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The Terror

A Novel
Lu par : Tom Sellwood
Durée : 28 h et 28 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical
5 out of 5 stars (1 notation)

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Description

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

Critiques

"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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  • Randall
  • 24/07/2018

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

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  • linda blakely
  • 28/06/2018

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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  • Pamela
  • 15/09/2018

I thought it would never end.

I was exhausted from their trudging on the ice. Good narrator but I did not care for the story.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 18/06/2018

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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  • Justin W.
  • 16/04/2018

Too drawn out.. I wanted to like it

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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  • Shannon Cole
  • 24/09/2018

What the double hockey sticks!

Great book right up until the last several chapters, then straight to weird and off the tracks.

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  • Jodie
  • 23/07/2018

Last 5 chapters didn't seem necessary

Kept me engaged up until the last chapters, which went too much into Inuit culture. While interesting, it didn't seem necessary for an ending. Narration was fabulous!

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  • Nemo
  • 18/07/2018

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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  • TJR
  • 04/05/2018

Gets a little weird and boring at times

Parts of this story are ok but then it goes off on a weird course and just about when I was going to ask for a refund it would settle down to a cohesive story again. I was hopping for a good adventure story but it fell short when it drifted into some fantasy event. The final disappointment was toward the end when it had the main character going through a long recitation of Inuit names. Most of my books I listen to a second (and sometimes third) time, this will not be one of them. It was very fine line between finishing it or asking for a refund.

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  • Adam J. Boyer
  • 26/04/2018

Sharp Left Turn

What did you like best about The Terror? What did you like least?

The first three quarters of The Terror are very solid. The bouncing between narratives among characters gives the reader multiple perspectives and conveys the effect that different events have on various featured characters. It will keep you wanting more, while providing an idea of where the narrative is going.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

To avoid spoiling the book, the ending does not pay off and comes out of nowhere. Many story lines that are developed throughout the book are, more or less, abandoned. Extremely unsatisfying.

Have you listened to any of Tom Sellwood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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  • joelbackman
  • Vilsbiburg
  • 03/01/2018

Kaum zu glauben, dass das eine Fiktion ist

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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