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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Kerr Narrator: John Lee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2002 ISBN: 9780736697743
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In 1696, Christopher Ellis, a young, hot-tempered gentleman, is sent to the Tower of London, but not as a prisoner. A sudden twist of fate has led him there to assist the renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who as Warden of the Royal Mint has accepted an appointment to hunt down counterfeiters who threaten to topple the shaky, war-weakened economy. Armed with Newton’s superior intellect and Ellis’s skill with a sword, the new partners seem primed to solve the case. But when their investigation leads them to a mysterious coded message on a corpse hidden in the Lion Tower, they realize that something more sinister is afoot. In the heat of their pursuit, Newton and Ellis’s suspicions become all too real as the body count rises and the duo uncovers a menacing far-reaching plot that might lead to the collapse of the government—and cost them their very lives. An extraordinary, suspense-filled, and richly satisfying tale, Dark Matter is an engrossing mystery infused with the volatile mix of politics, science, and religion that characterized life in seventeenth-century London.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon | 2/16/2014

    " Isaac Newton...Detective! A historical mystery, accurate in just about every researchable detail, and according to the author's postscript, even more accurate than I had imagined. It has everything going for it that should have prejudiced me in its favor--set in 17th century London, much of it in the Tower of London, involving codes, cyphers, buried treasure, secrets of the Knights Templar, Arianism versus Trinitarianism and Huguenots versus Catholics, the new scientific outlook versus superstition, bizarre murders, possible ghosts, violence, drugs, explicit sex. What's not to like? And yet I didn't. The characters never came alive. In spite of the technical accuracy, the feel was wrong. There's more historical imagination in two pages of Hilary Mantel. I never really believed the plot. The suspense didn't work. By the time all the bad guys were being rounded up, even the narrator, who has been (metaphorically) kicked in the groin by his beloved, admitted that he no longer cared what happened, and neither did I. And justice was only partially done. Realistic? I guess. Satisfying? No. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 2/14/2014

    " This book is about Sir Isaac Newton and his work as head of the Mint located in the Tower of London. While the book touches on his many contributions to mathematics and science, it is more correct to call it a murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/2/2014

    " Great historical detail and good plotting. A good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Petra | 2/2/2014

    " A Victorian murder mystery with Isaac Newton and his assistant as the Detectives. The book is written very much in the style of The Name Of The Rose but not as long winded. The story revolves around a string of murders taking place in the Royal Mint. I enjoyed the book and found it to be easy reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Morris | 1/28/2014

    " A clever Crichton-esque period piece that blurs history and fiction, but it gets somewhat crude at times and veers in a few random directions "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacquelynn Fritz | 1/27/2014

    " Sir Issac Newton must solve the murders, but his reasoning reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. The mystery was good, didn't like the rest of the story or the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pamela | 1/8/2014

    " I did not like this book as much as I liked Kerr's books based in WWII Berlin. I struggled to finish it. I think it's because I didn't really care for the narrator, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Higgins | 12/10/2013

    " Sir Isaac Newton is a sleuth with a man-of-action sidekick. Fun! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mckenziewall | 11/13/2013

    " I really enjoy Kerr's Bernie Gunther novels. This one, not so much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Captain Curmudgeon | 6/15/2012

    " I'm beginning to dislike mystery novels that feature real people but this one sucked less than most. Got me to read more books by Philip Kerr. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine (AR) | 5/3/2012

    " Newton as head of the treasury and investigating a murder. Fascinating if only for the history of alchemy, and why it was punishable by death. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobi | 12/30/2011

    " This book really kept my attention. There were a lot of people to try and keep straight the relationship between them all but it was a very entertaining read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 10/12/2011

    " This book was quite dry. Sherlock Holmes is a bit too obviously the model for Isaac Newton in this book. I found the similarities in style distracting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jacquelynn | 3/12/2011

    " Sir Issac Newton must solve the murders, but his reasoning reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. The mystery was good, didn't like the rest of the story or the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gatorman | 7/8/2010

    " Kerr is one of the best authors around. Another winner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne | 2/28/2009

    " This book was quite dry. Sherlock Holmes is a bit too obviously the model for Isaac Newton in this book. I found the similarities in style distracting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 5/3/2008

    " A clever Crichton-esque period piece that blurs history and fiction, but it gets somewhat crude at times and veers in a few random directions "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobi | 4/9/2008

    " This book really kept my attention. There were a lot of people to try and keep straight the relationship between them all but it was a very entertaining read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sue | 2/17/2008

    " I really loved this author's trilogy, "Berlin Noir." But this book, a fictional story involving Sir Isaac Newton, though well-written, dragged. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr is a British writer and bestselling author of the Bernie Gunther novels, along with other fiction series, stand-alone novels, a fantasy series, and nonfiction works. In 1993, he was named in Granta’s list of Best Young British Novelists. In 2009, If the Dead Rise Not won the world’s most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000. The book also won the 2009 British Crime Writers’ Association’s Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award. Field Gray, the seventh in the series, was nominated for the 2012 Edgar Award for Best Novel. And in 2015 The Lady from Zagreb made the New York Times bestsellers list.

About the Narrator

John Lee, a stage actor and writer and a coproducer of feature films, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks of every conceivable genre, earning some three dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award.