Captain Crozier has taken over the expedition after the death of its original leader, Sir John Franklin. He draws equally on his strengths as a mariner and on the mystical beliefs of the Eskimo woman he's rescued as he sets a course on foot out of the Arctic and away from the insatiable beast. But every day the dwindling crew becomes more deranged and mutinous, until even Crozier begins to fear there may be no escape from an ever-more-inconceivable nightmare.
©2007 Dan Simmons; (P)2007 Hachette Audio
"Beautifully written." (Publishers Weekly)
I was surprised. I really wish this was unabridged though. It seemed as if the story "skipped". Characters were interesting, a few unexpected and the ending was a nice summary/explanation of the "monster".
Group of explorers stuck in the Arctic, something is killing them one by one, not only the "monster" but the elements & nature itself were the bad guys. I found myself totally wrapped up in the story.
I don't like books that drag out the beginning or "reveal" of the bad guy but this one was completely opposite and I wish they would have had a little more of a build up to the chaos and mayhem.
narrator was very good.
The ending was a nice twist and it wrapped the story up brilliantly.
Overall well worth the credit - just wish is wasn't abridged!
Another great story by Dan Simmons and great narration by Simon Vance. 4 stars instead of 5 just because its the abridged version and not the unabridged version of the book.
I really though this story had some legs to it when I bought it. I hoped it would be terrifying and scary but set in the mid 1800's wasn't very terrible. You don't find out what's t rule going on until you get to the final 49 mins of the 6-7 hrs story. Could have been more phenomenal than it was.
Absolutely amazing. Loved this book. Simon Vance could make curious George sound like Shakespeare. This book could be read by a 7 year old and still be captivating. The ending suggests a possibility of hope for us all from the English curse.
Super creepy and intricate. Can be hard to follow at times with all the different characters and nautical terms. That said it was very well written and the plot is in my experience is wonderfully original. Absolutely loved it!
I've read nearly all the books written about John Franklin's final, fatal (& idiotic) expedition, and so, clearly, has Simmons. The title of the book could be seen as merely derived from the name of one of Franklin's two ships; Erebus & Terror...but it gets to meaning a great deal more.
The beginning of "The Terror" segues from staying close to historical facts about the ludicrously overloaded, overpopulated expedition --with the addition of a fictional character, the Inuit woman "Lady Silence", who seems deeply mysterious at first...then gets more mysterious & a whoooole lot weirder. As does the plot. Simmons follows, as faithfully as can be known, the tragic trajectory of Franklin's doomed men. The farther he gets into historically unknown territory, the deeper he gets into just plain mystical/bizarre/darn near alien territory, as when (for instant) the reason for Lady Silence's silence is revealed. It's not just because she's shy & doesn't speak English.
There may be some who can't deal with a book which begins so grounded in fact about a true polar exploration and then veers so far into mystical territory. I really can't go into plot details partly because I don't want to do any spoiling, partly because it's darned near impossible to describe without just inserting great chunks of the book.
There is certainly terror ongoing throughout the factual and the imaginative parts, and by the end pretty much only the possibly other-worldly mind of Dan Simmons could've produced the deeply unsettling strangeness...but it's a seriously unique & creative strangeness. If you can let your mind wide open & let it wash over you, it's a heckuva ride.
I haven't read the print version. Being as I didn't want the abridged version to end, I would buy an unabridged or print book in a heartbeat.
Frozen In Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition. One of my all time favourites about the Franklin expedition. It has the same sense of immediacy and a wealth of detail (now expanded on by recent discovery).
The death of Irving.
This book needs to have an unabridged audio version made available.
Suspenseful story of a monster, a maiden, and manly man. Fans of Dan Simmons will not want to miss this novel, which is what is best psychological thrillers. Rich with folklore and set in the 1800s with a memorable cast of characters that will kill you to the bone.
Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.
This book is based off two real ships exploring the Northwest Passage. It is basically a historical novel with Inuit mythology inserted. The book is written partially from a third-person narrative and partially from direct journal entries from several characters. This was necessary because seaman keep getting killed off and therefore their viewpoint then must disappear.
I enjoyed the mix of historical, horror, suspense, and science-fiction. The historical part definitely brought out the high risks of such an expedition in the form of mutiny, extreme cold, hunger, cannibalism, scurvy...it all makes you wonder why anyone would have gone on such a voyage!
I didn't find the novel to be too long as others expressed. It all, to me, felt important to building the ambiance. And this book, overall, is about giving you the feeling of what it was like, versus being action-packed. There is definitely some action, of course, but building horror is more Simmons' schtick. The monster reminded me of Simmons' treatment of the Lord of Pain in Hyperion. There is so much fear for the creature and for good reason, but as you go through the series, you find that he is an equalizer in some ways and can be helpful if on your side. I enjoyed how, in this novel, he uses the monster in a somewhat similar way - as a creature outside of our Western viewpoint. And the evil of the mortal humans is a foil for this philosophical discussion.
I can see that this book wouldn't be for everyone, but I think if you're a Simmons fan, like me, you'll find enjoyment in this novel. As always, I enjoyed the great Simon Vance narrating.
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