Abomination Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
He is England's greatest knight, the man who saved the life of Alfred the Great and an entire kingdom from a Viking invasion. But when he is called back into service to combat a plague of monstrous beasts known as abominations, he meets a fate worse than death and is condemned to a life of anguish, solitude, and remorse.
She is a fierce young warrior, raised among an elite order of knights. Driven by a dark secret from her past, she defies her controlling father and sets out on a dangerous quest to do what none before her ever has - hunt down and kill an abomination...alone.
When a chance encounter sets these two against one another, an incredible twist of fate will lead them toward a salvation they never thought possible - and prove that the power of love, mercy, and forgiveness can shine a hopeful light even in history's darkest age.
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|Listening Length||11 hours|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 11, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #215,486 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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And this isn’t one. Right from the start, we are summoning demons in medieval times, hooking you right away like any decent book ought to do. We’ve got good noble warrior characters, bad evil zealots and sorcerers, and a clear objective. It’s basically the story of the Punisher if the mafia were demons and if King Arthur was Captain America (if that makes any sense).
It’s a simple story, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good story. The biggest problem, like most novels, is that there’s a sludgy middle where there’s lots of thinking and description. Then it speeds up at the end. This is the first time I’ve noticed the pacing of a novel and it’s upsetting. But it’s still a good book. I recommend giving it a try.
To be honest, historical drama doesn't really beckon to me; neither does fantasy. I've been familiar with Whitta's work since he took over PC Gamer's US publication nearly two decades ago, after which he's had a hit-and-miss career as writer-slash-screenwriter. From his promotional materials, you'll know him as the scribe behind Denzel Washington's "The Book of Eli", but Whitta was also writer of Will and Jaden Smith's failed star vehicle, "After Earth" and first drafter of a new Star Wars spin-off flick. "Abomination" is now his first novel and while his track record's been checkered at best, I still hold out hope that the guy at the helm of my favorite childhood gaming publication has a hit in him. This isn't it.
It wasn't long into "Abomination" that I had flashbacks to Justin Cronin's "The Passage" and its lesser sequel, "The Twelve", a pair of books also about a government experiment gone wrong that releases a bunch of violent abominations upon the world. Where Cronin succeeds is that he takes his time, a space that's roughly the entire length of "Abomination", in its pre-flash-forward sequence developing characters and establishing a frightful reality. Whitta tucks all of the book's interesting and frightful ideas up front and blows through them, describing battles and flashbacks in passive text; a strict no-no under the rule of "show, don't tell". Combined with frequent head-hopping, Whitta often fails to connect with the reader, who's held two steps away from the action as great battles are described in synopsis, rather than moment-to-moment viscera. As soon as "Abomination" hits its hardest, its scariest, its most tense - a point only a third of the way into this rather breezy read - it slackens into a glacial two-hander between a master knight on the run and an up-and-coming monster hunter.
The book's everyman prose pulls you through the pages easy enough, but eventually I couldn't wait for it to end. Our two protagonists yammer back and forth for the remainder of the book, while an unconvincing double-cross serves as Whitta's only log on the narrative fire before the book reaches a soft thud of a conclusion.
Better luck next time, Gary.
I would have liked to see how becoming this beast, how the years of solitude, how committing suicide a bazillion times would have affected his psyche, because most would lose their minds completely, and a few would be scarred for life. He exhibited neither.
Other characters were bland and had little depth. His daughter was just some rebellious girl who can fight like a pro even against hardened bandits. Ridiculous.
The priest was meh. Just in the plot to provide answers to the arcane points of the novel.
The friend/villain was another dull character. No depth, just some guy who became a lord, knew the main character in the old days, then became some domineering father figure hellbent on destroying all the abominations for no reason really.
Also, introduction of the novel made it seem like the reader would get something of the world, but this novel was really shortsighted. Besides some war with some Northern enemy (enemies always come from the north I tell ya), nothing is mentioned of the outside world. Surely nothing that would lead you to believe that the Dark Ages were a part of this novel or why all records were destroyed. The scrolls surely didn't contain all the knowledge of Europe! Just some arcane mutterings.
Anyway, the novel was well written and flowed smoothly which is more than I can say about half fantasy novels I read so it definitely deserves a full 3 stars.