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
What a great book! I really liked the subtle spookiness and atmosphere the story has. The sense of isolation and the mental effect it had on the protagonist was written very well. I thought the supernatural elements were not too overbearing and complemented the story well. If you are looking for over-the-top gore and in-your-face horror, look somewhere else! However, if you enjoy a slowly built story with lots of chilling events that you think of long after you have finished the story, check this one out!
I would recommend to those who enjoy a ghost story depicted in the early 1900's.
The descriptions used gave you the impression that just out side your door would be a world of ice.
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.
Love epic fantasy, war stories, monsters, and zombies.
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,
"evocative and memorable"
I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it - it was scary and moody - it made me want to run and hide at times - Jeremy Northam is an excellent narrator - making the characters live and breathe! my husband listened to it after me and he loved it too.
I will definitely read/listen to any other books by the author Michelle Paver.
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!
As a dedicated thriller/horror/suspense reader, I am not easy to please, but Dark Matter ticked all the boxes. Cleverly plotted, beautifully written, chilling...my partner and I talked about it for days after we finished listening to it, and he doesn't usually like chilling tales. Everything about this story was credible, absorbing and yes, rivetting. Five star!
"Suspense and atmosphere"
For me, this is something close to the perfect audio book. Great narration and brilliantly written by Michelle Paver, I was truly transported out onto the desolate tundra and was alone with the stories lead character Jack Miller. It was very relaxing and easy to engage with listen; the story at times becomes very tense which is part of the fun. I learnt about an area of the world I previously knew so little about, and have since recognised places on a world map mentioned in the book. Highly recommended.
"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!
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