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The Abominable Snowman (Choose Your Own Adventure #13)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  726 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Readers can choose between twenty-eight possible endings as they follow the adventures of a young man as he searches for the Abominable Snowman in the Himalayas.
Paperback, 116 pages
Published February 11th 1982 by Bantam Books (first published 1982)
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Jason Koivu
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
YOU are a kid who likes to climb mountains, so let's hit the Himalayas!

*BRAKE SCREECH* Reread that title. This ain't just gonna be a hiking book, my friend. We're going after the yeti!

The Abominable Snowman is the first Choose Your Own Adventure [CYOA] I've seen that comes with a map. It's not a highly detailed map, but hey, it's a map! Whereas others were published as pure fun, this CYOA seems set on being a teaching tool. Along with the map, there's also an illustration of the Himalaya range w
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Kelli
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
I may be waxing nostalgic for days after introducing my son to the magic of the Choose Your Own Adventure series. I used to stay up to all hours (it was probably seven o'clock) reading and re-reading these enigmatic stories. I distinctly remember trying to figure out how the author built the stories after once discovering I had arrived at the same ending even though I had made different choices along the way. But enough about me!

I applaud this series for introducing such a fun, unique concept. T
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Peter Derk
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Damn it!

I thought I might try my way through some of these books to see if I've gotten any smarter since childhood. I was an idiot then. I thought that playing Tetris on a bigscreen TV would allow me to get a much higher score, for example. I also made a homemade rocket that succeeded in ejecting its own engine and firing it across the neighborhood where it barreled into a neighbor's garage door with a resounding smack.

At this time, in addition to being bad at life decisions, I was also bad at l
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Julie Decker
Oh no, your friend disappeared while you were in the mountains searching for the Yeti! Is it too dangerous to save him, or will you brave the snow and the potentially violent creature lurking out in the wilderness?

I picked this up because I was running out of Choose Your Owns that seemed at least somewhat science fiction-y. I'm not very interested in cryptozoology but I thought there might be some fun times in this. Mostly it just seemed stereotypical of the legends and supposed local culture an
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Holly
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure if I actually made it through all 28 endings, but I did quite a few! I saw this originally at the library when I was looking for books for my daughter and was slapped with nostalgia, because I was completely obsessed with Choose You Own Adventure books as a kid, ESPECIALLY the Goosebumps ones. So I grabbed it as kind of a blast from the proverbial past.

I always go to my daughter's school a half hour early before it lets out, and then I sit and read while waiting for her. If you don
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Nick Jones
May 11, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
This was an odd choice for the first Choose Your Own Adventure book under the Chooseco banner. For a story about hunting Yeti in the Himalayas, it's surprisingly dull. Very little of interest happens on any of the paths, despite the opportunity for experimentation due to each path being inconsistent with the others (a cardinal gamebook sin in its own right). There's no identifiable "good" ending (unless it's the one where talking yeti moralize at you about how awful the modern world is), a few ...more
Ben
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of the reviewers here, I was totally in love with the Choose Your Own Adventure series as a kid. I am glad that the reprint still bears that mysterious, eccentric charm of the Packard-Montgomery universe where nothing is certain and you can fall dead anytime...

I too felt that the story, like others in the series, ended way too quickly. It would be great if someone could come up with an adult version of the series, with a lot more complexity, length and a little more sophisticated prose
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Alyssa
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
I thought that the book Choose your own adventure:The Abominable Snowman was an ok book. I did not think that this book was my favorite because the story that I picked did not have a very good ending. In the book my favorite character was Carlos. He was my favorite character because I personally thought that he was very funny, I also thought that he was the main character in the book. I like the series because I think that it is cool how the author lets you choose the adventure.
Michael
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being the first of the series, I'd say the Abominable Snowman adventure is action-packed and the characters are very thoroughly developed. While the plot takes some surprising turns,it never lets you down. In fact, my favorite ending is the one in which you make it to a Tibetain monastery where you cannot leave. There is a unicorn, the snowman, and other magical creatures.
Monica
Otro de mis libros favoritos de la serie.
El argumento de ir en busca del Yeti y fotografiarle siempre me resultó fascinante. Quizá no es el mejor libro de Montgomery en desarrollo, pero no obstante, tiene toques muy Zen y consigue crear atmósfera. Además, para ser destinado a niños, es un libro que dota de conocimientos geográficos y de situación y cultura ( Montgomery suele hacerlo siempre).
Anna Rybicki
Remember these? They are still fun! I read this with my kids, ages 6 and 8, and they both really liked it. It was the first Choose Your Own Adventure I've shared with them, and now they are wanting more.
Miund
Jul 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read all of the Choose Your Own Adventure series when I was small, and I just couldn't believe my own stupidity of NOT preserving the books. Verdict: excellent for Librans to exercise decision-making ability. Hm, wonder if my parents bought me these to do so...
Bernardo Villela
I finished this one and made no mistakes. Of course, I enjoyed it!
Shelley
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slcc137
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is amazing! If you want to make your own book style, make your own paths, buy this book! I've accually never finished it, there are so many possiblities!
Jason Koivu
YOU are a kid who likes to climb mountains, so let's hit the Himalayas!

*BREAK SCREECH* Reread that title. This ain't just gonna be a hiking book, my friend. We're going after the yeti!

The Abominable Snowman is the first Choose Your Own Adventure [CYOA] I've seen that comes with a map. It's not a highly detailed map, but hey, it's a map! Whereas others were published as pure fun, this CYOA seems set on being a teaching tool. Along with the map, there's also an illustration of the Himalaya range w
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Taddow
Dec 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Choose Your Own Adventure books while growing (I don't remember how many of the series I read but it was a lot). I have since found more complex (CYOA-style) game books to be more enjoyable (like the Lone Wolf series or those of Car Wars) but the CYOA series are still great- especially as a motivator for young kids to read.

This is the first time that I recall reading this particular book, and while I felt it was okay and was intrigued by the goal and background, I felt it was too easy t
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Kendall
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about a sweet trip through the childhood memory banks. I can't explain why this series popped into my head a couple of days ago, but picking up the first 3 titles from my local bookstore made me feel giddy (and was a nice, light break after The Wasp Factory). Though not as detailed as I remembered from my youth, I spent an hour with The Abominable Snowman choosing my fate over and over again. Would I die in an avalanche? Make friends with a yeti? Ever see my friend Carlos again? Incredibly ...more
Christine Blachford
I was very intrigued when I saw that the Choose Your Own Adventure books were available on the Kindle. Oh, how I loved these books as a child. I've still got one of my very favourites - a tatty old copy of the Sherwood Forest adventure. I have no idea that one captured my imagination above all others, but it's tucked away in a cupboard somewhere.

I couldn't see how the format would work ebook style - getting to the end of each chapter and having to skip forward to a designated page, depending on
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Nathaniel Chattic
Grades: 4th - 8th

The "Choose Your Own Adventure" series was around when I was a child, and I remember the appeal of starting a story and not knowing how it will end until you made your choice and flipped to the next page to find out what happened. I never was tired of reading the books over and over again because of the variety of choices, and once I exhausted the book, I went to the next one in the series. Such is the appeal that I think young readers will find with this series of paperback boo
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Holden Attradies
This is the first of the current in print editions that my son and I have read together (it also happens to be book #1 in the series). I have to say, I could immediately notice how cleaned up the series i now.

Although I hadn't read an older version of this book recently (I think I had when I was little) I am pretty sure some of the writing was updated. The story flow from this was really good, the endings were pretty evenly spaced and there was a HUGE variety for what can happen in the story.

Pe
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Vanellope
Actual Rating: 3.5

Question: Can a book actually be considered a Choose Your Own Adventure Book if there isn't at least one ending having to do with aliens? I think not. And the authors seem to agree.

This is much like every other CYOA book. And just like in any true CYOA book, if you read all the endings (which I did), you will get shot, eaten, or betrayed at least once. And of course, there are always those endings that get weirdly metaphysical?? Especially for a kids book?? My favorite ending
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Mark Baker
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, 2015
In this book, you are the star and the choices you make determine the outcome. You are a mountain climber out to capture proof that the Yeti exists. When you arrive, your friend Carlos is already in the field, but you can’t reach him by radio. What do you do? Think carefully because your choices could make your career or lead to certain doom.

I read some of these as a kid and enjoyed them, and it was fun to revisit the series with this book. The story is fun, although some of the choices get pret
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Swankivy
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think I settled for reading this Choose Your Own Adventure book because it promised to be at least vaguely science fiction-related, being that it was about a mysterious creature and I expected to get to see it in my travels. This was another book where the endings were just sort of weird, and there were some strange stereotypes (you know, because if you're in Tibet, of course you're going to end up dealing with monks!). I don't mean that the endings were weird in a good way; they were just sor ...more
Racheal
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to love these books as a kid. Now that they have rebooted the series and are re-publishing them, I have started my collection anew. I regret ever getting rid of my old copies (though they were quite tattered).

This book had all the elements of Choose Your Own Adventure I love. A few happy endings scattered amidst a triage of disappointment, death, and dismemberment. A little creepy at times and outlandishly hilarious at others, it was the perfect mix.

I actually sat down and devoured the
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Louis Vigo
This was a fun read. It was a great break from some of the heavier reading I usually do. I read it on my Kindle so I'm not sure how much of it I actually read, but I read dozens or endings... each one amusing and fun. I had originally read most of this series when I was a tween, when Dungeons and Dragons was first getting around, and games like Zork were published. It was a great time in "interactive fiction" and there were many creative ideas flurishing at the time.

The Kindle added a good twis
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Phil
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When can you say that you've finished reading a Choose Your Own Adventure book? Is it enough to see one plot arc through to its conclusion, or do you have to go back and read each permutation of the story to check the book off of your list?

Honestly, that's beside the point. I read this book (or at least part of it) for fun and nostalgia. Mission accomplished! I'd now say the stories are a little less cohesive or compelling than I remember, but I was an impressionable elementary school student th
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Chelsea
The concept behind this book is awesome and I am totally impressed that the author was able to organize so many different paths and outcomes. My oldest was excited to choose the story. We tried several different choices along the way but every time we were left with a rather boring ending. One ending left us scratching our heads and wondering if we had turned to the wrong page because it really didn't make much sense. I'm giving the book three stars though because it did encourage my son to read ...more
Matthew Sustaita
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Abominable Snowman was a great book. It has many good parts that keep you locked in. I never got bored with all of the decisions I had to make. Every decision you make impacts your ending which can lead to many fun awesome path! I literally read this book 28 times, and every time I ended up with a different ending! I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read this, and trust me you will never get bored with this book!
Joanna
When I found this book in the library, I was instantly returned to elementary school and all the fun times I had reading these books and also discussing with my classmates all the different adventures you could take in each one. Today while I was reading and reliving those good times, I did not want to put the book down. I kept wondering what else I was missing and could find. 5 stars for just fun times and good reads. :)
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Raymond A. Montgomery (born 1936 in Connecticut) was an author and progenitor of the classic Choose Your Own Adventure interactive children's book series, which ran from 1979 to 2003. Montgomery graduated from Williams College and went to graduate school at Yale University and New York University (NYU). He devoted his life to teaching and education.

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