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Short but riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The slowly mounting sense of dread as the central character's sanity is pushed to its limits will make you feel better about your petty quotidian anxieties.

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

If you enjoyed Michel Paver's Chronicles of Ancient Darkness you will appreciate the emotional impact and suspense of her writing in this book.

What about Jeremy Northam’s performance did you like?

Not too over the top, good interpretation of the central characters frustration, self-loathing and existential angst.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

You do get engaged with Jack's emotional journey and identify with the base emotional fear of the unknown, the other, the monster under the bed.

Better than expected

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I wasnt expecting much from this but ended up enjoying it. If you like the post-apocalyptic virus thing, Stephen King etc, this will keep you going.

What did you like best about this story?

The first part would have made a book in itself, but the story has enough to keep it going in parts two and three.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrators do a good job with plenty of involvement.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of suspense, kept me awake late at night, so great for a jouney, but not one if you are looking for something to lull you to sleep.

iNod off

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This does the trick most of the time for me. Works well as a relaxation script or if you want an afternoon nap. Some subliminal suggestions in there that seem to work well. Fairly down to earth, some chiled music in it, but thankfully no waterfalls or panpipes.

Not just a guilty pleasure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Fantasy epic novels are not usually my thing, and my reaction to the first chapter was that this was cheesy stuff. This was mainly because of the Roy Dotrice's hammy accents, but the structure of this series with each chapter dedicated to the viewpoint of one character, ending usually on a cliff-hanger, get gets you hooked in. The quality of the characterisation is good enough that you can overlook the ludicrous premise and get quite emotionally invested. Plus, Martin is willing to sacrifice some quite central characters, and both heroes and villains have flaws and good points.