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.
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Not nearly as good as "The Terror" which was outstanding. He does his research though and I now know a lot more about mountaineering than before.
Dan Simmons is one of my favorite authors. This tale was middle of the pack for me. The Terror is his best in the historical fiction genre. Hyperion for Sci-Fi and Carrion Comfort in horror are favorites.
If you like back stories of heroes, villains and .....well I can't say. I do not want to give this one away but I think almost anyone would enjoy this book.
I enjoy authentic characters, in believable circumstances, mostly fiction, blended with historical fact, of any genre, with romance added.
Wonderful historical reinvention
Into Thin Air - A similar venture into the Mt Everest imagination
No. Excellent performance.
Yes. The perspective of it being told by someone that has passed away and wrote their story to be passed on to the author.
Brought tears to my eyes. Loved listening during my long commutes.
Those that have no experience or previous exposure to Mount Everest or it's history, or mountain climbing in general.
Caveat: I'm a fan of Mr. Simmons. I really enjoyed The Terror and feel that this type of historical fantasy/fiction is unique and worth pursuit as a genre.
But this one felt like a HUGE book with a very very small pay-off.
Yes. Performance was alright but the poor guy had to wade through hours of climbing.
Anger and disappointment - huge investment with very little payoff.
Edit about half of it out. There was a lot of information about climbing, which wasn't bad. Until it was repeated several times. There were also step-by-step descriptions of how a character climbed a particular rock wall and lengthy descriptions of equipment.
This information might have worked if it had been blended in with action, but it was an info dump worthy of the Sears catalog (of sporting goods).
I enjoyed The Terror and I wanted to enjoy this, but 14 hours into the story I just could not bear to listen to the info dumps any more.The "As you know, Richard," type of writing was just too cliched, and only served to introduce an info dump (and possible reader coma).
Driving in the car to Snowdonia before they did any climbing.
I never finished the book, so I'd have to say disappointment and boredom. I tried to finish it. I made it halfway - 14 hours out of the 29 or 30 hours, and then I just said, "Hey, I'm not enjoying this. There is no reason to make myself continue listening." I bailed out at the point just after the sky burials.
The main character Jake seems a bit of a jackass. He's young, but he's also a bit bigoted and after awhile it rubs thin. I had to wonder why climbing pros would take this irritating kid along with them.
Wasn't the story I was expecting . Narrator was very good and story started off very interesting but didn't go in the direction I thought it would. Don't won't to give anything to much away but let's just say it really has nothing to do with the yeti at all.
U.S. Army Veteran
The story went off track, when the monsters turned out to be Nazis. Overall just a waste of time...
I was looking for a Dan Simmons horror book. Like 'The Terror,' which in its own right is a fantastic book, this novel follows an expedition to the top of Mt. Everest. The characters scream to be real and cared for. The adventure and its technical description is written in such a way that you will want to learn more about ice climbing. More than once, working on a hot day doing manual labor, I felt the cold chill of Simmon's wordimg and description physically. Don't expect the preternatural here though. Expect a story of friendship, hard decisions, gory descriptions, a well thought out reveal, and a history lesson that will send you straight to Google. Not what I was expecting, but a great listen performed perfectly by the reader! Highly recommended! Read 'The Terror' first if you can, it gives the beginning of the story some more depth and understanding. But, it is absolutely not necessary to read before starting. It just clarifies a chapter in the beggining.
People usually critiques this book for being too long before the actual story begins, I can understand that, I lost track a few times in all the planning, but most of the time I found it interesting hearing about all the different gear and techniques used when climbing in the nineteen twenties. The story in general is quite exciting.
The narrator Kevin T. Collins does a great job here, managing to differentiate the voices even if it is an Englishman with a slight German accent, or if it is a Frenchman talking English. Full score for him.
Firstly, I am a huge fan of all things Dan Simmons. The Abominable is a great story with intriguing characters and lots of wonderful history. The bad part is there is so much detail about the logistics and technicalities of mountain climbing crammed into this book that you will find yourself zoning out during the descriptions of a 12-point crampon or what a rope is made of. I am a huge fan of all things Dan Simmons. If about 75% of the descriptive detail was taken out of this story, it would be a fantastic book. I normally give nothing less than a 4 or 5 star rating to all things Simmons, but this one's long, dragging technical descriptions pull it down to a 3 at Best. If you love mountaineering and climbing, you will love this book. If you are looking for a horror story about Bigfoot, Yeti or mythical creatures you will be a long way from it by the time you are neck deep in this one.
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