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Summary

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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Fantastic

Atmospheric, chilling and so evocative of an Antarctic exploration gone wrong. Best Lovecraft narration ever

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Ruined by background noises

A very good reading of a very good book completely ruined by annoying background "music"

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Good Opener

A good, easy way to get into Lovecraft. Coyle has a wonderful voice for this. It has brilliant music as well.

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Great read of a classic.

This is by far the best audiobook version of this story ive listened to and there are some out there. The narrator really captures the mystery feel and takes the reader through the best forbidden archeology story that started them all. If you never read the book but love south pole mysteries this is for you. If youre a fan of the book youll love this.
A story that clearly inspired john carpenter or john campbell for The Thing too. Brilliant.

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Very atmospheric, great reading.

One of my favourite lovecraft novellas, very beautifully read by Richard Coyle, a real gem of a recording.

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a wonderful step into the mountains of madness

absolutely great telling of a wonderfully macabre tale. Richard Coyal is particularly good in his narration

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Creepy madness- A must!

It's creepy, it's atmospheric, it's everything you want from Lovecraft. Preformed is a simple but very stylish way- I'm about to listen to it again for the 4th time

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If you like a spooky story then this is for you!

A fantastic story, it was spooky and creepy throughout the listening, he who read the story did a fantastic job!

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Atmospherically Scary

I think they did a good job when they transformed one of my favourite H P Lovecraft books into this radio play. The music is perfect just right to listen too on a storm swept night.

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Couldn't sit through it.

How this is rated one of the best horror stories ever is beyond me.

H.P Lovecraft's prose are a truly cumbersome, endless drivel of pointless exposition. You become lost in the monotonous repetition until all interest and intrigue is sapped from your body.

If these stories are indeed as good as the ravanous Lovecraft following claims, their greatness is lost in the void expanse of his words.

The narration was great though, all things considered.

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  • Martinez
  • 12-10-15

Brilliant in story and production value

Where does At the Mountains of Madness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of At the Mountains of Madness?

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.

What does Richard Coyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Gothic Horror Sci-Fi

Any additional comments?

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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  • Cameron Edwards
  • 12-02-16

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.

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  • Saber
  • 24-02-19

Abridged, inconsistent audio

Apparently this is an abridged version of the book, which they tell you atvthe very end. Some of the nonsense narrative leaps may stem from this. There are parts meant to sound like its coming over a 1930s radio, which makes it quiet and hard to hear.

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  • Patrick w
  • 25-09-18

Amazing!

Absolutely loved it! The sound affects really made this version a cut above the rest. The voice actors were great too.

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  • Andrew P.
  • 27-09-17

Fantastic Production

The narration, music, and atmospheric sound effects are all top notch. The story is amazing, as well. Great all around!

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  • James
  • 14-07-17

Great story, incredible production value

As others have noted, it's not often an audiobook had such production value. The sound effects, radio filters, and occasional background tracks truly bring this tale of horror to life.

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  • 16BitEric
  • 16-07-16

The best abridged audio reading.

This is a stunning, brilliantly performed abridged reading. Richard Coyle is fantastic and the music, simulated radio transmissions and all other effects, make this a superb and horrifying experience. I can only hope there will be more done in this manner, preferably all with Mr. Coyle’s considerable talent giving them voice. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-21

An excellent, quick shot of eldritch horror

I don't normally like abridged productions, but this one was excellent. Richard Coyle is a fabulous narrator.

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  • Dadasaur
  • 10-05-21

The Narrator crushes it.

Even though it was shortened it's worth your time. I loved it. Enjoy this Audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-01-20

amazing

one of my favorite Lovecraft books and I will listen again for sure.
it will always be one of the best