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
It was a very well written book. I found myself feeling dread just from the author's description of a log in the ground. Not something easily done for me! I can't go into too much depth without giving anything a way, but it does have that Lovecraftian journal-writing feel that slowly injects you with growing dread of something that shouldn't be.
Jeremy Northam does a good job as the narrator and by the end of the book you really feel he is the voice of the protagonist.
There are a few thoughts and declarations of male homosexuality that Michelle Paver crams in near the end of the book that I didn't feel were really needed, but the story was still great despite it. Not sure why she decided to add it. There isn't any physical homosexual contact. It's all in the guy's head. However, you won't miss anything by skipping the few tiny bits that she included if you are the homophobic type.
Also, if you are seeking an action-packed read, then you will not find it here. You should probably look for a different novel if that's what floats your boat.
All in all Dark Matter was a great horror story that I enjoyed a great deal. Anyone who enjoys tales of growing dread and creepy horror stories, but isn't looking for action, should definitely give this audiobook a listen.
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The entire story seemed as something of an intro to a great horror story. The narrator is what held my interest, as the story although short was a bit slow.
The author writes well, and the voice talent is perfectly capable. Nothing in this work draws attention to itself as being sub-standard. I'd probably try to author again, and definitely try the narrator again.
No, I wouldn't recommend it. I'd say,
I enjoyed Michelle Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness very much and so gave this offering a chance. The narration is weak. The voices are not well developed enough to separate from Jeremy Northam and become who they are in the book. Maybe that didn't help. I still didn't connect with the story or the characters and that was disappointing. I'll give Michelle Paver's future output a chance but this has lowered my expectations.
"Dark Matter Fabulous gripping book"
DARK MATTER BY Michelle Paver.
Narrator Jeremy Northam's telling of the book is brilliant he captures all the atmosphere of the places he goes to and it made me quite nervous to carry on I’m so pleased I did. I have since listened to it 3 times and each time I’m totally captured by the story.
A young man Jack has fallen on hard times. He applies and gets a job as a wireless operator on an expedition to the Arctic with a group of geology graduates. He is quite excited and apprehensive about the trip.
They arrive at the campsite, dropped off by the ship that has brought them and even before it leaves he sees someone or something near to a bear pole and an uneasy feeling starts to creep in. He soon realises this island Gruhuken is haunted.
When the long nights descend on the arctic things start to go wrong and things beset his colleagues and they have to leave one by one . He is left alone except for the huskies and he knows something else walks this Island.
He hears footsteps and sees a man outside the window near the bear pole and it always looks like it’s coming closer to the hut. The dogs are jittery and nervous. He has nightmares and longs for the ship to come collect him when the frozen sea melts. But something gets in ....
"Do not listen to this on your own in the dark"
Excellent story , excellent narration - very satisfying listen which stays in your mind during and afterwards!
"Unexpectedly delightful brilliance"
I'm not really into this kind of novel, but noticed some of the reviews here and, happily, bought it.
The narration really shines, and manages to add that special something to the story.
Wish I could un-hear it to enjoy it again!
"Frightening and absorbing"
Michelle Paver has written a truly frightening ghost story. The tension builds slowly throughout the book and her writing is ably assisted by Jeremy Northam's excellent narration. Highly recommended.
Was recommended this novel by a friend and was a bit cynical - but wow - loved it - draws you in, slowly, to a genuinely creepy atmosphere -and by the end I was unableto switch off - I had to know what happened - great audiobook too - reallysympathetic and nuanced performance by the narrator! highly recommended if you liked things like the Woman In Black!
"Lonlieness in Darkness"
Entertaining mystery / horror fiction. Good flow. Suitable length. The main features are the environment and psychology of a man in isolation in true cold darkness.
kind of a homage to true and fictional Arctic stories.
For me it was good entertainment, good drive. But no real lasting value or impact.
When I first heard the sample of this book on the website I was not sure. However once I started the book I could not stop my self from playing it. I just wanted to hear more. The book is very well written and keeps you on edge for long periods of time. The narrator is brilliant and I will be looking for more work by him. A true 5 star recording that you will love.
Enjoyed the story and the narration - gripping enough to keep me listening. Worth downloading.
Michelle Paver conjures up a claustrophobic, chilling and incredibly engaging tale. Yet it's all done with such an economy of words that there's as little fat in the plot as there is on the whale bones that feature so prominently within it.
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