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Where does The Weird Company rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It's in there with Brian Sanderson's Steelheart and any of the Dresden books. Warning: There is heavy reference to the Cthulhu Mythos. I've been a fan most of my life, and I had to look stuff up! It's festooned with references and callbacks.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Weird Company?
The retelling of some of Lovecraft's most famous works. I had some Lovecraft nerd moments where I would get a reference and high five myself. Seriously.
Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, but damn if I don't plan to. He is simply the best audiobook narrator I have ever heard. I had to look at the credits again just to make sure that there was only one narrator. Oliver Wyman has got the acting chops to make this seem like a movie. He gets the candor and cadence just right on the characters. I mean, wow. I will seek audiobooks that are narrated by him just for HIM.
If you could take any character from The Weird Company out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Probably Chandra Putra. I'm not going to spoil anything, but the man has seen his share of crazy.
Any additional comments?
Peter Rawlik delights with a "fill in the blanks" book that takes place in Lovecraft's carefully constructed, but often ambiguous Cthulhu mythos. It reads much like Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Imagine Weird Company is the Avengers to the League's X-men. Same ingredients, similar universe, all the fun. Come for the story and stay for Oliver Wyman's jaw dropping performance. This guy can ACT!
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I started this story just after finishing up on Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell and I was immediately pleased I bought this book, thinking it was all a collection of Lovecraft stories from a different perspective, as the first story has to do with the events that happened in The Mountains of Madness.
But, as it turned out the whole book is a novel that takes different characters from Lovecraft's stories and brings them together on a mission to stop something from coming through.
Overall, I enjoyed the story although the choice that Oliver Wyman made for the main character, Robert Olmstead was both appropriate yet grating and while I do not fault him for his choice, I did mark the story down by one star. All of the characters are distinct and it is even masterful.
In my mind, though, Olmstead's voice would have changed as he gained more confidence.
The story itself will be familiar to any fan of Lovecraft. While not an expert on all of Lovecraft's writing, I was able to identify the majority of characters and their situations and I especially liked the bits that expanded on the Mountains of Madness
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