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Michelle Paver , Jeremy Northam
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Book Description

21 Oct 2010

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 utilise his training as an specialist wireless operator instead of working in his dead-end job in the city. So 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 in store. Little can he imagine the horrors that await him in their arctic destination, Gruhuken, a place that cannot escape the savage echo of its past.


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion; Unabridged edition (21 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409123812
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409123811
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Malawi to a Belgian mother and a father who ran the tiny 'Nyasaland Times', Michelle Paver moved to the UK when she was three. She was brought up in Wimbledon and, following a Biochemistry Degree from Oxford, she became a partner in a big City law firm. She gave up the City to follow her long-held dream of becoming a writer. Successfully published as an adult author, the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness were her first books for children and her brilliant new series, Gods and Warriors, is just beginning . . .

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Dark Matter is compulsive and chilling but Jeremy Northam's reading adds a whole new dimension. (Kati Nicholl DAILY EXPRESS)

This powerful ghost story is anchored so securely in reality that the supernatural element seems entirely credible - and is all the more unsettling. ... The skilled narration further enchances the chilling reality of Jack's life-changing experiences. Totally brilliant. (OBSERVER)

as an audiobook [Dark Matter] is wonderful. ... just the sound of the narrator's steady, emotive voice, the frozon stillness and silence of Gruhuken is brought to life. ... Highly recommended. (I WISH I WAS A BOOK blog)

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An 1930s arctic ghost story to chill you to the very core. Unabridged edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 19 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Michelle Paver has written a lot for children and on one level this story is told in a very simplistic way. Aspects of the book however are quite spooky. The main character, for example, talks about how he doesn't like to wear his snow shoes when he is out in the Tundra alone; they make a sound like someone is following in the darkness. It is not difficult to imagine the eeriness of Jack's plight but as the story gains momentum it seems to end a little abruptly.

If you like ghost stories do read this book, but don't read it laid on the sofa whilst the kids play on the Wii. Read it in bed at night with your bedside light casting shadows and the wind whistling at the window - you will be chilled. As for the reviewer who read it alone in an isolated farmhouse, I wouldn't do that in a million years!
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109 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chilly thrill! 26 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Michelle Paver is best-known for her very enjoyable young adult series `The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness'. Dark Matter is not Paver's first adult novel but it is her first ghost story. It is an eerie story set in the Arctic in the late 1930s. Dark Matter is told in the first person through the journal of Jack Miller. Jack Miller is poor and eager to change his life so when four upper-class young men offer him the chance to be a wireless operator on an Arctic expedition he jumps at the chance even though the difference in their class makes him the odd man out.

The expedition seems to be doomed from the start and there are inklings of chilling things to come on the deserted bay of Gruhuken.
What makes Dark Matter so effective is Paver's clever evocation of the stark and desolate landscape of the Arctic and Jack's increasing isolation as the novel progresses. It is more of a psychological novel than a gory sort of ghost story but the best ghost stories often are. It is the suggestion of the ghost which creates the most suspense and there is a genuine sense of unease throughout the novel which Paver manages to keep up all the way through.

What I also liked is the relationships in the novel which I felt lifted it from the normal, run-of-mill ghost story into something really interesting. The tense relationships between Jack and his fellow explorers - Gus and Algie being the main ones and Gus in particular- and Jack's relationship with the husky Isaak which is finely portrayed and the most warming part in a very chilly novel!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very effective 21 Oct 2010
By M. Dale
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
It's hard to write much about this book without spoiling the plot, so this will be brief. Set just before WWII in the 30s, the book follows the story of a scientific expedition to the Arctic in the form of the journal of one of its members.

Although it's slow to start, what follows is a genuinely creepy and at times intense story. Fans of blood and gore won't be impressed as this is very much a psychological thriller, but I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to others to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 23 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not a fan of ghost stories, but I like the odd one or two and this one is no exception. A crossover/adult novel which definitely gave me the creeps and I'm not easily moved. Set in Spitsbergen in 1937, 5 young hopefuls plan a geographical expedition to study weather, glaciers etc, but just before departure two have to drop out and three set off. The Norwegian ship captain is reluctant to take them to their exact destination, but with much persuasion eventually does, without telling them the reason for his reluctance. However once there, Jack Miller starts to experience strange feelings and premonitions which he records in his diary. When another colleague gets sick and the two of them have to depart for a while, Jack offers to stay and as it approaches the time of year for perpetual darkness, so his fears, imaginings and visions increase. He discovers that the area is believed to be haunted by a former miner who was murdered, but is it, or is it the madness of lonliness and darkness setting in? A very good read, keeping you gripped as the ending approaches and not at all fully predicatble. More please. Also remind me of The Solitude of Thomas Cave.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars spooky and thrilling 16 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
The set-up for this ghost story is economical and effective - a working class young man drawn onto a polar expedition with three upper-class gentleman explorers. The sense of dread builds slowly through throwaway comments and strange events recorded in diary format. Several bits were really quite chilling, and the silent figure whom the protagonist witnesses in Gruhuken reminds one very much of The Woman in Black or The Turn of the Screw. The descriptions of the Arctic landscape are superb. My only quibble is that this is a very short book which felt slightly rushed: the protagonist's psychology hints at much rich texture which is unexplored - his past, his sexuality - and there was room for plenty more scares before the slightly anti-climactic denouement. It was a shame that the author had to abandon the diary format near the end - the impression was that she couldn't make the narrative work while sticking to it, and so had to withdraw from the established narrative structure. The epilogue diary entry had me expecting a final twist that never came. Still, despite these minor issues, I really enjoyed Dark Matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chilly - in more ways than one!
A really good ghost story - one that will have you looking towards your windows at night and making sure the curtains are drawn. Is there someone out there? Can I hear footsteps? Read more
Published 1 day ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I hate using cliches like "I was on the edge of my seat" but oh my god my heart felt like it was being wretched from my chest as I read ever line from the time they are on... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Anne-Marie Upton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Darkness, The Coldness, The Solitude and The Horror. Oh The Horror
This is fabulously terrifying. It is described as a ghost story, but the terror is the way Paver takes the reader into the mind of her central character, Jack Miller. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lady Fancifull
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This was so spooky I could not readin bed unless my husbad was home. The description of the Arctic is Brilliant. It is also a book about class and this is cleverly portrayed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helen D. Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and atmospheric
Get it! Was sad to get to the end. It grips you all the way through and sends a chill up your spine. Can recommendd her other work as well.
Published 1 month ago by Steve S
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric tale - told in the classic ghost story style
A well written atmospheric tale, told in the style of classic ghost stories from a bygone age. As well as creating a gripping tale, the author manages to propel the reader directly... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lindsey T
4.0 out of 5 stars Super Book, well worth a read ...
An interesting and well written story that does grip you and make you want to know what happens next. I would really give it 4.5 stars if I could ... Read more
Published 2 months ago by palliswsp
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, fails to deliver entirely
I enjoyed reading this as it different from what I normally read but what promises to be a thriller seems to be a little too weak in delivering a sense of shock. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ghost story ever written!!
Absolutely terrifying! A great read from cover to cover, I'd highly recommend it to anyone. It was tense, thrilling and exciting, a book that couldn't be out down till it was... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jane E Sharp
4.0 out of 5 stars My Christmas Ghost Story
I always like to read a ghost story around Christmas and this book was recommended to me. It was a quick easy read and I did enjoy it. Read more
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