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Dark Matter

By: Blake Crouch
Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
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'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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Awesome

A grippingly real expedition into the depths of the uncanny and infinite. Highly recommended, especially for fans of Coherence, Inception, and psychedelics

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Sci Fi written by a Wannabe Romance writer

Ok well story was average. Full of plot holes and things that should have taken the story somewhere else. I ended up hating the main character. The biggest cringe factor was the overuse of sexual encounters and descriptions. Kinda like the author was planning to write a romance novel that leant too much towards sci fi. I found myself rolling my eyes consistently in the second half at how cheesy it was. Really focused on the wrong things in the story. The narrator was ok but I wonder if my hatred for the main character influenced my score. I must admit I just came off Stormlight archive so this book had big shoes to fill and didn’t even fill the big toe. Sorry author.

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10hrs flew by! Loved this book!

What did you like most about Dark Matter?

I have always been interested in string theory... so this book caught my attention early on with subject matter alone. Once I found out it was written by the dude who wrote Wayward Pines, I downloaded and was instantly sucked in.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought while reading.. oh yeah, I know where this is going, but it was so good I kept reading. It ended up blowing my mind!

Which character – as performed by Jon Lindstrom – was your favourite?

Jon Lindstrom did an excellent job at narrating this. Very captivating!

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

Super surprising!

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Love this bloke

Blake Crouchs' books are always unpredictable. Every time I read one of his books, my mind is constantly coming up with a dozen possible scenarios. Every person that picks up a book, tries to predict the ending. When it is predictable, the book is said to be 'predictable' and we are tempted to put it down. Crouch has never failed to produce a book, I cant put down.

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More love story than science fiction

I found the premise interesting but the story got bogged down as one man’s obsession with his wife.

Of course he gets what he wants, but only after he looses his moral base toward the end of the story and casts aside secondary characters.

So it’s interesting that a story about multiple dimensions comes across as very one dimensional.

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Not great

Review contains spoilers.

The story: I stuck with this one despite myself because of the reviews and I really wish I hadn't. The only thing I can figure is that Blake Crouch draws in people who don't usually read scifi - which is awesome, but unfortunately meant I expected more than the book could deliver. The basic storyline was nothing new, and the characters felt pretty flat. The main character is described as being intelligent a lot but rarely demonstrates it. The middle of the book suffered from the same problem as Long Earth in that describing a series of possible alternate worlds is frankly boring and repetitive. The ending was predictable but not bad - the only problem was by that time I hated the selfish idiot running the show so much I just didn't care what happened.

The narration: I got used to the narrator's voice though I didn't love it, but I find it really grating when male narrators do voices they think are feminine. Made Daniella in particular hard to listen to. Narrator had good pacing and consistent volume though and at his best reminded me of Nick Offerman so I bumped him up a point for that.

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Excellent. Really imaginative.

Excellent. Really imaginative towards the second half. Lots to think about. Sliding doors type of thing.

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Fun, intense, sad..yet still very sci-fi!

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Great lead character..I was with him the whole way. Felt his hurt, shared his pain. Internal dialogue and descriptions aside, the story moves at a great pace. Loved the use of theoretical science and quantum mechanics.

Twist #1 was terrific, kind of saw it coming tho. Twist #2 had me in shock..like..they just did what now????
Twist #3 at the end..we'll that was just outstanding. Saving a mind bending scenario for the closing act was a well designed and perfectly aligned move I couldn't appreciate fully until all the pieces had been played out. Very very cool.

The fun of the book is that in the first act u've got no idea what's 'really' happening much like the main character. You figure it out well before he does and it's quite fun to try and anticipate the turns from there on. Fun to play at imagining yourself in this scenario, what would I do? What would I have said? That sort of stuff.
Really solid story, highly recommend.

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Dystopian mystery with life message

The premise of the story is very thought provoking. Some good twists. Encourages the reader to put themselves in the shoes of the main character.

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truly unique!

absolutely a unique and incredible story! always kept me guessing and the performance was brilliant! I'm glad I chose to experience this book via audio!
highly recommend to everyone who enjoys a good sci Fi and action piece with good heart!

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