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Dark Matter | [Michelle Paver]

Dark Matter

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 a 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.

As the young men set sail from a gloomy Britain on the verge of war, Jack feels the overwhelming excitement of not knowing what lies ahead. Little can he imagine the horrors that await him in their destination, Gruhuken, a place that cannot escape the savage echo of its past.

©2010 Michelle Paver (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Cheryl Thomasville, GA, United States 01-23-12
    Cheryl Thomasville, GA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Deliciously Scary"
    Would you listen to Dark Matter again? Why?

    Yes, years from now when I've forgotten enough details to be scared again. I love books that are well written and truly frightening. It is such a hard thing to find. Dark Matter was nearly perfect. The cold, isolated setting, the blurring of the lines between the supernatural and insanity, made it just believable enough to be truly creepy. It was very well imagined, never rushed or overly fanciful, and not very predictable (as far too many horror and mystery novels are).


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Port Orchard, WA, United States 04-12-11
    Connie Port Orchard, WA, United States 04-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved this book"

    Loved the narrator really brouhgt it to life. The story was great and kept me interested.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Portsmouth, NH, United States 03-03-12
    Thomas Portsmouth, NH, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Ghost Story"

    I liked the story, at times, even in a gym full of people, the hairs on the back of my neck would stand on end, and I would get goosebumps. We need more!! I wanted more ghost in this one too, but the history of the area was great. The narrator did a good job with the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 12-27-12
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 12-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the great ghost stories of all time"

    I am not sure when this book was originally published but the feel of it is from the old school of literature where drawing a mental picture of events and building the story with beautiful detail was necessary. By the time you finish this book you feel like you have been more than a reader, but a member of the expedition. Some people felt that the book was dull and drawn out, I felt that the plot development in this story was as good as it can get, it is not an action story, and if you go into it looking for that kind of story you will be disappointed, what you are getting is great literature and a chilling story, really there are some sections of the story that are able create a ripping amount of tension. The narration is fantastic as well adding to the tension that builds to a bold climax. The author has a great talent of describing the scene and bringing the reader into the story.
    Highly recommend.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Bridgeville, Delaware 02-13-13
    Leah Bridgeville, Delaware 02-13-13 Member Since 2006
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    "I loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Matter to be better than the print version?

    I would because I can do other things as well as read a book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense. You were always waiitng for the thing to get him


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Northam’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure, but he is amazing.


    If you could rename Dark Matter, what would you call it?

    Dark Matter fits too well to rename the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing book. I loved how it held you in suspense the whole time. And watching the changes in Jack as he writes in his journal.I will be recommending this book to my friends and family. I am always after them to join Audible all the time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Cameron Park, CA, United States 12-21-11
    Marilyn Cameron Park, CA, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A Must Listen! Amazingly, the author wrote it without one cliché, and each adverb and adjective needs to be respectfully absorbed and assimilated. And JEREMY NORTHEM, best narrator yet! Beautiful English voice with perfect timing and inflection.

    I could listen to this book again and again...


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica LOVELAND, OH, United States 11-22-11
    Jessica LOVELAND, OH, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A Ghost Story to give you the Shivers"

    At times remeniscent of Poe's Tell Tale Heart, this one is a great traditional ghost story. The setting is eerie and the first person narrative format gives the listener a window into the character's paranoia and panic. Jeremy Northam did a fantastic job narrating this one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Edmonton, AB, Canada 11-09-11
    Brian Edmonton, AB, Canada 11-09-11
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    "Audible may be best for this story."

    A haunting and engaging story. The Audible experience may be far more engaging than reading it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim OxfordUnited Kingdom 05-16-13
    Jim OxfordUnited Kingdom 05-16-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Didn't get it."

    I really like a good claustrophobic ghost story and this had all the right ingredients and was obviously quality writing and voice acting but....

    I was left feeling really rather flat and went through it rather dutifully rather than enjoying it or being affected by it.

    I'm pretty much in the minority here and not really sure why it didn't work for me. Pity really, I just found it slightly dull.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica Meridian, Idaho, United States 10-20-11
    Veronica Meridian, Idaho, United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2005

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    "Moody, atmospheric ghost story"

    Dark Matter is a moody, atmospheric ghost story reminiscent of James or Poe. There is little obvious gore; the horror lies in the claustrophobic struggles of the protagonist who is tormented by his inability to decide whether he is hallucinating or really being haunted by a ghost. He is temporarily alone at a pre-World War I arctic research site. The cold and the dark close him in. He is constantly counting off the days until his companions return and that return repeatedly gets delayed. His only companion (apart from a brief visit from a trapper) is an Inuit husky. How he goes from being a dog hater to having his sanity saved by a dog is one of the more interesting subplots (if you like dogs, I do). The narrator is excellent and makes the most of a good story. Recommended if you like ghost stories without a dead body every ten steps...not for action junkies.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Perfect in every way! I couldn't stop listening!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely! Great story, amazing narration, just real good entertainment!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sense of reality and the perspective (Jack's diary).


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Northam – was your favourite?

    With that voice, every character. But if I had to choose, probably Jack Miller.


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

    Yes, and I did!


    Any additional comments?

    Jeremy Northam should narrate more books! Amazing voice!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annette
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    11/22/11
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    "hooked"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    3/25/11
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    "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
    Thoroughly enjoyed

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    BedfordUnited Kingdom
    3/4/11
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    "Wonderful, sad and gripping"

    This was a wonderfully read and totally absorbing tale - I found myself reluctant to stop listening when I needed to do other things! The atmosphere of loneliness, terror, love and faith was beautifully expressed. The story is superb and it is so wonderful to find a truly frightening ghost story which has depth and ultimate redemption (of a sort).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
    2/25/11
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    "Delightfully Spooky"

    Dark Matter is a very enjoyable audiobook, If there can be such a thing as an audio equivalent of a page turner, this would be it.

    Jeremy Northam is a superb reader, and you really feel like you are listening to Jack (the main character) rather than someone just reading from a script.

    The building sense of isolation becomes almost unbearable towards the end of the book and makes for an enjoyably suspenseful listen.

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JANET
    CHESTER LE STREET, United Kingdom
    2/24/11
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    "Gripping"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The reality of the setting and the characters are well establsied before the ghost elements are gradually introduced. The culmination of tension is truely gripping.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beverley
    Stevenage, United Kingdom
    1/13/11
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    "Rivetting!"

    This audiobook was utterly rivetting! I became totally immersed in the characters, the plot and the location, experiencing a roller-coaster of emotions throughout this spooky but incredibly moving tale. Jeremy Northam's narration really brought the story to life and made Jack a very realistic character. This is a wonderful book and one that I would definitely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jennifer
    Frome United Kingdom
    1/1/11
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    "Spellbinding"

    I found both narrative and performance completely compelling and listened to the whole thing in one session because it's the audio equivalent of impossible to put down. I hope there will be many more stories like this from Michelle Paver. This one has edged Sarah Waters' 'Little Stranger' into second place in my top ten of modern ghost stories, and I didn't think that was possible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    co kerryIreland
    11/3/10
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    "Well crafted novel"

    Dark matter is a well crafted and subtle novel which is hard to put down. Compelling story presented in the first person in the form of journal entries, which is a journey through a full range of emotions from anticipation, excitement, jealousy, fear obsession and paranoia. The story builds nicely. Well researched and thoroughly enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vivienne
    Esporles, Spain
    2/14/11
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    "A Dark and Gripping Story"

    A little slow to start but necessary in order to establish the characters. It reminded me of a story that should be told around a campfire on a very dark, windy night. Be careful where you listen to this tale! Deliciously creepy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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