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The Call of Cthulhu

Written by: H. P. Lovecraft
Narrated by: Brian Kelly
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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"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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  • Matt
  • 2019-04-04

Hard to listen to

This is a great story I’ve read previously. However the narrator’s mumbly, strangely cadenced performance makes it hard to follow. This may be for effect but what it did for me is wish I had a different recording.

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  • E. Allison
  • 2018-11-07

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
  • 2019-04-13

poor narration

the narrator was unclear and sounded like his dentures we're falling out. could not understand or get into story. this was a free trial so I'm not out money but will not stay on with audible

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  • Robert Hittle
  • 2019-03-31

I'm on the fence about his use of older words.

I love this man's writing, but it's full of antiquated black racial terms be wary

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-24

Superb!

This story is a delight for the ambiguous searchers than loath for suspension. Amazingly told.

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  • ariane
  • 2019-03-22

choose different narrator

I couldn't make it through the audiobook. the content should have been great, the reviews of this books as a classic are great. I stopped short, and have purchased it with another narrator. I'm hoping for better results, because I want to like this book. His voice and inflections are so unnatural, I struggle to comprehend the words, rather than just enjoying the natural flow of information from the story.

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  • Mixer Dealer
  • 2019-03-05

Audio quality extremely poor

Good narrator, but since there is a constant squealing sound in the background of the dialogue I had to find another recording of this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-02-09

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
  • 2019-02-07

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
  • 2018-11-09

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.