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At the Mountains of Madness Audiobook

At the Mountains of Madness

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I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice without knowing why. It is altogether against my will that I tell my reasons for opposing this contemplated invasion of the Antarctic - with its vast fossil-hunt and its wholesale boring and melting of the ancient ice-cap - and I am the more reluctant because my warning may be in vain. Doubt of the real facts, as I must reveal them, is inevitable; yet if I suppressed what will seem extravagant and incredible there would be nothing left. The hitherto withheld photographs, both ordinary and aërial, will count in my favour; for they are damnably vivid and graphic. Still, they will be doubted because of the great lengths to which clever fakery can be carried. The ink drawings, of course, will be jeered at as obvious impostures; notwithstanding a strangeness of technique which art experts ought to remark and puzzle over.

©2017 Procrustes Media (P)2017 Procrustes Media

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    Amazon Customer 07-12-17

    I've been reading since I was 4 and I love escaping into magical, scary, fantastical, romantic, gritty, and exciting worlds through books.

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    "Creepy classic"

    H.P. Lovecraft is one of the fathers of modern horror for a reason. Listening to this was a treat, it reminded me of Alien and The Thing, among other titles. I don't know if they directly took inspiration from this but Lovecraft's Elder Gods have a long reach. The narrator emoted well, growing more strained and tense the further into the mountains the characters delved. If you like Bloodborne, Alone in the Dark, The Thing, Alien, or just psychological horror in general I would highly recommend this, it's a great entry point for Lovecraftian horror.

    I received a free copy of this at my request but it had no influence on my review.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Karowski 07-16-17
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    "Classic Cthulhu myth is at its best!"

    Lovecraft created the Cthulhu mythos and all the insanity that goes with it. This classic tale takes you to the Antarctic and leaves numerous corpses, many questions and most of your sanity by the wayside. The author as always is magnificent in his obtuseness and the narrator does well conveying the manic nature that the character telling the tale Develops as it goes on. Can't wait for more to make it to this format. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    Ryan 07-29-17
    Ryan 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Classic Lovecraft horror"

    I love everything Lovecraft, and the Cthulhu Mythos. At the mountains of Madness is a book of exploration in the Antarctic and the Horrors it conceals. The book shows its age in its style of writing and Lovecraft is known for his detailed descriptions but its because of those things that make it stand out and last, and why even today people borrow from and add to the madness inducing Cthulhu universe.

    Ron Welch did a great job in narrating this book, and did a good job in expressing the emotional turmoil of the main character as the story progresses. I would recommend this audio book as it is a good listen and a great story.

    ***I received a free copy at my request from the author, publisher or narrator in exchange for an honest review***

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 07-26-17
    Jonathan 07-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great job by Welch!"

    Welch's performance kept my attention at all times. It was the perfect medium of characterization without getting too campy.

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    "First Lovecraft experience"

    The title says it all. I have never read or listened to any Lovecraft novels. This was my first and I really enjoyed it. The story is not something I would typically read as I am not a huge fan of horror/suspense. Lovecraft truly is a genre all his own. From what I have read online this book only touches the surface of his world and it has me interested in more of his novels. The only portion I did not enjoy was the amount of times the word omnipresent was used. It might have been a more obscure word in Lovecraft's day or maybe the fact that I studied Latin for three years caused the issue but whenever I heard it I would get pulled out of the story and it would take a few moments to get back on track. I also felt the story was too short. I want to know what happens to the main character after returning as well as what happens with the next expedition.

    Rob Welch does a very good job narrating. I thought at first his voice was heavy and over bearing but as the story went on his voice really fit the main character. He had the right amount of emotion in his voice to make the character come to life for me.

    If you have any interest in horror/suspense sci-fi or fantasy you will not be dissapointed in this book.

    I was provided this audiobook by audiobook boom for free in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dominique Cathedral City, CA 07-22-17
    Dominique Cathedral City, CA 07-22-17 Member Since 2017

    Audio books get me through my drive time, laundry time, grocery shopping, everything that would otherwise be a chore. I love audiobooks!

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    "Old School Creepy"

    Just the word Lovecraft instills a shiver because of the reputation of so much work over the years. Then reading these classic works, it's clear why that reputation stands.

    It's also strange to hear the difference between modern horror and classic horror. This book contains longer, more tedious passages that can sometimes be hard to follow, and I found myself having to concentrate more. For example, it wasn't easy to drive while listening to this book, whereas normally, I can.

    Narrator Ron Welch did an admirable job with some of the tongue-twister names and made me glad I didn't have to read this for myself with no idea how to pronounce thing. Thanks, Ron!

    Overall, it's fun to hear the evolution of horror from the old days to now, how the genre has changed. This book is an investment, but it's worth it if you can get into it. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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    John T Hoganson 08-10-17 Member Since 2015

    If your looking for a review of your book I will do an honest one. For some reason they don't show up in my profile- working on that!

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    "Interesting story..but not for me"

    First off, honestly I had to listen to some chapters a couple times, there is a lot of big words and adjectives to describe what is going on in this book. It is told from a journal entry type of view (not date / times) but first person only. The narration reminds me of a early 1900 type of speaking amd drone in at times. Like my subject said just not for me. It's about a group that goes to Antartica and finds evidence of earlier inhabitants that are not human or animal but almost supernatural and it's described as such. Again, lots of adjectives and verbiage that were big words on words and made it difficult for me to stay on track. If your into real serious adjectives to describe something you will love this book, if not then it's just ok. I was provided this book at no charge for this review.

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    Nomi 07-31-17
    Nomi 07-31-17 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

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    "👍🏻"

    I love classic horror and Lovecraft is a master. Great book. Loved it.

    The narrator gave a good performance.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 07-27-17
    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 07-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An all new approach to a classic horror tale"

    At the Mountains of Madness is a novel by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, originally written in 1931 and is considered a classic in horror which set the table for future eerie tales by the likes of King, Barker, and Campbell. Set in the icy desolation of Antarctica, which in and of itself brings a chilling effect to the story, makes one imagine that that their sanity could easily be checked upon arrival. The mythical implications (ancient astronauts?), along with its creatures and corpses, is enough to keep the listener on edge.

    Although I had never read the work, I could readily recognize the difference in style (prose?) between Lovecraft and today's horror authors. Listening to the descriptions seemed to bring the scenes to a level that I am not sure the written word could have. That is certainly due, in part, to the narration of Ron Welch who did a fine job, especially with some of the pronunciations.

    Although I do not consider myself a huge fan of horror (though I do like some of King's work), I found this book to be an enjoyable listen and would recommend it to all aside from the complete faint of heart; a must for lovers of the horror genre.

    A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.

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    Lomeraniel Spain 07-27-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 07-27-17
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    "A classic with a great narration"

    This book narrates the strange events during an expedition to extract minerals in the Antarctic. The members of the expedition find strange creatures and the places where they dwelled. Unfortunately not all of them make it back.

    I always like to review classics. I was especially interested in this one, since I remember ‘The Call of Cthulhu and other weird stories’ with great fondness. Lovecraft has a unique talent for suspense and scare his readers without showing but just suggesting. His descriptions are very powerful in evoking horrendous feelings in the reader. He uses a rich language, while keeping his style scientific.

    Having this upfront, I want to clarify that I think Lovecraft’s style works best for shorter works, like the ones he is most prolific at. The part about exploring the old city felt really long without having much new information. We also have to take into account that the book was originally published in 1936, and writing style has suffered an evolution since then. I find other styles aging better but we cannot deny that Lovecraft’s writings are unique.

    Another issue I found is that, despite Lovecraft’s abilities in suggesting without showing, here we get an ample report about the creatures they found. It would have been nice to see these creatures in action, but then it would not have been Lovecraft.

    The characters were not very developed, and everything is shown from the point of view of the same person. The book is written like if it were a diary, so this explains the lack of character’s depth.

    Even though these minor issues, Lovecraft’s prose kept me hooked and intrigued, which I consider a success, since I understand these were part of his main goals.

    Ron Welch’s narration was superb. I find difficult to narrate diaries written in a scientific way, to make them compelling and inflict the right amount of emotion to certain parts. And Ron Welch has made it here. The audio production was also correct. I am not able to review Welch’s voice range since the book is written from the point of view of just one character.

    I received a free copy of this book in audio format from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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