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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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    G. Parish 01-15-15
    G. Parish 01-15-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "H. P. Lovecraft done right"

    Awesome performance. Perfect Lovecraft. The narrator did a truly awesome job with this one. a solid piece of the early sci-fi genre.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Carlos Xavier Guayaquil, Ecuador 09-25-16
    Carlos Xavier Guayaquil, Ecuador 09-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Old style"

    As an avid sci/fy, fantasy and horror reader... I was completely bored by H.P. lovecraft style... I chose this book because of the fame and recommendations but I was very disappointed... If I can get a refund I will be very glad.

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    Coach of Alva Ardmore, OK, United States 09-15-16
    Coach of Alva Ardmore, OK, United States 09-15-16 Member Since 2014
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    "H. P. Lovecraft Read by Edward Herrmann"

    The late lamented Herrmann was famous for his portrayals of upper class types - including Franklin Roosevelt and Alger Hiss - people of the class poor Lovecraft imagined himself belonging to. His version of the professor / explorer who discovers more than he wants to on an expedition to Antarctica is a perfect fit for this story.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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    Troy 05-28-16
    Troy 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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