At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

  • by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by Edward Herrmann
  • 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Classic horror by the master!

This is the longest of lovecrafts stories and the best example of how his tales build tension, and the atmospheric horror he was famous for. Told in a first person perspective, at the mountains of madness recounts a failed expedition to the vast unexplored lanscapes of Antartica. Shortly after arriving at their campsite, one of the group sets out on a solo trip in one of the planes. He sends word to the rest of the party that he has made several amazing discoveries, discoveries that defy belief. He relays several updates back to excited camp and informs them of large fossils which he has managed to make ready for the return flight, but which seem to set the huskies on edge.
Soon after the contact stops, leaving the party no choice but to set out on a rescue mission. As the two man rescue party finally spot the landing site of their missing member and land the plane, they are met with a scene of disturbing signs.
From this point on, Lovecraft builds the terror expertly but never shows the creature or presence that is overshadowing every step the explorers take. The setting of Antarctica is used as one of the characters in this tale to great effect. Lovecraft uses the isolation as a sharpening stone to the growing paranoia of the explorers.
This is a master of atmospheric horror at his best!
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- Steve "Fiction Fan"

Boring. Reads like a world-building summary...

This is the first H.P. Lovecraft I've listened to and it will be the last. In fact, as soon as I'm finished this review, I'm going to take advantage of audible's lovely refund policy.

This came across like an author's world-building notes rather than a story. It focused almost entirely on detailed descriptions (down to minute level, which often made it feel like a science textbook), lacked any sort of character building (no character interaction or insights, zero dialogue), and relied on the protagonist's occasional declaration of feeling (e.g. 'it was terrifying') to establish any sort of atmosphere and even then it was minimal. I found it terribly dull.

The narration was without fault; unfortunately it couldn't save the book.
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- Miko

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2013
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.