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- Listening Length: 6 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 27 Feb. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IEDIL38
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Annihilation: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged
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This author world builds fantastically. I was sucked into the story straight away and immediately I became as curious as the scientists about the nature of X and the crazy things happening there.
I also think the concept is brilliant. A mysterious island, crazy changes to the environment, unknown creatures and nature within and some potential for unusual personality changes in the group - it's easy to sell to a curious reader.
Sadly, the things I liked stopped there. The characters are so superficial. The main character is conveyed as a very clinical thinker, and the writing translates as such. Rather than having a quirky nature or way of speaking this makes for a systematic, boring read without any emotional depth. I'm not looking for a book full of feelings, not at all, but the narrating biologist has no personality or opinions whatsoever that aren't fact based. Very dull.
The author tries to combat the one dimensional characters by providing a possible villain.Read more ›
The novel describes the journey of the team through Area X and what they find there. It's one of those atmospheric novels that gets right under your skin and makes you jump at loud noises. It is very well paced and ratchets up the tension at a good rate, gradually releasing more and more information, but leaving plenty of mystery for the sequels. That said, it's not one of those frustrating books that gives you so few answers you feel cheated - whilst there are plenty of unknowns, you feel like you've been rewarded for your reading effort with some more facts. I would have described some elements - the tropical setting and the bizarre, hallucinatory episodes - as reminding me of the TV show 'Lost'. However this is a much more cohesive story than that and has a tighter narrative arc. 'Lost' did leave me frustrated when I felt that the story stopped making sense and perhaps there weren't any answers out there to begin with, but I didn't find that with 'Annihilation'.Read more ›
While heading towards the known - a lighthouse on the abandoned shore - the four come across the unknown - an uncharted tunnel or, as our Biologist prefers, an inverted tower. Both fascinated and repulsed, the Biologist feels its walls pulse with life, its organic surface etched by letters forming an endless sentence. From this moment, the expedition begins to lose its grip on what may or may not be real, further compromised by the mindgames played by its team members.
Annihilation is a short novel but it is packed full of atmosphere, mystery and dark wonders. As an introduction to the Southern Reach trilogy, it works perfectly, opening up to us this sinister, uncertain world, containing the unknown and the familiar, but all distorted and strange. Intensifying the mystery and mood is the fact that none of the characters are named. Also, the reliability of our narrator is a mystery in itself.
Annihilation is an engrossing, beautifully written and imagined read, often feeling as thick with atmosphere and foreboding as the reeds through which the Biologist struggles. At times it is very frightening and I thoroughly enjoyed the puzzle of what might lie in the inverted tower as well as the significance of the lighthouse and its lost inhabitants.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Crazy book and it is light on answers but I think that is the point. Eager to check out the next book in the series.Published 26 days ago by Coli
A great read. Didn't know what to expect going into it and even more unsure out the other side - but definitely will continue the full triolgyPublished 1 month ago by Nic Crilly-Hargrave
Perhaps the biggest indication of the nature of this novel is that the four main characters are all unnamed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matt Hill
Wish I'd never bought this book. Such a puzzling tale, of enigmatic happenings which are never explained, either here or in the next two books, which I bought in the vain hope of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DV
This is a short novel, its only 195 pages long, and you could easily get through it in one sitting if you wanted to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by ACascadeofBooks
....."you'll like this book".
Just finished this and have the next two to read. I'm concerned that I'm about to be conned out of several hours of my life. Read more
Taught narrative that effortlessly pulls you in to the uncanny and creepy environment of Area X. Great pace throughout which spurs you to want to find out the secrets of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard Daniels
Best new sci-fi for ages, literary, elusive, well-constructed, disturbing, strange... Clearly partly a metaphor for language and communication itself, and so a little like a Paul... Read morePublished 3 months ago by pregethwr