The survivor is desperate to prevent a new polar expedition because there are "beings" there, strange murderous beings. There are things that man should not see beyond the recently discovered mountains at the pole. Scientists listening to the story told by the survivors have assumed that the teller has gone mad because what they describe just cannot be. Or can they...
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By aaron on 18-08-11
GREAT story, HORRIBLE music!
IMPORTANT-- This would be 4.5 stars IF it didn't have the HORRIBLE, LOUD, STARTLING music every 15 minutes, interrupting the story. The narrator is good enough. The story is VERY cool, especially for how old it is. But, seriously, the music will come out of nowhere and scare the CRAP out of you!!
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By Todd on 24-08-12
Starts strong but goes downhill
Would you try another book from Howard Phillip Lovecraft and/or Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot?
Possibly. This is the second Lovecraft book I've tried and while the stories show great promise with their ideas, the actual telling of them makes them fall short of the mark. Lovecraft uses seven words, when two will do. This makes for an extremely frustrating listen as I wanted him to do was get to the damned point and go on with the story. The look started out strong. The plot moved forward at a nice pace and had me glued. However when Dyer and Danforth start their exploration of the lost city, the pace grinds to a crawl as Lovecraft tells us the history of the Elder Ones and the Shoggoths. While this information is welcome and necessary, it goes on for ages. The whole second third of the book focuses on this and there are whole chapters that consist of Dyer musing on these facts as he and Danforth move from room to room. By the time the book approached the end, I just wanted it to be over.
What was one of the most memorable moments of At the Mountains of Madness?
The discovery of the Elder Ones and the mystery surrounding them. I particularly enjoyed the sense of foreshadowing they gave as the dogs couldn't stand to be near them. You knew something was going t go terribly wrong.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot?
Maybe. I found Herriot to be very underwhelming. Perhaps this is due to the way the book was written. But there was hardly any emotion to his performance.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Most definitely. Guillermo del Toro has been trying to make this movie for over a decade. I firmly believe that it would be far more entertaining as a movie, and if del Toro made it, you could be assured of brilliant creature design and effects. He also knows how to create that sense of the weird and disturbing.
Any additional comments?
I would have liked to hear more of the monstrous beings in the higher mountain range that even the Elder Ones were afraid of. The mystery surrounding these hardly-mentioned horrors intrigued me greatly.
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