It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown - navigating new terrain and new challenges - the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting.
In the final installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound - or terrifying.
©2014 Jeff VanderMeer (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I'm about 1/2 way through Jeff VanderMeer's latest and its a nice continuation of the story on the whole. The performances are just as good as the previous two novels. The audio production might be the WORST I've ever heard.
Starting off, the sound in warm and rich. But the minute I hit the first edit, I was pulled right out of the story. The difference in the sonic quality between the main bulk of the audio and the retakes is ridiculous. I've been an Audible subscriber for many, many years and have over 400 books in my library and I've never heard anything this inconsistent on this service before.
Story wise, other than the first two books in the series, its hard to really compare to other books.
To finish out the story, yes. Sonically, was it enjoyable...no.
Blackstone Audio is better than this.
Yes I would only because audio books can be the kind of thing you might get distracted by outside elements and not hear something important. Also I'm the sort of person to re-read a book.
The Biologist, for no particular reaason
Dude the RECORDING of this book is really sloppy. Obvious edits and changes in tone and loudness affect the reading of it. Otherwise I liked the readers.
One narrator sounds like she has a frog in her throat all the time. There are also edits that happen throughout that sound like they were recorded with a completely different setup, which can be jarring.
The story itself is amazing. I used audible for every book of this trilogy.
This last version had the worst audio of the 3 though. It cuts in and out between obvious re-recordings that are at a MUCH worse quality than the rest. It occurs sporadically, but often throughout the whole audio. The readers are great, but it's obvious that they did not work in concert. One vocal actor has a character with a southern accent, and another who is reading the same character does not.
So, story is FANTASTIC.
Actors are good!
Audio is only ok and with many hiccups.
I really love the way this story is told , I wish it had gone into the narrative bias, that we all have a little more, and shown how that affects people when something does not fit into that mold.
this recoding has weird editing sound differences. otherwise it is a great story .
Jeff VanderMeer's trilogy concludes in unforgettable, heartbreaking fashion. The characters -- The Lighthouse Keeper, The Director, Control, Grace, Ghost Bird and her kindred spirit The Biologist -- come alive as their secrets are unveiled in a meticulous, delicate weave of a narrative. The narrators set the mood in a way VanderMeer must have loved.
But I enjoyed it. it had some rough spots and the second book dragged on a bit too much but it had a strong finish. odd quality issues at times where for like 10 or 15 seconds it sounded like it was being recorded at really low quality but those did not ruin the book
Enjoyed this book, although maybe a little less than the previous two in the series.
While I enjoyed the sort of hypnotic nature of this book, this one seem to be a little bit to poetic for its own good. Sometimes convoluted the story.
There were some technical glitches with Bronson's recordings as it sounded like several sections were recorded with different Mike's at different times, and that a different Mike was used when corrections were made, etc. It was enough to really take me out of the story each time.
Yeah, he's really good author. First two books in this trilogy were good. This one I didn't like as much
They bring the characters to life, enjoyed listening
The ending. Would have asked for a more eventful ending
This series is unlike any other story I have ever read. It is excellently executed "sciency" science fiction but it is also very poetic. The imagery is beautiful and the characters are deep, complicated and beautifully vulnerable. This series definitely will attain cult classic status rapidly but has a real shot at mass public appeal because the story is so timely. Much of my fears these days are ecological. Lets face it all of the books in this series are about how humans interact with their environments, blundering about, largely making things worse for themselves. I was never sure if I should be rooting for Area X or the humans.
These characters have been really important to me especially "The Biologist" and her counterpart "Ghostbird". I have learned about bravery from them. I am a better person for reading this book.
Acceptance: The Writing is On the Wall.
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