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)
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.
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.
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This was an interesting but gruesome book of survival and self discovery. A group of men, who when brought to their knees by the elements, start to uncover the depths of each individuals basic moral compass. The vigilant and unwaveringly line of command helped to hold them together until many of the men lost hope and their group splintered. That was the beginning to the end. The end was a little disjointed from the main story, but fasinating, and had some really amazing facts about the Inuit tribes. A fictional history book based on, what they know of, The Franklin Expedition, though not many real known facts were confirmed until the 1980-90's.
I think maybe I missed something in the abridged addition, perhaps if I had more time to absorb and connect to the characters I would have enjoyed it more. Even though, it was still a well written story that was, all in all, entertaining, but I would definitely recommend the Unabridged version.
Too bad it's abridged, but the novel is too long to begin with (750 pages), and Simon Vance's narration just too good to pass up. Like Patrick O'Brian meets Stephen King, or something like that.
I was skeptical if a horror novel can really work in audible form. Turns out I need not be concerned because it was not scary. Exciting sure, but not scary. Lost did the mysterious polar bear better, and Monty Python did the cannibalism bit better. Still a great read for nautical fans.
why would anyone...ANYONE put up an abridged version of ANY book?
Vance has a good voice.
Devlyn of the Fiends
Although I enjoyed the story I did have a little trouble following it. I'm not really sure if it was due to the narration or the writing. It might also have something to due with the book being abridged. Not sorry I purchased it. And plan on listening to it again.
An unusual audiobook, a well-spun suspense tale that "grows" on the listener, with the heightening despair provoked on a crew of a ship trapped by a frozen sea, mysterious murders, hints of supernatural phenomena, glimpses on eskimo culture and religious beliefs, dark settings, desolate surroundings, the fight for survival, violence, ethical choices, the discovery of soul-sharing love by a hardened seaman, unexpected ecological and spiritual insights, all in the 1800s...
Plus, a good reader to bring it to life...
What else can a listener wish for?
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