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  • Dark Matter

  • By: Michelle Paver
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414

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 an 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 Horror

  • By Joseph on 04-04-11

Chilling

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-17

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.

  • A Rumor of War

  • By: Philip Caputo
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

When it first appeared, A Rumor of War brought home to American readers, with terrifying vividness and honesty, the devastating effects of the Vietnam War on the soldiers who fought there. And while it is a memoir of one young man's experiences and therefore deeply personal, it is also a book that speaks powerfully to today's students about the larger themes of human conscience, good and evil, and the desperate extremes men are forced to confront in any war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • rumour of war (Vietnam through the eyes of a vet )

  • By paul medcalf on 22-09-17

Puts you in the jungle

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-16

I've read quite a few memoirs from the Vietnam War and I have to say this is among the finest. From the optimism and bravado of training and the early months in-country, through to the horror and tragedy as the body count rises and Caputo and his Marines realise this is a war that cannot be won - this book packs an emotional punch. I always feel audio books lend themselves to the first person narrative and the narrator does a good job here. Moments of laughter, despair, terror, confusion, frustration and gallows humour are brought to life. At times you feel like you're in the fox hole with them. Recommended.