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The Horror at Red Hook

Lu par : Jim Donaldson
Durée : 1 h et 11 min

Prix : 0,66 €

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Lovecraft’s gothic horror masterpiece. During an investigation in Red Hook, Detective Thomas F. Malone, and discovers horrors that he never imagined. A horror classic.

Public Domain (P)2013 Trout Lake Media

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  • Lee
  • 12/11/2013

Worth a listen, but not one of Lovecraft's best.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Horror at Red Hook to be better than the print version?

I feel for any narrator who has to read Lovecraft's wonderful but archaic prose. Jim Donaldson did a great job with it, though! I enjoyed his reading, and appreciated the addition of some musical touches and sound effects of moans and shrieks during dramatic moments. It really made listening to the story a better experience than reading it would have been. I will be looking for other horror works done by Mr. Donaldson.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

From what I've read, this was one of Lovecraft's early works, and I think that shows. The story seemed to go on longer than needed. I thought that HPL's xenophobia was showcased more than usual in this tale, which was off-putting.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are some good creepy scenes in the story, which I enjoyed.

Any additional comments?

After the end of the story, there is a short piece giving some background on Lovecraft and his influence on modern-day writers. I thought this was nicely done and appreciate the effort to show the significance of HPL's works.

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  • Daryl
  • 09/03/2013

Just a Bit of a Warning

I had no idea when I bought this that some genius had made the decision to add a background sound every few minutes to the narration. I could just picture some college kid they had paid in burritos in the sound booth, pressing various sound effect buttons and high fiving himself for his totally righteous editing skills.

But still! It's cheap and you could do worse.

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  • Motley Shopper
  • 01/04/2016

Too noisy

The story is alright, but I couldn't finish as there was too much background noise/sound effects/music overpowering the narrator's voice.

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  • A person
  • 20/02/2018

Felt like watching TV commercials

The story isn't that bad, since it was written almost 100 years ago and kick started the modern horror genre. What really killed it were the sound effects that drowned out the words and the reading of the credits between each chapter. Audible should really be able to equalize the audio for the listener, instead of having us turn the volume up for the story and down for the sound effects and "commercial breaks". In the end, it felt like watching TV with way too many/loud commercials

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08/09/2017

Decent Recording

The sound effects added to the story, but were sometimes louder than the narrator. Otherwise, a good story, well read.

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  • Lori J S
  • 04/07/2017

Not great.

I actually listened twice. It just didn't stick. I tried to concentrate on the story. Just wouldn't grab me at any point in time. Therefore I can neither agree it's a horror story nor can I recommend it.

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  • LeesusFreak
  • 27/10/2017

Way overproduced, get ready for some noise

Far too much overuse of background noise, what could setup scenes if done in moderation is instead flooded with such loud stock sound effects as it floods out the narration, virtually ruining the tale.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08/05/2017

Immersive story and performance

A new favorite in the horror genre.

The narrator's voice perfectly matches the books story and creates an atmosphere of authenticity.

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  • Admiralu
  • 26/02/2018

Old School Horror

A great police procedural that discovers a horror beyond their imagination. This is a dated story with a fear of xenophobia noted, since the late author noted this in his writing. Great production and the narration is superb. The essay about the author’s life at the end was great as well.

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  • Alane Gale
  • 24/02/2018

An interesting way to spend an hour

In the past, I have seen & read biographical information on H.P. Lovecraft. His life was that of a loner and sheltered in many ways. He appeared to have some serious issues about those of different races & a definite distrust of those who were not Caucasian. I find this story to be interesting, but Mr. Lovecraft uses so many words ( was he perhaps paid by the word by the fanzines?). I can see how he was an inspiration to many of the writers in the genre that came after. This audio book had a good narrator, but I found the sound effects to be distracting. That was also a criticism of a friend who has medium hearing difficulties as well. All in all, the story if rewritten by Stephen King, Clive Barker or Neil Gaimon would definitely leave me wanting more. If one loves tales of the "Old Gods" with ancient rituals plus a close knowledge of Brooklyn past & present, this may be just the story for you.

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