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  • Area X

  • The Southern Reach Trilogy - Annihilation, Authority, Acceptance
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick, Bronson Pinchot, Xe Sands
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,227
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,017
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,032

Dive into the mysteries of Area X, a remote and lush terrain that has inexplicably sequestered itself from civilization. Twelve expeditions have gone in, and not a single member of any of them has remained unchanged by the experience - for better or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Great

  • By clifford on 12-26-15

What was the point?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I don’t understand what this trilogy was about. There is no closure to anything. An interesting world/story was introduced, but it ended up just being a bunch of bullshit leading to nowhere.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,954
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,026

Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!

  • By Nicole - Audible on 06-19-17

A failure of narrative structure

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-17

At some point during the reading of this book I realized that I was reading a great story, full of interesting ideas and moments, but that this story was being told kind of poorly. I don't understand the purpose of switching between time periods throughout the book. It would have been more interesting to give us the story chronologically. Instead we have the climax of the both time periods taking place at the same time, and I just didn't see how that served the book well. The other vital flaw of this book is that it really failed to build depth of character for one of the main characters, Henry Bowers. He turns out to be as important of a character as any of the other 7 kids, but we don't get much of his perspective or back story. What we do get is very one dimensional. Disappointing. Also I would have loved to dig deeper into the being of It. King did spend some time on this, but not enough. The conclusion of It was a bit too convenient and not fully explained. Overall, I could see this story being a really incredible book or movie if it was told right. One more note: One thing to immediately make this book better would be to cut every scene that involves sex...especially that scene in the tunnels (what the f@&!)