At the Mountains of Madness

At the Mountains of Madness is a horror novel by author H. P. Lovecraft. The story follows the disastrous expedition to the Antarctic continent in September 1930, the expedition team led by narrator Dr. William Dyer of Miskatonic University. A series of previously untold events prevented other explorers from wanting to return to the continent.

Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.

Review 1: At the Mountains of Madness audiobook by Jose Castro

I can only speak for the Kindle version, but I can’t stress this enough: Do not buy this book! this is not Lovecraft’s original novel. Bought another version and the writing is completely different, fluent, readable, compelling. My best guess is that this book is an automatically generated translation back to English of a foreign language version of the original, phrase structure is awkward or downright wrong in many places, sometimes it does not make any sense, and the choice of words is totally wrong. To just give you an example: the original book talks about radio communication in 1930 Antartica as “Wireless”, this edition refers to it as “Wi-Fi”. This (Kindle) version is a SCAM.

Review 2: At the Mountains of Madness audiobook by Matthew D.

the best version

this is absolutely the best reading of mountains of madness. The reader put such a great inflection on the fear expressed by the narrator.

unlike the other versions, this one is unabridged, as it should be read.

Review 3: At the Mountains of Madness audiobook by Admiralu

This was classic Lovecraft at his best, an Antarctic expedition encounters terror in one of the final frontiers. After discovering ancient artifacts, a portion of the expedition group are killed and the head of the expedition decides to take a young grad student to try and find out what happened. What he discovers, shocks them both and causes the grad student to lose his mind.

This book is written in classic Victorian style with much flowery language. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. The late, great Edward Herrmann brilliantly narrated this piece and really made it come alive. I am fairly new to Lovecraft, having read and heard only the Dunwich Horror before. He created a fanciful universe, one where I had to Google the monsters to get an idea of what he had in mind. For the moment, M.R. James is a new favorite, since I love his classic ghost stories. I will have to listen to the Lovecraft Historical Society’s audio dramas to further enjoy these tales. It took a bit to get into it, but once it got going, it was a great story.

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