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The Terror

A Novel
Auteur(s): Dan Simmons
Narrateur(s): Tom Sellwood
Durée: 28 h et 28 min
Catégories: Littérature, Horreur
4.5 out of 5 stars (99 évaluations)

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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

Ce que les critiques disent

"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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Fantastic!

This was the best audiobook I have EVER listened to. The narrator was beyond amazing- accents, characters. everything.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Tense and gripping

Even though some plot points are telegraphed, the author is so good at putting you in the scene! You feel the characters' dread, their indecision. Very suspenseful.

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Get ready to feel chilled to the bone

This book is a perfect mix of historical fiction and horror. It provides a lens into the incredible effort and faith needed to survive in the artic as well as a critique of the western world's desire to conquer lands where they don't belong.

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An impressive read

As a fan of historical fiction, I found this book to be brilliant in many ways. The characters were very real and layered, and the detail of the story-telling was so vivid that I felt like I was there. The suspense grips you in a way that makes it hard to stop listening, but at the same time some of the things you hear are so awful (more so near the end) that you need a moment to stop and collect yourself. The blending of different realities, belief systems, and perspectives is quite well done; the supernatural is found in mundane reality, and mundane reality interjects into the supernatural, and but which parts are supernatural and which parts are mundane reality is subjective according to the viewer (especially when considering whether you are an Inuit watching these events unfold, or a European white man).

As a Canadian who is trying my best to acknowledge, validate, and elevate the voices of Indigenous peoples in Canada, I also wanted to engage critically with this book from that perspective. (Putting aside the use of the word "Eskimo" which is considered pejorative in Canada, since this is historically accurate; the racist views held by Europeans in the novel are also accurate, and moreover fundamentally inform their decisions and motivations in the narrative so it makes sense to include them.) I definitely think that once the lens of perspective has shifted from the European to Inuit in the book, the author treats their culture with sensitivity and doesn't descend to stereotypes. At first I was annoyed by the opaqueness of the Inuit character throughout the entire book and disgusted that she fulfilled that "mystical savage" trope but by the end, I realised that this was part of the storytelling/framing and was actually quite clever. I would be quite curious to hear how this book has been received by the Inuit themselves.

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Great Adventure Horror story!

Originally I had a hard time reading this book, however I really gain a great joy in hearing it read to me. Very good story!

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Best narrator I’ve heard yet

The man could not have done a better job. He added so much to this dark and suspenseful story.

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Terrific Book that Fizzles Out

This book had so much potential. It's a unique story, with historical relevance, and it's at times, absolutely terrifying. Unfortunately, the story fizzles out near the end to the point I had to force myself to finish it. The narrator, Tom Sellwood, is terrific though. #Audible1

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The Terror - Great Slow Building Fear

Fantastic narration.
It is long but well worth it.
Read this and watch the show!

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Excellent story, well-read.

I really enjoyed this book, and the performer was top-notch, using a variety of unique voices for the many characters.

In my perfect world, it would have been a little more respectful of the Northern people and their myths, but overall it wasn't like it was disrespectful.

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One of Dan's Best

Dan Simmons wraps us tightly in the hope, the fear, the hunger, the sickness, the lassitude, the isolation, the mania experienced by 19th century sailors aboard two vessels trapped in the Arctic ice during their search for the Northwest Passage. As he introduces us to the indigenous people who have long survived that frozen tundra, we come to appreciate their elusive culture; their generous natures, their superstitious ways, their belief in gods of the land and sea, their harmonic relationship with the fauna that sustains them. The author manipulates us into being invested in each and every character in this marvelous novel - the natives, the captains, the crew, even those back in England - by dragging us deep into their psyches and holding us there until he is good and ready to let us out. As if that weren't enough, Mr. Simmons conjures an element of the supernatural that is more horrific than the threat of scurvy, snow blindness, starvation, frostbite and resulting amputations (without anesthetic) that are among the story's ongoing threats. Add to this Tom Sellwood's brilliant performance, The Terror is a highly-recommended audio experience.

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  • Randall
  • 2018-07-24

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
  • 2018-06-28

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
  • NEW YORK, NY, US
  • 2018-09-15

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-18

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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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Justin W.
  • 2018-04-16

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
  • Casper
  • 2018-09-24

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
  • 2018-07-23

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
  • 2018-07-18

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
  • 2018-05-04

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
  • New Orleans
  • 2018-04-26

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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