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G. Wyatt

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  • The Abominable: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (162)

    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.

    Marci says: "Great story, great detail"
    "An exercise in patience"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Heavy editing. There's no jumping from one event to the other. If something happens, it has to be described in excruciating detail. Trips up and down the mountain, ceremonies, inane conversations, there was just no end to it. And the characters nod and shake their heads so much it's a wonder they don't get so dizzy they fall off the mountain. More tightly written, this could have been a really good book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dan Simmons? Why or why not?

    Normally I like him. I enjoyed The Terror, and Hyperion is one of my favorite books. I don't think I'd sit through another Dan Simmons audio book, though. It was way too long and the format tends to highlight narrative and stylistic problems, of which there were many.


    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    Overacting. Incredulity. He made me really hate the protagonist, Jake, who would have been annoying enough in text, but the inflections he gave Jake, particularly when Jake couldn't believe something, just made Jake sound like a smarmy know-it-all. He also over-enunciated to the point that it made his narration very slow. His voice wasn't bad, nor were the accents, and it was always pretty obvious who was talking, but the bad parts were so irritating that they outshone all of that.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Abominable?

    A significant amount, maybe about half the book. The ceremony before the sky burial, at least 70% of the getting-ready part, the entire post-mountain ending bit that was narrated by Jake.


    Any additional comments?

    While this did not contribute to my dislike of the book, its title is misleading. Dan Simmons is a fairly well-known horror author, and to title his book in such a way as to imply a monster, when that title refers to something else entirely, is a pretty cheap marketing ploy.

    Overall I'm glad I listened to it. It wasn't a bad story! It just dragged way too much, particularly given the poor narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9493)
    Performance
    (9028)
    Story
    (9044)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Like talking to a socially inept male nerd"
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    All right, maybe that's a little harsh. I know my fair share of neckbeards, though, and Andy Weir brings them to mind in a bad way. The main character, Mark, would say something like, "Yaaaay!" and I'd just cringe. It's not that that's really something that a character like Mark wouldn't say; it's that the author perfectly captures the slightly self-conscious, pretty-sure-I'm-saying-something-extremely-witty speech patterns of people who do too much talking on the internet. And judging from the wooden portrayals of all of the other characters, I'm pretty sure that it wasn't intentional.

    I did like the story, though. One of the author's strengths is his thoroughness and education, and his ability to explain concepts to lay people. There is a LOT of detail here. The main character works out plans, explains the details and occasionally the math, and as readers we get to see the results. For example, he goes into how you'd make water if you only have hydrogen and oxygen at your disposal. He also explains his plans to grow potatoes on Mars, and calculates his potential yield and how many days the food will last him. The author is constantly throwing challenges at Mark and having Mark solve those problems in a way that is both realistic and avoids sounding like a deus ex machina to people without a lot of science education.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hide Me Among the Graves

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tim Powers
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Winter 1862, London. Adelaide McKee, a former prostitute, arrives on the doorstep of veterinarian John Crawford, a man she met once seven years earlier. Their brief meeting produced a child who, until now, had been presumed dead. McKee has learned that the girl lives - but that her life and soul are in mortal peril from a vampiric ghost. But this is no ordinary spirit; the bloodthirsty wraith is none other than John Polidori, the onetime physician to the mad, bad, and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron.

    Dave says: "One More Mortal Sin"
    "Good, creepy vampire story"
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    What did you love best about Hide Me Among the Graves?

    The narrator. This is only my second Audible book, but Fiona Hardingham was lovely, and I'm thinking about trying The Scorpio Races just because she narrates it. She's got a pleasant voice, doesn't narrate too slowly, and does the various British accents with better skill and fluency than most American narrators would.

    It was also refreshing to read a vampire story without romance or teen angst. The vampires were evil, made no apology for it, and that was that.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally I dislike books which take liberties with historical figures' lives, but this is sort of Tim Powers's thing, and he did it beautifully. He took the Rosettis' real history and filled in his story between the lines, in a sort of way that might make sense were vampires and ghosts real.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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