Dead Astronauts

A Novel
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: Borne
Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own.

Three ragtag rebels waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. A raving madman who wanders the desert lost in the past, haunted by his own creation: an invisible monster whose name he has forgotten and whose purpose remains hidden.

Jeff VanderMeer's Dead Astronauts presents a city with no name of its own where, in the shadow of the all-powerful Company, lives - human and otherwise - converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth - all the Earths.

©2019 VanderMeer Creative, Inc. (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Worst dto far

This is by far the worst JV book I've read. No story, repeating random gibberish, no direction, incoherent rambling.

I'm not sure what he was trying to accomplish here, but it's garbage in comparison to the Southern Reach or Borne.

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Missing something...

...like a plot, cohesion, characterization. Perhaps many words and sentences were accidentally misplaced during production. I very much enjoyed the trilogy and Borne. Would a reader who had not read the preceding works be able to make sense out of this? Not likely. Dead Astronauts needed a heavy edit before publication. I respect Mr. VanderMeer's body of work, but this piece is best left with the broken Lego blocks.

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Edgar Allen Poe + Angela Carter = VanderMeer’s World

Just finished Dead Astronauts, I loved it so much! I’ll be reading it a second time here soon. I finished all 3 novels in the span of a few days, reading all 3 of them back to back was one of the best literary experiences of my life. You NEED to read Borne & The Strange Bird to fully grasp what’s going on. Everything ties together, I’m so excited to reread all 3 novels again. This book is not for everyone, if you loved Borne & The Strange Bird you need to read this. Borne starts off as more reader friendly but somewhat complex, The Strange Bird dives a little deeper and by Dead Astronauts it’s just totally all in “VanderMeerism” “Weird Science” which honestly is why we read his incredible work. I loved the southern reach trilogy but this Borne trilogy is by far his best work and is my absolute favorite trilogy.

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Meditation incognito

His works will transcend you into the state as described. He is a genius. I have never read or heard since was audible any other writer portray a moment to moment flow ,with dark undertones and deep understanding some will never admit even too themselves. He keeps you guessing like you do every moment of the day. You are the story. hypnotizing oneself has never been so fun or brilliant. He can make one meaning into 1000 and 1000 meanings lead to one.
It wouldn’t be the same if anyone other than Emily woo zeller narrates. She makes it even more seductive for your mind from your emotions.

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What?

Yeah I’m too dumb for this book. I thought it was a fluke with Strange Bird, but no, I’m too dumb. I highly suggest reading along and listening to this. Or more importantly, listening in LARGE chunks. It’s the epitome of “wibbly wobbly timey whimey space stuff”. Coincidentally it’s the second finale to a series of his I just don’t understand. But maybe that’s because every time I heard leviathan/tide pools I kept thinking of Acceptance. Good luck.

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Dizzyingly beautiful and worth the work.

I don’t usually write reviews, but I just finished this audiobook and I feel compelled to write something.

This story has a loose narrative, it can be repetitive, and there are times where you might not totally understand what’s going on, but rather, you have to trust VanderMeer’s writing to take you on a journey that you can figure out in greater detail later. This book will ask you to do a lot more than most modern novels will, but trust me, it’s worth the occasional confusion and extra work.
This is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve ever read/ listened to, and the last few chapters actually left me sobbing.
Lastly, Emily Woo Zeller captures the spirit and beauty of this book perfectly with her soothing but expressive voice. The only complaint I have there is that sometimes her voice is TOO soothing, and I had to go back and re-listen to some parts after I dozed off a little bit.
Please, if you’re a fan of VanderMeer, weird fiction, post apocalyptic science fiction, books that make you think, or even if you’re just curious, give this book a try.

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Not his best work

I love Jeff Vandermeer usually, but this one just didn't land for me. The narrator did a great job again, but the story is so disjointed. I found the shifting between perspectives jarring. In "Acceptance," it was clearly three different interconnected stories but in this one, it just didn't quite work.

It may be that this is a book you should not try to listen to. Maybe it works better on the page. I still love Vandermeer but I don't expect I'll listen to this book ever again.