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Dark Matter Audiobook

Dark Matter

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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
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Uber Femme San Antonio, TX 12-15-11
    Uber Femme San Antonio, TX 12-15-11 Member Since 2014
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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.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron 04-20-13
    Aaron 04-20-13 Member Since 2016
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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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  • Steve S
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    4/24/17
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    "Atmospheric, depressing, excellent!"

    My favourite book by this author. She has a way of writing that takes you off to the world that she has created.

    It is A book that is atmospheric, depressing and excellent in equal measures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D Coleman
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    4/17/17
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    "a truly chilling ghost story"
    Where does Dark Matter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    its one of my favourite ghost stories and one I recommend to people who like the genre


    What did you like best about this story?

    its just a well told story of isolation and terror.


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

    not listened to any others I can think of.but does a good job on this one.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am using the word too much but...CHILLING


    Any additional comments?

    it ranks with the best ghost stories from modern writer's

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noelle Kelly
    4/3/17
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    "A chilling, beautifully written ghost story"

    I absolutely adored this book! I adored the story and the narrative. The reading of the book suited it perfectly. That was 'Jack's voice reading to me. I loved the way the tension and general demeanour of the main character was reflected in the reading. I couldn't wait to finish work every day and listen to it. This was horrible and beautiful and a fantastic ghost story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/29/17
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    "Be afraid!"

    Atmospheric, chilling and brilliantly performed. Not one to read alone in the dark. First class.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/23/17
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    "Chilling story in the Arctic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It was a chilling tale. Left alone in an Arctic outpost the main character conjures up his own nightmares - or are they real? It's being set in 1937 means his isolation is complete.


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

    The narration without a doubt added to the atmosphere of the tale.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me want to keep reading and gave a real frisson of fear.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah L.
    3/14/17
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    "Gripping!"

    Couldn't stop listening, finished it in one day! Narrator has the perfect voice and rhythm. The story is wonderfully dark and ominous, chilling and subtle. All told from the point of view of Jack, you get a true sense of who he is and what he's going through. Would recommend to anyone wanting an unsettling listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C.Huggins
    Cambridge, England
    3/8/17
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    "Wonderful ghost story."
    Any additional comments?

    One of the best audio books I have listened to so far, with excellent narration. Nice length to listen to in one or two sittings, and held my interest right until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandra
    London, UK
    3/4/17
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    "Spooky and Gripping"
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    Gripping and spooky story, interesting background of young men between the wars. Totally scared me in parts especially one night driving home late down country roads while listening to some scarier chapters. I felt somewhat let down by the ending though, something didn't quite hang together and felt a bit rushed, really good story for the most part, great narration and delivery of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Socks!
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    2/26/17
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    "Hypnotic and gripping"

    Beautifully distressing. The slow, but sure, decline into despair.
    It had me hooked, and I finished it in a few days.
    Well read; clear, crisp and the narrator helps build up the atmospheric tension.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris the gardener
    UK
    2/25/17
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    "Absorbing and chilling"

    This is a well-narrated book that managed to chill my marrow whilst listening to it. I do not regret buying the book even though it was not quite what I expected. Although somewhat simplistic, the plot was well devised and kept my attention throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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