Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff audiobook

Lovecraft Country

By Matt Ruff
Read by Kevin Kenerly

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780062292063
12.23 Hours Unabridged
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Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy. Chicago, 1954. When his father, Montrose, goes missing, twenty-two-year-old army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend, Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’ ancestors—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours. At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his clan’s destruction. A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel

Finalist for the GoodReads Readers’ Choice of Best Horror 

A Gizmodo Pick of Immersive Audiobooks That Will Transport You to Another World

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice for Satire

A Seattle Times Best Book of 2016 

A Pop Sugar Pick of Books to Read before They Become Hit TV Shows

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2016

A Tor.com Reviewers' Choice

A Library Journal Editor’s Pick for What We're Reading

Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

Chicago, 1954. When his father, Montrose, goes missing, twenty-two-year-old army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his uncle George—publisher of The Safe Negro Travel Guide—and his childhood friend, Letitia. On their journey to the manor of Mr. Braithwhite—heir to the estate that owned one of Atticus’ ancestors—they encounter both mundane terrors of white America and malevolent spirits that seem straight out of the weird tales George devours.

At the manor, Atticus discovers his father in chains, held prisoner by a secret cabal named the Order of the Ancient Dawn—led by Samuel Braithwhite and his son Caleb—which has gathered to orchestrate a ritual that shockingly centers on Atticus. And his one hope of salvation may be the seed of his clan’s destruction.

A chimerical blend of magic, power, hope, and freedom that stretches across time, touching diverse members of two black families, Lovecraft Country is a devastating kaleidoscopic portrait of racism—the terrifying specter that continues to haunt us today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A brilliantly conceived story brilliantly executed.” Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author
“[Pits] mid-twentieth-­century horror and sci-fi clichés against the banal and ever-present bigotry of the era. And at every turn, it is the bigotry that hums with the greater evil.” New York Times Book Review
“Narrator Kevin Kenerly gives a strong voice to two extended black families who are victimized by racism…Kenerly gives a nuanced performance, smoothly shifting between characters such as the naïve teen comic-book artist Horace to the jaded Montrose. Thanks to Kenerly, this production is a chilling examination of racism, both overt and subtle.” AudioFile
“Bound to appeal to any reader who wants to delve into the strangeness of our land’s racial legacy.” Seattle Times
“Once Ruff took me there, I would’ve followed him anywhere in Lovecraft Country.” Seattle Review of Books
“Ruff shows with great cleverness how it’s possible for a group of victims to appropriate the very methods used to victimize them, master those methods, and bend them to serve their own purposes.” Locus
“Ruff’s characterizations are varied and rich, helping the terror-trope tour feel like far more than pastiche, and once you’ve read it you’ll be that much more excited to see folks like Atticus Black and Letitia Dandridge come to life.” Wired
“Nonstop adventure that includes time-shifting, shape-shifting, and Lovecraft-like horrors…Ruff, a cult favorite for his mind-bending fiction, vividly portrays racism as a horror worse thananything conceived by Lovecraft in this provocative, chimerical novel” Booklist (starred review)
“Ruff has an impressive grasp of classic horror themes, but the most unsettling aspects of his novel are the everyday experiences of bigotry that intensify the Turners’ encounters with the supernatural.” Publishers Weekly
“Ruff has written a horror novel that sparks the imagination while also igniting the reader’s empathy.” Library Journal
“This novel’s namesake, who held vicious white supremacist opinions, must be doing triple axels in his grave at the way his imagination has been so impudently shaken and stirred.” Kirkus Reviews
“Wonderful from page one…Matt Ruff is one of the gentlest, wildest writers of fantastic fiction.” John Crowley, author of Little, Big

Reviews

Reviews

by Michael 4/22/2019
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Solid Book

This books turned out to be pretty good. It is sort of an anthology, but it uses the same characters with interconnected stories. One or two of the interconnected stories weren't so interesting to me, but the last one tied it up all together for an enjoyable read.
by Thylacine 9/13/2017
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Solid premise, good characters

Good premise, told from the point of view of African American extended family members who become the object of attention of powerful racist cult members with occult powers. It's told in vignette's from different characters perspectives, so it feels a little disjointed. Still a novel and enjoyable story, and well by the narrator.
by Albert Gale 9/13/2017
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Fantastic and Intriguing Story

Great story telling by Ruff and Kenerly in this one. The author spins his tale via different viewpoints of the various family members involved. I have no doubt that anyone listening to this will not be bored with anything they hear.

Author

Author Bio: Matt Ruff

Author Bio: Matt Ruff

Matt Ruff is the author of The Mirage, Bad Monkeys, Set This House in Order, Fool on the Hill, and Sewer, Gas & Electric, among others. His Lovecraft Country was a finalist for the 2017 World Fantasy Award.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 12.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English