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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
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Annihilation

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Length 6 hours
Language English
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A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM ALEX GARLAND, STARRING NATALIE PORTMAN AND OSCAR ISAACThe Southern Reach Trilogy begins with Annihilation, the Nebula Award-winning novel that “reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world” (Kim Stanley Robinson).

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 © Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Jeff VanderMeer is the author of Dead Astronauts, Borne, and The Southern Reach Trilogy, the first volume of which, Annihilation, won the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and was adapted into a movie by Alex Garland starring Natalie Portman. VanderMeer speaks and writes frequently about issues relating to climate change. He grew up in the Fiji Islands and now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Ann VanderMeer, and their cats, plants, and bird feeders.

Carolyn McCormick is perhaps best known as Law & Order’s Dr. Elizabeth Olivet, a character she played on all of the franchise’s series since 1991.  She has worked extensively in television, film, and theatre, and has narrated many documentaries and audiobooks including works by James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Nora Roberts, and Chelsea Cain. She is also the narrator of the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy. Her television credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Cold Case, The Practice, Judging Amy, Homicide, and LA Law.  She can be seen in the movies A Simple Twist of Fate, Rain Without Thunder, Loverboy, and Nights in Roadanthe.  Her many Broadway and off Broadway performances include The Dinner Party, Celebration, Biography, Dinner with Friends, Evo-lution, and Privilege.

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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.”

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

“A captivating meander…that veers between the beautiful and the terrifying.”

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

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

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

“Weaves together an otherworldly tale of the supernatural and the half-human. Delightfully, this page-turner is the first in a trilogy.”

“A dystopian story with literary overtones.”

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