At the Mountains of Madness

  • by H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by William Roberts
  • 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At the Mountains of Madness first appeared in 1936, in the February, March and April editions of the American magazine Astounding Stories. One of H.P. Lovecraft’s most chilling works, it draws on Edgar Allan Poe’s Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, as well as Lovecraft’s deep fascination with the Antarctic. The sinister discoveries made by a group of explorers in At the Mountains of Madness are testament to the author’s enormous powers of imagination.


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Customer Reviews

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Loved the prose, lukewarm on the story

What did you like best about At the Mountains of Madness? What did you like least?

I loved the writing -- ornate, poetic, vivid. I have to say, though, that the story just didn't grip me. At the time it was written, it probably was unique, but it has subsequently been done better by others.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The narrator keeps telling us how reluctant he is to reveal what he knows he must reveal. Naturally, he does this at the end. It left me underwhelmed.

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

He was good.

Could you see At the Mountains of Madness being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I suppose it would be a visual spectacle-- Lovecraft does a great job describing this world of ice -- but I don't see the story really hooking people.

Any additional comments?

I love Loveraft's style. You have to work a bit to follow, but it's worth it.

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- Jay Quintana

old-fashioned language made nearly unlistenable

I've listened to other readings by William Roberts, and they are all better than this. For some reason, he practically yells this whole story like an announcer in an WWII newsreel. It amplified the slow, tedious detail of Lovecraft's writing and undermined the haunting, dramatic parts.
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- L. Peterson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-03-2012
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks