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The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft

Written by: H.P. Lovecraft
Narrated by: Andrew Leman, Sean Branney
Length: 51 hrs and 40 mins
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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.

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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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Its HP lovecraft

The Narrators seem to have issues with volume control, gets really loud then back to normal so keep your volume control close by. Also some of the Narrators over act, like they are trying to make a radio play rather then reading a book. I'm not talking about doing voices for characters thats great. As an example, the reading of a letter with in a story is acted out as if we had a Gods veiw of the writer as if he was speaking it, rather then what it is, a letter the main character is reading. It breaks the narrative of the story I find. Overall minus those things, the stories are great. HP Lovecraft knows how to paint a picture with words.

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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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  • Robert Silvia
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Scout6417
  • 2019-06-08

Chapters not identified

I have no idea which story I’m listening to. Why were titles not given? Seems like a foolish oversight.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-19

HP is epic

its very entertaining to listen to and the readers voice is not annoying. very enjoyable

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