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Dark Matter Audiobook

Dark Matter: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

"Are you happy with your life?"

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that's the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could've imagined - one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the best-selling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human - a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we'll go to claim the lives we dream of.

©2016 Blake Crouch (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant. A book to remember. I think Blake Crouch just invented something new." (Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series)

"Exceptional. An exciting, ingeniously plotted adventure about love, regret, and quantum superposition. It's been a long time since a novel sucked me in and kept me turning pages the way this one did." (Andy Weir, New York Times best-selling author of The Martian)

"Wow. I gulped down Dark Matter in one sitting and put it down awed and amazed by the ride. It's fast, smart, addictive - and the most creative, head-spinning novel I've read in ages. A truly remarkable thriller." (Tess Gerritsen, New York Times best-selling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series)

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    Charlie 10-29-16
    Charlie 10-29-16 Member Since 2017

    No spoiler reviews which reflect my unflinchingly honest opinion.

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    "Entertaining"

    I'm surprised people are so hostile about this book. My three stars reflects that it was an average, entertaining, non-waste of time read. Maybe people expect too much from what is, I assume, supposed to be pulpy science fiction. I was entertained. The science, while certainly not qualifying for "hard" sci-fi, was at least rational and reasonably well explained.

    It's a book about the decisions one makes in life, the impacts a simple choice can have. The frailty of the human condition. This is certainly not a new concept or theme, but it's executed reasonably well here. Yes, some aspects get played out to a silly extreme, but it's also not necessarily wrong. And to address one reviewer's statement that it was egocentric... well, no kidding. We're all the heroes of our own story and think, no matter how much we may attempt otherwise, that the universe does revolve around us. And, in taking this book's premise at face value, it literally is the point- the chaotic nature of each decision causing a split off of new universes has the additional reality that for every person new universes are splitting constantly. Thus the concept of an infinite number of universes since each split is affected by all the other simultaneous splits occurring... perhaps this is simply too much for some to comprehend.

    I understood the title to be a reference to the great unknown mysteries of existence- in the universe or our own lives. Also, to the reviewer who suggested "Where the Hell is Tesla?" ignore him, that was a terrible and incredibly stupid book.

    It was entertaining brain candy, nothing more or less. Fun concepts and an engaging delivery. Worth the time, but don't expect a masterpiece.

    63 of 78 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-19-16
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-19-16

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Schrödinger's box gets opened. Meh steps out."

    "I suppose we're both just trying to come to terms with how horrifying infinity really is."
    -- Blake Crouch, Dark Matter

    On the back of this book is a blurb by Lee Child where he says: "Brilliant. A book to remember. I think Blake Crouch just invented something new."

    Then problem here is this book isn't new. I'm not saying it isn't good. It is a fine book. It is a screenwriter writing a book about science. We get line or two about the multiverse, some thoughts about game theory. The narrator talks with vague, and broad-strokes about Schrödinger's cat, the Copenhagen interpretation, the multiverse, and even a bit of quantum entanglement. But beyond the superficial use of quantum mechanics this novel seems all slickness with no soul.

    Too me it is a degraded copy of a better book. The better, more literary version of this book was written by Stephen Peck and is called A Short Stay in Hell. Steven Peck is a scientist (Professor of biomathematics and entomology. Peck's novel is more literally, scary, and came out about four years. I should be clear here. I'm not saying Crouch ripped Peck off. There are many ways to use infinity and the desire to return home in a SF novel. I'm just saying that Dark Matter, for me, was the dead cat of the two in the box.

    It seemed too Hollywood. Too made to be optioned. I am sure (as sure as Crouch's film and TV manager and entertainment attorney) that it will be made into a movie. Perhaps, Tom Hanks will star in it. It just isn't a great book. When it gets made into a movie, I'll shell out the $12 to see it, I just think Peck's novel was better, more philosophical, had a better grasp of the fundamental science of large numbers, and didn't sell out the end to a pitch-packaged, happy ending.

    I'd love someone else to read both and tell me I was wrong, but I don't think so. I've opened both doors, experienced both worlds. The differences are as glaring as the difference between a house and a home. One was SF beauty, this was just a cold, slick, uncanny valley. I know I'm in the minority here. Most of my friends who have read this loved it. I don't know. It just seemed too predictable, too soft, too secure in its protagonist. History, and I guess in multiverse fiction too, gets written by the winner. I guess what I'm saying is I'd rather have read a book written by Jason2, 3, 4 or 70.

    48 of 59 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 08-05-16
    Matthew Little Rock, AR, United States 08-05-16 Member Since 2013

    1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.

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    "Another Book Where the Ratings Lie"
    Any additional comments?

    Oh wow, do NOT get this book. Honestly, just get Where the Hell is Tesla? by Rob Dircks. It's the same book/story except good.<br/><br/>The most grievous sin of this book is the physicist protagonist is so dumb that he should be nowhere without a chaperone. To avoid spoilers, imagine Groundhog Day. Now imagine if Bill Murray couldn't figure out he was repeating the same day over and over again, even given the overwhelming amount of evidence. This goes on in Dark Matter until the 44% mark, I know because I noted it. Then the next 40% or so is that meme where a cartoon dog is drinking coffee in a burning room and saying, "This is fine."<br/><br/>You will not be able to relate to the idiot of a protagonist. You will root for him to lose, because he deserves it. The science isn't there, because the whole setup just spawns so many plot holes. That's why this book gets three stars, because it is like a bad movie. It is fun to sit there and point out all the flaws and wonder about our hero's intelligence.<br/><br/>Speaking of, this book insults the listener's intelligence by existing, but beyond that, the last few pages explain the whole theme! I guess Crouch really wanted to make sure we understood the point he was trying to make.<br/><br/>I do not recommend this book, I recommend Where the Hell is Tesla? Seriously, it's the exact same book but written tongue in cheek instead of trying and failing to be serious.

    174 of 226 people found this review helpful
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    The Elf in the Kitchen Madison, MS USA 12-31-16
    The Elf in the Kitchen Madison, MS USA 12-31-16 Member Since 2012

    passionate reader and vegan

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    "Didn't really Matter"

    The narrator was the star of this audio book...a novel that has been very highly touted. I found it very very interesting at the start and thought it was going to be excellent. However, as the story unfolded, it also unraveled into such silliness, it was hard to take seriously. There's not question the author did his homework and discussed some really cool physics but it was not enough offset the derailment of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    N. Richman Bethesda, MD United States 12-03-16
    N. Richman Bethesda, MD United States 12-03-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow"

    Amazing scientific concept and well explained (I think.... I am not a physicist) story line kept me engaged. A good listen

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-12-16
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Familiar Story told in a New Way"
    What other book might you compare Dark Matter to and why?

    If you've ever read/listened to "The Fall" by R. J. Pineiro or "Where the Hell is Tesla?" by Rob Dircks, then this story will feel very familiar. The idea of an event that puts you in an alternate universe has been done many before. <br/><br/>What makes this one different is how the multiverse works and the heros...or hero...but I can't say more without spoiling it.


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    Amazon Customer Iowa, United States 08-05-16
    Amazon Customer Iowa, United States 08-05-16 Member Since 2011

    Matt Griffith

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    "Sci-Fi for the Selfie Generation"
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    Narcissistic fantasy. Not only does the universe revolve around you, there are an infinite number or universes that revolve around you. And you are your own worst enemy. Never fear though, you are also the best possible version of you too. Navel gazing ad nauseam.

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    MxZAE11 12-01-16
    MxZAE11 12-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Absolutely loved it!"

    I actually struggled to start this book and tried listening multiple times. I didn't like the combination of the writing and the narration. Finally I made it though the first hour and I was hooked. I grew to enjoy both the writing and narration. This is excellent science fiction, with action, romance and some serious thought into the science of it all. I highly recommend!

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    Ted Striker 10-11-16
    Ted Striker 10-11-16 Member Since 2013

    I'll never get over Macho Grande

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    "Daniella"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The corridor scenes and journeys into the multi-verse were the best parts of the book. The sense of dread was done really well, along with the evil lab and how to escape it. This should have been the heart of the story.


    What was most disappointing about Blake Crouch’s story?

    The author's constant thoughts about Daniella take up 80% of the book. Charlie is just an afterthought. The lovemaking scenes were cliche and annoying.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I think someone else mentioned this, but the women would have been better depicted with just the narrator's normal voice, or an actual second female narrator. The change of the narrator's voice to a high-pitched voice was just completely distracting and cheesy.


    Did Dark Matter inspire you to do anything?

    Find a better story here on Audible.


    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    RBerrymanilow New York, NY 10-06-16
    RBerrymanilow New York, NY 10-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Genius Protaganist is an Idiot"
    Has Dark Matter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love Science Fiction! Unfortunately, Blake Crouch assumes his readers have never read or watched anything else in the Sci-Fi genre before. There is literally nothing original in this story.


    Any additional comments?

    The main character is supposed to be this genius scientist, but he acts like a complete idiot. As a reader, I could see everything coming from a mile away, but the super smart scientist couldn't figure anything out until it hit him in the face.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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