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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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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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  • 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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  • Red-Haired Ash
  • 2019-12-20

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2.5 stars

The overall rating is the average of the following ratings.

I listened to this book with audible and I feel it made a big difference. I don’t think I would have enjoyed these stories as much reading them. There is something about listening to these creepy stories that really captivates you. The narrator’s were perfect too. They portrayed the emotions of the characters perfectly, especially their horror. I highly recommend getting this on Audible for anyone who likes audiobooks and is interested in reading Lovecraft.

That being said, while there are some great stories in this collection a lot of them are just ok. I will probably only read the few I enjoyed again. I probably won’t ever listen to this whole collection again.

Rating system:
1 stars - wasn't for me
2 stars - it was ok
3 stars - I liked it
4 stars - I loved it
5 stars - it was amazing

The Alchemist: 4/ 5
What a twist at the end!

At the Mountains of Madness: 5/5
This is written as an account from an Antarctic exploration mission which found a unique ancient creature at the base of the Mountains of Madness. They dubbed the creature the Old Ones. That night they suffered heavy losses. The second camp decided to keep the actual findings hidden from the public but explain what was actually found.

This was quite interesting and creepy story. I loved how the narrator emphasized the horror and excitement of what was found. I quite enjoyed this unique story that presents a different history of life on earth.

Azathoth: 2/5
A very short (3 min.) story. I felt it needs to be longer to really understand what is going on.

The Beast in the Cave:3/5
A short horror tale of someone lost in a cave and realizes they are not alone.

Beyond the Wall of Sleep: 2/5
A story about a Doctor that was fascinated with Joe Slader a mental patient who had amazing stories. Using a handmade device the doctor was trying to connect himself to what the Slader was imagining in the hopes of connecting with the dream world. I didn’t love this one. It wasn’t as captivating as previous stories.

The Book: 2.5/5
A scholar who discovers and learns great magic. He quickly learns that he needs to be careful of that knowledge. An interesting and quick tale.

The Call of Cthulhu: 4/5
“That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.”

A very interesting tale. Not what I was expecting but I still enjoyed it.

The Cast of Charles Dexter Ward: 1/5
I was not interested in this story. I listened to 2 out of the 5 chapters and I was pretty bored so I am skipping the rest.

The Cats of Ulthar:3/5
"...in Ulthar no man may kill a cat."

Because the cat’s are liable to kill you. A very nice revenge tale.

Celephais:3/5
This is a story about a man who has a dream about a beautiful place called Celephais. He spends the rest of his life seeking the dream-world of this place with the use of drugs.

The Colour out of Space: 3.5/5
“That which spoke could speak no more.....”

This is a tale about a meteorite crash that poisoned every living thing in the area. This story had very gruesome deaths for animals and humans. Lovecraft has a very captivating writing style that really draws you in and makes you see the horror of what is going on, especially when it comes to death.

Cool Air: 3/5
An interesting ending for a unique and weird old man.

Dagon: 3/5
The short story of a tortured, drug addicted man who is telling an incident that happened to him during WWI. This is one of Lovecraft's first stories he wrote as an adult and it was pretty good.

The Descendant:2/5
“In London there is a man who screams when the church bells ring.”

A very short story about a man who is aged beyond his years who finally admits his fear after being confronted with the Necronomicon.

Discarded Draft o f “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”: 3/5
An interesting start. I wonder how it will compare to the finished story.

The Doom that Came to Sarnath: 2/5

The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath:1/5
I was quite bored by this one and stopped about 10% through.

The Dreams in the Witch House:3/5
Walter Gilman, a student, rents a room in the 'witch's house'. He has strange dreams that escalate as time goes on. The house is haunted by the witch who owned it. This was an interesting tale. Lovecraft really has a thing for dream stories.

The Dunwich Horror: 3/5
An interesting and creepy tale. I wasn't expecting the revelation of who the creature was at the end.

The Evil Clergyman: 2/5
A short horror story about a man being overtaken by an evil clergymen.

Ex Oblivione: 2/5
A man seeking to remain in the eternal world of Dreamland. This was an ok and quick story.

Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family: 3/5
A tale of family tragedy and repeat searching for an ape city.

The Festival:2/5

From Beyond: 2.5/5
A man creates a machine that allows him to see beyond the normal senses. He sees strange creature in the air but you must be careful, if you move you die.

The Haunter of the Dark: 2.5/5

He: 3/5
Interesting. He has a kind of vampire like quality.

Herbert West - Reanimator:5/5
Two doctors spend their lives trying to find a solution that will reanimate the dead. This was very Frankenstein-esk. I really liked this one.

History of the Necronomicon:3/5
A brief history of the Necronomicon and it's suppression throughout history.

The Horror at Red Hook: 2/5

The Hound: 4/5
This is why you don't disturb the dead.

Hynos: 2.5/5

Ibid: 2/5
A story of an ancient skulls travels through time.

In the Vault:3/5
A cemetery working getting locked in a crypt with the bodies of the recent dead. The dead will have their revenge

Little Glass Bottle:3/5
A prank played on some treasure hunters.

The Lurking Fear: 2/5

Memory: 2/5

The Moon-Bog: 3/5
There is more to the swamp than you think. Leave the beauty of nature alone or it will get you.

The Music of Erich Zann: 2/5
A mute musician who plays for a mysterious dark abyss.

The Mysterious Ship (long version): 2/5

The Mysterious Ship (short version): 2/5

The Mystery of the Grave-yard:2/5

The Nameless City: 3/5
"That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die."

Nyarlathotep: 3/5

Old Bugs: 3/5
A story about an alcoholic druggy named Old Bugs.

The Other Gods:2/5

The Outsider: 3/5

Pickman’s Model: 2.5/5

The Picture in the House: 3/5
A picture of horror that reflects the horror in this house.

Polaris: 2/5

The Quest of Iranon:2/5

The Rats in the Walls: 2/5

A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson:3/5
A quick look back on the 200+ years of his life.

The Secret Cave:2/5
A short tale about the terrible death of a sister and a box of treasure.

The Shadow Out of Time: 2/5
Interesting concept but was a little boring.

The Shadow over Innsmouth: 3/5

The Shunned House: 3/5
A story of a haunted house that slowly kills people.

The Silver Key: 2/5

The Statement of Randolph Carter: 2.5/5

The Strange High House in the Mist: 2/5

The Street: 2/5
The history and life of a street. It was ok.

Sweet Ermengarde: 1/5

The Temple: 1/5

The Terrible Old Man:1/5
This was boring. At least it was very short.

The Thing on the Doorstep: 3/5

Through the Gates of the Silver Key: 2/5

The Tomb: 3/5

The Transition of Juan Romero: 2/5

The Tree: 2.5/5

Under the Pyramids: 4/5
An eventful trip to Egypt with Harry Houdini.

The Unnamable: 3/5

The Very Old Folk: 2/5

What the Moon Brings: 2/5

The Whispers in Darkness: 2/5

The White Ship: 2/5

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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