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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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.
the slow build-up an astonishing depth of detail are what really drew me in. The reading is fantastic. the setting is both Lonesome and horrifying at the same time. A great setting for a true horror story. some of the repeated phrases really stood out and might be a bit annoying in an audiobook format, but I don't think that would bother anyone in the paper format. Overall an excellent purchase.
Edward Hermann's performance was spot on with how I envisioned the book to sound. Not only that, but the book itself is of course amazing. It will leave you with new ideas, and imaginations and thoughts and inspiration and bewilderment! I love it, and highly recommend! Lovecraft was ahead of his time I'd say.
A bit disappointing.
It really didn't get all that exciting until the end, so I'd have to say the end.
No, but I've heard him on the History Channel a lot and I always like his voice.
I don't think this book was interesting, or exciting enough, to make a film of it.
In today's day and age (where satellites have virtually mapped all areas of the Earth) this story is a little hard to swallow. Perhaps in the early 1900's, people could believe there was an undiscovered race of beings in Antarctica, but not now-a-days. These mountains would have been seen on satellite by now and mapped out, so the whole story doesn't make sense to me. I was very disappointed. I kept waiting for it to get more interesting. Finally, the ending got a little bit more interesting, but you never really SAW what the "monster" was! Maybe I'm just jaded, due to all of the scary movies, and series on the Syfi Channel, etc. We have so much more technology these days, this just seemed a little old fashioned and unbelievable to me.
Not for the faint-hearted, Lovecraft's flawed classic is just that. While Lovecraft has recently undergone the joys of a post-mortum Purge at the hands of the ever-viligant People's Commissars of Political Correctness, he nonetheless still holds an important place in the development of horror and science fiction and has been and is still a major influence, despite his public denunciation and current "non-person" status.
"Mountains of Madness" is, in some ways, his "Heart of Darkness," a first-person narrative of the psychological and perceptual unraveling of the narrator when confronted with primordial dread. Whereas Conrad accomplishes feats of sparsity, Lovecraft is wallowing in a prolixity which has caused most "literati" to dismiss him utterly. They miss the effect produced by his approach however, especially when read aloud, and Herrmann captures it masterfully.
Herrmann is the ideal narrator for this story. His inflection and delivery are the very incarnation of that Lovecraftian ideal of New England hauter and unflappability, while he also perfectly encompasses the cold, rational, scientist faced with a reality that utterly undermines his rational world-view.
Herrmann, as we know, was an educated man, and he effortlessly delivers Lovecraft's cyclopean, eldritch prose convincingly--no small feat in itself--and does so in a perfectly natural, fluid, and believable way that is really remarkable.
The combination of his many talents makes his over-all performance of what is, at best, a complex, difficult and at times tediously labored story, engaging and psychologically effective.
A real tour de force!
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