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At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition] | [H. P. Lovecraft]

At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. 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.
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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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    James Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-03-14
    James Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-03-14 Member Since 2002

    Satisfied Audible listener since 2002. I mostly listen to Sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.

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    "Love it."

    Sure it's dated in tech and writing style. It's a classic. Once you get past that it's great. I thought the narrators tone and pace were pitch perfect for the material. The writing is very descriptive which I see some reviewers did not like but I thought it painted a hauntingly scary story. Thus is my first taste of Lovecraft and it left me wanting more.

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    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 02-07-14
    Michael Oberhardt Home with my wife and cats 02-07-14
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    "Pretty Dry"

    As a horror fan, for a long time I've wondered what Lovecraft's work was like, having read about it, seen movies based on his work, but I'd never gotten around to reading one.

    I found the story interesting, but a very dry read. It was hard to visualize anything, it just seemed to drone on without a single line of dialog. I can't quite say what literary style is it. Sort of done as a first person semi-journal. I disagree with a prior reviewer saying that it was using the literary style of that period (the 1930's). I've read plenty of books from that era, and can't say I've read one as bland as this.

    Fortunately, it was only short. I'd not honestly buy another Lovecraft book after this though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BJG Ellicott City, MD United States 02-01-14
    BJG Ellicott City, MD United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2008

    Baltimore book lover

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    "Very over rated"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. The setting and events of this story are described very blandly. Not a lot of details at all.


    If you’ve listened to books by H. P. Lovecraft before, how does this one compare?

    The reader is very good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed when the main character was first examining his missing colleague's tent and belongings. It suggested some very interesting possibilities.


    Was At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition] worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    My main criticism is that so much time is spent telling the story of the ancient civilization and very little time describing what the main characters are seeing, experiencing or feeling. It's as if JK Rowling spent three chapters describing the history of Privet Drive but Hogwarts is just called a school. I wasn't scared for an instant.

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    KittyKatKris 01-25-14

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    "Major Snooze Fest!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I thought this book was incredibly boring and I have a hard time imagining who might enjoy it!


    Would you ever listen to anything by H. P. Lovecraft again?

    Doubtful! I might give something a try, but I certainly won't force myself to finish it, like I did with this book!


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    I thought the narrator did as good a job as it was possible to do, considering the dry, dull, plodding story line.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]?

    There were only a couple of paragraphs in the whole book that were in the least bit interesting. This could have been a short story written by a high school student if it had been cut down to those few paragraphs.


    Any additional comments?

    There was really no plot and no character development, just endless descriptions of the surroundings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14
    anne maniscalco san anselmo, ca United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The narrative and story almost put me to sleep"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The review said...this book is not for everyone. I wish I had listened to that advice.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Edward Herrmann’s performances?

    No. well written and creative when book was published I am sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JODY EFFORT, PA, United States 02-18-14
    JODY EFFORT, PA, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sooooooooo hard to get into"
    Would you try another book from H. P. Lovecraft and/or Edward Herrmann?

    I gave up on this book after listening to the first hour....TWICE. It's such dry, dull, technical listening I just couldn't get into it. I wanted to like it from it's description, but for me, its a dud.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tara Hebron, OH, United States 01-14-14
    Tara Hebron, OH, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Did not capture my interes"
    What was most disappointing about H. P. Lovecraft’s story?

    It was not exciting and took a very long time to get started. The narrators voice did not portray any excitement.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Edward Herrmann’s performances?

    possibly


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laela Chapel Hill, NC, United States 01-08-14
    Laela Chapel Hill, NC, United States 01-08-14
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    "This bored me to death"
    What disappointed you about At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]?

    This book seemed like it took a long time to get to anything thrilling. I stopped listening after 20 minutes.


    Has At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition] turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    6 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri 09-28-13
    Cheri 09-28-13
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    "Be warned"
    Would you try another book from H. P. Lovecraft and/or Edward Herrmann?

    Never


    Has At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition] turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Probably all HP Lovecraft books.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    This book is like listening to a drooning prof at collage giving a boring lecture.
    It is told by one person in a monotone voice.
    If you are looking for a good story pass this up. I could not care about any
    of the characters, no development at all.
    Why this is considered a great book in the horror genre is beyond me.
    There isn't any thing even remotely exciting in this book.

    9 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Dale 09-18-13
    Dale 09-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I wont make this mistake again"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I did not like this book. It is like reading a report. Clinical and boring. I did not check the publication date but something tells me this book is old because it reads like a b movie from the 70s. I feel like someone edited out all the interesting stuff. I need more details on what is happening. There is a story here but it's like the writer got board and glossed over stuff to get it done.


    What was most disappointing about H. P. Lovecraft’s story?

    The story went noware. Also how did they read what was on the walls of the caves?


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    He reads the sotry fine and has a good voice.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]?

    a lot of the details on the exact locations they were at.


    Any additional comments?

    You need much more details on that happened to the people at the camp that were killed. there needed to be interaction and conversation between the characters not a report of those things. It's fine to start the book that way but then you need to tanssion to being there.

    7 of 57 people found this review helpful
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