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The Terror | [Dan Simmons]

The Terror

Their captain's insane vision of a Northwest Passage has kept the crewmen of HMS Terror trapped in Arctic ice for two years without a thaw. But the real threat to their survival isn't the ever-shifting landscape of white, the provisions that have turned to poison, or the ship slowly buckling in the grip of the frozen ocean. The real threat is whatever is out in the frigid darkness, stalking their ship, snatching and brutally killing their fellow seamen.
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Publisher's Summary

Their captain's insane vision of a Northwest Passage has kept the crewmen of HMS Terror trapped in Arctic ice for two years without a thaw. But the real threat to their survival isn't the ever-shifting landscape of white, the provisions that have turned to poison, or the ship slowly buckling in the grip of the frozen ocean. The real threat is whatever is out in the frigid darkness, stalking their ship, snatching and brutally killing their fellow seamen.

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

What the Critics Say

"Outstanding." (Booklist)
"Beautifully written." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kirk Richmond, TX, United States 12-08-08
    Kirk Richmond, TX, United States 12-08-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story and great narration"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S. Stanwood New England 03-19-15
    S. Stanwood New England 03-19-15 Member Since 2008

    Free thought

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    "its abridged."

    Its a shame Simon Vance couldn't do an unabridged version. The full book is very interesting.

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    VIMHP 02-10-15
    VIMHP 02-10-15
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    "A chilling tale"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 07-24-14
    Heather 07-24-14 Member Since 2009

    Smoke me a kipper; I'll be back for breakfast.

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    "Historial novel with horror and Inuit mythology."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 10-18-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 10-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Lost in an Icy Terror"

    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.

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    M. 03-01-13
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    "Don't be scared off by the fact that it's abridged"

    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.

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    Michael WALNUT, CA, United States 02-21-13
    Michael WALNUT, CA, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "A thrilling read, but not horror"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 10-29-12
    James KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Naval Read... but abridged.. WTF?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Terror to be better than the print version?

    why would anyone...ANYONE put up an abridged version of ANY book?


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Vance has a good voice.


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    Heather D. Moreland Nowhere, AR 03-27-12
    Heather D. Moreland Nowhere, AR 03-27-12 Member Since 2014

    Devlyn of the Fiends

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    "Interesting book"

    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.

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    Arne Saknussmm Brazil 09-26-11
    Arne Saknussmm Brazil 09-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A gripping story"

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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