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.
Thank you Dan Simmons for writing such a fantastic epic horror, historical, supernatural, adventure novel that is “The Terror”.
For the days that I spent listening to this book, I ate more ravenously, I felt colder then normal and I thought a lot about “what would I do if placed in a similar situation”.
“The Terror” is the story of two English naval ships that set out on an exploration in 1845 and become trapped in solid ice... that’s the shortest synopsis. The real story is about the people’s lives on the ships. The people you get to know intimately and grow to love and hate or the other way around. There multiple villains to this story, from the unseen “Ursa Maritimas” (or is it) lurking around the ships, to the mutinous sailors, to the most important villain of all... the ice.
I highly recommend this emotional roller coaster dark, epic book.
The narration by Tom Sellwood was amazing and I loved listening to his ability to change his tones and accents ever so slightly to conjure the image of the new characters.
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At first I will say, until Dan Simmons opened my horizons, I never expected to read a book about the crew of an Arctic expedition, their varied fates leading to one inevitable one for all (except one, and I promise no spoilers here), stories of good and evil, revelry turning to survival, true heroism juxtaposed with cowardice, and ultimately, for one man, redemption.
Some background: I have read about 8-10 Dan Simmons books so far on Audible, starting with Carrion Comfort (still my favorite albeit with stiff competition), and my journey has taken me to places I never expected to go. The reason for this is that I trust Dan Simmons to introduce me to well-rounded, fleshed out characters, in backgrounds rich with historical significance, who define, aggregately, the human condition. Some have said the some of Simmons works are ponderous: I say--so is life if we live it fully. In addition to this, most of his books combine, inexplicably yet somehow fittingly, a
combination of superb plot and character development, immersion into the relevant history of where the story takes place, spine tingling adventure, real horror and fear, supernatural elements, and, above all, a deep sense of spirituality. For those of you who shy away from books that are a bit too lengthy for your personal taste, please, take the time to immerse yourself in the worlds that Simmons will introduce you to. Be patient. Because in the end, the payoff will take your breath away.
The Horror does not disappoint in any of these regards. The final three hours will leave you spellbound.
In short, The Horror is a voyage worth taking.
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Started slowly, grew into some truly frightening horror, then took an odd left turn. I thought another book crashed into the one I was reading... Then, about a half hour later, saw where it was going. I'll never forget this book, but I will also never re-read it. Narrator is FABULOUS. I cannot believe the range of voices and accents he can do. Outstanding! I'm not sure whether to recommend this or not. If you are partial to historical fiction, you'll love it. If you're just up for a fast moving horror story, maybe you should pass on this one.
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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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In spite of its somewhat unsatisfactory ending, this is an excellent “wilderness horror” tale in the tradition of Algernon Blackwood. It shows the influence of other classic writers, too, such as Poe and Melville. Of particular interest is Simmons’s use of the true story of the Franklin Expedition to the Arctic in search of a Northwest Passage during the late 1840s. Although the remains of the two ships have recently been discovered, the exact fate of their crews, although no doubt gruesome and horrible, remains a mystery. Simmons imaginatively fills in the gaps with a story that blends the factual and historical with the supernatural and mystical, for a supremely eerie and unsettling effect.
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I enjoy this story so much that I have read the ebook for two summers in a row and the audiobook this summer. I love the dark and stark polar setting where this story is played out. Dan Simmons' writing style is smooth, descriptive and gives this tale the kind of ambience that carries the reader right into the world of these polar explorers. Simmons' characters are very well created and each unique personality makes them seem real. Based upon an actual expedition, the author has provided a well researched mesh to support the imagined account of how the ships, Terror and Erebus and all hands disappeared while trying to discover the Northwest Passage.
The performance could not have been better and it definitely enhanced the somber ambience of the story.
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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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This is my second time through listening to this book and I am still in love. Wonderfully written. And the performance is the best I've heard. Thank you for the added joy to this novel, Tom Sellwood
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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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I almost gave up on this book for the simple fact that they took a very interesting plot and overall cool, dark atmosphere and drug it completely too far out. This book could of been compressed by half and been so much better. I found myself daydreaming so much that I had to rewind because I missed something. The narrator, however, is very good!
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Ich bin immer auf der Suche, nach englischen Hörbüchern mit wenigstens 15 Stunden Dauer und da ist die Auswahl leider nicht sehr groß, schon gar nicht wenn Qualität gesucht ist.
Um so überraschter war ich, als ich auf dieses Hörbuch stieß: Spannend, ja zum Teil nervenzerfetzend, ist es wohl das, was man im gebunden Bereich als einen „Page Turner “ bezeichnet. Ich konnte einfach nicht mehr aufhören.
Die Geschichte einer Expedition die nur Scheitern konnte, doch dieses Scheitern wird mit einer Liebe zum Detail und unglaublich scharf gezeichneten Charakteren erzählt, die ihres Gleichen sucht. Die arktische Kälte springt den Leser an, er leidet mit den Teilnehmern dieses irrwitzigen Vorhabens, ist wie die Protagonisten hin und her gerissen zwischen Hoffnung und Aufgeben.
Dan Simmons gelingt es über fast das gesamte Buch, diese immer weiter schwindende Hoffnung der Mannschaft auf den Leser zu übertragen, ihn mit leiden zu lassen. Nebenbei lernen wir über die Arktis, das Leben auf Segelschiffen, zu einer Zeit, wo das selbst in gemäßigtem Klima nicht lustig war. Vernunft und genialer Instinkt, die von militärischen Hierarchien nieder gerungen werden und auch die, die es besser wussten, zu Opfern der Willkür machen. Blinder Gehorsam, als falsch verstandene Disziplin.
Dass sich Simmons, das alles „nur“ ausgedacht hat, macht ihn in meinen Augen zu einem wirklich großartigen Schriftsteller.
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