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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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  • Jules
  • Cheshire,UK
  • 26-10-16

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.

36 of 40 people found this review helpful

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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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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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  • "unknown"
  • Northolt, United Kingdom
  • 12-01-17

Loved it

Not my usual read but was hocked from the first few lines to the end. Narration superb.

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Not what I expected after the first few chapters

Bit of a rollercoaster for me - brilliant start to the story, the kind that gets you completely gripped. Once the sci-fi takes over it can confuse your brain if you are a bit daft like me but after a few weird chapters it settles back down and becomes a thriller again. Not the 5 stars I'd hoped for after reading reviews but a cracker nonetheless. Wayward Pines a far better story for me.

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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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Very good concept - well read

Interest thriller about how multiple universes connect and the interaction between them. The main character sometimes seems to be a bit dim for an award winning physicist, I think that shows how involved you get in the story though.
All in all a cracking listen and good story to boot!

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Gripping

I didn't want to stop listening to this one. Very exciting and mysterious, and the narration by Jon Lindstrom was excellent.

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  • Mr
  • 18-01-17

Best SF book in a while!

Great story, great balance, great narrator - quite a few subliminal messages... thoroughly recommend a listen.

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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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  • Thanh
  • 30-06-17

Great book, keep me on edge, exhilarating story

Love Blake Crouch, the story line was intriguing, made I feel that my life is perfect.

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  • Nyaribo
  • 22-03-17

A tale of infinity love and determination

This book is so intense and nerve racking. The Author takes you down the rabbit hole of Jason wonderland and if you do not "tie" yourself to Jason you will get lost.

The narrator Jon Lindstrom does an outstanding job. Brings that story and characters alive.

For those who enjoyed the movie Inception or shutter island this book will blow you away...hint get the audio book.

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  • Stephen McGrath
  • 16-02-17

One out of the box - pun intended.

I loved the premise of this book and, unlike a number of books that promise so much, this one delivered on the concept. I feel there is a lot to be learned from the messages contained within.

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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.