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  • Dark Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michelle Paver
    • Narrated By Jeremy Northam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    January 1937. Jack Miller has just about run out of options. His shoes have worn through, he can't afford to heat his rented room in Tooting, and he longs to use his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job. When he is given the chance to join an arctic expedition, as communications expert, by a group of elite Oxbridge graduates, he brushes off his apprehensions and convinces himself to join them.

    Madeleine says: "Incredible!"
    "An Instant Classic of Ghost Story!"
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    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Dark Matter the most enjoyable?

    The author's writing style and the narrator. It's a well written novel. It is an eerie tale set in the 30s in the Arctic Circle. It's a great "ghost" story because it is a steady build and it deals with the aspects of the paranormal that are most frightening; inexplicable feelings of dread that make one's hackles rise and sets heart to hammering, intense emotions (particularly those caused by violence, intense fear, and hatred) leaving physical imprints behind, and entities born of such events who bear such intense malice that can affect the physical world. I also like that the story is told through journal entries and that it is a "period piece." It is set in a survivalist situation where things could get bad enough without the intrusion of the supernatural. All in all it is a great tale of the uncanny.


    What other book might you compare Dark Matter to and why?

    A Ghost Story by Henry James. Because it is well written and thought provoking. Also the short story "Jerusalem's Lot" by Stephen King.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scariest scene was the dream sequence where Jack learns what happened to the trapper.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I will definitely be looking for more novels by Michelle Paver. Also, Jeremy Northam does a great job with the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (643)

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    Natasha says: "Maybe!"
    "Dies The Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Dies the Fire better?

    Character development


    Has Dies the Fire turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The setting is interesting as are the events of the story but the author's telling leaves a lot to be desired.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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