The Terror

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dan Simmons
Narrator: Tom Sellwood
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published In: February 2017
# of Units: 22 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of triumph. As part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage, they are as scientifically supported an enterprise as has ever set forth. As they enter a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, though, they are stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. Endlessly cold, with diminishing rations, 126 men fight to survive with poisonous food, a dwindling supply of coal, and ships buckling in the grip of crushing ice. But their real enemy is far more terrifying. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror constantly clawing to get in.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. With them travels an Inuit woman who cannot speak and who may be the key to survival, or the harbinger of their deaths. 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 that there is no escape.

The Terror swells with the heart-stopping suspense and heroic adventure that have won Dan Simmons praise as 'a writer who not only makes big promises but keeps them' (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). With a haunting and constantly surprising story based on actual historical events, The Terror is a novel that will chill you to your core.

Reviews (2)

The Terror

Written by KDunneman from New Hamburg, ON on March 15th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 1/5

"I couldn't figure out what I was reading". My initial misconception was that I was reading an historical account of actual events, I couldn't have been more wrong. I suppose if you were expecting a work of fiction, at it's most obtuse, you could have plodded through mildly amused. I, however, was lost in the violent and, occasionally, sexually explicit, nonsense.


Written by George Romanos on June 16th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Awesome narration & novel. You're in for a thrill. I promise

Author Details

Author Details

Simmons, Dan

Dan Simmons is the Hugo Award-winning author of "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion", and their sequels, "Endymion" and "The Rise of Endymion". He has written the critically acclaimed suspense novels "Darwin's Blade" and "The Crook Factory", as well as other highly respected works, including "Summer of Night" and its sequel "A Winter Haunting, Song of Kali, Carrion Comfort, " and "Worlds Enough & Time". Simmons makes his home in Colorado.