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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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    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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    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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    Amazon Customer 07-12-17 Member Since 2017

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 07-11-17
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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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    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 07-07-17
    S Atherton Portland, OR USA 07-07-17 Member Since 2004

    Prolific reader and listener of books of all kinds.

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    "A Horror Classic Performed Well"
    What does Ron Welch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The story was well performed without unnecessary voices and effects. It was very good performance that enhanced the story through inflection without distracting over performance. Well enunciated and clear speaking throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is one of HP Lovecrafts longest if not the longest. The level of detail is good, but the story is a bit overwrought as is most of Lovecraft's writing. Lots of references to nameless horrors and unspoken evils. Overall it was entertaining to listen to again as I've read it in the past.Well done performance by Ron Welch.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    Amazon Customer 06-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "AMAZING NARRATION!"
    If you could sum up At the Mountains of Madness in three words, what would they be?

    exciting, thrilling, adventurous


    What other book might you compare At the Mountains of Madness to and why?

    I enjoy all of Lovecraft's work- I'd say it's comparable to Horror at Red Hook


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the main expedition loses contact Lake's party. The narration made it all the more interesting!


    Who was the most memorable character of At the Mountains of Madness and why?

    Professor Lake, he's on interesting character


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bill 07-14-17
    Bill 07-14-17

    I am an avid reader and listener of horror and thrillers with the occasional SciFi and crime noir.

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    "Decent story with great narration"

    I appreciate the mythos and the influence on the genre that Lovecraft has created, but his stories and prose are somewhat tiring for me. I get worn out by his overly verbose and repetitive descriptions.

    That being said, I still kind of enjoyed this one, but much prefer the more modern Lovecraftian authors who have taken the mythos and expounded upon it, to the original.

    Now for the narration. Lovecraft cannot be the easiest to narrate. Hard names, old school tones, etc. Ron Welch seemed to have zero difficulty here and did a fantastic job on the narration. I liked this audio much more than reading the actual text. Excellent.

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