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Gothic horror is one of the oldest of the horror genres; darker, edgier, and on the romanticist end of romanticism. In addition to being important to the horror genre, the first sci-fi, fantasy, romance, mystery, and adventure authors drew inspiration from Gothic horror, so it's sometimes considered the parent of all modern genre fiction.

Contents:

  • Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
  • Bram Stoker: Dracula, The Judge's House
  • Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Edgar Allan Poe: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Cask of Amontillado, The Masque of the Red Death, The Black Cat, The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Washington Irving: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Sheridan Le Fanu: Carmilla
  • Henry James: The Turn of the Screw
  • Arthur Machen: The Great God Pan
  • Nikolai Gogol: The Viy
Public Domain (P)2021 Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing

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  • Lunah
  • 05-20-22

Flawed perfection

Great, classic stories, that are only marred by a seemingly disinterested crew. There's no apparent reasoning behind the composition of the stories. There are different readers, varied in quality, as the reads are taken from other productions, not made for this. Some could do with a great deal of editing, as they haven't cut the parts where the readers make mistakes and start over, or cough, or have a drink of water, or one time even doze of for a second.

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  • Kate H
  • 08-11-22

You get what you pay for...

This review is currently limited to the reading of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; I am sure there are some shockingly worse readings to come, and I look forward to them with a perverse kind of relish.

First off, be aware that the chapters are not titled. There is no tag that tells you which story is which, and when one story ends and another begins. I skipped through to Dr Jekyll by the fact that I've already read Dracula and Frankenstein and recognised them, and then skipped cautiously through the chapter titles of Dorian Gray until I found the ending. I've realised now that the best way to tell is to look at the chapter lengths - each story has a 5-10 second 'the end' "chapter", and then a 5-10 second book title "chapter", so skip through those until you find the one you want to hear.

The dude reading Dr Jekyll does so hilariously badly (I'm sorry my dude, but you sound like you don't want to be doing what you're doing, and while I respect that, oh my god). I struggled to actually listen to the story at all in the first chapter and rewound passages repeatedly because I just couldn't get over the way it was being read. If it were not for the fact that the sentence endings mostly have a normal cadence, I'd have thought it was an AI reading, simply because of how disjointedly some words and sentences would be read out.

There wouldn't be a pause after sections. Instead the narration would doggedly continue, once again taking the meaning and teeth out of the text. A key moment, where I dutifully rewound and deliberately paused myself, was at the point where the good lawyer has finally met Mr Hyde for the first time, and as he returns home is fretting for his friend, Dr Jekyll. After this the scene switches, and the run-on narration made it confusing. Sometimes the first sentence of a chapter would be read as the chapter title, an interesting choice. Or maybe there were chapter titles? I have no clue? I only noticed a chapter title once, and it sounded an awful lot like the first sentence of the chapter. Edit: there are chapter titles, and I am indeed just reading the short story off of Project Gutenberg now because it makes much more sense that way.

To the reader's credit, some attempt was made to respect the tone of the characters speaking - the reader would allow some inflection of emotion to emerge in his voice to reflect the speech tags, if half-heartedly. Dialogue that would be 'called' had a little more energy than the rest. I've listened to only two hours so far, and there isn't (yet) any odd interruptions, water drinking, naps etc that the other reviewer mentioned - I can't wait to find those. There was one, very awkward and toneless sentence correction spliced in that enters the narration like a Hyde-esque doppleganger of the reader with its own unique ambience, but only the one so far.

I kept hoping that the more the reader read, the more he'd actually get into the story himself and relax into the reading of it, and maybe? Maybe that happened? Or maybe I was able to break into the story myself enough that I was able to ignore how it was being read?

Wish me luck on the rest of the works in here; I am sure I will review again.

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