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Southern Reach Trilogy
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(3.8 based on 226 ratings)
  • 1

    Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

    Charles says: "I Feel Like I'm Coming Down From Peyote"
    I Feel Like I'm Coming Down From Peyote

    I want to be very clear about something: VanderMeer is a beautiful writer. I was transported to Area X and remained there for the duration of the sto..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 22 2014 by Charles (TULSA, OK, United States)
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    Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilisation. This is the twelfth expedition. Their group is made up of four women: An anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

    Eszter says: "Short but full of curiosities"
    Short but full of curiosities

    I havent read the print version but I thought the Audio was good. The narrator has a bit of a weird style of over emphasising everything which was kin..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 17 2014 by Eszter (North Melbourne, Australia)
  • 2

    Authority: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jeff VanderMeer
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    For 30 years, a secret agency called the Southern Reach has monitored expeditions into Area X - a remote and lush terrain mysteriously sequestered from civilization. After the 12th expedition, the Southern Reach is in disarray, and John Rodriguez (a.k.a. "Control") is the team's newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and more than two hundred hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves - and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he's promised to serve.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Another surreal expedition into the uncanny"
    Another surreal expedition into the uncanny

    In Authority, VanderMeer pivots from the first-person journal of the unnamed biologist (read by Carolyn McCormick) which introduced “Area X” in Annihi..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 12 2014 by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn (Durham, NC USA)