A master of terror and nightmarish visions, H.P. Lovecraft solidified his place at the top of the horror genre with this macabre supernatural tale.
When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.
Deliberately told and increasingly chilling, At the Mountains of Madness is a must-have for every fan of classic terror.
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No, the premise of the book is so outlandish the horror aspect isn't effective. It's basically a bunch of lead up and the big reveal is 'Surprise! There's this giant, giant thing full of (basically) aliens!" The characters may be horrified but I was just trying not to roll my eyes.
I'd like to buckle down and finally listen to IQ84, but it might end up being the second Game of Thrones book, since that's more tempting at the moment.
I have not. The performance was great.
I got this audiobook because I'm fascinated by Antarctica and am actually planning a trip there. I've read a few traveler's tales about it, and thought this might be similar. I think it's obvious the location was chosen simply as an unknown black continent on which to throw nonsense. I love science fiction, but the science needs to be sound for it to work.
I honestly enjoyed this book because its a lot of geology. the story takes a long Time to get going but its very detailed. I can see where Aliens, The Thing, and Alien vs Predator got their inspiration!
A fantastic reading of a great example of Lovecraft's work. Edward Herrman was exceptional. I look forward to listening to other works he may have recorded before he passed.
Hellish nightmarish setting. The thing hell is made of. It was great. What is real, what is not and what or who did the old ones fear. Those Soggoths and all the other creations though they're never seen completely, you get an idea by the brief flashes he describes and from what his companion told him, that they are enormous and monstrous. Madness, horror, everywhere!
Opaquely written and very redundant. Uses the word "decadent" countless times and describes mountains way too much. Was initially intrigued but lost that after a time. Was really a one-hour story crammed into four! Edward Hermann was wonderful as always.
This was my first introduction to Lovecraft. I got the book because I'd heard that a movie was in the works based on it, and from what I read it sounded like something I'd like.
Turns out, it WAS something I liked!
For some reason, I was expecting a lot of gore and outright horror. I think I was also expecting some supernatural elements -- demons and the like. Instead, this book reminded me far more of some great sci-fi classics like Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama, Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Conan Doyle's The Lost World. I absolutely loved it, and can't wait for the movie now. I plan to get some other stuff by Lovecraft now that I have a better idea what he's about.
Awesome performance. Perfect Lovecraft. The narrator did a truly awesome job with this one. a solid piece of the early sci-fi genre.
This was my first Lovecraft book and while it took my by surprise, it was mostly a good surprise. Both the narration and the writing made this story feel "real" from beginning to end, as though it really could have come out of someone's old journal - despite the fantastic nature of the later half of the story. So much detail and thought clearly went into building the back story to describe what is found within the mountains- waaay more than I was expecting! I can feel that I am only on the cusp of the Lovecraft world.
It made me excited to read more Lovecraft books and have a clearer view of the world and history he has created.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
Listening to this audiobook was gave me a good exposure to a historical literary piece of science fiction. I like prose and narratives, but this was just too much for me. It just went on and on and I grew weary. Determined to listen to all audiobooks that I start, I did stick it out. So to answer the question, it was time well spent only because it was an act of discipline.
The ending was as dry as the rest of the book, so again, I am just glad it is over.
Herrmann's performance made a dull book bearable for me. He has a nice voice.
No, not unless Tom Cruise starred in it.
Again, I am glad it is OVER! Yeah for me!!!
I'm a web developer based out of Sacramento, I listen to books while I work, and love audible.
I've come to the conclusion that H.P. Lovecraft, is just not my thing. Second story I've read by him and I was not into either one.
"Classic horror by the master!"
This is the longest of lovecrafts stories and the best example of how his tales build tension, and the atmospheric horror he was famous for. Told in a first person perspective, at the mountains of madness recounts a failed expedition to the vast unexplored lanscapes of Antartica. Shortly after arriving at their campsite, one of the group sets out on a solo trip in one of the planes. He sends word to the rest of the party that he has made several amazing discoveries, discoveries that defy belief. He relays several updates back to excited camp and informs them of large fossils which he has managed to make ready for the return flight, but which seem to set the huskies on edge.
Soon after the contact stops, leaving the party no choice but to set out on a rescue mission. As the two man rescue party finally spot the landing site of their missing member and land the plane, they are met with a scene of disturbing signs.
From this point on, Lovecraft builds the terror expertly but never shows the creature or presence that is overshadowing every step the explorers take. The setting of Antarctica is used as one of the characters in this tale to great effect. Lovecraft uses the isolation as a sharpening stone to the growing paranoia of the explorers.
This is a master of atmospheric horror at his best!
"An Excellent Introduction! Madness Indeed!"
I am not sure if I can honestly answer the question having listened to many audiobooks, almost none of which were horror. Despite the only exception being the Audible edition of the Dracula novel I believe this is one of the best in my collection. Brilliant world-building and nightmareish atmosphere turn this story into one of exquisite terror I could hardly put down!
I will try my best not to spoil any major story elements for new listeners as I was but I will say that my favourite part would be during the major storm and immediately afterwards. And also...the chants at the end. Horror itself.
The performance I originally found somewhat unusual due to the fact that it sounded much like a classical radio broadcast. However given the age of the original source material it fits. I particularly enjoyed the sense of overcoming dread that the quiet gentle nature of the narration gave the performance. There were moments where - 80 plus years on - I could sense the abject fear on the page and in the character's minds as well as the scientific curiosity. Bravo Mr Herrmann.
Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes! I highly recommend this book. Buy it as soon as you can.
"Boring. Reads like a world-building summary..."
This is the first H.P. Lovecraft I've listened to and it will be the last. In fact, as soon as I'm finished this review, I'm going to take advantage of audible's lovely refund policy.
This came across like an author's world-building notes rather than a story. It focused almost entirely on detailed descriptions (down to minute level, which often made it feel like a science textbook), lacked any sort of character building (no character interaction or insights, zero dialogue), and relied on the protagonist's occasional declaration of feeling (e.g. 'it was terrifying') to establish any sort of atmosphere and even then it was minimal. I found it terribly dull.
The narration was without fault; unfortunately it couldn't save the book.
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