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At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition] Audiobook
At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]
Written by: 
H. P. Lovecraft
Narrated by: 
Edward Herrmann
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At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition] Audiobook

At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Calliope 03-19-14
    Calliope 03-19-14
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    "Curious about Lovecraft, but left uninspired"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas J. Cutler 01-25-15
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    M. Riley omaha, ne 09-30-14
    M. Riley omaha, ne 09-30-14 Member Since 2013

    wishful thinker

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    "Too Incredible to Be Believable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Edward Herrmann’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. The performance was great.


    Did At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition] inspire you to do anything?

    Go outside.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 06-30-16
    Deborah 06-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "First time Lovecraft reader."

    Struggled to finish this. For all the rave about H.P. Lovecraft I expected more. The was pretty dry. This is probably concidered blasphemy by Lovecraft fans. Maybe I'll try another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David S. Mathew 06-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Essential Lovecraft"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Miller 05-31-16
    Ben Miller 05-31-16
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    "A fantastic reading of a fantastic story. A+"

    Edward Herrmann's voice and narration lend a chilling and haunting air to an already frightening story. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Troy SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-28-16
    Troy SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, United States 05-28-16

    Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.

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    "Awesome Flight of Fancy, Weak Story"
    What made the experience of listening to At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition] the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    John Carpenter's The Thing is actually, in many ways, the movie this book would be. And it's awesome. So watch that.


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    Amazon Customer 05-23-16
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    "An all time classic"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zach Titze 05-23-16
    Zach Titze 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A bit slow"

    I found this book good but a little slow. Edward Herrmann does an excellent job of reading like a college professor telling his own personal story.

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    Angel A Avila 05-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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