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I had no idea when I bought this that some genius had made the decision to add a background sound every few minutes to the narration. I could just picture some college kid they had paid in burritos in the sound booth, pressing various sound effect buttons and high fiving himself for his totally righteous editing skills.
But still! It's cheap and you could do worse.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Horror at Red Hook to be better than the print version?
I feel for any narrator who has to read Lovecraft's wonderful but archaic prose. Jim Donaldson did a great job with it, though! I enjoyed his reading, and appreciated the addition of some musical touches and sound effects of moans and shrieks during dramatic moments. It really made listening to the story a better experience than reading it would have been. I will be looking for other horror works done by Mr. Donaldson.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
From what I've read, this was one of Lovecraft's early works, and I think that shows. The story seemed to go on longer than needed. I thought that HPL's xenophobia was showcased more than usual in this tale, which was off-putting.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
There are some good creepy scenes in the story, which I enjoyed.
Any additional comments?
After the end of the story, there is a short piece giving some background on Lovecraft and his influence on modern-day writers. I thought this was nicely done and appreciate the effort to show the significance of HPL's works.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
A die-hard Lovecraft fan who appreciates the dramatics of sound effects accompanying a story.
What was most disappointing about H. P. Lovecraft’s story?
The prose was hard to follow in places - I found myself listening to several parts again just to keep up with the story.
How could the performance have been better?
Though the story was read well, the sound effects in the background were distracting and amateurish.
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The end section of the audio book gave some insight into Lovecraft's life and his first steps into becoming an author, which was interesting and worth listening to.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I wholeheartedly enjoyed this comparatively shortened storyline...but was thoroughly joyful in the sheer quality of said beautiful nomenclature...well done HP Lovecraft!