Written By: Dan Simmons

Narrated By: Simon Vance

Date: January 2007

Duration: 8 hours 49 minutes


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.


  • KDunneman

    "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.

  • George Romanos

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

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