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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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    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 02-12-11
    Madeleine London, United Kingdom 02-12-11 Member Since 2017

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Incredible!"

    Dark Matter is in the best tradition of the 'creeping dread' British horror genre, in the manner of M.R. James. The first person narrative is nuanced and very compelling. The novel is a well-researched fictional history of an expedition in the 1930s to a haunted Norwegian bay, far above the arctic circle. Beyond the main stories are themes of poverty, class and hero worship which give the story incredible depth.

    The narration by Jeremy Northam is flawless.

    28 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Maryse Quebec, QC, Canada 12-30-10
    Maryse Quebec, QC, Canada 12-30-10
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    "Dark Matter by Michelle Paver"

    As a first experience with audiobooks, listening to Dark Matter narrated by Jeremy Northam is an eye opening experience. The story, quite simple really, is riveting. A touch of irony here and there makes it all the better. Of course, Mr. Northam could read a phone book and make it interesting but the story is so compelling that he quickly becomes "just" the narrator of a very good story.
    I enjoyed the experience very, very much and quite recommend it.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-12-13
    colleen ANCHORAGE, AK, United States 06-12-13 Member Since 2017

    My favorite genres are absurdist humor, Sci-fi & modern fantasy, but, as you can see, I'll read just about anything. Don't mind the typos.

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    "Not as good as it could have been"

    Great idea, great characters, good narrator, slow story, I kept wanting to jump ahead. It held my attention well at first but I struggled to pay attention to the narrator about half way through.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Sydney, Australia 03-28-11
    Sam Sydney, Australia 03-28-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Ominous, dark, creepy and wondrous"

    This is a grand and at the same time deeply claustrophobic adventure. The setting, between the great wars, is perfect for the precise and scientific exploration of haunting and horrid, menacing presence.

    Dark Matter succeeds as an intelligent, evocative and visceral ghost story and its central metaphor remains strong and intact, evolving and gaining depth as the deeply personal narrative unfolds.

    Jeremy Northam is superb and reveals how great and majestic a craft narration can be.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn 03-27-11
    Marilyn 03-27-11 Member Since 2015
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    "dark, intimate"

    Jeremy Northam is superb in his narration. Most of the text is in the main character's mind, rather than spoken aloud. Northam's take on this book really brought to light the idea that the character is speaking to himself. The narration brought this book to life.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sharron Hamilton, ON, Canada 04-03-12
    Sharron Hamilton, ON, Canada 04-03-12

    I LOVE haunting, atmospheric writing that plays in your head like a movie. I adore books of a mysterious, suspenseful and creepy nature. I am a big fan of Horror/Zombie/Apocalypse and other genres which center on Mystery and strong character development.

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    "Absolutely an amazing writer-VERY creepy!!!"
    Would you listen to Dark Matter again? Why?

    YES.YES.YES. If you are looking for a creepy, atmospheric haunting with strong character development and an engaging, original story then grab this one!!! This author KNOWS scary. Her ability to write had me absorb every word, the atmosphere she creates is incredible and the fear that accompanies isolation and darkness is executed perfectly in her writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack is a reclusive, defensive ass...yet I bet anyone could relate on some level, I did.


    What about Jeremy Northam’s performance did you like?

    Best narrator I've heard yet! He carries the words well, perfectly.


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

    The bear post.....oh God and the window checking. I don't want to spoil anything!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I picked this book based on reviews and I couldn't be more satisfied. I even loved the ending----how many horror writers can successfully pull those off??? I'm a big critic that way. This author has just made it to my top #2 and trust me I read a LOT of horror!!! SO GOOD!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 04-27-11
    Kimberly Ypsilanti, MI, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Thoroughly Ingrossing."

    Wonderfully creepy and surprisingly claustrophobic tale. Narration is superb. Very well written. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love of ghost stories.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Malmo, Sweden 04-04-11
    Peter Malmo, Sweden 04-04-11
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    "Excellent and haunting."

    I have never read anything by Michelle Paver before so this was a pleasent surprise. A chillng ghost-story set in the most desolate and isolated enviroment imaginable and with characters that really feels alive. I'm usually not very fond of novels written in diary-form but Michelle Paver's prose pulls it through all the way to the ghastly ending.

    I recommend the book to anyone interested in good ghost-stories and will certainly look up her other works as well.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 08-19-13
    Brett Charlotte, NC, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Horror Story!!"

    An Exhibition to the high artic seems fated to end poorly even before it starts. An uneasy Norwegian captain who knows more than he will acknowledge; all but three of the team struck down before even landing; and gruesome artifacts of other unsuccessful enterprises found on the bay shore at which the team plans to overwinter, all seem to point at the reality that nobody wants to acknowledge: this place is haunted. Shortly after the team arrives uneasiness sets in and through some unfortunate circumstances Jack is to be left for a short time alone to man the station. This is in October 1937 and the sun has already set for the last time of the season. Events are told through the entries in Jack's journal and slowly we watch Jack lose control as terror seeps into every action and every perception. How long can he hold the fort until the others come and save him? He has a radio, dogs and even has a visitor but ultimately the winter is setting in and the ice will soon settle the question of his rescue. Meanwhile every month comes the moonless sky and the nothingness that threatens to consume him.

    This is a wonderful piece of horror fiction that slowly ratchets up the tension and uneasiness. It is unsettling yet compelling and was a true “page turner” that I almost listened to completely in one sitting. As I read I wondered: “which is more horrifying: the ghost we see or the ghost we create in our minds?”, “How much of our sanity is linked to the things we call reality – light, color, other people, sound?”, and “Are their things that we don’t understand or want to acknowledge that exist beyond this reality?” Jack must balance these questions with other forces pulling on him, such as rationality, duty, loyalty, honor, and love.

    I felt the length and the pacing of the story were perfect. In these days where every novel is part of a trilogy or massive in length, it was refreshing to encounter a tight little story as complete and satisfying as this one. I highly recommend this for fans of horror or psychological thrillers. To me this story had elements of “The Shining”, “The Thing”, and “The Turn of the Screw.”

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Book Fan Virginia 07-07-11
    Book Fan Virginia 07-07-11 Member Since 2008

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    "A good ghost story"

    This was a pretty good ghost story. Not a ton of action, but the plot builds up nicely to the end. Story is well written with plenty of details and flow to keep you listening well after you stop your car. Recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "chilling tale"

    loved Jeremy Northams narration he brilliantly brought the cold and darkness to life, great book

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  • AReader
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    12/12/16
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    "Well written and well narrated"

    Historical horror/ghost story, no obvious anachronisms, really well done and very convincingly read. Well worth listening to if you fancy something like this.

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  • Craig
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    "Boring. Never went anywhere"

    Tedious. I was waiting for something to happen, a twist a turn a reveal. But nothing. Just a slow slog if a listen. I would not recommend.

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  • jane
    12/10/16
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    "Very atmospheric and great story expertly read"

    Great story which physically sent shivers down my spine , brilliantly read 10 stars not 5

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  • Fen
    12/9/16
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    "fantastic"

    This is an excellent story, wonderfully performed. Perfect for wintery evenings. I can't recommend it enough!

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  • Karin
    12/7/16
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    "CHILLING !"

    The story is incredibly gripping. It is dark and at times, terrifying. The detailed description of the setting is fantastic. A cold and creepy ghost story. Throughly enjoyed it.

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  • Booklover
    England
    12/5/16
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    "Superb"

    A creepy, frightening ghost story, beautifully, and touchingly, written. Superbly narrated. Perfect. Just don't listen in the middle of the night :)

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  • Harri
    12/4/16
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    "Superb"

    Excellent story with phenomenal reading. Even if there are loads of books out there and life is short, I will listen to this again.

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  • Jinty
    Wiltshire
    12/3/16
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    "Dark Matter."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No I enjoyed it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michelle Paver? Why or why not?

    I might if it was on the " Daily Deal"


    What aspect of Jeremy Northam’s performance might you have changed?

    None


    Did Dark Matter inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the ending it came together very nicely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
    12/3/16
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    "I really love this book. "

    this is the best book I have ever listened to on Audible. Amazing story and reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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