At the Mountains of Madness tells the first-person tale of geologist William Dyer, a professor from Miskatonic University in the USA. He writes to disclose hitherto unknown and closely kept secrets in the hope that he can deter a planned and much publicized scientific expedition to Antarctica. For he has been there and seen the unimaginable horrors that lay beyond the mountains.
At the Mountains of Madness was written by HP Lovecraft in 1931, originally a serialised story published in Astounding Stories magazine in the US. While considered by fans to be part of the Cthulhu Mythos stories that HPL is most famous for, some academics argue that the author was actually 'demythologising' much of his earlier work.
Whichever it is, the story is massively popular, and there are talks of a movie adaptation by Steven Spielberg and Guillermo Del Toro in the offing. This 2010 adaptation comprises 5 episodes, originally aired on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and offered here in exclusive Extended Editions.
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"An essential to the cthulhu mythos."
Firstly, the readers performance in this and his reading of the shadow over innsmouth was outstanding. These audio books are also a perfect example of how an orchestral track should be used to improve a recording. the addition of radio static, and howling arctic winds during parts of the story made for a very immersive experience. As for the story itself, it contains important history regarding the old ones, as well as a first hand encounter with the thing that should not be, making this an essential listen for any fan of the cthulhu mythos.
"Fear the Unknown "
-The narrator is spot on. I now read Lovecraft's writings in his voice
-The atmosphere is thick and unnerving. The subtle background audio really helps with immersion
-Lovecraft, for the most part, has a clever way with words
Not so good (SPOILERS):
-Some of Lovecraft's vocabulary is hard to follow with. I'm not a big lit buff, but still, keep a dictionary handy
-(SPOILERS) I didn't really care for Lovecraft's in depth information about the Great Old Ones. It carried on for too long and broke up the pacing of the of the story. Also, it made the Great Oldies seem to relatable which kind of hampered their mystique and terror.
-Don't expect too much characterization as strong characters aren't Lovecraft's schtick
Conclusion: It's a solid read with all the things Lovecraft is admired for with great narration.
"Brilliant in story and production value"
One of the best IMHO. The production values are the best you can get for HP Lovecraft audio retellings. The narration is top notch and the background music and eerie sound effects that provide for and set the mood of a disturbingly desolate landscape (for which this story relies upon for its setting) is fantastic beyond words, again IMHO. As for the story well it's one of HP Lovecraft's best works and part of the awesome Cthulhu mythos.
The entire story is memorable however if I had to pick a point in the story I'd say it's chapter 2 and beyond in this audio tale because this is when you get into the meat of the story and the disturbing and fascinating Cthulhu mythos.
His narration and pattern of speech for this story sets the perfect mood and tempo for this audio tale. This audio tale puts the listener on a path that demonstrates the greatness of HP Lovecraft's work. Alongside the chilling feeling you get from listening to this wonderfully fascinating yet disturbing story that is very well produced and delightfully narrated.
Gothic Horror Sci-Fi
I want more from this producer and performer. Richard Coyle is awesome. Additionally if he were to be paired up with say Wayne June (voice actor from another series of HP Lovecraft narrations) in seperate piece of work dedicated to narrating HP's works using the same production values well then I'd be in Cthulu heaven (if there is a such a thing.).
Again, I can't stress enough how the eerie (but never gaudy) background music and sound fx's only add to the wonderful narration and both create a true theater of the mind that sets the mood and tempo for this wickedly disturbing and chilling work by HP Lovecraft.
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