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Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Terror by Dan Simmons, read by Tom Sellwood.

Stephen King hailed Dan Simmons' best-selling novel as 'a brilliant, massive combination of history and supernatural horror', and it's now a chilling 10 part AMC Original TV series from Ridley Scott.

The most advanced scientific enterprise ever mounted, Sir John Franklin’s 1845 expedition in search of the fabled Northwest Passage had every expectation of triumph. 

But for almost two years his ships, HMS Terror and Erebus, have been trapped in the Arctic ice. Supplies of fuel and food are running low. Scurvy, starvation and even madness are beginning to take their toll. And yet the real threat isn’t from the constantly shifting, alien landscape, the flesh-numbing temperatures or being crushed by the unyielding, frozen ocean. No, the real threat is far more terrifying. 

There is something out there in the frigid darkness. It stalks the ships and snatches men. It is a nameless thing. At once nowhere and everywhere, this terror has become the expedition’s nemesis....

©2018 Dan Simmons (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Simmons has created a chilling supernatural novel...the horrific trials of their impending icy deaths are vividly brought to life." (Daily Express)

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Fantastic read

I loved this book, the story, the characters and the narration. I’ve never been more interested in finding out about the Northwest passage, about the Arctic, the Inuit, the lands, the discoveries and the people. I knew these characters. I cared about these characters. I felt the bitter cold, the darkness, the great weight, the horror. I’m so sorry this book ended, I could listen to it all over again.

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A classic

I really enjoyed this book. it's a great old yarn with real suspense and horror. A future classic I'm sure. Does not disappoint. well worth a listen.

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  • Barbara
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • 06-06-18

The Golden Age of Benny Hill

If you enjoy books where the female characters' clothing keeps coming off in the most improbable circumstances, this is the book for you. I downloaded this, hoping for a combination of horror and history. There was a bit of both, but really, what I noticed was the author repeatedly and predictably arranging situations where women were naked while for the most part, the men around them were not. This was combined with what felt like endless dull descriptions of women's secondary sexual characteristics and a total absence of any description of the interior life for any of the women involved. Not once anywhere in the novel were we told what a woman was thinking - well I got more than half way through and there was no description of what a woman thought at any point, though there were many descriptions of what men were thinking.
A woman in India removes all of her clothing and we are told about her breasts. A woman in the polar region goes to bed naked and we are told about her breasts. A woman in New Zealand removes all of her clothing and we are told about her breasts. I wondered if the author got a bonus for every time he used the word "breasts". The book leaves you feeling impressed that any woman, anywhere in the world in the 1840s, managed to keep her kit on for more than 30 seconds at a time in the presence of a man. When it got to the point where I was laughing out loud at every ridiculous breast fest, I felt that it was time to quit. I have no problem with either sex or nudity or anyone's secondary sexual characteristics, but it's disappointing when an author introduces female characters into the plot solely for such tired old tropes.

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boring

I did read a review that said don't waste your time but I decided nothing can be that bad, was I wrong, It was by far the worst book I have ever endured. It was so boring I kept thinking something will happen soon, but nope it didn't the ending was so bad and rushed I felt cheated out of the hours I spent listening to this

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Runs out of steam

Interesting premise and initially enjoyed the incorporation of the fascinating historical story with the fictional creations of the author. However, as noted by many others, this is an overly long book and requires the reader to undertake a gruelling journey of their own to reach the conclusion.

Some parts of the book felt like unnecessary indulgences of the author, such as strained dialogue between characters to explain factual historical events (obviously garnered by the authors as part of his research - which was obviously rigourous to be fair to Dan) that ultimately proved to be wholly tangential to the core story in the book.

Can't fault the performance of the narrator, Tom Sellwood puts in an energetic performance throughout the 28+ hours, but this is an audiobook I felt I'd endured rather than enjoyed at the end of it.

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Left me cold

Perhaps some books are best read, rather than read aloud. Perhaps this is just such a book. Maybe I'll reach the end of it some day; but I may be some time

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  • CK
  • 11-06-18

Can't finish it

Long, slow plot with lukewarm performances. I just could not finish it. I give up.

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Brilliant writing, with superb narration!

This book is so good, I felt I was part of the crew of The Terror. - it's worthy of a film- Narration fantastic! Best book I have listened to in years!

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Brilliant

This is a great listen. It’s long and slow building but it’s a great story and very atmospheric.

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excellent

excellently told. one of the best audiobooks I have had listened to. well done all

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-18

A feel good romp in the snow.

Loved this book. Made my horrible summer seem brighter in comparison. Would recomend to anyone who enjoys crushing isolation and things that go bump in the night.