Summary

The first volume of the extraordinary Southern Reach trilogy - now a major motion picture written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina) and starring Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac.
For thirty years, Area X has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border – an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. The Southern Reach, a secretive government agency, has sent eleven expeditions to investigate Area X. One has ended in mass suicide, another in a hail of gunfire, the eleventh in a fatal cancer epidemic. Now four women embark on the twelfth expedition into the unknown.
©2014 Jeff VanderMeer Creative, Inc. (P)2014 2014 by Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic reviews

"A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unravelling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot of Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and claustrophobic dread that lingers long afterwards. I loved it." (Lauren Beukes, award-winning author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls)
"Original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent." (Warren Ellis)
"One of those books where it all comes together - the story and the prose and the ideas, all braided into a triple helix that gives rise to something vibrant and alive. Something that grows, word-by-word, into powerful, tangled vines that creep into your mind and take hold of it. Annihilation is brilliant and atmospheric, a novel that has the force of myth." (Charles Yu, author of How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe)
"A contemporary masterpiece." ( The Guardian)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Lawrie Roboto on 04-02-18

Poor reading

I wanted to like this - it’s a story that definitely appeals to me, but unfortunately the narration by Carolyn McCormick is very, very poor. I was often completely pulled out of the story because she has no idea how to read out loud, and would voice sentences in such a confusing way - random pauses, inappropriate intonations, complete mispronunciations - that I had a hard time following the story at all. I wanted to enjoy this, but honestly, it was a relief when it was over.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 19-09-14

An interesting story let down by the production

A creepy, other-world story that reminded me of a cross between Ian Banks (not the scifi) with a dash of Into the mountains of madness. But, oh god, the narration!

The dialogue was delivered well but , on the whole, this has either been badly edited or her read was done in a hurry. There are no gaps over 1 second between sentences. The text runs into itself. Sentences are left meaningless and there is no sense of pace. Tension is killed. With a little more breathing space the mistakes in the read could have been forgiven - McCormick can get the tone right. I just found myself shouting "PARAGRAPH" a lot.

It's a shame the production spoils an otherwise interesting story

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 12-04-17

Didn't like the narrator

The narrator has a very odd way of reading which made the story quite hard to follow. Her intonation was all over the place, yet her pace and volume stayed the same, even in dramatic or suspenseful moments. The overall effect was one of emotionlessness. I am not sure if this was a conscious decision on her part (given that the protagonist is a scientist writing an expedition journal this would make sense) but it didn't work for me at all.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 14-03-18

Watched the movie, read the book.

I came by this book series via the netflix movie. It was incredible, so I started listening on the book, and ordered the whole book series. The book and the movie are almost as if two separate entities that are bound together by some of the characters and few similarities. I can't really compare them as they are so different, at least the way I saw saw the world in my head. But still the book is a piece of art. Loved it, will read again some day.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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