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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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    Frances auckland, New Zealand 03-04-13
    Frances auckland, New Zealand 03-04-13
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    "Dark matter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend to those who enjoy a ghost story depicted in the early 1900's.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions used gave you the impression that just out side your door would be a world of ice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rush BENBROOK, TX, United States 09-21-12
    Rush BENBROOK, TX, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Feels like old-school Lovecraft"

    The Good:
    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.

    The Bad:
    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.

    Overall:
    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lyric United States 09-15-12
    Lyric United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Awesome Narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Uber Femme San Antonio, TX 12-15-11
    Uber Femme San Antonio, TX 12-15-11 Member Since 2014

    Love epic fantasy, war stories, monsters, and zombies.

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    "Meh."
    Would you try another book from Michelle Paver and/or Jeremy Northam?

    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.


    Would you recommend Dark Matter to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, I wouldn't recommend it. I'd say,


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Len 04-30-11
    Len 04-30-11
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    "Sounds familiar"

    This book is like a poor mans X files episode, predictable and does not get the feel of pre WWII exploration at all. Not impressed.

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    Aaron 04-20-13
    Aaron 04-20-13 Member Since 2015
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    "God-less Heathen"

    Well, its no wonder you're insane, look at what you fill your mind with!

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  • Kathryn
    Durham, United Kingdom
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    "Arctic noir"

    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!

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  • Miss
    LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "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!

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  • Ruby Ormerod
    Suffolk, UK
    4/13/13
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    "Absolutely excellent"

    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!

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  • Mr
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Hull, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "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 ....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sp
    St John, United Kingdom
    2/23/13
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Espen
    Kleppesto, Norway
    12/7/12
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Wincanton, United Kingdom
    11/27/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orph
    Ipswich, United Kingdom
    11/13/12
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    "Unexpected delight!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Stockholm, Sweden
    5/11/12
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    "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.
    Good narration.
    For me it was good entertainment, good drive. But no real lasting value or impact.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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