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Dark Matter

Written by: Blake Crouch
Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (100 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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A hell of a ride

Blake Crouch make you to go through the life of Jason Dessan with lots of twists and turns towards his desire for love. Great sci-fi novel

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The consequences and power of choices, so beautifully woven into a sci-fi tale!

Couldn’t put this one down. What a tale. One of the best fictions I have read. And yet so powerfully real.

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Brilliant Story....

Narration is amazing Story is brilliant.... Go for it without a doubt... You will definitely enjoy.

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Loved every bit of this book.

This book is amazing. Its really well written with awesome character development . I would have never thought that someone could present a complicated concept of quantum physics in such simplified ways.Also this books just shows the brilliance of the author in the ways he has actually created a journey for every reader to experience and feel the importance of their loved ones in todays busy life. Si-fi, emotional growth and mystery all in one ...this book has taken the place of my favourite book.

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average story, good narrator

interesting story line but dragged to am extent it became monotonous to read. very good narrator

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Love story in the guise of SciFi

Has a thin plot, which is extended too long. Yes there are multiple twists and turns which are difficult to forsee, which make the story interesting. But the paper thin plot makes it very difficult to retain interest. Also the narrator can do better when when voicing over female characters.

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Mind bending science fiction

Narrator - Though initially I had issue with his accent, I started enjoying it as the plot goes by. a fantastic narration. Story - A well written plot without unwanted dragging and stuff, makes this a remarkable experience.

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Nice Plot

Enjoyed the story and narration. Found the voice over used for female characters and kids a bit funny and distracting. Should keep it natural!!! Difficult plot to explain with its science behind it. Worth a listen once though.

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quite mind boggling theory

in the begining it didn't quite add up and sounded dull but slowly slowly it grasps you in a amazing journey of life where every decision take you on a different journey.

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Gripping

The pace of the story is so fast and keeps you hooked. The narration is excellent so much so that you can concentrate even if you are multi tasking while listening. The story makes you think and introspect "Are you happy?"

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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.

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  • Michael
  • 21-02-20

Could have been a good book.

The decision making the main characters do are so stupid, like they got hypoxemia and the brain lack oxygen. Just couldn't finish the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-20

AMAZING

Amazing to listen to, I looked forward to my morning drive to work just to listen to the book. A must listen

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  • Kate Ellis-Cole
  • 24-08-19

Riveting and thought-provoking

This book is truly fascinating. It will cause you to question the nature of identity, the concept of home, and the reality of love. I could not stop thinking about it the entire time I was reading it! Highly recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-05-19

interesting take on parallel worlds

Surprising new twists to the story all the way to the end, enjoyable. Well written and narrated

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  • Raven
  • 05-04-19

Super

Great story and narration. A very worthy listen for anyone who enjoys sci-fi. I found the whole production to be excellent. 5 *****

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  • Eyes2Read
  • 10-03-20

Solid science fiction

Quite nicely performed. Very creative premise for the story, it creates a really good springboard to a great science fiction foundation on which the story builds. the writing is solid, if a bit cliche at times. Overall a decent read.

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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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  • Jules
  • 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.

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  • anon
  • 03-01-17

gripping, fast paced, extremely enjoyable

This was the first book I have listened to by Blake Crouch. I am very impressed. It had me hooked from the start, and kept me looking forward to the next installment.
Jon Lindstrom is an excellent narrator - so good that I have actively sought out other books based on him narrating.
The characters in the book really come alive and you can feel a connection with them.
The story line was superb and threw a quantity of 'curve balls', keeping you on your toes.
I found it a little too intense to listen to before bed as it really keeps the adrenaline flowing!
Now enjoying one of Blake's other books 'Pines'.

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  • Joe
  • 05-01-17

Epic.

Couldn't stop listening to this. An interesting, gripping and emotional rollercoaster that will stay with me for a long time (me, and the many other versions of myself...)

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  • S. Yarrow
  • 02-10-16

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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  • Bluetyler
  • 20-09-16

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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  • Gemma
  • 29-09-16

Brilliant

Gripping from the start. Certainly makes you think about your life choices. A purely brilliant book.

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  • G. S.
  • 05-06-18

Bloody dreadful!

Takes an interesting premise and turns it into a mushy, soggy pudding of a story .. And the least said about the ending the better!

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  • Ms. Rachel J. Clarke
  • 05-01-17

Wow! Best book I've ever read

read it in two days, such an amazing depth to the story. only bone of contention was that Daniella was too perfect, a little unnerving. I would highly recommend this book to anyone

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  • David Hall
  • 01-01-17

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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  • sandy jarvis
  • 27-12-16

Happy listener

great story. brilliant narrator.
will definitely listen to this one again and look out for both author and narrator.

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  • 30-12-16

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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  • Frank
  • 03-11-16

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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  • K Fletcher
  • 22-07-17

Excellent. Really imaginative.

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

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  • Jennifer
  • 28-01-17

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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  • Kate Cefai
  • 13-10-16

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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  • Joe
  • 23-09-16

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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  • jason Coulthard
  • 06-09-16

very interesting story. suspense

loved it
enjoyed it. want to read more with similar elements
reader very good, would recommend to folks into suspense and some sci-fi

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  • Maryanne
  • 20-08-20

An interesting read!

If you are interested in the multiverse and the possibility of infinite timelines running parallel then this is the book for you! I really enjoyed it and it kept me engaged until the very end.

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  • Kirstin McGrath
  • 07-07-20

Just wow

I still have goosebumps from that ending! I havent read a book so full of excitement, fear of what could come next and good old-fashioned love for a loooong time. In so many ways this reminded me of Ready Player One, one of my most loved books. I will be listening to this again! x

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-05-20

Interesting, thought provoking and a little dark

It starts off as a thought experiment about the implications for identity in a multiverse. I think the author missed - and other commentators definitely did - the way individualism, love and gender are dealt with in the latter part of the book. It doesn't get as interesting as it perhaps could have if social constructionism, the perils of romanticism and misogyny were considered more robustly but it's still a good read.