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The Terror

A Novel
Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
Length: 28 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,438 ratings)
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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

88 of 93 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.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Oh the Whispering!

Oh dear, it is so over-written that I can't see anything, or any narrator, making it work. Do we really need to have one, not-so-interesting scene told from multiple viewpoints? No. Do we need to know every single name, first and last, of every crew member told us in the scenes they are involved in? No. Imagine Captain Kirk, of the Starship Enterprise:

"Mr. Spock, take a landing party, Marcus W. Welby, of Yorkshire, John B. Kildare, of Kildare, James Tillbury, of the Pillsbury Tillbury's, Xavier Holloway, Betrand Rainer, Lee Revere, and Scotty! to the surface to see what's going on."

It is ridiculous. And whilst I can usually excuse this sort of excess for a novel set in the 1800's because I think, well, Dickens, well, Thackeray, well. . . for all of his research, Dan Simmons is neither, and the book isn't compelling enough to justify it. It's just boring.

Narrator Tom Sellwood is talented, bar his astonishingly atrocious stab at the Irish granny's accent, which is classic stage-Oirish. (Apparently, only Irish Roman-Catholics are Oirish in Sellwood's mind. Bless!) The whispering, oh, the whispering! which seems truly random, is a deal-breaker. Isn't there a director, or producer who oversees these things? It is so irritating that even if the story wasn't so boringly drawn-out I would have given up on it. You turn the volume up, you turn the volume down. You turn the volume up, you turn the volume down. No thanks.

So, Mr. Sellwood, knock off your Oirish, and stop with the whispering, if you want this customer to listen to another book narrated by you. You can do better!

Mr. Simmons, get yourself a decent editor. If you have a decent editor and think you know better than they do, you don't.

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not for me

I could not finish the book. I really found it quite boring. I wish I can get a refund for this one

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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.

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unnecessarily long

Normally I dont mind when a book is long. in fact, I prefer them. However, this one is unnecessarily long. It could have easily trimmed a good 10 hours and the story wouldn't have lost anything.

The narrator is fantastic, each character has their own voice and you never have to wonder who's talking.

The story is good, it really just needed to be cut down.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • BMac
  • Florida
  • 08-19-18

Too much timelines to follow.

Each chapter highlights a character/story but they jump around too much for me to follow. I need a picture to know where in the timeline the chapter is taking place.

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  • JENNY L.
  • Comanche, TX, United States
  • 07-25-18

This book DRAGS on forever!

This book dragged on for for so long I often got drowsy listening to it. It was about 19 hours longer than it had to be. If you like books that give you the descriptions of every single little detail, this is your book.

Of all the deaths of the crew, two of them were a surprise, I had thought they would live.

The narrator did a great job but I doubt I will buy another book from this author, I like my audio books when I am driving and this one is NOT something to listen to while driving!

29 of 31 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.

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Decent story but way too long

I think it would better to read this book. There is so much detail that it made for a long drawn out listen.

29 of 31 people found this review helpful