The Trials of Obed Marsh

  • by Matthew Davenport
  • Narrated by Steven Gordon
  • 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

H. P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth introduced us to a corrupt and fallen town, owned and controlled by the dark Esoteric Order of Dagon. But how did Innsmouth fall so far from the healthy New England town that it had been? What could possibly convince an entire port town to abandon their beliefs and morality for the darker path of the Necronomicon?
The answer was found in the lost journals of Obed Marsh. This is the tale of how a man, devout in his Catholic beliefs, could be corrupted and torn from grace. This is the explanation of how he took all of Innsmouth with him. This is The Trials of Obed Marsh.


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Customer Reviews

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Prequel to The Shadow Over Innsmouth

Would you consider the audio edition of The Trials of Obed Marsh to be better than the print version?

I've only listened to the audio version, which I thought was well told and effective.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It was interesting to see Obed Marsh's journey from being a competent ship captain who cared about his community get twisted and manipulated into bringing the Order of Dagon back to his home town. Also, his horror at his son's love of the order, was nicely portrayed.

What about Steven Gordon’s performance did you like?

Overall, Steven Gordon gave a nice performance with a steady, Lovecraftian narration and good, differentiated voices for all the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The tag line for the movie version of this book would be "The Shadow falls over Innsmouth."

Any additional comments?

"The Trials of Obed Marsh" is a prequel of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Shadow over Innsmouth" that tells how Obed Marsh encountered the Order of Dagon and introduced it to Insmouth. Also, the story gives us details of the attack on Innsmouth that was blamed on a mysterious plague. Overall, it fit pretty neatly in this corner of the Cthulhu mythos, though it seemed Marsh's voyages to the Pacific were pretty easy for the 1830s. Also, it seemed a little strange that Innsmouth's dominant faith is described generically as "Protestant" and despite that, they hold mass at one point. For me, the most effective part of this story was seeing how Marsh and his family descended into madness.

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- David Lee Summers

interesting but not creepy enough

What would have made The Trials of Obed Marsh better?

I think that the story was pretty interesting but then performance was seriously lacking. It didn't sound like a finished product. There were noises in the background and the volume fluctuated.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story itself. I have never read any of HP Lovecraft's works which are the basis for this book so it was an entirely new world for me. The book was on the darker side but it didn't really have much of a horror factor. It could have been a bit creepier.

How could the performance have been better?

It didn't sound like it was a finished product. It needs some clean up done. Too many noises in the background and the volume fluctuated. Also the narrator spoke very slowly. It was as though he was reading and not performing.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review. It is unbiased and my own opinion.

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- Megan Apicelli "scarylilfaerie"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-24-2013
  • Publisher: Matthew Davenport