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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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    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.

    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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  • Burgess
    England
    2/9/17
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    "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.

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  • QUirkyjay
    1/31/17
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    "Tense"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara
    Oakham, Rutland, United Kingdom
    1/29/17
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    "Lonely"

    The theme of loneliness and isolation with a scary twist. Excellent narration. Enjoyed this very much.

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  • Charlotte
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    1/27/17
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    "fantastic"

    great ghost story. very atmospheric. narrator was also excellent. possibly one of my all time favourites

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  • Ian O'Pray
    1/18/17
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    "Chilling"

    An extremely atmospheric, creepy story is further lifted by Jeremy Northam's superb narration. The diary format works particularly well on audio book, particularly as the narrator begins to question his sanity and motives for making earlier diary entries later in the novel. I listened to the last two hours while painting a bedroom and found myself turning to face the room on more than one occasion having 'sensed' a presence lurking behind me. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous
    1/14/17
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    "Hypnotic and Engrossing"

    The story builds up slowly, the environment as much a character as expedition members. A story to listen to attentively.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • brummiedude
    1/12/17
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    "Gripping - a classic ghost story"

    I was surprised at how much of a page turner this was, it's not as predictable as you might think and very atmospheric. Initially I thought the readers voice was going to be quite boring to listen to but I was wrong, just the right timbre for the story. Very absorbing, quite scary and brought neatly to a satisfying conclusion.

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  • Chaos
    1/11/17
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    "Gripping read"

    This story had me from chapter one. Utterly gripping and superbly narrated. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
    London
    1/11/17
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    "A very worthwhile listen"
    Any additional comments?

    A beautifully written book which chronicles the trials of a young man unfortunately left alone on an expedition lust before WWII. His descent into near-madness is hard to read but utterly compelling. I didn't quite get exactly what Jack's feelings towards Gus were, but I feel that may be deliberate. Is Jack gay or just overwhelmed with finally having a friend? At 6 hours, (for the Audible book), I felt this was just the right length. I can't say this was uplifting, but it was very interesting and Ms Paver uses English exquisitely. At times I felt so cold it was almost as if I were there. The only reason I've given it 4 instead of 5 stars is because, once again, the strap line lets the book down. It says "a ghost story", and I'm not convinced that it is a ghost story. The main story is about Jack and his feelings and state of mind as he starts to believe the island is haunted. When will strap lines become accurate? It drives me bonkers!!!! I'm pleased to recommend this book as a worthwhile read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    essex, United Kingdom
    1/3/17
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    "Atmospheric"

    I loved this audiobook! It's definitely one of my all time faves. The narrative was perfect & couldn't have been any better & the story was exactly what I like in a horror/thriller. I could really imagine everything that was said & I felt like I was there. Will check out the authors other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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