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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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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I don't even know how one would go about turning this into an interesting read. Perhaps get to the meat of the story quicker than 20 hours in? Consider making the aforementioned meat be something other than (yet more) laborious details with slow-moving action? I'm not saying to write like Dan Brown, it's just that I've never listened to another book I considered such a chore to get through.
Would you ever listen to anything by Dan Simmons again?
I have enjoyed some of Simmons' older books, but it's hard to believe that this is the same fellow who wrote the Hyperion series and The Terror. He would have been better served had he just published a book report on mountaineering. A massive percentage of the writing and character dialogue are devoted to scene after scene explaining the minutia of mountaineering, descriptions of rock, and Himalayan region geography. Next time Mr Simmons, save us the unbearable tedium and try to include something other than a sad little story at the end of the factual overload. Maybe it's time to consider a second career in writing college textbooks?
What about Kevin T. Collins’s performance did you like?
The narrator for this audiobook was splendid. Collins had an excellent pace, his voice differentiated the characters well without being distracting, and is to be commended for managing to keep up his enthusiasm as the hours of this lackluster tale dragged on.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Abominable?
I'd remove 10 hours of the 20 hour setup, make the plot twist something less groan-worthy, use the word "ultramarine" half as many times, not include myself as a character, and base the writing more around an imaginative tale rather than an overload of detailed research.
Any additional comments?
Thank you Audible for your book return policy.
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