• The Terror

  • A Novel: Booktrack Edition
  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Terror: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!

The men on board the HMS Terror have every expectation of finding the Northwest Passage. But what they don't expect is a monstrous predator lurking behind the Arctic ice. When the expedition's leader, Sir John Franklin, meets a horrifying end, Captain Francis Crozier takes command, leading his surviving crewmen on a last desperate attempt to flee south across the ice.

But another winter is rapidly approaching, and with it, scurvy and starvation. Crozier and his men may find that there is no escaping the terror stalking them southward. And with the crushing cold and the fear of almost certain death at their backs, the most horrifying monster among them may be each other. 

Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.

©2007 Dan Simmons (P)2019 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"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)

"Dan Simmons writes with the salty grace and precision of Patrick O'Brian. But in piling supernatural nightmare upon historical nightmare, layering mystery upon mystery, he has produced a turbocharged vision of popular doom." (Men's Journal)

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

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A truly horrific story of fortitude.

Greatest audiobook ever. You will travel to the frozen ninth layer of hell. This was an amazing tale that every single person should experience. The narrator was ultra and made this even better. Seriously one of the best stories I have ever listened to.

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One of my Favourites

I have read this book several times in paperback format, so listening to it with all the sound effects and accents was incredible. Great story, very well done.

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Great audiobook for a book that's a bit too long

I'm a huge fan of the series starring the always excellent Jared Harris, so decided to buy the book. I got roughly 1/3 through the book before I really started to feel it drag. I decided to buy the audiobook because I didn't want to haul the book along on a series of flights I had coming up. I'm glad I did.

The performance is excellent, the subtle sound effects and music add greatly to the atmosphere, and the slow pacing was mitigated by the audiobook format. I still believe the book could have 5 hours of the 28 hours chopped without sacrificing much, but I enjoyed it either way.

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wonderfully produced.

Tom sellwod does a good job narrating this, and the sound design overall is good .

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The Terror

This book was Rey interesting. It basically followed the account of the HMS Terror but had some additional characters that were fictional that added even more suspense to an already frightening position to be in

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the best book yet.

This is by far and away the best book I have ever listened to on audible.

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terrible

I'm a Dan Simmons fan... I LOVED Carion Comfort and Abominable but The Terror is
depressing...slow...has no likeable characters...unnecessarily long... a total slog.

the television series is MUCH better.

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Excellent!

Really enjoyed this, came here after hearing about the HBO series. off to watch now that I've finished!

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Outstanding!!!

This might be favorite book currently. Watched the series on AMC when it was first aired. Read the book and now listened to it. The booktrack version is by far the best. It really sets the tone of the story. The narrator does an excellent job of telling the story through the eyes of the different characters. Well written characters that even the tv series cast right. Dan Simmons’ best work!