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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Very good then, NOT


I love a good historical fiction, and three quarters of this book was fantastic.

A tale of hardship followed up by bad luck and tragedy. Not to give anything away, but they find themselves stuck fast in the ice while trying to find a passage to sail north of Canada. they begin to be hunted by what appears to be an extremely large Polar Bear.
The crews of the 2 ships struggle to survive and many parish. The story is told in, through the eyes experiences from many different crew members .
BUT THEN at about chapter 62 the story tales a bad left turn and never recovers.
This is my first Dan Simmons book and I was impressed in his many detailed characters,and the telling of the story through their experiences.
I will definitely try another Dan Simmons novel soon

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not for me

I made it about halfway through this book before giving up from boredom. There were a couple of chapters that gripped me utterly, but aside from that I found it tedious to listen to. I ended up reading the rest of the plot online to decide whether or not to continue but ended up abandoning it. The narrator, however, is excellent and was able to give each character a unique voice. His storytelling was probably why I made it as far as I did.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Last 5 chapters didn't seem necessary

Kept me engaged up until the last chapters, which went too much into Inuit culture. While interesting, it didn't seem necessary for an ending. Narration was fabulous!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not my cup of tea.

I guess I was expecting something a little more realistic. It just wasn't my kind of book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • Arlington, MA, United States
  • 07-18-18

it could have been great.

Lose the unbelievable monster. This could have been a great book. Sadly it wasn't. I love historical fiction and was excited to listen to this book about the early exploration of the North West Passage only to be disappointed by a human eating monster who rips out the tonques and plays the vocal cords of people who are worthy of living. Why add such asinine text to what could've been a great story of human adventure, termoil and accomplishment.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Adam

The book started off well enough. Stranded in the ice, a mysterious beast slowly consuming them, then it fall off the rails. The solid chapters of Eskimo language, boring. Throw in some telepathy and shared dreams and you end up with barely a three star review.

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  • cmh
  • ft collins, co
  • 07-20-18

interesting but progresses slowly

some lengthy background stories that don't seem to add much content to the story line. also some crude sexual scenes which were innapropriate and seemed out of place.

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Long Details

Way to many details that really didn’t help the story. Audio has areas that are so soft that I could not understand the words.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great until the End

I really was enjoying the book and just felt like the last chapters where from an entirely different book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • RICHMOND, CA, United States
  • 04-03-17

Good but then...

Great narration and the story started out good but it's long and then it began to drag. Truly there were some terrifying and haunting moments. I WAS invested in the very well developed characters so I rode it out. Then somewhere around the 17th hour there was some shouting in different accents that sounded more cartoonish than dramatic and I realized I didn't know what was going on because I'd just completely tuned out. This plus the boredome just made me resentful and I stopped listening. It's not that I can't listen to long books but I dunno... I couldn't stay with this one.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful