Annihilation Lib/E

Jeff VanderMeer (Author) Carolyn McCormick (Read by)
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Description

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.

Cover artwork (C) Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Product Details

Price
$55.00
Publisher
Blackstone Publishing
Publish Date
February 04, 2014
Pages
5
Dimensions
6.5 X 1.2 X 6.1 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Compact Disc
EAN/UPC
9781482956733

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About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer's New York Times - bestselling Southern Reach trilogy has been translated into over 35 languages. The first novel, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and Shirley Jackson Award, and was made into a movie by Paramount in 2018. Recent works include Dead Astronauts, Borne (a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award), and The Strange Bird. These novels, set in the Borne universe, are being developed for TV by AMC. Called "the weird Thoreau" by The New Yorker, VanderMeer frequently speaks about issues related to climate change and storytelling. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife Ann, cat Neo, and a yard full of native plants.

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.

Reviews

Carolyn McCormick narrates increasingly disturbing events with an unwavering calm that makes the listening experience all the more chilling...McCormick gives a haughty, deep voice to the psychologist, the leader of the group whose intentions may not be what they seem. Her arrogant tone contrasts nicely with the gritty and increasingly anxious tones of the surveyor as the group uncovers deadly secrets better left alone.

-- "AudioFile"

A little Kubrick, a lot Lovecraft, the novel builds with an unbearable tension and a claustrophobic dread that linger long afterward.

-- "Lauren Beukes, Sunday Times (London) bestselling author "

A captivating meander...that veers between the beautiful and the terrifying.

-- "Entertainment Weekly"

[A] deeply imaginative little shocker...full of metaphysical-graffiti imagery and tightly executed reveals that stay with you long afterward.

-- "Wired"

[A] wonderfully creepy blend of horror and science fiction...Speculative fiction at its most transfixing.

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

Brilliant...Evocative descriptions...masterful psychological insight, and intellectual observations both profound and disturbing.

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

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)"

A dystopian story with literary overtones.

-- "Library Journal"