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.
The story seemed to be an extremely dry recitation of exploring an ancient alien facility, couldn't find anything interesting about it.
Hours spent describing a non-existent ancient city in painful detail. A main character that induces an alien race's entire history by studying ancient carvings over an afternoon. A lifetime of study and analysis completed in a few short hours. The idea that one could prevent people from embarking on a scientific exploration because it would be dangerous is a ridiculous idea, but one that appears to be the entire point of the story.
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Truly beautiful prose in a style that is similar to Edgar Rice Burroughs. Yet also, as is Burroughs, that same style can have a thickness to it that keeps the reader/listener from flowing through the narrative; that slows movement to a crawl and becomes almost fatiguing.
I bought this on sale. I'm glad I listened to this. But I can't recommend it except to enjoy a true wordsmith and a quite well told tale. 😱
The reader makes all the difference and he made listening a great experience
King is the only writer is comparable
The slow build up and the controlled reading made the improbable sound reasonable
The discussion of the "old Ones" as acting reasonably.
I liked the concept of finding unknown cities. I didn't like the repetitive search.... it got Boring.
I'm being told to say something about myself, but I won't.
Lovecraft expounds the groundwork here for what is a detailed universe of suffering and the macabre, while leaving enough creative elements to the imagination. This novella is an appropriate introduction for anyone interested in reading more of his work.
H P Lovecraft can't go back and rewrite this book.
So many Lovecraft fans talk about how he establishes a sense of dread and foreboding, but he talks about it, rather than establishes it. Instead of building tension with situation and action, he writes "I had a sense of dread." or "The intense foreboding that I felt increased my sense of dread." As a result, he's TELLING you what to feel (or what his character feels) rather than MAKING, or enticing, you feel it.
Mr. Herrmann is a good narrator, but even his voice and drama could not make this an exciting story. The main character is not memorable.
I had read some of Lovecraft when I was a teen, but could not relate to it, and so put it down. Much later in my life (now), I decided to pick him up again, in case my callow youth misled me to a lack of interest. No, it was just as boring. Shrug.
I can see how a Lovecraft fan would like this, or other of his stories. If you are looking for a gripping experience, however, I would go elsewhere.
Unafraid to read from any genre.
Those fans of John Carpenter's The Thing will recognize the motifs Lovecraft uses in his description of an antarctic expedition that discovers the remnants of something they never expected. The entire story is delivered as a first person narrative almost entirely devoid of dialogue from the perspective of one of the expedition's leaders, William Dyer. It reminded me of my reading of Time Machine and War of the Worlds, for both the style of the narrative with its abundant description as well as the incredible imagination of the author. It's easy to lose oneself in the dense prose - not since Poe have eerie terrors been offered with such stilted romantic language. I admire the mind at work here, the creative genius, but the utter devotion to this style leaves a cold impression.
I can see readers getting bogged down in At the Mountains of Madness, which is why Edward Herrmann's wonderful reading is so special. His contribution lifts this story and makes it even better.
I honestly enjoyed this book because its a lot of geology. the story takes a long Time to get going but its very detailed. I can see where Aliens, The Thing, and Alien vs Predator got their inspiration!
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