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classic, essential book

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Reviewed: 08-01-20

This is a must listen book. Everyone knows the vague concept and idea of 1984, yet very few have taken the time to appreciate how important it is - with even TV shows like Big Brother and Room 101 taking influence, but still sort of missing the point. Amazingly read, disturbing and dystopian, solidly pondering a world of totalitarianism and solipsism. Somehow seems even more relevant today.

Educational and enlightening

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Reviewed: 06-11-19

Really enjoyed this book, the concept grew as the book progressed, digging deeper with each chapter, and it helped me learn and think a lot along the way. I found myself constantly looking for pictures or articles about the places and people mentioned, and feel much more well-versed having read it. The latter 3rd of the book dragged a little, if I'm honest, the section about the Scandinavian cold and glaciers didn't quite grip me as much as the previous ones, but it was all tied up nicely in the last few chapters. A great book, mind expanding and sobering. An easy entertaining listen too, well read, atmospheric and intriguing. McFarlane writes with a poetic quality that elevates this book to more than you'd expect.

Grim, haunting and poignant

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Reviewed: 21-10-19

Having first read Paver's follow up to this, Thin Air, I was weary of the many similarities between both stories, but I feel it would have been that way with that book had I read Dark Matter first. Both books are an experience in and of themselves.

The tone is quite dark - full of angst and sadness, and perfectly creates a feeling of loneliness and isolation. Subtly scary, and as others have said, is highly recommended for those who enjoy the likes of MR James.

Inspiring and to-the-point.

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Reviewed: 19-09-19

A great book that doesn't mince words, gets straight to the point and leaves me inspired every time I read it. It may be 25 or so years old, and focuses on various types of art, but I think so many artists can gain valuable insights into themselves and their work. Some feat for such short book.

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Unnerving & exciting. Must read for MR James fans.

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Reviewed: 19-09-19

This is such a well crafted and researched book that it feels like it could have been written in the 30s or 40s. In fact, it reads not unlike a contemporary of MR James , even down to some of the turns of phrase used. I have long been looking for a writer of a similar standard of the ghost stories of James, and this is one that could easily stand alongside his best stories, not in his shadow like so many other sub-Jamesian recommendations. Gentle, thoughtful and well paced, horror and terror starts to stick its head into the already unnerving world of mountaineering, quivering that familiar stiff upper lip of the early 1900s. I flew through this book in a couple of days, and can't wait for my next credit so I can purchase Paver's previous novel, Dark Matter.

Unforgettable and disturbing - brilliant!

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Reviewed: 12-09-19

Was recommended this on Sunday, had it finished by Wednesday. Could not stop listening at every opportunity. Gripped from the very start to the end, one of the best books I've ever read. Disturbing and moving in equal measure, I'm genuinely at a loss as to what to follow it up with. Not for the easily shocked or narrow minded. Can't wait to listen again.

Great folk horror

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Reviewed: 06-12-18

Recommend this one for fans of Mark Gatiss and the 1971 movie, great cast. Also if you like horror films like The VVitch. Top notch.

Essential for metalheads

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Reviewed: 10-04-18

Great book, hilariously read by the author. This is essential reading for all metalheads and though you may not agree with all his opinions or taste in bands, the facts and history are a solid narrative that all metallers should know about. Also, he keeps mentioning Panopticon, so check them out. Kentucky is a great album. Fuck Whitesnake.

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 17-01-18

Would totally purchase more of these. Callow is brilliant. Loved it, thanks a lot Audible!

Majorly Enlightening

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Reviewed: 13-03-17

Great book, enthusiastically read by the author. A genuine and frank book with lots of tips and exercises to help better handle your inner demons and get the most out of your creative spirit. excellent stuff, can't wait to read it again.

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