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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeff VanderMeer Narrator: Carolyn McCormick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Southern Reach Trilogy Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9781482956726
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If J. J. Abrams, Margaret Atwood, and Alan Weisman collaborated on a novel … it might be this awesome.

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.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist, a surveyor, a psychologist—the de facto leader—and a biologist, who is our narrator. 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.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life-forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tense and chilling psychological thriller about an unraveling expedition and the strangeness within us. A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward. I loved it.”

    Lauren Beukes, Sunday Times (London) bestselling author

  • “VanderMeer has crafted an evocative adventure…it is a captivating meander, filled with lush prose describing naturalistic imagery that veers between the beautiful and the terrifying…Annihilation will scare you and move you, and you might never know why.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “This is the first book in VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy…All three books are available in audio format, but I prefer this one as a stand-alone, with all its unsolved mysteries and unanswered questions…McCormick’s, pure, serene, rather methodical performance at first seems too stiff and then, gradually, reveals myriad gradations of loneliness, determination and awe.”

    Salon.com (audio review)

  • “Brilliant…Evocative descriptions…masterful psychological insight, and intellectual observations both profound and disturbing—calling Lovecraft to mind and Borges—Vandermeer unfolds a tale as satisfying as it is richly imagined.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A gripping fantasy thriller, Annihilation is thoroughly suspenseful. In a manner similar to H. G. Wells’ in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), VanderMeer weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human. Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “After their high-risk expedition disintegrates, it’s every scientist for herself in this wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction…VanderMeer is an expert fearmonger, but his strongest suit, what makes his novel a standout, is his depiction of the biologist…Speculative fiction at its most transfixing.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “World Fantasy Award winner VanderMeer turns in a dystopian story with literary overtones that's winning comparison to works by Margaret Atwood.”

    Library Journal

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, February 2014
  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014
  • An Amazon Best Book of 2014
  • A Salon Best Audiobook of the Year for 2014
  • Winner of the 2014 Nebula Award for Best Novel
  • Winner of the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel
  • A USA Today Pick of Favorite Summer Beach Reads
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About the Author
Author Jeff VanderMeer

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning novelist and editor. He has twice won the World Fantasy Award and has been a finalist for the Hugo Award, Philip K. Dick Award, International Horror Guild Award, British Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the World Fantasy Award. His fiction has appeared in the Library of America’s American Fantastic Tales and in multiple anthologies. His recent books have made the year’s best books lists of Publishers Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and Amazon.com. He writes nonfiction for the Washington Post, New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian, among others. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife.

About the Narrator

Carolyn McCormick has appeared in the films A Simple Twist of Fate and Enemy Mine. She has appeared on television as Dr. Olivit in Law & Order for more than a decade and as a guest on The Practice and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her Broadway credits include roles in The Dinner Party and Private Lives. Her audiobook narration has won her three AudioFile Earphones Awards.