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For the first time ever, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has produced an audio recording of all of Lovecraft's stories. These are not dramatizations like our Dark Adventure Radio Theatre - rather, this is an audiobook of the original stories, in all-new, never-before-heard recordings made by the HPLHS' own Andrew Leman and Sean Branney exclusively for this collection. Working from texts prepared by Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi, this collection spans his entire career from his earliest surviving works of childhood to stories completed shortly before his death. All tales include original music by HPLHS composer Troy Sterling Nies. This audio bonanza features 74 stories adding up to more than fifty (50!) hours of Lovecraftian listening fun, professionally performed and recorded for your enjoyment.

Public Domain (P)2017 HPLHS, Inc.

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Shouting into the Abyss

some stories leave me wanting but most stories emerse you into a world of cosmic horrors that are just far more interesting then I care to admit. However I endorse it completely.

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Really Great!

I have to say, this is a lot of Lovecraft to take in all at once haha. I've only read a few short stories in the past and it was great to get through it all. Although it's part of the genre, the excess in discription makes some of the material drag on longer than it ought too. On a whole, I really enjoyed the material and will definately go back to it in time.

The Lovecraft Society does a great job and while it's not a dramatic reading, everyone is so into it that it really is a great listen. I was kind of disappointed with the "Life and Times of HP Lovecraft" portion of the audio book as I actually wanted to learn more about the author, but on the other hand, it was pretty dam funny.

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Mo’ LOVECRAFT YO

This is my 5th Lovecraft audiobook. Don’t judge me. This one has the titles IN the ‘chapters’ area so that’s points.
And I mean, it had the thing on the doorstep. Swoon.

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Loved it

True to H.P. Lovecraft. It will give you chills down your spine. The narrators really bring these works to life.

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Wonderfully done

everything was great about this book. the narrators knocked it out of the park. best lovecraft option by far

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Its HP lovecraft

The reading is quite good, The only one i didnt care for was the mountains of madness. The rest are amazing, the Narrators inflections add to the cosmic horror that HPL is known for.

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Excellent Performance of Lovecraft's Stories

Really enjoyed listened to the performances of these stories. I enjoyed the renditions from all the different readers of the stories. Love having it all the stories in one place and getting to listen to some that I had not heard or read before. Excellent job. Highly recommended.

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fantastic readers

the performances were fantastic! HP Lovecraft used a lot of archaic language, and his sentences had tortured structure that would be difficult to read. It was truly a feet to hear that performed and performed well.

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I thought it was amazing

their wasn't a single time when hearing it I wasn't entertained by the story and the narrator

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Absolutely amazing.

It was great. Very long and required full attention and some stories needed to listen to twice to understand but so worth it. The stories were all very unique and interesting how some stories tie into eachother.

Andrew Leman and Sean Branney were great and their the real heroes for also reading out the writings of H.P. Lovecraft so clearly

Thank you

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  • Aransas R.
  • 2019-04-30

Best Lovecraft Collection on Audible!

This is the best reading of H.P. Lovecraft I have ever heard. Leman and Branney's passion for the material make it captivating to listen to and I often forgot that I was listening to a non-dramatized version. The narration is well enunciated and well paced. In conclusion, if you are looking for a collection of Lovecraft's fiction that doesn't include forced contextual or bibliographical information I would recommend this audiobook everytime.

The stories are arranged alphabetically but I couldn't find a proper Table of Contents so I've included one below :

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - The Alchemist
Chapter 3 - At the Mountains of Madness
Chapter 15 - Azathoth
Chapter 16 - The Beast in the Cave
Chapter 17 - Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Chapter 18 - The Book
Chapter 19 - The Call of Cthulhu
Chapter 22 - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
Chapter 47 - The Cats of Ulthar
Chapter 48 - Celephais
Chapter 49 - The Colour Out of Space
Chapter 50 - Cool Air
Chapter 51 - Dagon
Chapter 52 - The Descendant
Chapter 54 - The Doom that Came to Sarnath
Chapter 55 - The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
Chapter 64 - The Dreams in the Witch House
Chapter 65 - The Dunwich Horror
Chapter 77 - Ex Oblivione
Chapter 78 - Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
Chapter 80 - The Festival
Chapter 81 - From Beyond
Chapter 82 - The Hunter of the Dark
Chapter 83 - He
Chapter 84 - Herbet West Reanimator
Chapter 91 - The Horror at Red Hook
Chapter 98 - The Hound
Chapter 99 - Hypnos
Chapter 100 - Ibid
Chapter 101 - In The Vault
Chapter 102 - The Little Glass Bottle
Chapter 103 - The Lurking Fear
Chapter 107 - Memory
Chapter 108 - The Moon-Bog
Chapter 109 - The Music of Erich Zann
Chapter 110 - The Mysterious Ship
Chapter 111 - The Mysterious Ship (duplicate)
Chapter 112 - The Mystery of the Grave-Yard
Chapter 113 - The Nameless City
Chapter 114 - Nyarlathotep
Chapter 115 - Old Bugs
Chapter 116 - The Other Gods
Chapter 117 - The Outsider
Chapter 118 - Pickman's Model
Chapter 119 - The Picture in the House
Chapter 120 - Polaris
Chapter 121 - The Quest of Iranon
Chapter 122 - The Rats in the Walls
Chapter 123 - A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
Chapter 124 - The Secret Cave
Chapter 125 - The Shadow Out of Time
Chapter 133 - The Shadow Over Innsmouth
Chapter 143 - The Silver Key
Chapter 144 - The Statement of Randolph Carter
Chapter 145 - The Strange High House in the Mist
Chapter 146 - The Street
Chapter 147 - Sweet Ermengarde
Chapter 148 - The Temple
Chapter 149 - The Terrible Old Man
Chapter 150 - The Thing on the Doorstep
Chapter 157 - Through the Gates of the Silver Key
Chapter 165 - The Tomb
Chapter 166 - The Transition of Juan Ramero
Chapter 167 - The Tree
Chapter 168 - Under the Pyramids
Chapter 170 - The Unnamable
Chapter 171 - The Very Old Folk
Chapter 172 - What the Moon Brings
Chapter 173 - The Whisperer in Darkness
Chapter 181 - The White Ship

EDIT: Thank you Heinz57 for pointing out the error above, the table should be accurate now!

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  • Steven
  • 2019-07-03

Has TOC

Just downloaded to the Audible app on my iPhone. It has a fully functional table of contents in the Chapters section. All stories labeled and subchapters within stories have names if Lovecraft named them. Jump around all you want. Outstanding value for one credit.

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  • Chuck
  • 2019-07-17

Lovecraft Defines his own Genre

First off, this collection is FAR better than the other Lovecraft anthologies available on audible. The HP Lovecraft Historical Society handles his works lovingly and their performances leave, to me, absolutely nothing to be desired. They hit the 'hysteria of mind numbing horror' feel far better than I imagined any would be able to going into the stories.

As for the stories themselves, well prepare yourself for a mixed bag. You have to remember this is ALL of Lovecraft's writings, not just the best or greatest. You can feel some of his early experimentation in some, and the hands of a master of his craft in others. The irony is that one of his earliest pieces in this anthology is my favorite, Under the Pyramids. WOW, what a thrilling piece of writing and one I find genuinely unnerving. Other stand out stories include The Mountains of Madness, the Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Shadow out of Time. Some I didn't necessarily care for were The Color from Space and, ironically, The Call of C'thulu. Even the ones I cared for less were ultimately enjoyable though. And be forewarned, Lovecraft had a deep vocabulary and wasn't afraid to use it, so a few times you may need to look up a word or two as I did. Oh, and yes he has some racist moments but he was a product of the 20's and it shows. Just take it with a grain of salt and you'll be fine.

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  • MATT DEMMLER
  • 2019-06-26

Exactly what I’ve been looking for.

I’ve gotten several other HPL collections to listen to and they have all been awful in some way or another. But these guys really deliver a fantastic performance and cover a much wider range of stories and shorts than any other collection I’ve tried. Highly recommend

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  • The Walking Dude
  • 2019-12-05

HPLHS knocks it out of the park

There are several other Lovecraft anthologies on Audible, and, to put it politely, they aren’t very good. But then along came The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and all of that changed. The guys are excellent readers, and they really “get” Lovecraft in a way that only true fans do. If you’ve tried out the other anthologies, and been disappointed, then look no further. This is the one that you want. And because it’s got all of his fiction it’s also the only one that you’re ever going to need. As an added bonus listening is guaranteed to stave off shoggoths, mi-go and numerous other eldritch horrors.

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  • SDWATTERS
  • 2019-08-01

Best readings of all Lovecrafts stories!

This has been the best audiobook purchase ever. Amazing performances and dedication to Lovecrafts stories.

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  • Zachary Stroup
  • 2019-07-05

Best Collection Yet!

What a well put together collection! You can tell the narrators are fans of Lovecraft, and have done this as a labor of love. Well done.

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  • MGarcia
  • 2019-08-11

On a scale 1 to 5, this is a 10!

I purchased this audio book and I was not the least bit disappointed. The tales are reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe with its dark, Gothic prose and fantastic descriptions. The first person narratives pulled you into the story.

However, it's the hard, skillful work of Andrew Leman and Sean Branney that brought the audio book to vivid life. I wish these two readers could read for every audio book. They're not just reading; they are acting the part of the narrator and take great pains to make pronunciation of foreign words sound fluid and natural.

This audio book is by far the best I've listened to and has, unfortunately, spoiled me. I now look for audio books with readers beyond passable instead of books that I prefer.

This audio book was worth every single penny and I can't recommend it enough.

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  • Kevin Potter
  • 2019-12-28

My, my, my, what a collection!

Here we have a mammoth of a collection that runs the whole gamut from fragmentary character studies to psychological terror, to shock horror, to science horror, to good old supernatural horror, and, of course, the thing that made Lovecraft famous, the complete cycle of cosmic horror that became known as the Cthulhu Mythos (which I've been shocked to discover is meant to be pronounced somewhere along the lines of Klul-hoo).

As such, some stories appealed to me while others did not. But on the whole, this collection is absolutely phenomenal!

About the audiobook narrators.
Across the board, Andrew Leman and Sean Branney both give fantastic performances. There's not a lot of difference in their capabilities and styles, so the collection flowed seamlessly.

Both narrators have an impressive array of voices that are distinct and well crafted. Both are extremely skilled with vocal inflections, using tones that match the text perfectly. And these two might have the tightest control of reading tempo I've ever heard. Every sentence is read at a pace that makes it obvious exactly how much tension is in the scene.

On a side note, at the end of the audiobook is a track about 8 minutes long of the narrators' outtakes and general exclamations of frustration, sometimes with themselves, sometimes with the text itself. I felt like this was a fantastic way to end this audiobook. It offers a glimpse into the recording process as well as humanizing the narrators and giving me just a bit more appreciation for the tremendous task that is recording a book of this magnitude.

With a collection this big, I could write a full novel just summarizing the plots of each story. So instead, here are my general impressions.

It quickly becomes apparent that these stories were written a very long time ago. There is a great deal of summarizing and telling of details after the fact. Yet, as testament to Lovecraft's skill, he still manages to make the stories compelling and not a little terrifying.

Not in the visceral way that most modern audiences think of horror, but in the subtleties that lie between the lines. There is every bit as much left unsaid as there is said, and in a world where everyone seems to just want to see the monster and its carnage, these stories are a refreshing change of pace and scenery.

It's also immediately apparent that Lovecraft had an incredible vocabulary and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of an impressive number of subjects.

Equally apparent is Lovecraft's love of both the craft of writing and language itself. It's very clear that (within the framework of the grammar and conventions of the time) he put immense thought and care into crafting beautiful sentences with a cadence as pleasing to the ear as it is entertaining to the mind.

As has been pointed out (many times, I'm certain), much of Lovecraft's work tends to ignore the character on the personal level and focus on the overarching plot, especially in the Cthulhu Mythos stories.

While this is contrary to what modern readers will likely have experienced, in Lovecraft's style it actually works surprisingly well.

Although at times I felt like the POV jumped about a little too much or was focused on the wrong (ie: not the most compelling) character, in the end Lovecraft always brings the tale to a close that signifies exactly why those story choices were made and in many cases presents that it couldn't have worked in any other way.

There aren't a lot of stories here that directly interrelate, though there are a few.

The stories featuring Randolph Carter were excellent, and I loved the contiguous quality of them. I do however, wish the collection had been organized so they were placed back-to-back.

My favorites, though, were two of the longer (short novel length) pieces. At The Mountains of Madness and The Shadow Out of Time.

Although these two do not at first appear to be directly related, later in each it becomes clear that there's a direct correlation between them that completely reframes some of the details from ATMOM and I absolutely love it!

There's so much history here, both about the "Great Old Ones" (a bit of a misnomer, really) and the race that came before. The original inhabitants of Earth that were displaced by Cthulhu and his ilk.

There's honestly so much more complexity to the Mythos than I ever expected and I love it so much! I can't wait to take a deeper dive into what other writers have added to the Mythos over the years.

In short, if you're into literary horror, read this book.
If you're into supernatural horror, read this book.
If you live for the Cthulhu Mythos, definitely read this book.
And even if you prefer horror of the psychological variety, you should read this book.

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  • Robert
  • 2019-06-19

FIXED!

I spoke a nice gentleman via email from the HPLHS and he told me that the unlabeled chapters issue was brought to Amazon’s attention several months ago. Amazon was slow to fix it, but it HAS been fixed. Ironically, the chapter names were added on exact same day I spoke to the HPLHS.
Anyway, stellar collection of stories and it is now very easy to navigate. Highly recommended!

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