FNH Audio presents a complete and unabridged reading of H.P. Lovecraft's famous story "At the Mountains of Madness". The story is related by one of the two survivors from a polar expedition. Unlike other polar explorers who may have died from cold, starvation or simply getting lost, in this story things are somewhat different.
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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"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!!
"Starts strong but goes downhill"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the genisis of all those stories like The Thing, Alien vs Preditor. There is nothing like discovering where all the great sc-fi horror has come from. This is the seed of so much of what I have read in the last 20 years. In the begining there was Lovecraft.
"You'll want to listen to this again and again"
This isn't a fair question... I've listened to some amazing works. But this book is definitely average or above average.
I really enjoyed chapters 8 and 9, which focused on history. (I don't want to spoil anything by saying more.)
I haven't, but I loved his accent and the realistic expression of hesitance that he lent to the work.
It was a bit hard to get into for the first quarter or half, but after that, I did want to listen all the way to the end.
As always, I enjoyed how Lovecraft tried to make his story seem plausible. It makes strong references to real geography and biological science (at times, using terminology that is a bit too technical for casual readers though). There's also some twists that you probably won't see coming, which is always a thrill for someone who can usually guess plot twists in advance. The chapters on "history" were a favorite for me (don't want to spoil anything though) and there were lots of gory bits that you can sit down and ask yourself, "What if this was real and actually happened to me," freak yourself out.
However, the story does have a slow start and Lovecraft's unusual descriptive style (e.g. describing a sunset as "grotesque." It also continues his habit of uncomfortable ideas on race, but at least this time it's not talking about literal, human races.
Overall, it's a great read with great narration - just wish it had a bit less music.
"A bit disapointed!"
Probably. FNH did a good job. However the story was so tediously filled with details that it detracts from the events and ruins its premise.
He could have added more momentum to the story. He hints of horrors and scares throughout the book, but never gets there. I did find only a single scene near the begining as somewhat scary.
He has an academic pronunciation which suits the story perfectly.
"Classic sci-fi novella"
This is a classic sci-fi novella.
I really enjoyed the performance but I confess to liking English accents! He kept the pace steady and allowed the story to build without adding unnecessary drama to the narration. Since the story is told from the point of view of a survivor reluctantly telling the story the tone the narrator achieved was quite good.
Steven Spielberg is supposed to be making this into a movie! Really hope this happens.My tag line - And we thought we were alone......
"You get what you pay for"
This is the cheapest edition you can get on audible, and it shows. the recording quality was about the quality of a average free librivox reading, but with terrible , very loud, music thrown in the mix every time things get dramatic or a new chapter starts. But the narrator and story makes up for that with a vengeance, despite bad editing. If you can put up with it's flaws, it's well worth the buy. it's definitely one of my favorite books. One more caution, h.p. lovecraft is an amazing storyteller, but very racist. it's not too bad in this book, but be warned about it if you easily offended and want to read his other works.
No, but that doesn't mean it isn't great still.
I can not speak it.
He knew when to raise the suspense and that worked really well for me.
Yes, I have read it before I just wanted see how it would sound in audio form.
Such a spooky story, creeps me out every time.
I think many listeners will enjoy the stories of HPL even more when they are read by a good reader. Some of his style is hard for people to read compared to modern writers that they may like better at a first read. I've had more than one person that I have tried to turn on to his work tell me later that he too difficult to keep interested in long enough to finish the story. Especially some of the Cthulhu stuff can be very tedious to read, but if someone reads it to you it seems to go much faster and is even more enjoyable.
It's pretty tough to compare HPL to anybody else from his era. His style of writing wasn't always the most polished, but his creativity and originality was in a league of his own. I am surprised there haven't really been any modern filmmakers that have been able to nail any of his ideas on film. Most of the films inspired by his stories have been pretty lame which is sad because he really was ahead of his time in many ways.
FNH does a pretty good job, especially with all the difficult to pronounce names, etc. His vocal style is a bit monotone, but other than that I enjoy his reading very much.
I think I'll stay away from trying that...I'm better at criticizing than coming up with my own ideas!
Can't wait to download more HPL.
"Great Reading of the infamous novel"
Great production value
That it's totally unabridged and you can drink in every detail.
Elocution intonation dramatization and even breathing
When they run from the Shogaths
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