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First of all, Simon Vance! I could listen to that guy read the phone book. So good.
Now, Brian Lumley. He has amazingly cool ideas in the vein of modern, weird horror, and this book is no exception. In execution, he sometimes relies to much on telling rather than showing - robbing the reader of the chilling experience in favor of a kind of intellectual recap. Sadly, this book is no different. I enjoyed the book though. And to be fair, it is no more lacking in direct-experience than Lovecraft himself!
I don't want to share any plot details for fear of spoiling too much. But the basics are that you have an occult investigator/secret agent in your protagonist, Titus Crow, who uncovers a plot 'hatched' (you'll get that pun later) by Chtonians, an ancient and evil subterranean race.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Moments after starting it, I began to feel the gravitas of the story. Even more than a "names have been changed to protect the innocent" it felt to be a true conveyance of a hidden event.
Simon Vance brings a reality to it all with his narration. What a brilliant sustained performance, one that will set the standards of what quality work both Lumley and Vance have achieved together.
Thank you gentlemen!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
The book seems to be written by a 12 year old. There is much better fan fic out there than this. Can't imagine anyone enjoying this drivel. The writer clearly has read Lovecraft but hasn't understood Lovecraft.
What was most disappointing about Brian Lumley’s story?
The terrible writing, ridiculous characters, poor story. Nothing good about it at all.
What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?
Simon Vance is always great but even he couldn't save this one.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Burrowers Beneath?
All of it. Spend six hours on anything other than this.
Any additional comments?
I finished this book out of morbid curiosity and so that you don't have to. Try a different book. Any book.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Simon Vance's naration is eminently appropriate to the material. Gripping listen, finished as quick as I could and will get the others in the series.
I have always enjoyed HP Lovecraft and Brian Lumley carries on his tradition admirably.