The most infamous cryptid ever to capture the imagination of the planet.
A man putting his life at risk.
When evolutionary biology professor Dr. Zack Hitchens loses his wife in a senseless accident, he decides to follow her dreams all the way to the roof of the world - the peak of Mount Everest. On the infernal mountain, Zack and his teammates battle sickness, whiteout conditions, avalanches, the oxygen-starved minds of other climbers - and something else. Something primitive and consumed with rage. Something seeking revenge.
Something downright abominable.
©2016 Rick Chesler and Jack Douglas (P)2016 Rick Chesler and Jack Douglas
There are few things better than a good story well told!
Read/listen to this if you like a good adventure tale. It isn’t a gore-fest and it’s not cheesy. Good job and well narrated.
IT'S A REALLY GREAT BOOK if you just so happen to suffer from trouble falling asleep cause this book and narrator will put you right out!
Okay, why it sucks:
Narrator: Worst English accent I've ever heard. He constantly would pronounce stuff like "Where the hell are you?" as "W'ere de ell ar oou?" Like really? Come the f*** on. All of his characters sounded the same, especially the women voices. I don't know about this guy but any woman I came across with an Italian accent, or even any woman for that matter, didn't sound like she was a pack a day smoker. So, exactly like how he normally sounds. Seriously, half the time I couldn't even tell that he switched to a character when he would be just narrating the book.
You're getting paid to narrate books, man. PUT SOME EFFORT INTO IT!
No English man on Earth says "Bloody" that f***ing often. I've met my fair share of English men and I think I only heard them say "Bloody" once.
As for the story, not much of a story. It was a lot of just babbling on and on and on about useless crap with the obstacle of them climbing a mountain going on in the backround with a Yeti thrown in for some color.
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Dr. Zack Hitchens loses his wife in a senseless accident, he decides to follow her dreams all the way to the roof of the world-- the peak of Mount Everest. While he's up there he discovers a lot more than he originally thought he would about himself, the other climbers, and the snow beast known as Yeti.
The narration for The Yeti was done by Jeffrey S. Fellin, who again does a phenomenal job. I believe this is the best book I've listened to by Fellin. He was able to capture a lot of the nuances that Chesler wrote into the book. He also used a few tricks to really draw the listener in like using a radio noise when the characters were talking on a radio (an incredibly simple way to make things feel more real). As I said before, I will continue to be on the lookout for more books by Fellin, especially those that combine with Chesler.
Wow, what a ride The Yeti was. I wasn't sure what I was getting into, but I can tell you this. The Yeti is Chesler's best work to date. I haven't read a book by him that I haven't enjoyed, but the drama and peril that he was able to capture in this book is unparalleled.
The main character of this book could have been the drama and the peril. They really took center stage. Chesler and Douglas really wrote this book to make the reader feel like they were there, or at least feel like these characters were real and going through all of these things. I can tell that they did a lot of research into Everest expeditions because everything just felt like it was exactly as it would play out in real life. I loved the realism of the ascent.
The book, while being titled The Yeti, was almost more about Zack's re-finding and redefining himself. I really felt for Zack numerous times throughout making it feel even more real.
While the yeti is definitely a part of this book, it was secondary. Being secondary doesn't make it any less scary. The way it was written about reminded me of how Bruce (the shark from Jaws) was never really shown front and center. You always knew that he was around by the music playing, and his attacks always seemed to happen off screen. The same was true here. You could definitely tell the snow beast was there and killing things, but it didn't have to be described or even seen to be terrifying. Just the smell or the noise would scare the heck out of the climbers (and readers).
Overall, The Yeti is easily the best work by Rick Chesler, and I really enjoyed it. I started it and almost finished it in one sitting. I couldn't pull myself away from it. I had to know how it ended.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I can't compare them as I've only heard the audio version
Jeffrey S. Fellin did all the voices and accents so well that they seemed very real. Great narrator that I've never heard before. I will look for more books narrated by him.
The characters are "fleshed out" so well by the author that you really feel that you are right there with them in the adventure. The character of the "professor" really touched me. He is no super hero, but is a very honest and introspective person. He risks his life doing what he feels is the right thing to do. The ending really touched me.
I usually stick to books by my favorite authors, but lately their books haven't been all that great. So I decided to take a chance on these new authors that I haven't listened to before. I am so impressed with their writing. First, their characters are so human and multi-dimensional. There are no "bad guys, good guys" but very human sorts of beings that you can have empathy for even though you may not like what they do. These writers must have done a great deal of research or else are mountain climber themselves. They sure described the climbing of Everest with such detail that the listener really feels like they are along on the expedition. The cryptozoology is something that I find fascinating. I have often wondered if "creatures" like Big Foot and the Yeti could be ancient hominids that evolved along side humans, hiding away to protect their existence. Evolution seems to be having to be re-written as new discoveries are made which indicate that evolution was not linear and the existance of other forms, such as Gigantopithicus, the Hobbit, Denisovans etc prove that several different hominid species existed along side modern humans. So, this story is not entirely far fetched and is fascinating to ponder. I will certainly look for more books by these authors. Most enjoyable story telling!
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