This is a very fine novel, beautifully and evocatively written. Jeremy Northam's superbly atmospheric narration makes it a terrific audiobook, in both senses of the word. Far more than a ghost story set in the Arctic, it is a profound meditation on loneliness, darkness, fear, love, loss, memory and death. Without being in the least sentimental, it is a deeply moving story, movingly read by a great actor.
"Perfect in every way! I couldn't stop listening!"
Yes, definitely! Great story, amazing narration, just real good entertainment!
The sense of reality and the perspective (Jack's diary).
With that voice, every character. But if I had to choose, probably Jack Miller.
Yes, and I did!
Jeremy Northam should narrate more books! Amazing voice!
"Has all the elements of a brilliant ghost story"
This is a book I have since bought for family and friends and they all completely understand why have raved about it. Not only is it genuinely scary it also tells a moving love story. This is one to read in the winter with the curtains drawn and the wind howling around the house.
This was a lugubrious tale somewhat in the tradition of an nineteenth century classic thriller. Set in Greenland, it tells of a group of scientists thrown together on a lonely maritime outpost and of an unpleasant mystery which unfolds during their time there. Although it is a while since I heard this book, thinking of it now sends a tingle up my spine as the sinister atmosphere of this claustrophobic tale really got under my skin. This was despite having listened to it on a coach packed full of year 10 students as we travelled to France on a school trip!
"Spine Tinglingly Scary"
Dark Matter is one of only a handful of 'Horror' genre books I have read.
I must admit I had my doubts about the book to begin with as I had heard it was very descriptive and sometimes that puts me off. However in this case the descriptiveness is more than necessary and the narrator deals with everything beautifully.
The Arctic world created in Dark Matter is key as the author creates a wonderful environment that quickly turns from a beautiful frozen landscape into a dark, lonely, ice filled desert.
The tension builds so delicately in this book but by the last few chapters I could feel my heart thudding madly as the writer spun a web of words that scared the hell out of me!
As soon as I finished listening I insisted my partner listen to it. He is not a big fiction fan but he absolutely loved it and has gone on to recommend it to just about everyone!
I can't stress enough that this book is worth sticking with, some people have described it as slow but I think it is more of a builder - and without all that groundwork the end wouldn't be quite so terrifying. At first I thought this isn't scary but it creeps up on you and all of a sudden you're petrified and can't go to sleep! Ha-ha!
This book is Brilliant!
Goodness, absolutely hooked. This story is calmly dramatic, if such a thing can exist. The narrator told this story with such feeling, that I was there, in the snow, all alone with only the dogs.
I have done a search for more by the author and have just bought the series Chronicles of ancient darkness. I'll see how it goes. I'll also do a search on the narrator Jeremy Northam, because it was his telling of the story that did it for me.
"Good old fashion spooky"
This was a great listen I downloaded it one day and by the next I had finished it! . I couldnt bear to put it down Got a whole lot of ironing done without even noticing!! I had to know what each chapter would bring.
An old fashion spooky tale rather than blood and gore
"In to the Darkness"
This is quite possibly my favourite audio book of all time. I listen to it in one sitting about three years ago and have re listen to it at least ten times since.
The tension is built steadily, the narration is perfect and the main character is eternally endearing.
I have bought 4 copies of the text to give to family and friends and they have all enjoyed it and were very spooked. I have also bought myself a copy to loan out to people that express an interest in ghost stories.
I can’t recommend this audio book enough.
"OMG I am half way through and I am gripped"
I feel for these guys. I can feel the cold. I dont know what is going to happen next and its making me anxious....its great stuff, the kind of story Jules Verne would have been too scared to read.
"Wonderfully haunting; one you won't forget!"
Yes definitely; I think this is one of those books that you can reread or listen to again and again and find something different in it each time. It's a story with mileage.
Isaak the husky; what a legend. Faithful, brave and just so adorable. I thought the human characters were well described and fleshed out. I liked the trapper who comes to stay with Jack for a few days and thought his character was quite true to the Scandinavian nature. Brusque but kind he seemed exactly like the sort of person you need on an icy expedition. I also thought the 'ghost' was very well done; the backstory made me feel some sort of empathy for it although it's subsequent actions made me feel conflicted towards it.
Wow this narrator was wonderful; his tone, prosody, the extremely natural way he spoke made me feel like Jack was sitting in the room with me telling the story over a crackling fire and hot chocolate. Please do more readings!!
Yes and I found it very annoying to have to stop and start to accommodate, you know, life.
This was a wonderfully dark, haunting tale that excelled in building up a creeping sense of unquiet, unease and mounting paranoia. I love the author's approach to making you think about elements of the narrative style through the central character, Jack, questioning why the book had opened with the dredging of a corpse from a river. The author makes good use of foreshadowing, an unreliable narrator and plenty of description to give the reader/listener a disturbingly realistic imagining of how icy wilderness and creeping solitude could ultimately turn a man mad...