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The Terror Audiobook

The Terror: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The men onboard HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a terrible death, Captain Francis Crozier takes command and leads his surviving crewmen on a last, desperate attempt to flee south across the ice. But as another winter approaches, as scurvy and starvation grow more terrible, and as the Terror on the ice stalks them southward, Crozier and his men begin to fear there is no escape. A haunting, gripping story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.

©2007 Dan Simmons (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"The best and most unusual historical novel I have read in years." (Katherine A. Powers, Boston Globe)

"The Terror is both dazzling history and a sparkling chiller." (Caroline Leavitt, People)

"The Terror is nothing less than a revelation. Dan Simmons is a giant among novelists, and I am in awe of his achievement." (Lincoln Child)

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    Gary OXFORD, MI, United States 06-02-17
    Gary OXFORD, MI, United States 06-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "One of the few books I've ever given up on"

    This is an interesting concept for a story - take a real life adventure discovery event and wrap it up in a horror story with a relentless monster. But relentless has become the operative word for me. This book is relentlessly dreary and hopeless. Two doomed crews stuck in the ice while S L O W L Y starving to death, S L O W L Y freezing to death; plagued by scurvy and some demon creature determined to slaughter every member of the crews over a L O N G L O N G period of time. The sense of foreboding and hopelessness really started to mess with my day to day attitude and by the time they abandoned ship while dying one by one of scurvy I just couldn't take it anymore.

    Of course, I'd kind of like to know how it all turned out. In real life the entire mission was lost in the ice - interestingly only to be discovered fairly recently. And I would like to know who or what the monster was and his unusual relationship with Silence. At first I thought that perhaps she was one of the Harry Potter animagus, but after a few telling scenes it seems to have turned out not to be the case. A lot of people seem to love this story and I can't blame them. Simmons is a popular writer and I admire most of his work. The narration was superb, but I have to listen to something a bit more uplifting after being immersed within this doleful morass. I think I have the biography of Ghengis Khan up next. I can hardly wait. It has to be better than this one.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 03-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally in Unabridged Form!"

    I've been waiting for years for this in unabridged format. Dan Simmons tells a gripping story of courage and perseverance amongst the crews of HMS Erebus and Terror. Fascinating historical detail mixed with all kinds of horror. One of my all-time favorites expertly narrated by Tom Sellwood.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    A. Harris Horn Lake, MS USA 04-06-17
    A. Harris Horn Lake, MS USA 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Can't Get Enough"

    This is my second time through listening to this book and I am still in love. Wonderfully written. And the performance is the best I've heard. Thank you for the added joy to this novel, Tom Sellwood

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 11-16-17
    Matthew S. Hill Brooklyn, NY 11-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "F**KING AWESOME!!!"

    Thank you Dan Simmons for writing such a fantastic epic horror, historical, supernatural, adventure novel that is “The Terror”.

    For the days that I spent listening to this book, I ate more ravenously, I felt colder then normal and I thought a lot about “what would I do if placed in a similar situation”.

    “The Terror” is the story of two English naval ships that set out on an exploration in 1845 and become trapped in solid ice... that’s the shortest synopsis. The real story is about the people’s lives on the ships. The people you get to know intimately and grow to love and hate or the other way around. There multiple villains to this story, from the unseen “Ursa Maritimas” (or is it) lurking around the ships, to the mutinous sailors, to the most important villain of all... the ice.

    I highly recommend this emotional roller coaster dark, epic book.

    The narration by Tom Sellwood was amazing and I loved listening to his ability to change his tones and accents ever so slightly to conjure the image of the new characters.

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    Brianna P Stevens 11-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow burn, some worthy horror, kinda weird ending"

    Started slowly, grew into some truly frightening horror, then took an odd left turn. I thought another book crashed into the one I was reading... Then, about a half hour later, saw where it was going. I'll never forget this book, but I will also never re-read it. Narrator is FABULOUS. I cannot believe the range of voices and accents he can do. Outstanding! I'm not sure whether to recommend this or not. If you are partial to historical fiction, you'll love it. If you're just up for a fast moving horror story, maybe you should pass on this one.

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    M. Abbott Quad Cities 11-03-17
    M. Abbott Quad Cities 11-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A bit long, a bit dry, but very good"

    The Terror is not going to be for everyone. It reminds me of the Aubrey-Maturin series in it's presentation, though admittedly it is much more grim. The story is a fixtionalized account of the very real Sir John Franklin expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Trapped in ice at the extreme northern Canadian islands above the arctic circle, the crews of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror struggle to survive in the most inhospitable place on earth. With tensions running high, rations running low, and scurvy setting in, things grow more dire when an unknown creature begins stalking and killing the men. Possessed of unearthly strength and guile, and seemingly immune to gunfire, this white furred beast is only the most overt terror the expedition faces, for even monsters cannot compete with humans when it comes to inflicting pain and misery.

    The story is well written, if a bit dry in places, and is very emotionally investing. There was one point where I was so crushed by an unfortunate turn of events that I actually had to set the book aside for a few days to calm down. The book delves into 18th century British naval convention, Inuit survival techniques and mythology, and medical drama. The performance is great, with excellent voices and good pronunciation of the more difficult Inuktitut words. I could see some people having difficulty getting through it, but if you like historical fiction, I cannot recommend this enough.

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    Jacob Taylor 10-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A masterful blend of horror and naval traditions"

    I enjoyed this book from start to finish. The Terror is a suspenseful story where the environment and human nature threatens the crew as much as the monster that hunts them. A great deal of historical detail is in regards to naval traditions and the culture of the time. Overall it's a very long book but full of interesting characters and a brutally oppressive atmosphere. I'd highly recommend it.

    The narrator does an excellent job voicing the vast collection of characters and at no point pulled me out of the story with his delivery.

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    Brynn 08-25-17
    Brynn 08-25-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Favorite story of all time"

    The audio book just about lives up to my own imagination and voice in my head. I have read The Terror 3-4 times. It is without a doubt my favorite story, not just book, but story of all time.
    We waited years for an unabridged version of Dan Simmons' masterpiece, and it lived up to my very lofty expectations.
    Must buy. Enjoy!

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    William 08-15-17
    William 08-15-17
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    "Most implausible story I have listened to by Dan"

    I am not sure my review will help anyone make up their mind about whether to purchase this audio book. But the creature(s) described in The Terror, and man's means of "communing" with it/them are uterly baseles. The story telling is decent but the action scenes are few in comparison to previous Dan Simmons listens. The characters are also rather shallow and under-developed. I feel I could have given this one a "pass" and not missed anything except than as a sleep aid. But a bit of warning, the author jumps around between character sketches and action sequences, that it is very hard to doze and figure out where to rewind to, upon waking up! :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Balen 08-12-17
    Paul Balen 08-12-17 Member Since 2014
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    "They just phoned in the ending."

    Slow to start and then towards the end when the only reason you're still trudging through this horrible farce is to find out why and how the author writes a BS chapter "explaining" it. I wish I would have never heard of this book and I could have time time I spent listening to it back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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