot of problems.

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A slow burn of a Lovecraftian radio drama

This is not an audiobook. It's more akin to a high production radio drama. At times even overly produced. The sound effects and background audio is often deafening compared to the voice actor's dialogue.

With the exception of the incomparable Stanley Tucci, it was tricky to differentiate many of the characters during the first half. And I found the main characters to be downright whiny most of the time. But when you get to the second half, action picks up, stories begin to interweave, and the true horrors start to creep up.

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Horrifying Entertaining

I enjoyed this a lot. My only downside is that sometimes the music and sound drowns out the words and makes it harder to follow at times.

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Wild

This is difficult to rate. If you are a Lovecraft fan or are familiar with the characters, you have an advantage over the rest of us. You will recognize what's going on more easily. If you are like me and taking your first step into this crazy Lovecraft world, you will probably be a little lost.

First, the voices of the characters Violet Flintock and Morrigan Lee are completely indistinguishable from each other. I could distinguish between Herbert West and Walter, but for the first several chapters, I believed Violet's events were the same as Morrigans, I believed them the same people, so I believed Violet was the one working with Herbert. But that was Morrigan. The saving grace was that Violet's character is slightly more meek than Morrigans, so when I finally put it together that they were different characters, it was a big "aha" moment, and that's when it started making sense a little better.

Stanly Tucci's Randolph Carter made it a worthwhile listen, he, of course, is recognizable every time. You know who he is, and it's fun to discover progressively what he gets up to.

I found it distasteful that virtually all of the young female characters conduct themselves with a casual and timid flippancy. I felt like this made them appear inferior to the male characters, who carried themselves with a confident superiority, with the exception of Walter, who is pretty whiny. Maybe this H.P Lovecraft guy was a little misogynistic, and that accounts for it. But the flippancy in the ladies makes them come across as immature and spiteful, which is an unfortunate underlying echo throughout the themes. The Witch lady, (Livinia?) was confident, but I think she was older.

The actors gave their lines confusingly at times, putting emphasis on the wrong words. That's my opinion. "You don't HAVE to tell me," I think was supposed to be "You DONT have to tell ME," for instance. But I liked the idea of Arkham County. I want to see more of these types of things. It was fun, it was fresh! It can be built and improved upon as the genre gains momentum.

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very original adaptation and retwist of lovecraft lores

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Where is the nuclear and the crawling?

My heart! My soul! Whereupon have they put the body and soul of sweet chaos? Where will the thousand faces and endless clarions of the servants of the blind god be heard if not in bounded but boundless Arkham?! Past the key and the gate! Past the salt and sea, high priest ,and mother! Yes, I know the sleeping priest is not heard. But there are other stories where his servants speak! Where?! Where may I bask in the blindness and the voice!? In the dreamer and the dreaming and the dreamt and the destruction and horror and wonder of the unnameable? The roiling and toiling and laughing and crying of the herald!? Alone… they left me alone! What matters the chess game if you forget the board and the white and the black! All are but pieces where the player and the speaker are left for dead for the cosmically mute and empty horrors that thirsts for nobody! Speak to me lord and messenger! We await thee so. We await thee so! Where art thou my fool; my idiot? Where? Where? Where?!

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  • c.bohm
  • 2020-11-19

Get rid of the background noise!

Why are you drowning out the amazing Stanley Tucci!!?? I really enjoyed the story and the performers. I was completely distracted by the overwhelming background noise. I had a hard time hearing the performers at some points and had to keep backtracking.

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  • SIL
  • 2021-03-28

Comes across as an obviously British young adult radio play

The dialogue is both heavily British-faking-American (“why do you think I’m stood here? I’m stood right here because...”) and very young. It’s written with a heavy dose of tween naivete and a peppering of formulaic Lovecraft mythos.

The heavy solipsism puts the cosmic horror into a distant nosebleed seat, while the characters ponder how unfair it is to be a reanimated dead person, or the offspring of an elder god. It makes all of the dialogue about the situations cringey, predictable, boring, and unthreatening. A scooby-doo mystery with some college intro-to-writing plot lines. This script literally belongs in a spiral notebook under a teenagers bed. A British teenager.

Stanley Tucci is the only saving grace. His dialogue is actually funny, and allows a good actor to deliver wit that actually is amusing in context. At least it feels that way next to the pallid lines of every other character limply delivered into their own belly buttons.

A mediocre experience overall. Good for doing the dishes, or maybe yard work.

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  • TheMagnificentR
  • 2021-02-01

Utterly Boring

Audible recommended this book based on my enjoyment of David Wong's John Dies at the End series. While I did not expect this book to be as creative and Wong's work, I was not ready for this level of the bland dialog and the poor story telling found throughout this story. Even Stanley Tucci, an absolute national treasure, cannot rescue this tale from mundanity. I have an issue with the performance as a whole, but not any particular voice actor does a bad job. It's more that the production should have gone another direction. Listening to this audio is like reading a book with every other line missing, listening to a phone conversation with bad reception, or watching a movie with your TV screen off. I only understand part of the story because I don't know which characters are doing what at which times. There's only so much that can be done to build a scene using sound effects and most of the effects do not convey whatever it is they are supposed to be conveying. This production desperately needs a narrator, if only to announce the character names and the setting in which they find themselves. I made it 4 hours in before I had to call it quits.

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  • Jake and Brittany
  • 2021-04-18

JAKE Slaughter

This is such a well done performance and a great story. I hope they make another one because I couldn’t get enough of this!

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  • Mitch McGlaughlin
  • 2021-06-10

If you liked Sandman, this is for you.

This is a gritty, strange, wonderful tale. I thought this was going to somehow be related to Batman’s’ Arkham asylum, boy was I in for a surprise! The only time this story suffers is when the background noise covers the main dialogue.

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  • Bradley
  • 2021-05-19

Badly needed a production audio engineer

Fx sounds were beyond gratuitous. Muddles up the dialog many times and is just over kill. Tucci is a national treasure but not even a great like him could pull this one outta the lurch. Reminded me of what I imagine we might get; if a love triangle between Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice & Quentin Tarrentino produced a sort of Lovecraftian Bastard spawn who grew up to produce reality TV shows & as a mid-life crisis then decided try their hand at making an “Audible Original”. I stuck through till the end,, can’t say I’m glad I did or didn’t either way. Feeling a bit ambivalent at best on this one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-17

Wonderful reimagining

This is a wonderful reimagining of Lovecraft’s Mythos, with characters, locations and events from his stories, with some original or modified characters to further modernize it; and some sly Easter eggs thrown in.

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  • Brea
  • 2021-05-25

A brilliant Lovecraftian Crossover

This was a wonderfully integrated audiodrama made up of Lovecrafts most notable characters, all whipped into something original and divoid of the author's unfortunate beliefs regarding people.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-20

awesome

I felt like a few of the characters sounded the same, like voiced by the same person..only to find out that very few if any actor voiced more than one part..it was difficult to follow because of the fact that so much of the cast sounds similar.
but overall great story, well read, I felt like I was there.

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  • andrea carter
  • 2021-05-16

fun listen. performances outshine story.

not a bad show. sounds exactly like that. a show. overproduced.
excellent performances. the story had an odd habit of building a story, or even just anticipation of some action. nope. gonna small talk. felt like I was pulling teeth. there was not a corner that revealed any satisfying culmination of the time and voice talents involved. 3.5 overall for me.

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