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    For the first time ever, the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society has produced an audio recording of all of Lovecraft's stories. These are not dramatizations like our Dark Adventure Radio Theatre - rather, this is an audiobook of the original stories, in all-new, never-before-heard recordings made by the HPLHS' own Andrew Leman and Sean Branney exclusively for this collection. Working from texts prepared by Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi, this collection spans his entire career from his earliest surviving works of childhood to stories completed shortly before his death. All tales include original music by HPLHS composer Troy Sterling Nies. This audio bonanza features 74 stories adding up to more than fifty (50!) hours of Lovecraftian listening fun, professionally performed and recorded for your enjoyment.

    Public Domain (P)2017 HPLHS, Inc.

    Ce que les auditeurs disent de The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft

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    • Aransas R.
    • 30/04/2019

    Best Lovecraft Collection on Audible!

    This is the best reading of H.P. Lovecraft I have ever heard. Leman and Branney's passion for the material make it captivating to listen to and I often forgot that I was listening to a non-dramatized version. The narration is well enunciated and well paced. In conclusion, if you are looking for a collection of Lovecraft's fiction that doesn't include forced contextual or bibliographical information I would recommend this audiobook everytime.

    The stories are arranged alphabetically but I couldn't find a proper Table of Contents so I've included one below :

    Chapter 1 - Introduction
    Chapter 2 - The Alchemist
    Chapter 3 - At the Mountains of Madness
    Chapter 15 - Azathoth
    Chapter 16 - The Beast in the Cave
    Chapter 17 - Beyond the Wall of Sleep
    Chapter 18 - The Book
    Chapter 19 - The Call of Cthulhu
    Chapter 22 - The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
    Chapter 47 - The Cats of Ulthar
    Chapter 48 - Celephais
    Chapter 49 - The Colour Out of Space
    Chapter 50 - Cool Air
    Chapter 51 - Dagon
    Chapter 52 - The Descendant
    Chapter 54 - The Doom that Came to Sarnath
    Chapter 55 - The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath
    Chapter 64 - The Dreams in the Witch House
    Chapter 65 - The Dunwich Horror
    Chapter 77 - Ex Oblivione
    Chapter 78 - Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family
    Chapter 80 - The Festival
    Chapter 81 - From Beyond
    Chapter 82 - The Hunter of the Dark
    Chapter 83 - He
    Chapter 84 - Herbet West Reanimator
    Chapter 91 - The Horror at Red Hook
    Chapter 98 - The Hound
    Chapter 99 - Hypnos
    Chapter 100 - Ibid
    Chapter 101 - In The Vault
    Chapter 102 - The Little Glass Bottle
    Chapter 103 - The Lurking Fear
    Chapter 107 - Memory
    Chapter 108 - The Moon-Bog
    Chapter 109 - The Music of Erich Zann
    Chapter 110 - The Mysterious Ship
    Chapter 111 - The Mysterious Ship (duplicate)
    Chapter 112 - The Mystery of the Grave-Yard
    Chapter 113 - The Nameless City
    Chapter 114 - Nyarlathotep
    Chapter 115 - Old Bugs
    Chapter 116 - The Other Gods
    Chapter 117 - The Outsider
    Chapter 118 - Pickman's Model
    Chapter 119 - The Picture in the House
    Chapter 120 - Polaris
    Chapter 121 - The Quest of Iranon
    Chapter 122 - The Rats in the Walls
    Chapter 123 - A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson
    Chapter 124 - The Secret Cave
    Chapter 125 - The Shadow Out of Time
    Chapter 133 - The Shadow Over Innsmouth
    Chapter 143 - The Silver Key
    Chapter 144 - The Statement of Randolph Carter
    Chapter 145 - The Strange High House in the Mist
    Chapter 146 - The Street
    Chapter 147 - Sweet Ermengarde
    Chapter 148 - The Temple
    Chapter 149 - The Terrible Old Man
    Chapter 150 - The Thing on the Doorstep
    Chapter 157 - Through the Gates of the Silver Key
    Chapter 165 - The Tomb
    Chapter 166 - The Transition of Juan Ramero
    Chapter 167 - The Tree
    Chapter 168 - Under the Pyramids
    Chapter 170 - The Unnamable
    Chapter 171 - The Very Old Folk
    Chapter 172 - What the Moon Brings
    Chapter 173 - The Whisperer in Darkness
    Chapter 181 - The White Ship

    EDIT: Thank you Heinz57 for pointing out the error above, the table should be accurate now!

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    • Steven
    • 03/07/2019

    Has TOC

    Just downloaded to the Audible app on my iPhone. It has a fully functional table of contents in the Chapters section. All stories labeled and subchapters within stories have names if Lovecraft named them. Jump around all you want. Outstanding value for one credit.

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    • Chuck
    • 17/07/2019

    Lovecraft Defines his own Genre

    First off, this collection is FAR better than the other Lovecraft anthologies available on audible. The HP Lovecraft Historical Society handles his works lovingly and their performances leave, to me, absolutely nothing to be desired. They hit the 'hysteria of mind numbing horror' feel far better than I imagined any would be able to going into the stories.

    As for the stories themselves, well prepare yourself for a mixed bag. You have to remember this is ALL of Lovecraft's writings, not just the best or greatest. You can feel some of his early experimentation in some, and the hands of a master of his craft in others. The irony is that one of his earliest pieces in this anthology is my favorite, Under the Pyramids. WOW, what a thrilling piece of writing and one I find genuinely unnerving. Other stand out stories include The Mountains of Madness, the Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Shadow out of Time. Some I didn't necessarily care for were The Color from Space and, ironically, The Call of C'thulu. Even the ones I cared for less were ultimately enjoyable though. And be forewarned, Lovecraft had a deep vocabulary and wasn't afraid to use it, so a few times you may need to look up a word or two as I did. Oh, and yes he has some racist moments but he was a product of the 20's and it shows. Just take it with a grain of salt and you'll be fine.

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    • MATT DEMMLER
    • 26/06/2019

    Exactly what I’ve been looking for.

    I’ve gotten several other HPL collections to listen to and they have all been awful in some way or another. But these guys really deliver a fantastic performance and cover a much wider range of stories and shorts than any other collection I’ve tried. Highly recommend

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    • The Walking Dude
    • 05/12/2019

    HPLHS knocks it out of the park

    There are several other Lovecraft anthologies on Audible, and, to put it politely, they aren’t very good. But then along came The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and all of that changed. The guys are excellent readers, and they really “get” Lovecraft in a way that only true fans do. If you’ve tried out the other anthologies, and been disappointed, then look no further. This is the one that you want. And because it’s got all of his fiction it’s also the only one that you’re ever going to need. As an added bonus listening is guaranteed to stave off shoggoths, mi-go and numerous other eldritch horrors.

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    • SDWATTERS
    • 01/08/2019

    Best readings of all Lovecrafts stories!

    This has been the best audiobook purchase ever. Amazing performances and dedication to Lovecrafts stories.

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    • Zachary Stroup
    • 05/07/2019

    Best Collection Yet!

    What a well put together collection! You can tell the narrators are fans of Lovecraft, and have done this as a labor of love. Well done.

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    • MGarcia
    • 11/08/2019

    On a scale 1 to 5, this is a 10!

    I purchased this audio book and I was not the least bit disappointed. The tales are reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe with its dark, Gothic prose and fantastic descriptions. The first person narratives pulled you into the story.

    However, it's the hard, skillful work of Andrew Leman and Sean Branney that brought the audio book to vivid life. I wish these two readers could read for every audio book. They're not just reading; they are acting the part of the narrator and take great pains to make pronunciation of foreign words sound fluid and natural.

    This audio book is by far the best I've listened to and has, unfortunately, spoiled me. I now look for audio books with readers beyond passable instead of books that I prefer.

    This audio book was worth every single penny and I can't recommend it enough.

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    • Kevin Potter
    • 28/12/2019

    My, my, my, what a collection!

    Here we have a mammoth of a collection that runs the whole gamut from fragmentary character studies to psychological terror, to shock horror, to science horror, to good old supernatural horror, and, of course, the thing that made Lovecraft famous, the complete cycle of cosmic horror that became known as the Cthulhu Mythos (which I've been shocked to discover is meant to be pronounced somewhere along the lines of Klul-hoo).

    As such, some stories appealed to me while others did not. But on the whole, this collection is absolutely phenomenal!

    About the audiobook narrators.
    Across the board, Andrew Leman and Sean Branney both give fantastic performances. There's not a lot of difference in their capabilities and styles, so the collection flowed seamlessly.

    Both narrators have an impressive array of voices that are distinct and well crafted. Both are extremely skilled with vocal inflections, using tones that match the text perfectly. And these two might have the tightest control of reading tempo I've ever heard. Every sentence is read at a pace that makes it obvious exactly how much tension is in the scene.

    On a side note, at the end of the audiobook is a track about 8 minutes long of the narrators' outtakes and general exclamations of frustration, sometimes with themselves, sometimes with the text itself. I felt like this was a fantastic way to end this audiobook. It offers a glimpse into the recording process as well as humanizing the narrators and giving me just a bit more appreciation for the tremendous task that is recording a book of this magnitude.

    With a collection this big, I could write a full novel just summarizing the plots of each story. So instead, here are my general impressions.

    It quickly becomes apparent that these stories were written a very long time ago. There is a great deal of summarizing and telling of details after the fact. Yet, as testament to Lovecraft's skill, he still manages to make the stories compelling and not a little terrifying.

    Not in the visceral way that most modern audiences think of horror, but in the subtleties that lie between the lines. There is every bit as much left unsaid as there is said, and in a world where everyone seems to just want to see the monster and its carnage, these stories are a refreshing change of pace and scenery.

    It's also immediately apparent that Lovecraft had an incredible vocabulary and a near-encyclopedic knowledge of an impressive number of subjects.

    Equally apparent is Lovecraft's love of both the craft of writing and language itself. It's very clear that (within the framework of the grammar and conventions of the time) he put immense thought and care into crafting beautiful sentences with a cadence as pleasing to the ear as it is entertaining to the mind.

    As has been pointed out (many times, I'm certain), much of Lovecraft's work tends to ignore the character on the personal level and focus on the overarching plot, especially in the Cthulhu Mythos stories.

    While this is contrary to what modern readers will likely have experienced, in Lovecraft's style it actually works surprisingly well.

    Although at times I felt like the POV jumped about a little too much or was focused on the wrong (ie: not the most compelling) character, in the end Lovecraft always brings the tale to a close that signifies exactly why those story choices were made and in many cases presents that it couldn't have worked in any other way.

    There aren't a lot of stories here that directly interrelate, though there are a few.

    The stories featuring Randolph Carter were excellent, and I loved the contiguous quality of them. I do however, wish the collection had been organized so they were placed back-to-back.

    My favorites, though, were two of the longer (short novel length) pieces. At The Mountains of Madness and The Shadow Out of Time.

    Although these two do not at first appear to be directly related, later in each it becomes clear that there's a direct correlation between them that completely reframes some of the details from ATMOM and I absolutely love it!

    There's so much history here, both about the "Great Old Ones" (a bit of a misnomer, really) and the race that came before. The original inhabitants of Earth that were displaced by Cthulhu and his ilk.

    There's honestly so much more complexity to the Mythos than I ever expected and I love it so much! I can't wait to take a deeper dive into what other writers have added to the Mythos over the years.

    In short, if you're into literary horror, read this book.
    If you're into supernatural horror, read this book.
    If you live for the Cthulhu Mythos, definitely read this book.
    And even if you prefer horror of the psychological variety, you should read this book.

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    • Robert
    • 19/06/2019

    FIXED!

    I spoke a nice gentleman via email from the HPLHS and he told me that the unlabeled chapters issue was brought to Amazon’s attention several months ago. Amazon was slow to fix it, but it HAS been fixed. Ironically, the chapter names were added on exact same day I spoke to the HPLHS.
    Anyway, stellar collection of stories and it is now very easy to navigate. Highly recommended!

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    • Georg Fischer
    • 02/08/2020

    exhausting to listen to

    The speaker's exhasperated tone throughout the book is almost unbearable to listen to after a while. It's a bit like listening to an exited sports commentator. I can't finish this audio book

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    • ron
    • 17/03/2020

    Ein Schmankerl

    Das ist definitiv mein Lieblings-Hörbuch.
    Zum ersten mal in der Menschheitsgeschichte gibt es hier Lovecraft-Fans, die sein Werk kongenial vorlesen und interpretieren können.
    Sehr schnittig.

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    • Oncle Iroh
    • 11/02/2020

    a classic raked dish served best

    the readers do their job well, and one can hear their enthusiasm they have as part of the HP Lovecraft Society ;)

    HP Lovecraft is somewhat different: he is a classic, as one of the predecessor of horror and SF we have to thank him for these genres. his Cthuluh mythos itself founded a "new whole world" for other authors...

    his stories are full of crazy, spooky concepts and characters that merit to be mentioned.

    however he is too a stout racist, and together with his "gothic, byzantine, old fashioned" and therefore intense writing style and his evenly intense repetitive phrases make reading his stories indeed a nice bit of eye souring work. like a "real classic" ;) his work is somehow becoming an anachronism: it's obsolete to read all this xenophobic undertones and lengthy description of yet an other old city when the legacy of Cthulu lives on ;)...

    that's why an audio book is even better to indulge the stories ;)

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 14/10/2019

    A masterpiece

    There is not much to say ...
    The stories as well as it's deliverence are masterpieces!

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    • Georg Moser
    • 10/05/2020

    Ecellent collection of H.P. Lovecraft's work

    This is a beautliful collection of of H.P. Lovecraft's work. Very well read by both Andrew Leman and Sean Branney.
    Meaningful chapter titles are provided!
    Big thumbs up!

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    • Danny
    • 17/03/2021

    Perfect fiction collection from beginning to end

    Wow, I finished the entire collection, what a masterpiece from the author as well as from the readers. So much entertainment for ao little price. Unreal!!! Thank you so much for what you did, you are really heros!!!!

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    • J. Knigge
    • 29/09/2019

    Dark visions and disgusting racism

    I knew of HP Lovecrafts Xenophobia when I started listening to this audiobook. So I was prepared for his remarks on evil "negroes" and their "degeneration" or the " refinery" of white officers. It was even amusing to hear his hatred and disgust against Portuguese or Italians, as these European people are no longer regarded with the contempt Lovecraft implies. But "The Horror at Red Hook" was more than I could take. All the poor of this district, whether black, arab, kurd or italian are depicted as devil worshipers sacrificing blue eyed blond "scandinavian" children.

    I was relieved to find that TSJoshi has already pointed this out publicly. But this is so hateful I think you should do so in context with the story itself.

    This being said I admire the artistic value of the audiobook. HPL's fiction is darkly fascinating, though strangely detached at the same time. His stories are mostly in retrospect, which sometimes reduces the thrill. Nonetheless there are stories that thrilled me.

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