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.
Public Domain (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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.
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!!!
H P Lovecraft can't go back and rewrite this book.
So many Lovecraft fans talk about how he establishes a sense of dread and foreboding, but he talks about it, rather than establishes it. Instead of building tension with situation and action, he writes "I had a sense of dread." or "The intense foreboding that I felt increased my sense of dread." As a result, he's TELLING you what to feel (or what his character feels) rather than MAKING, or enticing, you feel it.
Mr. Herrmann is a good narrator, but even his voice and drama could not make this an exciting story. The main character is not memorable.
I had read some of Lovecraft when I was a teen, but could not relate to it, and so put it down. Much later in my life (now), I decided to pick him up again, in case my callow youth misled me to a lack of interest. No, it was just as boring. Shrug.
I can see how a Lovecraft fan would like this, or other of his stories. If you are looking for a gripping experience, however, I would go elsewhere.
Unafraid to read from any genre.
Those fans of John Carpenter's The Thing will recognize the motifs Lovecraft uses in his description of an antarctic expedition that discovers the remnants of something they never expected. The entire story is delivered as a first person narrative almost entirely devoid of dialogue from the perspective of one of the expedition's leaders, William Dyer. It reminded me of my reading of Time Machine and War of the Worlds, for both the style of the narrative with its abundant description as well as the incredible imagination of the author. It's easy to lose oneself in the dense prose - not since Poe have eerie terrors been offered with such stilted romantic language. I admire the mind at work here, the creative genius, but the utter devotion to this style leaves a cold impression.
I can see readers getting bogged down in At the Mountains of Madness, which is why Edward Herrmann's wonderful reading is so special. His contribution lifts this story and makes it even better.
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!
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.
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