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Summary

'Are you happy in your life?'

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he'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 thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we'll go to claim the lives we dream of.

©2016 Blake Crouch (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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gripping, fast paced, extremely enjoyable

This was the first book I have listened to by Blake Crouch. I am very impressed. It had me hooked from the start, and kept me looking forward to the next installment.
Jon Lindstrom is an excellent narrator - so good that I have actively sought out other books based on him narrating.
The characters in the book really come alive and you can feel a connection with them.
The story line was superb and threw a quantity of 'curve balls', keeping you on your toes.
I found it a little too intense to listen to before bed as it really keeps the adrenaline flowing!
Now enjoying one of Blake's other books 'Pines'.

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Bloody dreadful!

Takes an interesting premise and turns it into a mushy, soggy pudding of a story .. And the least said about the ending the better!

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WOW - This was a weird one

If you could sum up Dark Matter in three words, what would they be?

It's more than three words I know but - Initially confusing but quickly mesmerising to listen to as you start to understand the plot

What other book might you compare Dark Matter to, and why?

I cannot think of any other book that is anything like this one. A combination of thriller, adventure and sci-fi with a spot of romance thrown in for good measure.

What about Jon Lindstrom’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed listening to Jon's voice and I am pleased to say his "female" voices didn't grate on me as much as they usually do when read my a man. I have to say he really "became" the main character in my head as he was talking which I always take as a good thing - that point where you forget there is actually a narrator there and simply get caught up in the story.

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

There were several places that really did make you feel for the main character who is excellently written and you come to believe you really know the man.

At several points I really felt that perhaps this novel wouldn't have a happy ending and I was surprised how much I wanted the main character to triumph in the end as I tend to enjoy stories with less conventional endings.

Any additional comments?

I'm not sure quite how to describe this book as the slightly sci-fi premise involved is a little complicated to start with and in the first few chapters the reader is really wondering what is going on as much as the main character is (in a good way, I might add)

If you enjoy a novel where you have to think then this one is likely to be for you, if you want an easy listen - maybe not.

That said it takes the reader through a distinct journey with the main character and in many places I really felt I was there with him. There are places I certainly wouldn't have been able to press the pause switch for sure.

Definitely worth taking a chance on if you are not familiar with this author as I wasn't at the time I bought it.

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An OK book, but nothing special.

The concept of the story is quite interesting, but I feel it is lacking in execution and believability (if such thing can be attributed). The narration was poor. Way too monotonous and emotionless for the insane experience the characters are living through. I feel like this should have been a much longer book, there's just not enough time to develop the full potential for benevolence and malevolance of a person. It is almost as if this book was written to become a movie. It lacks the depth that differentiates several hundred pages from two hours of screentime.

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  • 05-01-17

Epic.

Couldn't stop listening to this. An interesting, gripping and emotional rollercoaster that will stay with me for a long time (me, and the many other versions of myself...)

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Gripping

Fast paced, excellent listen, and superb story. A lead character that you care about and a fantastic glimpse into the multiverse

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Best download of 2016

If you could sum up Dark Matter in three words, what would they be?

Gripping, ingenious, entertaining.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Matter?

The disorientation of the main character when transported to an alternate world was handled brilliantly.

What about Jon Lindstrom’s performance did you like?

Great performance. had to be as the book is written from a first person point of view. Ably mimicked the other characters well enough to get a sense of their personalities as written.

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

Absolutely. Couldn't get enough.

Any additional comments?

Wonderfully entertaining listen that sets the imagination on fire with the possibilities of alternate universe’s and the path one’s life could take if different decisions are made. Highly recommended.

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Brilliant

Gripping from the start. Certainly makes you think about your life choices. A purely brilliant book.

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Chronic writing, dreary, and horrible narration

hated it. unimaginative, with poorly developed and clichéd characters, predictable story line, rubbish ending and pretty poor narration.

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Love the concept, way it was told was less inspiring.

The story is based around a quantum physics experiment where the main protagonist ends up exploring multi universes each with a different take on his personal life and different choices made. I loved the concept behind the story and the way that each new reality could be adjusted according to the emotional energy he brought with him. The telling of the story and characters themselves was a bit disappointing didn't do justice to the potential of the theme.

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  • Simon Forsyth
  • 26-10-16

Plot holes, scrambled science

What disappointed you about Dark Matter?

The main character is a genius who can't identify a plot point that everyone who has an interest in physics, let alone: superposition, would instantly recognise. I rank this 1.2 on the Peter Clines Can't Write Genius scale.

Has Dark Matter turned you off from other books in this genre?

I am much more weary of works by Blake Crouch.

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

Lindstrom's performance is excellent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dark Matter?

I would have Crouch rewrite everything starting with Jason understanding the situation as soon as he pulled on the clothes. J-2 would grab the family and head to an alternate universe. There would be multiple J-2s trying to do the same thing including versions that want to help Jason.Crouch needs a tougher and smarter editor.

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  • Michael
  • 21-02-20

Could have been a good book.

The decision making the main characters do are so stupid, like they got hypoxemia and the brain lack oxygen. Just couldn't finish the book.

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  • Kate Ellis-Cole
  • 24-08-19

Riveting and thought-provoking

This book is truly fascinating. It will cause you to question the nature of identity, the concept of home, and the reality of love. I could not stop thinking about it the entire time I was reading it! Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-20

AMAZING

Amazing to listen to, I looked forward to my morning drive to work just to listen to the book. A must listen

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  • SMACKOMATIC
  • 09-05-19

interesting take on parallel worlds

Surprising new twists to the story all the way to the end, enjoyable. Well written and narrated

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  • Raven
  • 05-04-19

Super

Great story and narration. A very worthy listen for anyone who enjoys sci-fi. I found the whole production to be excellent. 5 *****

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  • Anthony
  • 28-07-17

Amazing, Emotional, Gripping.

Loved it. Clever, fast paced. Had butterflies in my stomach and sitting on the edge of my car seat. The ideas in this book had my head spinning at times- in a good way. Made me think about my life and ask...what if...

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  • Andrew Eross
  • 10-01-22

Not for me

Felt like I needed to complete it even though I didn't like the story that much. Decent thriller if you take the inconsistencies with a grain of salt. Too much pain without sufficient redemption. Not sad I heard the story, but 0 chance of wanting to hear it again.

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  • Ally
  • 08-01-22

Incredible

What an amazing book and epic story. Would highly recommend. Have listened to this audio book twice now

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  • Ashley
  • 17-12-21

Loved it!

super unexpected and different from what I'm used to in the genre. definitely recommend