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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Ever since listening to the terrific novel "14" by Peter Clines, I've been curious about Lovecraft's work. I'd certainly heard of him and knew that his books had created a sort of mythos among fans, but I still didn't really know what to expect. He is characterized as a horror writer and there's no doubt his imagination is incredibly fantastical, but horror is a really personal thing -- what is horrific to one (person, or generation) might not be horrific to another. To me, this novella (and I suspect his other work) is not horror, even though it is interesting science fantasy, and I prefer science fiction to science fantasy. Many sources (and I looked up this title before buying it) say At The Mountains of Madness this is not a typical Lovecraft work, but my curiosity is sated. Science fantasy - and Lovecraft - just aren't for me, but it was good for what it was. Very good narration from Edward Hermann too.
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.
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.
This is the only novel Lovecraft ever wrote and while a short read it's also a great one. Knowledge of the Lovecraft mythos isn't required, but for newcomers I would still recommend reading a few of his short stories first, specifically Call of Cthulhu. Also, the narration is spot on. Download it now!
Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.
I've read all of HPL, including his essays but excluding the letters. He is definitely hit and miss. This is one of his most well-known books because in it, he delineates a major portion of his "Mythos" (the extended pantheon of deities and fantastic creatures that inhabit his stories). I enjoyed that part of it, as well as the dramatic reveal at the camp. (I'm being vague to avoid spoilers.) Ultimately, it's not a great story. It has pacing problems and a large portion of it is explication. Lovecraft never did subscribe to the "show don't tell" school of writing! :) But overall it's a pretty gripping listen.
He is a fantastic reader, never stumbling over Lovecraft's invented words and really selling a story that isn't always delivering on all cylinders.
John Carpenter's The Thing is actually, in many ways, the movie this book would be. And it's awesome. So watch that.
Even though it has been 80 years, this Lovecraft work has defied time and is still an excellent read. Colorful, vibrant, masterful vocabulary descriptions and wording make for a real treat for those looking to enter the unknown, nightmarish visions of H. P. Lovecraft.
The story picks up after the first few chapters and is worth your time if you enjoy suspense, mystery, and mysticism of unknown things that should not be (but very well could be). One of the best!
Great listen. Very engaging. I looked forward to any opportunity to press play. The use of language is rich and kept by brain focused as many of the words are used in ways I have simply forgotten they could be used. Loved it.
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