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.
Expert Rendition, Bigger Production
Absolutely phenomenal production of HP Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness on audiobook. Richard Coyle's voice is perfect for the narration, and the audio designer added lots of ambiance and musical tones and flourishes to the background, making for a very eerie and frightening experience. At pivotal moments a cacophonous flourish plays, helping to bring out the emotion and horror of the moment. Suffice to say the fear was palpable. Now, if you prefer only a narrator's voice for your audiobooks, then this version isn't for you. I believe it started out as a BBC Radio special, so there's more emphasis on mood, created by the music/ambiance. I read the book before listening to this rendition, and I think it's now my preferred way of experiencing this tale of cosmic discovery and horror. And a solid price for a more robust production, only $8.99 instead of the usual $15 or more. If you like a bigger production, then I absolutely recommend this version.