The Picture In The House

  • by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by Kevin Yancy, K. Anderson Yancy
  • 0 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A genealogist conducting research in the backwoods of Massachusetts seeks shelter from the rain in a home he initially believes abandoned. Inside, he discovers that the home, furnished with relics from the American Revolution, is not abandoned. SonicMovies are premium audios with strong vocal performances enhanced by music and sound effects to such an extent they sound like movies, hence, SonicMovies. Presented by Wollcott & Sheridan ( / & K. Anderson Yancy.


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Ahhhhh, Mr Yancy has done it again!!!

I thank the Audible gods that i wasn't suckered into buying the entire collection. Mr Yancy with his abominable narration and ridiculous sound effects is the true horror in this tale!!! How anyone could destroy such a great Lovecraft story like this mind bending.
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- Skeezix

Don't Waste Your Money

Wow--this was hard to listen to.

I enjoy the story "The Picture In The House" and I had a long, long drive, so I was quite happy to download this audiobook. The price seemed quite reasonable. However, this audiobook was so awful that it took me over an hour to get through this short production. I spent several long stretches staring out the window, dreading a return to the story.

It didn't take much listening for me to realize something was wrong. Rather than launch right into the story, there is a one or two minute advertisement for the group that performed and produced the work.

The sound effects (admittedly, I don't care for sound fx at all in an audiobook; I'm a reader--I already have a good imagination)tend to drown out the narration.

The voice work is my biggest gripe with this production. The narrator is particularly awful. Early on in the work it's clear that he doesn't quite understand the meaning of what he's reading, and there are strange pauses and puzzling emphasis on certain words. He sounds as if he's channelling William Shatner trying to play Vincent Price. If anyone thinks I'm trying to be witty for wit's sake at the expense of the people who produced this, I'm not. It's that bad.

There's much more to loathe about this production. One positive thing I can say is that most of the things I detested about this audiobook were things that the producers did on purpose, and not out of amateurism. Also, the narration improves toward the end of the story. Neither of these factors makes this audiobook worthwhile, I'm afraid.

If this had been free it still would be a poor product, but I doubt I would review it with such strong opinion. But having paid for it, I feel robbed.
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- Flavius

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2009
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