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  • The Terror

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
  • Length: 28 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (312 ratings)

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The Terror

Written by: Dan Simmons
Narrated by: Tom Sellwood
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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

What the critics say

"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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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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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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A Masterpiece

A phenomenal story. Amazing detail and imagination meshed into a horrific true story.

The Terror is a journey that will sit with you for weeks, remembering the human suffering and desperation in these men's lives.

One of my favorite audiobooks.

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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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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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Keeps you on the edge of your seat

Great story by Dan Simmons. Excellent performance from Tom Sellwood. Absolutely loved it. Highly recommended.

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Fantastic book and narration

Really enjoyed this historical fiction based on the true story. Great writing by Dan Simmons. Interesting characters, visuals and historical details along with thrills and horror. Really brought everything to life.
Excellent characterization of everyone including females. Made it easier to keep track of who was who. Varying pace and intensity kept me reading late into the night. Tom Sellwood is an amazing narrator. I will look for more audiobooks narrated by him.

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More like Farley Mowat or Jack London then Simmons

Should be a disclaimer for Simmons fans. This is not that. Depressing on top of that.

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Page turner

Found it very hard not to listen to this nonstop. Incredibly well written and narrated. Thanks to the author for all the research and writing skill and the narrator for his talent and skill! Great listen - amazing story.

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Great story and narration

I already watched the show before starting the book but the book is so much better. Also the narrator is incredible, great range of voices and accents. Highly recommended!

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