I agree with Kal, Michael, and Bernard. This book does not denigrate any religion but identifies most closely with buddhist teachings. Having read Anathem recently, I second Kal's comment that, if one has read either of these books, then one should read the other as well.
This book started out with great potential but gradually degenerated into drawn out rescue operations for the hapless Tor.
I was a long distance runner at one time in my life, but, after breaking my ankle many years ago, I was never really able to get back into it. I found this book to be just the catalyst to inspire me to "re-learn" how to run.
I couldn't offer a better review than that given by Jennifer, except that I rate this book a five because it succeeded in completely captivating my attention for several days - without any distractions that detract from the story. The narration was excellent.
This book brought back memories of trudging through the forests of Upper Michigan with my Dad and friends during the 1960's, in search of the mythical (to us) Cliff Lake which was reputed to offer some of the best fishing anywhere. It took us many summers but we eventually found it.
What more can I say without being equally repetitive? The author repeats herself so many times, by way of 'explaining' alien behavior (for instance) that it seems like what she is really doing is simply padding her story to fill a word count quota. Very tedious to endure audibly.
This story was so well written that it was hard to tell where fact devolved into fiction. In fact, much of what I thought might be fiction turned out to be fact (e.g. the recently declassified cuban plots). I highly recommend this book to anybody who likes a good spy story with more than a smattering of truth.
I have read several books by Dan Simmons - all of them great. When I saw "The Terror" at the bookstore, I immediately checked to see if it was available on Audible. It was, but I was disappointed to see that it was abridged. Nevertheless, I purchased it and thoroughly enjoyed Simon Vances reading of this intriguing fictional account of what happened to "The Terror" and her sister ship the "The Erebus". I gave four stars instead of five, only because it was abridged. I hope Audible provides more titles by Dan Simmons.
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