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Olympos | [Dan Simmons]

Olympos

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.
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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.

©2005 Dan Simmons (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    Genghis Bob USA 07-11-14
    Genghis Bob USA 07-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Everything but the kitchen sink"
    Would you try another book from Dan Simmons and/or Kevin Pariseau?

    It'll be a long time before I'm ready for another Dan Simmons novel. And a long, long time before I'll listen to a Kevin Pariseau performance of a work of fiction.


    Would you recommend Olympos to your friends? Why or why not?

    Would not recommend. The book lacks focus, and is not a good example of Mr. Simmons' better writing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Mr. Pariseau's inflections in dialogue were atrocious - I often wondered if he even read the descriptions of the way things were said. There was no nuance in his delivery - whispers, speculation, regrets, all were delivered in the same monotone. Except for once character . . .

    I almost could not continue once the character of Moira appeared. She's a (SPOILER ALERT) young woman, but he makes her sound like my 85 year-old great aunt. A terrible, terrible misread of the character that threw me out of the story everytime he voiced a line.


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

    Mild curiosity, the further I got into it. The story went everywhere (almost literally), without managing to imbue the characters with much that made me care what happened to them. But I was curious to see what else Mr. Simmons would cram into the book, and to see how - if - he pulled it all together.


    Any additional comments?

    This book contained some of the most cringe-inducing descriptions of sexual arousal and intercourse I've ever seen in a work of fiction (fortunately, there weren't many, but they were memorable for their awfulness). Mr. Pariseau's delivery of the scenes only made them worse - turgid prose delivered in a stentorian monotone is a combination to be avoided at all costs.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 06-01-14
    Matthew FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointment after Ilium ;("

    After listening to the excellent book of Ilium, my expectation were high for this sequel. Perhaps too high. The book drags on into meaningless detail. One wonders if an editor was too scared to tell the author what to cut out from the book. It also falters from a lack of a clear distict voice which was the main character in Ilium. Instead, it goes into multiple third-person perspectives to the point at which one starts to not care where the overall stroy is going. The only redeeming part of the book was the area that dealt with the Trojans, the Greeks, Achilles, Zeus, etc. The rest I could have fast forwarded through and not been any wiser as far as plot development.
    I recommended the first book: Ilium. I'd recommend stopping there.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob 11-21-14
    Jacob 11-21-14

    Driver Edmonton to Ft Mac...lots of listening time...

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    "A truly mind boggling enjoyable listen!"
    Would you listen to Olympos again? Why?

    I have listened to it twice already and will again...the interweaving of historical fiction with scifi is just so tasty to have only one helping...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Geo DUNCAN, SOUTH CAROLINA, US 11-01-14
    Geo DUNCAN, SOUTH CAROLINA, US 11-01-14 Member Since 2013

    I wish I could get paid to listen to books....

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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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  • Abdullmm
    London, United Kingdom
    8/23/14
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    "Intersting in a way"
    Would you try another book written by Dan Simmons or narrated by Kevin Pariseau?

    I would try another book by Dan Simmons but not narrated by Kevin


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator made the book so boring as if he is reading to half wits. I had to speed up the narration to be able to enjoy the book.


    Was Olympos worth the listening time?

    It was worth the listening time even with the slow narration


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Viborg, Denmark
    5/16/14
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    "Quite a disapointment"
    Would you try another book written by Dan Simmons or narrated by Kevin Pariseau?

    Yeah, his Hyperion saga was excelent.


    Has Olympos put you off other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Pariseau?

    Yeah


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

    Oh man, lots and lots. It was to islamophobic, too rightwing, hostile towards women - and ultimatly dos not answer any of the interesting questions from the first book.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah, read the hyperion saga - ifinetly better and a much more satisfying read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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