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.
Satisfied Audible listener since 2002. I mostly listen to Sci-fi and anything by Stephen King.
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.
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.
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No. The setting and events of this story are described very blandly. Not a lot of details at all.
The reader is very good.
I enjoyed when the main character was first examining his missing colleague's tent and belongings. It suggested some very interesting possibilities.
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.
I thought this book was incredibly boring and I have a hard time imagining who might enjoy it!
Doubtful! I might give something a try, but I certainly won't force myself to finish it, like I did with this book!
I thought the narrator did as good a job as it was possible to do, considering the dry, dull, plodding story line.
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.
There was really no plot and no character development, just endless descriptions of the surroundings.
The review said...this book is not for everyone. I wish I had listened to that advice.
No. well written and creative when book was published I am sure.
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.
It was not exciting and took a very long time to get started. The narrators voice did not portray any excitement.
This book seemed like it took a long time to get to anything thrilling. I stopped listening after 20 minutes.
Probably all HP Lovecraft books.
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.
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.
The story went noware. Also how did they read what was on the walls of the caves?
He reads the sotry fine and has a good voice.
a lot of the details on the exact locations they were at.
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.
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