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At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition] Audiobook

At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

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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.

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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 01-24-15
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 01-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent! Not the gory bloodbath I expected!"

    This was my first introduction to Lovecraft. I got the book because I'd heard that a movie was in the works based on it, and from what I read it sounded like something I'd like.

    Turns out, it WAS something I liked!

    For some reason, I was expecting a lot of gore and outright horror. I think I was also expecting some supernatural elements -- demons and the like. Instead, this book reminded me far more of some great sci-fi classics like Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama, Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Conan Doyle's The Lost World. I absolutely loved it, and can't wait for the movie now. I plan to get some other stuff by Lovecraft now that I have a better idea what he's about.

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    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 04-29-14
    Rick Kintigh Chicago, IL USA 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Thematic predecessor of the "found footage" genre."
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    The text is written as a combination of a letter to scientific peers in the small community of early twentieth century explorer scientist and a scientists journal. Lovecraft writes with a poetry and scientific rigor missing from Verne's work. To the modern reader many of the "reveals" are seen from far off, i am sure this is partially due to the influence of this book and author on the genre. Interestingly, Lovecraft anticipates and acknowledges that the reader, from their vantage point will likely have reached many conclusions faster than the narrator, and also acknowledges that the reader would quite likely have responded differently if in the same situation as the narrator. It is a small gesture to engage the reader in this way and did allow me to engage the story as presented without second-guessing and cynicism.

    While definitely must be viewed in the context of the era in which it was written, it was a very enjoyable read. Posing unique divergences from standard assumptions of sentient life, and insight into their motivations.

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    Calliope 03-19-14
    Calliope 03-19-14
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    "Curious about Lovecraft, but left uninspired"

    Ever since listening to the terrific novel "14" by Peter Clines, I've been curious about Lovecraft's work. I'd certainly heard of him and knew that his books had created a sort of mythos among fans, but I still didn't really know what to expect. He is characterized as a horror writer and there's no doubt his imagination is incredibly fantastical, but horror is a really personal thing -- what is horrific to one (person, or generation) might not be horrific to another. To me, this novella (and I suspect his other work) is not horror, even though it is interesting science fantasy, and I prefer science fiction to science fantasy. Many sources (and I looked up this title before buying it) say At The Mountains of Madness this is not a typical Lovecraft work, but my curiosity is sated. Science fantasy - and Lovecraft - just aren't for me, but it was good for what it was. Very good narration from Edward Hermann too.

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    Thomas J. Cutler 01-25-15

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    "Disappointing"

    Opaquely written and very redundant. Uses the word "decadent" countless times and describes mountains way too much. Was initially intrigued but lost that after a time. Was really a one-hour story crammed into four! Edward Hermann was wonderful as always.

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    The Masked Reviewer 04-04-17
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    "Bit Tedious"

    Not the best Lovecraft, and much if not all the power of this story relies heavily on previously-imagined visions, as well as the vision of the Old Ones which is somewhat elaborated here.

    The story itself is written in a tedious ramble with way too much technical jargonese built in. Lovecraft would have done well to have a more liberal editor/critic at his disposal before publishing. The build-up is overwrought and takes about 5 times longer than it probably should have.

    The plot itself, and the vision attending it, however, being tied in with so much of the rest of Lovecraft's predating oeuvre, is simply awe-inspiring and magnificent. The reader, also, is beyond reproach.

    With these latter aspects in mind, I grudgingly give this installment of the Lovecraft legacy 3 out of 5 stars.

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    Amanda Banana 03-23-17
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    "Best Lovecraft story!"

    Excellent narration and audio quality. This is by far my favorite story by Lovecraft. It ties everything in and the ending is horrifyingly delicious. I will listen again and again.

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    Alexander 03-09-17
    Alexander 03-09-17
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    "The late great Edward Herrmann"

    Great little book--Herrmann is awesome except he uses a not-very-good British accent and Lovecraft's narrators are American. Wish EH had done more unabridged books.

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    C. O'Keefe Newfoundland, Canada 10-13-16
    C. O'Keefe Newfoundland, Canada 10-13-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Only for hard-core Lovecraft fans"

    As I said previously, I'm a fan of the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game (have been for a long time) recently I decided it was finally time to read (or for me listen) to some actual Lovecraft (which it's all based on). This is a story I had heard of and as it was available on Audible (which I love) I decided to give it a try.


    This story originally came out in the 1930's and it shows. A lot of this story is dreadfully dull, very little to nothing happens for most of it. To be honest I found this was much more like a textbook (or reference material, I can see why it was used for the role-playing game) than a story. It has an incredible amount of description and a huge amount of information on this "lost history" of the world and alien creature who not only lived here but created humans. I suppose for me as soon as something goes wrong in the story I knew it wasn't just a storm, but for someone reading this way back in the 30's perhaps that wasn't the case.

    I will add that the narrator does an excellent job. He has a nice voice and can really get the suspense/terror up (again when it actually happens, which is very seldom). I enjoyed the Edgar Allan Poe reference and I did like the ending.


    The ending is good but it's such a slog to get there. To be honest I really can't recommend this story to anyone but the most die-hard Lovecraft fans. The supernatural creatures (hell even the giant albino Penguins) are very creepy and his descriptions of dead bodies and people gone insane are quite good, still the story overall is very dull. Not for children, ages 14+ I think.

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    Tina Jimenez 10-04-16
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    "interesting"

    just not kind of book. if your into science or architect stories than I think that you'll like this book.

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    Carlos Xavier Guayaquil, Ecuador 09-25-16
    Carlos Xavier Guayaquil, Ecuador 09-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Old style"

    As an avid sci/fy, fantasy and horror reader... I was completely bored by H.P. lovecraft style... I chose this book because of the fame and recommendations but I was very disappointed... If I can get a refund I will be very glad.

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