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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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    pressley baker 06-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I'll think twice next time I want to be alone."
    Would you listen to Dark Matter again? Why?

    Yes I would listen again. After listening to this book, I can imagine what total darkness, cold, and lack of human contact can do to the human mind...especially with something haunting your every move.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time frame was one of my favorites. The fact that this was an expedition is also one of my favorite settings for horror.


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

    No


    If you could take any character from Dark Matter out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jack. Probably because he was there for all of the expedition, where all other characters were there only part of the time. Jack endured all the little island could throw at him until the end. He also became a dog lover in the end as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Inside the mind of a man, alone, literally at the end of the earth, with only darkness and a dog as constant companions. Or, is there something else out there?

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    S.L. Sorensen 05-04-16
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    "Good narrator, lame book"

    The narrator did a great job of adding atmosphere to a book that was unfortunately not scary.

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    Kenny Andersson Sweden 07-11-15
    Kenny Andersson Sweden 07-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Chilling, suspenseful, scary. "

    I liked this book, a lot. It's descriptions of the terrible loneliness in the dark is amazing. I think this is a ghost story comparable with the Shining, which I think it's another amazing book. Highly recommended.

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    Greg Cahl 07-09-15
    Greg Cahl 07-09-15
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    "Simply brilliant!"

    A suspenseful, gripping story that immediately submerses the reader in an alien world replete with hidden dangers. The narration is one of the best I have ever listened to. Don't miss it!

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    Philip A. Sisk burbank, ca 05-27-15
    Philip A. Sisk burbank, ca 05-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Dumb story"

    Boring nice narrator. It well read but really go hiking or do something outside this story sucks

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    Rachel United States 04-08-15
    Rachel United States 04-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "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.

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    Goran 12-10-14
    Goran 12-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "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.

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    Spencer Media, PA, United States 11-06-14
    Spencer Media, PA, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2017
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    "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.

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    Amazon Customer 07-15-14 Member Since 2015
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    "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.


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    Roger Dornbierer 07-13-14
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    "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.

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  • Sandy S.
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    "Terrifying. Brilliant. Beautiful."

    A great book. Genuinely terrifying but not horrific. Full of atmosphere. Very well read too. His soft voice really suiting the feel of the book.

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  • Annie
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    10/9/17
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    "What a narrator"

    This was not the “horror book” I expected but maybe I expect to much with the word horror. However, the story was great with it being set in the eerie atmosphere of snowy, dark Norway which added a chilling atmosphere. The best part of this book was the narrator, Mr Northam , the best sounding voice so far in all my downloads. Very clear, interesting and by God, he read this brilliantly. Change of tone where needed, hesitating and atmospheric where needed and overall excellent. Would love to hear more from him in the future. Would recommend this book to all.

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  • judith
    Garstang, United Kingdom
    10/3/17
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    "Brilliant narrator"

    Compelling tale, resonant of 'Boy's Own' heroes and adventures- it rolls along seamlessly through Arctic landscapes, rich evocations of sea and snow. Absolutely riveting narrator kept me hooked- his interpretation and characterisations were utterly convincing and enhanced the book.

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  • Ms. Sian A. O'flynn
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    9/30/17
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    "Stunning"

    Chilling in the very best tradition of M. R James albeit a little more known than unknown. I can highly recommend to anyone who enjoys creeping horror as much as a ghost story, the bleakness & utter loneliness of the Arctic as much a part of it, for all that the characters are not alone. Brilliantly narrated by a fine actor which really adds to it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom
    9/4/17
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    "Wonderful spooky story and narration"

    I ordered this as it was on my recommendations list. It's highly atmospheric, and I loved the way the narrator evolved his tone as the story progresses. I won't say anymore to avoid spoilers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • pudding
    london
    8/13/17
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    "Sheer Virtuosity"
    Where does Dark Matter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best I've heard. This should be a classic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a joy to listen to an author who is perfectly skilled at what they do - storytelling.


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

    The main character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had no choice. I couldn't move.


    Any additional comments?

    I envy the author her talent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. L. M. Haynes
    8/8/17
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    "Good but forgettable"

    I thought the storyline was good but the darkness and the atmosphere just never quite got there for me. It wasn't badly written or badly performed, it just didn't grab my attention, hence the comparatively lower overall score.

    I think it was just a bit too subtle for my taste.

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  • Amazon Customer
    7/29/17
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    "well written and scary"

    Beautiful and scary.

    Had to pause at times because it got too scary.

    Narrator's voice is great. His accents are spot on and his timing is really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J
    7/28/17
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    "Oh what a great story! I was hooked"

    I am grateful to the Daily Deal for introducing me to this book, it's fabulous. I have recommended it to friends as it's the best ghost story I've listened to made all the better by good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Craig Rutherford
    7/11/17
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    "Super creepy and deeply resonating!"

    Fantastic narrator brings this brilliant book to life. I did read the book a few years ago but never forgot it - and decided to revisit it. During a sleepless night, I listened to this almost end to end and even found in some parts I would curl my feet back in the bed for fear something cold and leathery would grab them if you love ghost stories...this is a must!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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