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  • Autor: Peter Clines
  • Sprecher: Ray Porter
  • Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 34 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Interesting Take on Lovecraftian Mystery

  • Von Amazon Kunde Am hilfreichsten 14.01.2019

An Interesting Take on Lovecraftian Mystery

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
4 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 14.01.2019

At the core of 14 lies a great idea. I won't spoil the fun by revealing the mystery. Around its ingenious framework the execution is mostly well done, but sometimes feels a bit flat. The characters are a little too innocent, and a bit too witty in their banter. However, I personally did not find the witticisms so jarring that they failed their job of lightening the mood and increasing my investment in the characters. I would recommend this to any fans of the lovecraftian horror/mystery structure of a "big reveal" tale.

As for the reading; Ray Porter does a very solid job of narrating Clines' story and giving each character a unique voice. My only complaints are that he overdid with the accent of a female protagonist and sometimes, the most random times, sounded like he "zoned out" for a few seconds and was listing words, rather than reading a story. However, these are minor complaints, and I prefer his slightly inconsistant, yet dynamic style to the grim monotone of some horror recordings.

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  • Autor: Stephen King
  • Sprecher: Steven Weber
  • Spieldauer: 44 Std. und 55 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Sprecher
    5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Geschichte
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. The reading is good.

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A well told Tale, but not what I expected

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 28.01.2018

It, like many books, are better if you go in not having unrealistic expectations. My friends and family have been telling me for years about how terrifying this novel is. Personally, I now question what is wrong with them. The book feels more like a reflection on growing up and how childhood experiences affect us, and just happens to feature a being of immense cosmic horror. I very much enjoyed hearing about the lives of the protagonists, but I was not once scared. It felt, to me, like there was no danger to any character the readers are invested in, and that honestly disappointed me a bit.

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  • Lovecraft's Monsters

  • Autor: Neil Gaiman, Ellen Datlow (Editor)
  • Sprecher: Bernard Clark
  • Spieldauer: 15 Std. und 12 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Geschichte
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Prepare to meet the wicked progeny of the master of modern horror. In Lovecraft's Monsters, H. P. Lovecraft's most famous creations--Cthulhu, Shoggoths, Deep Ones, Elder Things, Yog-Sothoth, and more--appear in all their terrifying glory. Each story is a gripping new take on a classic Lovecraftian creature. Contributors include such literary luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Karl Edward Wagner, Elizabeth Bear, and Nick Mamatas.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Few Monsters and fewer still Lovecraftian

  • Von Amazon Kunde Am hilfreichsten 25.11.2017

Few Monsters and fewer still Lovecraftian

Gesamt
2 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
2 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 25.11.2017

It pains me to say it, because I wanted to love this collection, but it's at best a mixed bag and at worst a dung heap with a few polished quartzes that look like diamonds compared to the rest.

Now, to be clear, I am not disparaging any of these stories based on the skill of the writers. All of these stories were well written and would have been enjoyable was lovecraft's mythos not shoe-horned into them.

When I purchase a collection of short stories titled "Lovecraft's Monsters", I expect it to contain new looks at the monsters of the most influential horror writer of the 20th century. Maybe some reinterpretations, maybe some exansion upon existing information.

What I do not expect, are stories that involve Frankenstein's creature journeying through the hollow of Earth's interior and achieving catharsis by seeing Moby Dick after destroying the civilisation of the Elder Things. I do not expect stories that portray the Elder Things as being what destroys humanity (and eventually the Universe, apparently? Which completely spits in the face of Lovecraft's Mythos as a whole, and even the characterization of just the Elder Things, but that's a can of worms I don't even want to open yet). These stories were not a welcome change, nor are they what the title would have lead me to believe.

While it may just be personal preference, I do not think that any sort of continuation of existing tales by other authors should go against the spirit of the original work unless it is for a humoristic purpose, and if that is the case, the intention should be made clear. If I wrote and illustrated a children's book about Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat losing a battle with crippling depression and committing suicide, people would be upset and wouldn't understand the point. If I advertised a Middle-Earth themed work of gay erotica as a spiritual successor to The Lord of the Rings, people would be upset.

While I know that lovecraftian fiction is a smaller niche and not as well known as Tolkein's fantasy or Seuss' books for children, I hope that this hyperbolic comparison explains my distaste for this collection.

I do not appreciate the humor of a Deep One falling in love with a Ghoul. I don't see how throwing in Elder Things at the end of novella-length tale of Frankenstein's Creature living on after the events of Shelley's novel makes a story one about Lovecraft's Monsters. It annoys me when a tentacled thing harvesting the soul's of musicians that made a pact with the devil is apparently "lovecraftian" by the virtue of its appearance.

Most stories are neither in Lovecraft's style nor do they do his monsters justice. There are a few gems inbetween. "Children of the Fang" and "What we Speak of When We Speak of the Unspeakable" are really good. If only more of the longer stories were better.

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  • The Book of Cthulhu II

  • More Tales Inspired by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Autor: Ross E. Lockhart (editor)
  • Sprecher: Teresa DeBerry, Fleet Cooper
  • Spieldauer: 22 Std. und 5 Min.
  • Ungekürztes
  • Gesamt
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Sprecher
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Geschichte
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Last year, Night Shade Books unleashed The Book of Cthulhu onto an unsuspecting world. Critically acclaimed as the ultimate Cthulhu anthology” and a must read’ for fans of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos,” The Book of Cthulhu went where no collection of mythos tales had gone before: to the very edge of madness and beyond. For nearly a century, H. P. Lovecraft’s tales of malevolent Great Old Ones existing beyond the dimensions of this world, beyond the borders of sanity, have captured and held the imaginations of writers and aficionados of the dark, the macabre, the fantastic, and the horrible. Now, because you demanded more, anthologist Ross E. Lockhart has risked all to dive back into the Cthulhu canon, combing through mind-shattering manuscripts and moldering tomes to bring you The Book of Cthulhu 2, with even more tales of tentacles, terror, and madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag of Mythos Tales

  • Von Amazon Kunde Am hilfreichsten 01.11.2017

A Mixed Bag of Mythos Tales

Gesamt
4 out of 5 stars
Sprecher
5 out of 5 stars
Geschichte
4 out of 5 stars

Rezensiert am: 01.11.2017

For a fan if the works if H. P. Lovecraft, a warning should be given prior to any discussion of the contents of this anthology: not all if these stories contained within it are lovecraftian horror. Nor are they all even any sort of horror or even clearly related to the expanded Mythos Universe.

That being said, there are some brilliant works in here, some truly lovecraftian tales, and even those that do not do the Mythos justice are still well written. While I did not enjoy those tales that felt like they didn't fit the spirit of Lovecraft, they did present an interesting new take on the mythos. Ergo, I would still reccommend this collection.

For myself, the most egregious example of a story going against what is 'lovecraftian' was "The Nyarlathotep Event". While I found the tale entertaining in a manner reminiscent of the macabre nihilistic humor also found in works like "John Dies at the End" and "The Laundry Files", it's about humans killing Nyarlathotep. At no point in a story should any one human merely be able to off a Great Old One. It cheapens the gods of the mythos far too much to let them die so easily.

However, stories like "Once more from the Top" and "The Black Brat of Dunwhich" carry this collection and make it well worth the price of admission. I don't want to spoil either tale, but they both expand upon the after-shocks of some of Lovecraft's grander tales and do an excellent job of it.

There were many more stories of good quality and varying degrees of lovecraftian influence beyond the few I mentioned, and I wholeheartedly advise any fan of the Mythos to form their own opinion of this collection.

in conclusion, the performance of this piece should be adressed, as a good performance is imperative to the enjoyment of any audiobook. Luckily, the performance here is very good. Both narrators speak clearly in very even tones that are easy on the ears without being tiring. It is always apparent which character is speaking. My only complaint was that within one or two stories narrated by Ms. DeBerry she did not pause for quite long enough to indicate the sudden change in setting the story threw at the listener, although this is probably more due to the eclectic writing style than unconventional or incorrect reading.

If lovecraftian tales appeal to you, this is certainly a collection to listen to.

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