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Summary

The third volume of the extraordinary Southern Reach trilogy. The Southern Reach trilogy draws to a close and it is winter in Area X.

One last, desperate team embarks across the border, determined to reach a remote island that may hold the answers they've been seeking. As they press deeper into the unknown, the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting. The mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound – or terrifying.

©2014 Jeff anderMeer 2014 by VanderMeer Creative, Inc. (P)2014 2014 by Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"I'm loving the Southern Reach Trilogy … Creepy and fascinating." (Stephen King)

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disappointing end to a great first book

the first book was amazing and really good story ... second seemed to be a filler ... I found more descriptions of lots of things rather than information on a story which bounces quite alot ... and I have listened to the end about 3 times and can't be sure if I loose my concentration or if I just don't understand what actually happens at the end

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Sound is a mess on this one

The sound constantly bugs in and out. I'm not sure if some sound is missing all together

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Insidiously, enjoyably cerebral

If Edgar Allan Poe, David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Stanislaw Lem are your kind of thing, you’ll probably like this. I found the whole trilogy really interesting and entertaining. I love the beauty and terror suggested by this supposedly alien world that is actually just a reflection of the ‘familiar’ wilderness in which we live. As the final instalment, ‘Acceptance’ answers all the right questions and leaves just enough intrigue to allow one’s own interpretation, a perfect balance.

The story is a slow burner, which I personally liked as it gradually built upon the ominous feeling that permeates the entire series and gave time to the necessary scattering of detailed descriptions. It is sci-fi but perhaps not in the traditional sense. It could also read in parts as a biographical diary written by a biologist or a psychological analysis of bad bosses, making the story relatable whatever your genre taste within reason. It isn’t a big, showy rollercoaster ride of a story with pop-up thrills and explosive shocks but a creeping, haunted ghost train of gradual realisation and growing unease, going who knows where.

The performances are really good, although let down by slightly dodgy recording quality every now and then. I wasn’t much bothered by this. There was only one significantly noticeable editing error where the sentence structure was temporarily lost. Other occasional sound issues weren’t so frequent as to be too distracting in my opinion.

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Audio editing made this a nightmare to listen to

The story itself is fine. No issues there.

Audio editing takes you out of the immersion. It sounds as if, in some places, someone recorded additional lines on their phone and emailed it to the studio. I think in a few places they even had other narrators jump in and record those additional lines.

Some of the narrators were better than others as it seemed like one of them was putting on a voice which they couldn't pull off properly.

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Patchy audio recording and struggling to finish it

firstly the audio is really bad in this one I shook off all the reviews of bad audio for the first two books, a couple of words were said wrong and things like that but it didn't really bother me. this book however it's constant patchy recordings, just parts recorded over mid chapter for a couple of paragraphs... really poor production.

saying that, I've been putting up with it, it doesn't take away from the story too much, just feels like I've been let down, I've bought all three books for the trilogy, I'd expect to get a good quality recording.

really loved the first book, stuck out the second book which is quite slow, waiting for something to happen... but for the first time, i think i might have to abandon the book. this third book is so far equally as slow as the second and has caused me to lose interest in the trilogy.

such a shame but i just don't have the urge to keep listening.. so it's time to move on.

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nice ending to a great trilogy

great narration, story, writing, everything. I love this series and his books. he is one of my favourite authors

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poor production values

Something has happened in the recording of this: there are some badly matched spliced segments which are obvious and distracting.

Performance was good. story purposefully confusing, which makes it hard to follow when you are driving!

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Not my cup of tea

I think I wanted "more" sadly. More resolution. More explanation. More sci-fi. Fewer over-thought metaphors. Mostly however I wanted an audio production quality that didn't rip me out of my concentration on the obtuse pros only to draw my attention to how the audio itself was recorded - or the book rewritten as it was recorded. If these weren't audio books I think I'd never have gotten past book 1.

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Great conclusion, dodgy recording...

Satisfying enough, answers some not all questions and hints at others. My only real critique with this is the intermittent recording quality and editing, sometimes changing noticeably mid-sentence.

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This book stepped it up a lot

If the second book was a bit slow, this one dives straight into it. Intense from the get go and starting to answer questions.

Only thing I'm not sure on is performance. Voices change sometimes a bit randomly. I don't know if this is intended with how the book is written, maybe it's in a different font or it's just an artifact of the recording.