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Carnacki the Ghost-Finder

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Dan Starkey takes on the mantle of William Hope Hodgson's supernatural detective, Thomas Carnacki, in this collection of enhanced audiobook readings: 'The Gateway of the Monster', 'The House Among the Laurels', 'The Whistling Room', 'The Horse of the Invisible', 'The Searcher of the End House' and 'The Thing Invisible'.

Directed by Scott Handcock.

Public Domain (P)2016 Big Finish Productions

Critiques

"This is a straight, very faithful rendition of the original stories by William Hope Hodgson, and very well produced. No unnecessary updating, no loss of Hodgson's period language or descriptions. Spot on." (Grey Dog Tales)
"Neil Gardner and Tanja Glittenberg, the collection's sound designers, are to be congratulated. They've outdone themselves with this release." (Occult Detective Quarterly, Issue 1)

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  • M. Barnard
  • 12/01/2018

A Disappointment Due To 'Atmospheric' Music

I waited for some time for this to hit release, having had a longtime familiarity with Hodgson's stories and others subsequently written, using these central characters.

Unfortunately, I did not realize that there was music added in the background to 'enhance' the reading. This ruined the read for me. I want a straight reading on an audio book, and frankly the addition of music to any degree within the body of the text is distracting for me and (inn this case) completely breaks the mood.

I have a number of Big Finish recordings in my library, and this isn't as large an issue as it is on these more atmospheric stories. To be fair, I've had similar issues with a couple of collections of M.R; James' work from another publisher -- though in that case it's an insistence of bridging the gaps between the stories with 'mood' music.

While it is good to finally see a collection of Carnacki tales in release, this one did not work for me. I lasted approximately six minutes into the initial story before I was so vexed that I gave up and switched my player to a historical test.

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  • Meep
  • 04/07/2018

revolting

Hope Hodgeson should be in jail for animal abuse. I am aware that he is dead and nothing can be done about him now, but his stories are completely ruined, for me anyway, by his devotion to brutalizing and murdering random domestic pets. I had read the first story in this collection years ago, so I knew to skip the entire episode of the cat, but I had hoped that that would be an anomaly. It was not. The second story was even worse with SPOILER ALERT three completely innocent dogs murdered for no reason at all, the last in full view of Carnacki who was armed and could have stopped it at any time, and quite graphically described as well just in case I didn't feel bad enough allready. It is too bad, because Hope Hodgeson is an good writter and evokes the atmosphere of Victorian Ghost Story with a great deal of ability, but the constant assault on the dogs and cats (and probably others as well, but I have permanently stopped reading Hope Hodgson at this point so I will never know) is too great an obstacle to my enjoyment. The reader and productions values are excellent, they deserve someone better than Hope Hodgeson to interpret.

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  • Gavin Lees
  • 18/08/2018

Flimsy Fun

These are fun, creepy, but somewhat predictable mysteries. Hodgson does an amazing job with atmosphere, tapping into upper-class anxieties, but the plots are repetitive and often offer Scooby Doo endings that only disappoint.

I'd love to hear the same narrators and producers tackle one of his more weighty works, like The Night Lands, or House on the Borderland.

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