We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
Dark Matter Audiobook

Dark Matter

Regular Price:$22.26
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (342 )
5 star
 (178)
4 star
 (90)
3 star
 (53)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (10)
Overall
4.2 (279 )
5 star
 (134)
4 star
 (83)
3 star
 (45)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (7)
Story
4.5 (283 )
5 star
 (191)
4 star
 (56)
3 star
 (28)
2 star
 (5)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Rachel United States 04-08-15
    Rachel United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great scary story!!"

    Creepy atmosphere, building up tension throughout the story. I really had no idea how it was going to end. I was on the edge of my seat. Great narrator, too, with a natural-sounding accent, good reading pace, added atmosphere to the story.
    Characters were complex & believable. I really enjoyed this story all the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Goran 12-10-14
    Goran 12-10-14 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    164
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unexpectedly Good"

    I was not familiar with the author when I picked this up, so I had no idea what to expect. The plot is simple but told in a very effective way. Narration is absolutely top notch. This may be my favorite audio book of the past 12 months, and I go through these things like it's my job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Spencer Media, PA, United States 11-06-14
    Spencer Media, PA, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    49
    24
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bleak, Beautiful Terror"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Matter to be better than the print version?

    I haven't tried it in print form, but the reader brought an incredible richness to the experience. Aside from the excellent voice, Jeremy Northam worked it so you could feel the dry cold in every breath.


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

    When the pole he definitely cut down and destroyed is back.


    What about Jeremy Northam’s performance did you like?

    He has a rugged sharpness to his voice that fleshes out the atmosphere.


    If you could rename Dark Matter, what would you call it?

    A Cold Post


    Any additional comments?

    The atmosphere here is thick enough to float rocks in. The setting of the story is wonderfully bleak and vivid. I also like that it makes use of a rather underutilized monster of nordic folklore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 07-15-14 Member Since 2015

    See clearly/Know what is/Act without hesitation

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Listen to this in the cold and darkness!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is easily one of the best ghost stories I have read and listened to in the last decade.


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

    The first look at the round shouldered figure on the beach.


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Northam – was your favorite?

    The protagonist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Roger Dornbierer 07-13-14

    The Rog

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Did I read a different Dark Matter?"
    Would you try another book from Michelle Paver and/or Jeremy Northam?

    If Ms. Paver's other novels are paced the same as Dark Matter, then I think I will pass up the opportunity. If Jeremy Northam delivers a performance in other productions like he did in this recording, then I will definitely send them into the Audible shopping cart.


    Has Dark Matter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not. I'd consider other ghost stories, but if the majority of the genre has this little action, then I may skip it in the future.


    Which character – as performed by Jeremy Northam – was your favorite?

    Jeremy Northam was absolute perfection as Jack Miller. There are minor characters, which he makes distinctive, but as this if a first person story with diary entries as the story vehicle, the main character is 99% of the novel. That said, he makes each individual a true personality with accents and speech patterns.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Michelle Paver is a gifted writer whose descriptions are vivid and come to life off the page. However, there is only so much of a good thing you can take. The ratio of description to action, or events, was, in my opinion 7-1. There's only so many times you can describe the ever-shifting colors of the arctic sky, sunsets, plays of light upon the water and snow, etc., before you are begging for something to happen.The production value was good, although the formatting of seven audio chapters not matching the 17 book chapters did throw me off and I kept having to use bookmarks to return to a chapter's start.The star of this production was easily the narrator, Jeremy Northam. No one could have cast a better narrator for this production. It's was kept me listening till the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Did I read a different Dark Matter? I couldn't download this novel fast enough after reading the reviews. I do love a good ghost story and based on people's comments it sounded as if I was going to experience one that set a gold standard. If this was one of the greatest, then I have to bail from this genre now.

    It is easy to discover that Michelle Paver is a gifted writer. Her characters are life-like, the dialogue natural and sharp, and her descriptions of the artic seas, landscape, flora and fauna, and palette of shifting colors in each scene is vivid. However, these elements need the accompaniment .of plot and pace. The story's events, like an arctic winter, are sloooooow in passing. It takes so many chapters before you even are exposed to a ghostly manifestation that the interest in the novel wanes.

    No doubt there is suspense, the reviewers are spot on, and it's built steadily, steadily. But it builds only so far and then it flat lines till the end of the novel. Reviewers claimed they were frightened, midway through the novel I used the recording as a sleep aid. The suggestions of a malevolent presence watching Jack Miller and the expedition members isn't enough, especially since it takes 10+ chapters before a ghost is seen. And once experienced, its later appearances, and suggestions of presence, hardly match the build up to the climax.

    I'm sad to say, it was a let down. When the narration finished I asked myself, "that's it? I spent the money and time on this story and that's it?"

    The strength of this novel is the character arc Jack Miller travels through the chapters. Had this been a psychological case study of the daily affect of artic winters on the mind, it would have been a great academic read, but a novel highlighting daily routines and visual descriptions seems no more exciting than real life, even when it is peppered with a ghost.

    I wanted to like this novel. I anticipated it. It was like looking forward to a date with someone you are told is beautiful, dynamic, and guaranteed to please. But as the date goes on you begin to see the flaws, the personality flattens with each passing minute, and in the end, you're standing on the porch, your date went inside and you didn't even get a peck on the cheek. If only they had paid for dinner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andreas Henriksson Sweden 03-23-14
    Andreas Henriksson Sweden 03-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Lover of sci-fi and the occasional horror story. Philosophical inclinations. English is my second language.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    94
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    10
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Arctic horror with a message"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a nicely composed narrative about loneliness, social class and horror. As an avid fan of horror movies and books, I think there is little in the genre that can scare me. With Dark Matter, I actually had a delicious moment when I was lying alone in bed, listening to the narrative and starting to fantasize what might lie in wait for me in the darkness under the bed. As a Scandinavian, I like the fact that the author has drawn on some of our Scandi myths, although I might be less scared of the arctic night than people who have never experienced it.

    I particularly like that the main protagonist, Jack, faces the horrors on Spitsbergen not as a hero, but because he is too afraid to display his fright to his social superiors. In a sense then, the novel shows how shame triumphs over dread.

    I really enjoyed the performance by Jeremy Northam, who skillfully acted out, rather than merely read the novel. Could not help notice that he pronounced the Norwegian words quite well, guess he has done his homework.

    Still, despite this being an entertaining book and despite the really well developed personage gallery and social themes, this kind of horror novel always follows a given path. Dark Matter does not do anything new with the genre and simply adds a bit of depth and detail to a narrative we have read/heard in numerous other books. This does not take away from its entertainment value, and the author never promises anything else. Nevertheless, this bars me from giving the book five stars, which I will save for the more innovative examples of the genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-21-14
    Robert Calgary, Alberta, Canada 03-21-14 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    102
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    96
    55
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Subtely Spooky!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Frances auckland, New Zealand 03-04-13
    Frances auckland, New Zealand 03-04-13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    9
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Rush BENBROOK, TX, United States 09-21-12
    Rush BENBROOK, TX, United States 09-21-12 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    174
    10
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  •  
    Lyric United States 09-15-12
    Lyric United States 09-15-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
Sort by:
  • Hannah L.
    3/14/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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. J. Huggins
    Cambridge, England
    3/8/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Spooky and Gripping"
    Any additional comments?

    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
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    2/26/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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
  • Martin
    Inerness, United Kingdom
    2/23/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good old fashioned Ghost Story..."

    Like a mug of hot chocolate in front of a log fire on a sheep skin rug..... Good story telling all round and well read. Perfect, just seems like a classic old tale. I have had a bit of a break from audio books in the past year and this one was just the ideal book to come back to and hit all the buttons I needed to have me madly searching audible for the next thing that was going to engross me and make me happy to just have the time to sit back and listen to a great story being told to me very well. Thank you for this one :) Very memorable this one will stick with me and I will listen again I am sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • reeceyp123
    2/12/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "thoroughly enjoyed it, good old style ghost story"

    Excellent story.
    A good fashioned ghost story with a hint of Poes gothic mastery.
    You won't be 3 disappointed .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • samantha burton
    2/9/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "excellent narration"

    unusual storyline, gripping and so different from my normal genre but glad I strayed. very atmospheric and the narration was perfect for this story. well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Burgess
    England
    2/9/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "This book is in fact perfect"

    You know how American horror movies are all unnecessary jump scares, over inflated budgets and run-of-the-mill? You know how British film makers somehow manage to make far more inventive, thought-provoking and deliciously troubling movies?

    Well if this were a horror movie, it would undoubtedly be British and regarded as a classic.

    If you're a horror fan, rest assured that this book provides the exactly correct dose of sinister and spine-tingle that you're hoping for.

    There's an relentless and exquisite disquietude delivered throughout the book, so beautifully written and narrated that it persists on repeat listens.

    So in short: yes, this is worth one of your audible credits without question. If you like a good scare, you NEED to have this in your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • QUirkyjay
    1/31/17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tense"

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Tense, creepy & dark. The descriptive writing is very atmospheric & narration superb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.