The Terror

  • by Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by Tom Sellwood
  • 28 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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I Got Lost But Found Myself Again

This book left me with one of those feelings I can't describe, but breathing deeply in and out seemed to help, and at one point in the book I had to stop listening and have a little cry and my heart felt fluttery. I did get lost in some of the story, mainly the characters and their flashbacks to keep up with. And there is lots and lots and LOTS of ice...and the author sometimes would start in on these long, endless explanations, which would usually get on my nerves, but I think it helped in this case. It helps you feel what the characters are going through. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere in freezing cold weather and trying not to go crazy. Although some characters didn't care about their sanity and even thought of themselves as beyond mere mortals.

And the mystical side of the story was interesting and kept me wondering what was going on. What is this thing that terrorizes the land and who is this girl that keeps appearing and reappearing and what do they both have to do with the relative plot of the story. Which you do eventually find out.

The performance was amazing. So many voices to keep up with and all the different accents. Job well done. I would usually re-listen to books I find a work of art, but this one does take alot of attention and can be hard at times to understand so I will have to warm up my brain for another go.
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- A. Harris

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.
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- Kim Venatries

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-13-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio