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The Abominable: A Novel | [Dan Simmons]

The Abominable: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling tale of high-altitude death and survival set on the snowy summits of Mount Everest, from the best-selling author of The Terror.

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.

©2013 Dan Simmons (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Susan Southlake, TX, United States 08-27-15
    Susan Southlake, TX, United States 08-27-15 Member Since 2008
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    "One of my favorite books"

    I've just finished listening to this wonderful story for the fourth or fifth time and thought I was remiss in not having written a review. This story is all that a good story can and should be. I find something new with each reading and although I know how it ends, I still find myself tense with anticipation during the most harrowing parts.
    Listen to this book and you will find yourself on the freezing glaciers and ice falls of Everest as brought to life by narrator Kevin Collin's performance of a classic and timeless story.

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    Sandra 08-05-15
    Sandra 08-05-15 Member Since 2015

    Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule

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    "Chilly Action"

    This was an outstanding piece of historical fiction... The story and action kept me reading, despite what I thought of as very average narration... At times I found the narrator a little grating, otherwise this story would have deserved 5 stars... The setting was superbly described, and the plot gained in intensity all the way through to the climax... Abominable indeed, but not in the way you think, but I won't spoil why;)

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    Damien A. Hibbitt Arcata CA 06-16-15
    Damien A. Hibbitt Arcata CA 06-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Basically a 30 hour description of climbing"

    As stated it was a long description of climbing techniques with a dull story connected.

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    Gayle 04-28-15
    Gayle 04-28-15
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    "Mountain climbing-Not expected"

    Great story...love Dan Simmons as an author! Intricate storyline. Fear, history,facts about survival in the high mountains. Keeps your attention.

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    Verna Wilder Louisville, CO, USA 04-15-15
    Verna Wilder Louisville, CO, USA 04-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    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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    Jay 02-22-15
    Jay 02-22-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Took long enough..."

    The story was solid but, but the narrative wasn't in much of a hurry to get to the point. Also wandered around as if lost.

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    Fredrik Anderson Dayton, OH, United States 11-10-14
    Fredrik Anderson Dayton, OH, United States 11-10-14 Member Since 2013

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    "great climbing story, but ...."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Loved the details on climbing, it brought back vivid memories of my youth when I enjoyed such adventures. On issues of climbing. The author seemed quite on point. Unfortunately, all mention of "English gas" (oxygen) theory was hopelessly off, due to the author's seeming inability to describe the concept of diminished partial pressures at higher altitudes.


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

    I definitely intend to try another.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin T. Collins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first.


    Do you think The Abominable needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really, it seems to pretty well go full circle.


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    ericjm TX 10-16-14
    ericjm TX 10-16-14

    51&@home: audbks goto for r+r a few years now; TV Xil'd; On horror kick since fall [newer auths only so not tons of success]{Apr'15}

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    "Typically Great Simmons!"

    • Tense, Fun Reading… Having enjoyed The Terror and Drood more than once each, I expect Simmons stories to be compelling and surprising. Having just finished The Abominable, I can say the author has done it again. Years ago I read the non-fiction, Into Thin Air, an account of two simultaneous Everest attempts that ended in disaster. Simmons' tome was every bit as plausible, fantastic, and realistic (notwithstanding the "supernatural" component the author's historical novels typically include.) Thanks Mr. Simmons!
    • My favorite character is Jake Perry, the main narrator. Dan Simmons narrates in the preface, the introduction of 89 y.o. Jake Perry at a CO nursing home. Presented as an engaging octogenarian by DS, and as a early 20s adventurer, is endearing and captivating. He makes the story roll and even when the narrative slows, his experiences and accounts of events that Spring of 1925, kept me interested.
    • The narrator presents character Lady Reggie Bromley-Montford(?) as an elegant, kind, and no-nonsense woman. She ably gets the ungettable Everest climbing permit from Tibetan authorities, and she performs on Everest with confidence and skill that is equal to her male counterparts.
    • This story was worth my time!

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    D. Crosby Seattle, WA USA 08-28-14
    D. Crosby Seattle, WA USA 08-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Big Come Down from Terror"
    What would have made The Abominable better?

    Editing out some of the boring, over-long technical passages about climbing.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Simmons’s story?

    The fanciful tie to historical characters and implausible suppositions.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He did OK, given the material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    In Terror the author combined gothic horror with a thin, but plausible link to an historical mystery (given that survivors of the Franklin expedition may have been driven mad by ingesting lead from early, soldered food tins.) The final twist both surprised me and provided the ground for endless speculation and argument with other fans of the book. Abominable contains none of this narrative tension.

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    Amazon Customer 06-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great, but long, detailed story!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Abominable the most enjoyable?

    The story itself was wonderful and was a nice blend of history, imagery, and inventiveness on the authors part!


    Which character – as performed by Kevin T. Collins – was your favorite?

    I believe the narrator did a great job at distinguishing each character and giving them life. Wonderful job with languages and accents. i wonder if the main character, Jake, was intended to be such a drone by the author or if the narrator took it upon himself to portray him as such; regardless, he was a hard main character to like/root for


    Any additional comments?

    overall it was a wonderful story! though i did at times find myself listening to the book just to get through it, some parts i would just half pay attention to due to details or repetitive scenes/actions, and felt like it could've been shortened with the same results.

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