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Story totally creepy! loved it! Is now my favorite Lovecraft story! Narrartor was perfect for the story.
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Charles Dexter Ward is fascinated by all things old. In his research, he discovers that he is the ancestor of a mysterious and shadowy figure who terrorized Eighteenth Century Providence. Charles becomes obsessed with finding not only all he can about the man, but also his methods. Soon, he finds himself mired in witchcraft, necromancy and alchemy, perhaps too deep to save his own soul.
Though written in the early Twentieth Century, this tale reads with a distinctly Nineteenth Century feel. Lovecraft spends much of the book creating mood through elaborate description and allusion. This is not what most modern readers/listeners are used to. Stick with it, and you are rewarded with a dark and troubling tale. Most of the action is alluded to, not described in detail, but is horrifying none-the-less.
For many lovers of horror, it is important to look to the past for the inspiration to our modern stories. Certainly H.P. Lovecraft stands tall. There is a penetrating dark mood and helplessness that permeates the story. The listener feels as trapped as Charles’ family as they watch him change from a youth full of promise and curiosity to a somber, secretive man who locks himself in his laboratory chanting unearthly spells in the dead of night.
The story is narrated by Neil Hellegers. His brilliant performance literally raises the tiny hairs on the back of one’s neck. It just doesn’t get better. You may find yourself hearing his deep voice in your mind when you hear a bump in the night.
If you like Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, Bram Stoker (Dracula), Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), you will very likely enjoy this story. If long descriptions and a slowly constructed plot have discouraged you in the past, don’t give up so easily. Give it another try; you may be surprised how much you like a richly developed story. The greater the challenge, the greater the reward.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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6 of 9 people found this review helpful
It will start a bit slowly, but the attention to detail, the progression and the precise emotional tone will make other good books seem rushed. It was great overall and it ended on a climax, with sufficient information for the listener.
To anyone interested in dark mystery, I will wholeheartedly recommend this audiobook. Calling it horror does it a disservice. It's intent is not to scare or to shock, but to intrigue through dark implications.