Give as a Gift

Send this book as a Gift!

Book Rating (50)

Narrator Rating (15)

Annihilation

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jeff VanderMeer

Narrated By: Carolyn McCormick

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: February 2014

Duration: 6 hours 2 minutes

Summary:

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.

“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

Cover artwork ©Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Genres:

  • Brendon W

    Decent story, but the narrator was a little flat for my taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jordan c

    a quiet terror of a book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Tiana F.

    Quiet horror, the sense of losing one’s identity seems to be a theme. My husband commented on how disturbing it sounded after overhearing some excerpts while I knitted. Narrator was indeed a bit flat, as one reviewer said, but the character (mostly told from First Person) was herself a bit of a flat personality. The biologist even described herself as such in one inner monologue in comparison with her husband.

  • Anonymous

    Buy the triology which includes this book. Same price. Cool book, the movie is also very good.

  • Susanne R

    The narrator in comparison to other books I've listened to left a lot to be desired which impacted enjoyment of book.

  • James S

    The story to me was slow up until about the last chapter. This is more of a mental drama, with the main character sharing her thoughts. Things build up and the last chapter or so are pretty good. The Narrator's reading was in keeping with that - it sounds exactly like we are hearing the thoughts of a somewhat self-centered (matter-of-fact) scientist. It might be a turn off for some.

  • Chris C

    Great book can’t wait to see the movie!

  • Austin G

    First audiobook! It turned out well thanks to the intriguing story and narrator. I was hooked within the first ten minutes. They are making Annihilation into a movie. Listen to the book before it’s too late!