Dark Matter

  • by Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by Jon Lindstrom
  • 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Are you happy with your life?"
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.
Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.
Before a man Jason'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 science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we'll go to claim the lives we dream of.


What the Critics Say

"Brilliant. A book to remember. I think Blake Crouch just invented something new." (Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author of the Jack Reacher series)
"Exceptional. An exciting, ingeniously plotted adventure about love, regret, and quantum superposition. It's been a long time since a novel sucked me in and kept me turning pages the way this one did." (Andy Weir, New York Times best-selling author of The Martian)
"Wow. I gulped down Dark Matter in one sitting and put it down awed and amazed by the ride. It's fast, smart, addictive - and the most creative, head-spinning novel I've read in ages. A truly remarkable thriller." (Tess Gerritsen, New York Times best-selling author of the Rizzoli & Isles series)


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Oh wow, do NOT get this book. Honestly, just get Where the Hell is Tesla? by Rob Dircks. It's the same book/story except good.

The most grievous sin of this book is the physicist protagonist is so dumb that he should be nowhere without a chaperone. To avoid spoilers, imagine Groundhog Day. Now imagine if Bill Murray couldn't figure out he was repeating the same day over and over again, even given the overwhelming amount of evidence. This goes on in Dark Matter until the 44% mark, I know because I noted it. Then the next 40% or so is that meme where a cartoon dog is drinking coffee in a burning room and saying, "This is fine."

You will not be able to relate to the idiot of a protagonist. You will root for him to lose, because he deserves it. The science isn't there, because the whole setup just spawns so many plot holes. That's why this book gets three stars, because it is like a bad movie. It is fun to sit there and point out all the flaws and wonder about our hero's intelligence.

Speaking of, this book insults the listener's intelligence by existing, but beyond that, the last few pages explain the whole theme! I guess Crouch really wanted to make sure we understood the point he was trying to make.

I do not recommend this book, I recommend Where the Hell is Tesla? Seriously, it's the exact same book but written tongue in cheek instead of trying and failing to be serious.

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- Matthew "1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up."


I'm surprised people are so hostile about this book. My three stars reflects that it was an average, entertaining, non-waste of time read. Maybe people expect too much from what is, I assume, supposed to be pulpy science fiction. I was entertained. The science, while certainly not qualifying for "hard" sci-fi, was at least rational and reasonably well explained.

It's a book about the decisions one makes in life, the impacts a simple choice can have. The frailty of the human condition. This is certainly not a new concept or theme, but it's executed reasonably well here. Yes, some aspects get played out to a silly extreme, but it's also not necessarily wrong. And to address one reviewer's statement that it was egocentric... well, no kidding. We're all the heroes of our own story and think, no matter how much we may attempt otherwise, that the universe does revolve around us. And, in taking this book's premise at face value, it literally is the point- the chaotic nature of each decision causing a split off of new universes has the additional reality that for every person new universes are splitting constantly. Thus the concept of an infinite number of universes since each split is affected by all the other simultaneous splits occurring... perhaps this is simply too much for some to comprehend.

I understood the title to be a reference to the great unknown mysteries of existence- in the universe or our own lives. Also, to the reviewer who suggested "Where the Hell is Tesla?" ignore him, that was a terrible and incredibly stupid book.

It was entertaining brain candy, nothing more or less. Fun concepts and an engaging delivery. Worth the time, but don't expect a masterpiece.
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- Charles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio