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At the Mountains of Madness

Written by: HP Lovecraft
Narrated by: Richard Coyle
Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
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Publisher's 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.

©2010 Ladbroke Productions (Radio) Ltd (P)2011 Spokenworld Audio/Ladbroke Audio Ltd

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Struggled to finish. good performance, terrible story. would not recommend to anyone. but if you must hear this story, use this audiobook.

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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
  • 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

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  • giovanni garcia
  • 14-10-19

perfect, exactly what I was looking for.

I loved this, it was exactly what I was looking for. the music, which gives it that eerie atmosphere. amazing. thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-08-19

Riveting

Excellent portrayal and loved the post production! Biggest weakness have to be Lovecraft's troubles in writing. Coyle was absolutely awesome, I had to look into his other performances!

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  • KtG
  • 11-01-18

Fantastic

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

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  • richard medway
  • 23-08-19

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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  • MR S CHAPMAN
  • 18-08-19

The better way for me to 'read' Lovecraft

I've heard often that this story (along with many other works of Lovecraft) was and is very influential however the type of reader I am struggles with his style of writing.

If you are like me then Richard Coyle's reading is definitely the thing to try, I found the story more engaging and enjoyable when framed by the narrator and would recommend anyone who can sometimes struggles with this writing style to give it a try.

All in all you can see why this tale is as influential as it is and I enjoyed thinking of films, games and other stories that have taken it as a muse.

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  • D Williams
  • 10-04-19

excellent . shame he died so young. his potential

Gripping , scary for bedtime listening so I'm glad my wife is inches away soldier.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-18

Awesome book to let yourself be lost into

Amazing performance by Richard Coyle on this awesome HP Lovecraft title.
Really recommend everyone to get into reading HP's horror fiction books

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  • Me
  • 16-06-18

Exhilarating experience

The narration was on point, the story's suspense and fear was conveyed brilliantly, and was absolutely exhilarating - definitely memorable and worth a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-18

Fantastic! Get it

'At the mountains of madness' is Lovecraft at his best, a classic story of Antarctic exploration and the horrors lying in the ice. Very much a period piece, highly atmospheric, and less floridly gothic than much of Lovecraft's work with a real uneasy atmosphere of tension as the secrets of an unbearably ancient city are slowly revealed.

Coyle reads the story brilliantly well. His voice is perfect for Lovecraft's work and he gets every last nuance of dread out of it without melodrama.

If you like Lovecraft, you'll love this.

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  • N J Puxty
  • 16-06-19

I’m not a HP Lovecraft fan

I tried listening to this. The narrator was good as so was the fx and music but lovecrafts writing isn’t for me. I found it hard to understand and it just dragged on.

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  • Blackfyre87
  • 10-12-18

Scary stuff!

Kept me awake at night. Great classic horror.

Lovecraft's vision of Cosmic Horror is seldom expressed so well, and this is one of his best stories. It's only drawback is the archaic language of the style, but the amazing, dark presentation makes up for any dryness.