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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.

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Interesting and compelling but what was that?

Would you listen to Acceptance again? Why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Biologist, for no particular reaason

How did the narrator detract from the book?

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Nice continuation, terrible production value.

What did you like best about Acceptance? What did you like least?

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.

What other book might you compare Acceptance to and why?

Story wise, other than the first two books in the series, its hard to really compare to other books.

Was Acceptance worth the listening time?

To finish out the story, yes. Sonically, was it enjoyable...no.

Any additional comments?

Blackstone Audio is better than this.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Corey
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • 05-12-15

Good story, mixed execution

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, Bad Audio

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A confusing and disappointing hot mess

This book is very well narrated. That's the best I can say about it. It answers questions that didn't need answering and answers them poorly. It transforms Area X from an original and thought-provoking enigma to a tired sci-fi cliche, and an inconsistent one at that. There is also once again too much focus on human problems and interpersonal drama, which is well-written but still feels tedious in a story about a mysterious zone of alien influence. Finally, the narrative seems to unravel, incorporating more and more irrelevant weirdness like Widbee's mouse and a defunct real estate agent, before finally petering out with no real closure. I can't even recommend reading it to harvest it for good ideas, because it brings no new ones to the table and corrupts many of the ones it started with.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not worth the time

I read and listen to a lot of books, and haven’t felt I needed to review one until now. I listened to the entire series, mostly because I had seen that a movie was made based on the book. I listened to all 3, hoping that in the end the time I wasted on the first two would be worth it. It wasn’t. I cannot get this time back, and the story never really came together. Most of the time the book is written like a journey, not a story with a plot or plan. At many times it felt more like the narrator was just muttering on and on without ever answering a question, solving a mystery or continuing forward.

Don’t waste your time or money.

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Great ending

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 .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Lush and Haunting

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Fun and Hypnotic

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I wish I knew what was going on

I picked the trilogy because Audible recommended it and did not enjoy anything of it besides Bronson Pinchot's narration in book 2 and 3. The story is incomprehensible and so full of adjectives describing each and every thing that your brain tends to shut off just trying to hurry the story to get to the point. I made my self listen to all 3 and quite honestly can't tell what the heck the story is about. I can't recommend any of the 3 books and feel that they I wasted my credits on all 3.

15 of 21 people found this review helpful