The Terror (Abridged / Compact Disc, Abridged)
Simmon's lumbering seafaring adventure-cum-ghost story is solidly manned by Vance, who invests his reading with a vinegary tang perfectly suitable for the nautical setting. Vance derives special pleasure from the opportunity to dive into the book's mixture of King's English, Cockney, Scottish and Irish accents, delivering each with brio and panache. Simmon's novel mingles genres, alternating between horror and maritime action, and Vance uses tone and disgressions.
John Lee brings us the wind in the rigging and the cracking of the hulls as the ships are squeezed beyond endurance. His tale-telling is so powerful we almost hear the " voice " of the mute Eskimo girl who has attatched herself to the company. His rendering of exchanges between Eskimo hunters and crews, who have no common language yet manage to talk to each other, is amazing in its authentic sounding Inuit speech. Lee's Irish brogue and English accents are also near perfect.