Olympos : Ilium

  • by Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by Kevin Pariseau
  • Series: Ilium
  • 36 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Beneath the gaze of the gods, the mighty armies of Greece and Troy met in fierce and glorious combat, scrupulously following the text set forth in Homer's timeless narrative. But that was before 21st-century scholar Thomas Hockenberry stirred the bloody brew, causing an enraged Achilles to join forces with his archenemy, Hector, and turn his murderous wrath on Zeus and the entire pantheon of divine manipulators; before the swift and terrible mechanical creatures that catered for centuries to the pitiful idle remnants of Earth's human race began massing in the millions, to exterminate rather than serve.
And now all bets are off.


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Customer Reviews

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Classic Simmons

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is classic Simmons, he likes to take the classics, turn them inside out and spin them, dice them, cook them and serve them with gravy and potatoes . If you don't mind Homer spinning in his grave, you will like this book.

Any additional comments?

I like Dan Simmons as an author, he keeps turning out great stories time after time. I've read several bad reviews of this book, don't understand why. It could be me. For what it's worth, I liked it, great story, another winner.

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- Geo

Excellent, But Sometimes Overwhelming

Would you consider the audio edition of Olympos to be better than the print version?

The narrator was excellent. His characterizations kept everything understandable, and in a book with this many characters and story lines that is not a simple feat.

What other book might you compare Olympos to and why?

The last 3 books of the Hyperion Series. I am a huge fan of Simmons but his books are different from other contemporary Sci Fi and challenging in their own regard. His grasp of literature and history is impressive, and his inter textual, nuanced storytelling combines literature, history, science and pop culture in a way that makes the complexity of the underlying narrative pale in comparison. His books give you a reason to do research on Proust, Shakespeare and ancient history, just so you can keep up with the story. I cannot think of another author who works this territory and does so in a impressive manner. I enjoyed the Hyperion Series and this series is just as entertaining and challenging. This is not a light read, but if you want to invest the time and energy the payoff is substantial.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending scenes of the book brought everything together, something I did not think would be possible mid-way through the series. There are many, many things going on but everything is resolved in a way that is logical and satisfying.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No way, this is a huge book. If you are a Dan Simmons fan you realize early on that this is a big time investment but you commit to get lost in his world, and to enjoy things while you are there.

Any additional comments?

Good production. The narrator was great. I hope Simmons returns to these types of stories, his current approach are more horror and contemporary novels. His Sci Fi imagination is not only impressive but needed in the genre. Great stuff.

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- thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-25-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios