The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

  • by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by Neil Hellegers
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Charles Ward, even as a child, had always wandered the streets of ancient Providence, drawn inexorably to its domes and spires, its hills and homes, its history and its haunts. His antiquarian habits were always just so: an innocent preoccupation with the city and its wonders. Yet, when the discovery of a shadowy ancestor exposes an eldritch malevolence long thought to be contained, Charles must resist the dark grip of his fascination, before it consumes him, and his world, completely.
Please enjoy this new reading of a rare full-length tale from H. P. Lovecraft, the original master of the cosmic macabre, dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of his birth.


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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would absolutely recommend this audiobook to fans of Lovecraft, as well as readers of classic literature and horror.

What about Neil Hellegers’s performance did you like?

Neil Hellegers' voice is made for reading this sort of material. It has a deep smokey quality that vibrates with a dark tenor of grim solemnity. He brings a kind of gravitas to the reading that not many could match.

Any additional comments?

This is one of Lovecraft's stories that I hadn't read before, which made this a real treat for me. This is one of those stories that scores of writers since have stolen from or tried to emulate. The story may seem familiar to you at first for that very reason. You may even think you know where it is going. And there were a few times (especially in the first third) where I remembered that Lovecraft was paid by the word. BUT I was quickly drawn into this story. Despite the archaic language used nearly 100 years ago, I was obsessed with my daily listen until I reached the gripping conclusion. It did NOT end how I expected it to. There is a reason why Lovecraft was considered a master.

This is a fantastic story. Not to be missed.

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- J. Wells "Socknitster"

Narrator mispronounces words

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator's inability to pronounce words kept taking me out of the story. He got worse toward the end of the piece until I finally got annoyed enough to turn it off without finishing. I'm not talking about Lovecraftian jaw-breakers like "Nyarlathotep". You couldn't take two seconds to look up the pronunciation of "malodorous" before recording this? Really?

Any additional comments?

This wasn't my favorite Lovecraft story, but it's far from the worst. Definitely try it, but with a different narrator.

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- Haraazs

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-27-2015
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