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Dark Matter Audiobook

Dark Matter

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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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    Kindle Customer 10-20-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Moody, atmospheric ghost story"

    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.

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    TxWriter62 09-18-11
    TxWriter62 09-18-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Listen!"

    If you love ghost stories in the gothic/vitorian vein, then this is a tale well worth reading and listening to. I believe that this "chilling" tale will become a classic. The narration is spot on and the writing is tight and well developed.

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    Christopher V Baker 10-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Spooky"

    Creepy. Scary. You get it. Narrator voice caused chills and goose bumps. This is a good thing.

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    Chris USA 11-09-13
    Chris USA 11-09-13

    Avid reader (and listener) of books. I love drawing and photography.

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    "Chilling"
    What did you love best about Dark Matter?

    I love the story. There's a creeping sense of unease throughout the whole thing. The more I knew about Jack the more I liked him, and that simply added to the suspense - I didn't want anything to happen to him. I knew something bad was coming but I didn't know what. It made me want to listen non-stop simply to find out what happened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Matter?

    The moment with the Seal. I don't want to spoil the moment for people who have never read it, but I was deeply affected by it. It added to the atmosphere of creeping horror I felt. It made it seem more substantial.


    What about Jeremy Northam’s performance did you like?

    Even though I truly enjoyed the story, what I loved most about it was the narrator. He has a pleasant, calming voice, and I love the way the narrator reads the story, it is like the main character is a real person relating his experiences to me. I don't feel like I'm listening to an audiobook at all, and the emotions of Jack shine through in his performance. When the character felt afraid, I felt afraid with him. It really felt like I was going on a journey with him. I think the narrator simply enriched what was already a good story and made it superb.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    'What is it? What does it want? Why is it angry with me?'


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this story to anyone who loves ghost stories and suspense. The story, if you'll excuse the pun, is truly chilling. I wouldn't recommend you listen to it at night, like I had done, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C.J.R Flanagan Bathurst, Australia 06-29-13
    C.J.R Flanagan Bathurst, Australia 06-29-13
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    "Believable and Atmospheric"

    This story kicks off with a very effective opening monologue. The first person point of view provides the story with a fantastic atmosphere. The writing style combined with a brilliant narration performance by Jeremy Northam allow the reader to become fully immersed in the story, which itself is quite creepy and realistic. The setting is realistically portrayed and allows the reader to really get a sense for the intense cold and isolation experienced by the protagonist as he progresses through the story.

    I honestly cannot give enough credit to Jeremy Northam for this performance. I believe he presented the story flawlessly. Even his portrayal of the various Scandinavian accents are extremely realistic. Often narrator's attempts at various accents can detract from the story and drag the reader out of the experience, but this is most definitely not an issue in this case.

    A well deserved four stars!

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    Andrew Cambridge, Ontario Canada 05-10-13
    Andrew Cambridge, Ontario Canada 05-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Story builds well but packs a light punch at times"

    This story met the criteria that I was looking for at the time. Ghost story in a winter setting.
    (I realize that sounds odd but I pick books that way)
    In that regard this story did not let me down. At times I was pleasantly reminded of a little Lovecraft and Poe, other times I found the story to build to no avail. The writing felt like a classic does.

    There was nothing wrong at all with this book. I was just left wanting more.

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    Gregory 03-05-13
    Gregory 03-05-13
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    "Best Ghost Story that I've heard in a Long time!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Matter to be better than the print version?

    Yes the narration was excellent!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole premise of the story and the setting.


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

    No others from Jeremy yet but I loved the narrators work on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it late at night and you will not be disappointed.

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    Laura Van Slyke 01-22-13
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    "Beautifully narrated; thoughtfully moody."

    Hard-core horror fans may not be enamoured with this story, as the fear slowly simmers without really boiling over. Just enough detail to imply horror, and lots of beautifully written tension. The placement of this story post-WW2 aids several plot points and adds to the feeling of displacement, or disorientation, the reader may experience. The main character is nicely developed and likeable. His story is told in an intimate, journal style. The book takes it's time getting to the "creepy parts," but the quiet, moodiness of the writing, and the character development is, in it's own way, suspenseful. Possibly not the most thrilling ending, but really, the story wraps up nicely and the denoument is quite satisfying. Definitely a mood piece. And...WOW, the narration is INCREDIBLE!!!

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    Melissa Jackson, MI, United States 12-24-12
    Melissa Jackson, MI, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Dark, Indeed"
    What did you love best about Dark Matter?

    This terrifyingly cold book is lovely for this dark, frigid time of year. I listened to it during my evening runs in the cold and dark. The isolated, confined atmosphere added shivers to the brilliant ghost story.


    What about Jeremy Northam’s performance did you like?

    Jeremy Northam gave a nuanced performance, and I will be looking for other books narrated by him.


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    Scott Mosher Pittsford, NY, United States 07-30-12
    Scott Mosher Pittsford, NY, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Concise Ghost Story"

    This is a nice quick listen. Just over six hours. Perfect for a drive or just doing chores around the house on a Saturday.

    You may want to pay for this out of pocket as you can digest it in one go and that way you still have your credit for the remaining 29 days.

    That being said, it is still worth the listen. Jeremy Northam has given a nice performance on this story. This would be best suited for the Fall as the weather is getting worse and you seem pulled inside more. You will really feel part of this story. While I listened to it on a warm Spring day, I did have to suppress a shudder more than once. Enjoy!

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  • Angela C
    9/17/17
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    "Intriguing, Interesting and Unusual"

    Very much enjoyed this intriguing story of a journey to the frozen North. Particularly for its brilliant narration by Jeremy Northam. The characters and unusual situation and the ever present threat kept me intrigued throughout. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author and definitely anything narrated by Northam's understated depiction of place, people and emotion.

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  • Stephen
    8/3/17
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    "Exquisite"

    A beautifully written and genuinely haunting story. One that stays with you. Perfect choice of narrator as well, who puts in an excellent performance that does the text justice. The main character is written in such a 'complete' way... I found it as moving as it was chilling. The most effective ghost story I've ever read.

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  • Úna
    3/10/17
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    "Raw"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Matter to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely well researched and well written. Reminiscent of Steph Penney's books but with more detail on geology which I loved.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    11/25/16
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    "Absorbing"

    Could not stop until it was done. Found that for over 6 hours I had been in another world... seamlessly transported. Now, that's what I call good writing!

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  • Catwat
    11/11/16
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    "A Masterpiece- the finest audiobook I have ever heard."

    This is an outstanding work of both literature and narration. I cannot recommend highly enough. The narrators performance is incredible, the story is gripping and compelling. I couldn't stop thinking about it when I wasn't listening- my first waking thought- "gruhooken"....
    So glad I came across this story- Michelle Paver is an inspirational and a very fine author, the best.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Suswati
    11/6/16
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    "Cross between Brokeback Mountain and a ghost story"

    Quite slow to start and very little 'horror' as described, it's more of a dramatic monologue about fear and possibly 'dangerous' love. At times the description became tedious explaining the coldness of northern Norway for effect to an extreme degree. Maybe needed to focus more on the terror itself than the narrator's own feelings. Definitely well read however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mand
    10/19/16
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    "Dark and unsettling"
    Where does Dark Matter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I've listened to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack of course. He was the the heart and soul of the story.


    What about Jeremy Northam’s performance did you like?

    Wonderful performance, brilliantly paced and interpreted and lovely on the ear.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The relationship Jack has with the dog was very well told, and of course, Gus. *sniffle*


    Any additional comments?

    Such a brilliant book. Tight writing, very atmospheric. I suppose it would be called an old fashioned ghost story. There's no gore or throats ripped out but it's better for it in my eyes. The feeling of creeping menace brought back tales by M.R James. It's that good. It's sticks in the mind along with that feeling of unease. It has a wonderful sense of place. You can see Gruhuken in your head, hear the silence, the storms, the sea; smell the rotting seaweed. And the bloody bear post is the scariest piece of wood ever written about. It really is a wonderful story and I absolutely recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    10/11/16
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    "Chillingly Brilliant "

    I couldn't stop listening... great narration, superbly written. I felt the cold darkness permeate my mind. More please Michelle!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    London, United Kingdom
    7/24/15
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    "Breathtakingly imaginative"

    I would be surprised if Michelle Paver was not influenced by M.R.James, for me the greatest writer of disturbing stories, but there is no question as to her own originality shown by this book. Her description of place and its supernatural element both underscore and illuminate a masterly atmosphere and character study. It is slow moving, understated and ultimately unexpected - do not expect thrills. Its writing as an act of imagination is quite breathtaking, and as often is the case, a female writer portrays a man better than many male writers. It is written in first person, and Jeremy Northam's narration is almost an actor's soliloquy; again a testament to the fine writing. Thoroughly recommended, especially for Autumn and Winter nights.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    BedfordUnited Kingdom
    3/4/11
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    "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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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