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
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).
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.
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.
I would because I can do other things as well as read a book.
The suspense. You were always waiitng for the thing to get him
I'm not sure, but he is amazing.
Dark Matter fits too well to rename the book.
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
"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!
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
"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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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!
"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!
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