The Night Land


Read by Mark Nelson

(3.8 stars; 58 reviews)

The Sun has gone out and the Earth is lit only by the glow of residual vulcanism. The last few millions of the human race are gathered together in a gigantic metal pyramid, nearly eight miles high – the Last Redoubt, under siege from unknown forces and Powers outside in the dark. These are held back by a Circle of Energy, known as the "air clog", powered from a subterranean energy source called the "Earth Current". For millennia, vast living shapes—the Watchers—have waited in the darkness near the pyramid. It is thought they are waiting for the inevitable time when the Circle's power finally weakens and dies. Other living things have been seen in the darkness beyond, some of unknown origins, and others that may once have been human.

To leave the protection of the Circle means almost certain death, or worse an ultimate destruction of the soul. As the story commences, the narrator establishes mind contact with an inhabitant of another, forgotten Lesser Redoubt. First one expedition sets off to succor the inhabitants of the Lesser Redoubt, whose own Earth Current has been exhausted, only to meet with disaster. After that the narrator sets off alone into the darkness to find the girl he has made contact with, knowing now that she is the reincarnation of his past love.

H. P. Lovecraft describes the novel as "one of the most potent pieces of macabre imagination ever written". Clark Ashton Smith wrote of it that "In all literature, there are few works so sheerly remarkable, so purely creative, as The Night Land. - Summary by Wikipedia

(18 hr 54 min)

Chapters

Chapter I - Mirthdath the Beautiful 45:34 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter II - The Last Redoubt 38:01 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter III - The Quiet Calling 39:22 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter IV - The Hushing of the Voice, Part 1 33:11 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter IV - The Hushing of the Voice, Part 2 34:39 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter V - Into the Night Land 30:02 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter VI - The Way That I Did Go 28:21 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter VII - The Night Land, Part 1 46:49 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter VII - The Night Land, Part 2 44:25 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter VII - The Night Land, Part 3 43:10 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter VIII - Down the Mighty Slope 42:49 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter IX - The Dark Pyramid, Part 1 25:15 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter IX - The Dark Pyramid, Part 2 42:46 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter IX - The Dark Pyramid, Part 3 38:51 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter X - The Maid of the Olden Days, Part 1 28:13 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter X - The Maid of the Olden Days, Part 2 38:49 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XI - The Homeward Way, Part 1 35:09 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XI - The Homeward Way, Part 2 35:05 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XII - Downward of the Gorge, Part 1 34:31 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XII - Downward of the Gorge, Part 2 37:04 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XII - Downward of the Gorge, Part 3 38:28 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XIII - Homeward by the Shore, Part 1 34:08 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XIII - Homeward by the Shore, Part 2 39:10 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XIII - Homeward by the Shore, Part 3 40:30 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XIII - Homeward by the Shore, Part 4 42:05 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XIV - On the Island, Part 1 33:19 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XIV - On the Island, Part 2 38:27 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XV - Past the House of Silence, Part 1 34:26 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XV - Past the House of Silence, Part 2 34:39 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XVI - In the Country of Silence, Part 1 23:22 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XVI - In the Country of Silence, Part 2 22:18 Read by Mark Nelson
Chapter XVII - The Love Days 11:06 Read by Mark Nelson

Reviews

Wow. Just... wow.

(3 stars)

Excellent job of creating an otherworldly feel. There are several things I didn't enjoy but I did make it to the end.

Painfully absurd wording - skip first chapter?

(3.5 stars)

My goodness! What the hell were some of you smoking when you listened to, then rated this book? It hurts to listen to this. It's like someone tasked a stoned, flowery 19th century poet to write a story using only words cut & pasted from the US Constitution and Shakespeare plays then required that "truly" or "surely" be used not less frequently than every 3 sentences. Seriously. After the first chapter, the book has improved significantly. The language is unpleasant and complicated, but no longer painful. If you're just starting, I advise simply skipping the first chapter (except to hear a bit of this literary train wreck). It doesn't provide any information that you can't simply glean from the rest of the story. Excellent narration helps get through the story despite the writing. It is interesting because it differs quite a bit from other sci-fi, but I still can’t rate it above 3.5.

Simply Great

(5 stars)

This book is truly a work of art. The main character had me hooked I had to know what was going to happen next. The story is beautiful, full of love, horror, fantasy, and action. May get slow at parts but trust me just keep listening it will be worth it.

classic cosmic horror/fantasy/sf

(5 stars)

Difficult but rewarding. This was written in the very early 20th century --it takes the archaism of Victorian and Edwardian fantasy farther than even Dunsany and Eddison. This work was written pre-WWI, so old fashioned attitudes are not surprising

The Night Land

(5 stars)

Good book, Exelent reading !!

.. and lo, in verity it doth go on a bit.

(2.5 stars)

top marks for the narrator in that he persisted with this rambling monologue. why the archaic language redolent of the King James Bible I have no idea it is just very very annoying. the same themes are repeated ad nauseam by this author. this work would benefit from being reduced in size by about 95% and then it might just make a possible decent science fiction short story. if you suffer from Insomnia then this book will help you no end getting off to dreamland.

Powerful Love Story

(4 stars)

An imaginative and poetic story set in the distant future. Creatively written and oddly motivational. A long read but certainly worth the character development and emotional connection.

Get on with it......

(2.5 stars)

bits of adventure ... mostly convoluted and more than a tad boring. Excellent reader of course.