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The year is 1924 and the race to summit the world's highest mountain has been brought to a terrified pause by the shocking disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine, high on the shoulder of Mt. Everest. By the following year, three climbers - a British poet and veteran of the Great War, a young French Chamonix guide, and an idealistic young American - find a way to take their shot at the top. They arrange funding from the grieving Lady Bromley, whose son also disappeared on Mt. Everest in 1924. Young Bromley must be dead, but his mother refuses to believe it and pays the trio to bring him home.
Deep in Tibet and high on Everest, the three climbers - joined by the missing boy's female cousin - find themselves being pursued through the night by someone…or something. This nightmare becomes a matter of life and death at 28,000 feet - but what is pursuing them? And what is the truth behind the 1924 disappearances on Everest? As they fight their way to the top of the world, the friends uncover a secret far more abominable than any mythical creature could ever be. A pulse-pounding story of adventure and suspense, The Abominable is Dan Simmons at his spine-chilling best.
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By David Shear on 10-30-13
Great story, great detail
Dan Simmons writes long books. That's what he does, and he does it well. Carrion Comfort is the other I've listened to (around 30 hrs long) and that made me want to listen to others of his.
The Abominable is a story about an American, Jacob Perry who ends up on an expedition to Mt. Everest. The expedition has perils and secrets that a normal trip to Everest does not hold.
This story is great. There are a lot of details, scene development, and character development. I am very familiar with the terminology and technical details of mountianeering and rock climbing so I really enjoyed those sections of the book as they were factual and well researched.
The action of the story moved along nicely and the premise of the action and danger was believable. Simmons also did a nice job of setting the story up early so when situations happened later, they happened naturally and flowed well.
There were some flaws. I thought Carrion Comfort was pretty much perfect, so I was surprised that there were some distinct things about this book that I did not like.
The main character wasn't very likable. As the story went on he got more annoying and less likable. By the finale, I kinda wanted someone to punch him, or at least I just wanted him to stop talking. The narrator didn't help either. His tone didn't need to be quite as whiny and complaining as Jacob, which made him even less likable.
Also, I thought the extra side-story that could have brought some fun thrills into the story just fizzled and never developed.
With those criticisms, I still give it four stars because it was a great story that is worth the listen. The research and details are impressive and fit well within the story.
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By Verna Wilder on 04-15-15
Would you try another book from Dan Simmons and/or Kevin T. Collins?
I really enjoy Dan Simmons' books. I listened to Terror and was fascinated. Now I'm 3 hours into The Abominable and I'm yawning over a very long description about the Bromley house, which I'm assuming has nothing to do with climbing a mountain and being followed by a--something. The main character is annoyingly self-deprecating and very fond of himself.
Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Simmons again?
Yes, of course, but not by this narrator.
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kevin T. Collins?
I'd love for the narrator to have an older voice and a better ability to do British and French accents. Collins' British always sounds stuffy, no matter which of the Brits is speaking. And In the preface, it sounds like he's reading word by word very carefully. I love the voices of Simon Vance and Simon Prebble. I'd rather hear them do American than Collins do British. I also like George Guidall, whose voice is mature and wouldn't make the narrator sound like Jimmy Olsen, cub reporter for the Daily Planet.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
No, but I'd stream it when it hit Netflix. This movie would have to focus on the action and the mystery and would not, by necessity, be so charmed with it's long-winded descriptions.
Any additional comments?
The narrator can make an OK book sound wonderful and a wonderful book sound awful. In this case, both author and narrator have created a snoozer of a book. Simmons is far too fond of his prose. I'd cut the preface, which makes Simmons sound smug and self-congratulatory, and then I'd get a good editor who could trim this book by half, starting with the details about Lady Bromley's garden. I guess it's too late for that.
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