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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
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Piper on 05-05-18

DON"T watch the (whole) TV show first please.

I started listening to this book just as a mini series was released on TV called "TERROR". Since the book is over 28 hours long, I had to stop after the second episode, because it was moving so much faster than I was listening. It was nice however, to have visual and audio images of what things looked like and how the characters would have sounded. It made the whole experience even better for me. I felt like I knew the Captain and crew more intimately. Especially SILENCE.

Seeing the vessels at sail (on TV) in the beginning really set the scene of what this exploration was about. I did some research, printed a chart from the internet, and followed their journey from the Capt's logs and crew journals. I read some facts/images from the internet, and gave myself a true history lesson. I got really involved, it was a lot of fun. I was on an adventure myself. It lasted 2 weeks, listening at work. I had to re-wind a lot. You will get why immediately. But I missed many things in one or two sentences, this is not a lazy day read. It takes concentration and commitment.

I just finished the book today 05-05-2018; before the TV series has completed, for me anyway. I am SUPER glad I did. I know NOW > There could be no comparison between the two. If you are in this predicament, please WAIT and finish the book first. Please only watch one or 2 shows, then it gets you lost... You will be glad you did, there are a lot of important differences.

This is the first time I have listened to Tom Sellwood. I was impressed and amazed at the ease and perfection he gave to each character. I will look for more of this artist in the future for sure.

As far as the story itself, it was well written in the vernacular of the times, and I learned many new words. It is a wonderful adventure. Filled with drama, violence, horror, sorrow, and many more feelings that came to me while following the unbelievable tales in the search for the Northwest Passage. The actual hardships of these men, moving these ancient wooden ships through the ice was something I had a hard time comprehending. I admit I had my mind blown ~ in many ways, during this journey.
I do not usually go in for this genre, but after reading reviews, I am glad I gave this story a chance. I was not disappointed. I will most likely "read"/ listen to it again at a later date.
When it finally finished, I was feeling good and warm all over, and sad too. Saying goodbye to this story was bittersweet, I will never forget it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By anne on 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.

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