Annihilation

Annihilation

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Area X has claimed the lives of members of eleven expeditions. The twelfth expedition consisting of four women hopes 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.
Publisher: Ashland, Or. : Blackstone Audio, p2014.
ISBN: 9781482956757
1482956756
Branch Call Number: VANDE
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (ca. 6 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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IndyPL_SteveB Jan 09, 2019

Creepy and compelling short SF novel, first of a series. If the movie *Alien* could be described as a “haunted house in space”, perhaps this book could be described as an “ecological haunted house” story.

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the Earth for decades. Eventually the government (we are not told *which* government) found an entryway, so they sent an expedition to explore it. Then more expeditions. Disasters occurred: sometimes no one came back; sometimes the expedition members killed each other; sometimes they came back but strangely blank or dying. The 12th expedition is composed of only four women – a biologist (our focal character), an anthropologist, a surveyor, and a psychologist. On the first day in base camp they discover an odd tunnel, which the biologist insists should be called a tower. As bad decisions are made and the biologist gets deeper into Area X, the reader is filled with dread.

Very well written but not a good book to be read late at night.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 27, 2018

I was glad to listen to it before watching the movie. Enjoyable narration although for those of you who have seen the movie- it's not narrated by Natalie Portman!

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stephaniedchase
Mar 20, 2015

I think ANNIHILATION benefits from being listened to: the quiet, almost emotionless tone of the book is eerie and striking in its delivery by narrator Carolyn McCormick, as if you are listening to the biologist tell her own tale in a trance, dumbstruck by what she has learned and experienced. I was transfixed.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 27, 2018

“Perhaps my only real expertise, my only talent, is to endure beyond the endurable.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 27, 2018

“I leaned in closer, like a fool, like someone who had not had months of survival training or ever studied biology. Someone tricked into thinking that words should be read.”

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