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The bone-chilling, hair-raising second installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy.

For 30 years, a secret agency called the Southern Reach has monitored expeditions into Area X - a remote place with lush terrain that is mysteriously sequestered from civilization. After the twelfth expedition, the Southern Reach is in disarray, and John Rodriguez (a.k.a. "Control") is the team's newly appointed head. From a series of interrogations, a cache of hidden notes, and more than 200 hours of profoundly troubling video footage, the secrets of Area X begin to reveal themselves - and what they expose pushes Control to confront disturbing truths about both himself and the agency he's promised to serve.

©2014 Jeff VanderMeer (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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wonderful weird

it is not for most people but I really loved it! It only starts to make real sence the second time through the series. will likely be even better when I come back for round 3.

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Great!

I loved the first book in the series and I loved this one as well. The narrator was a great choice for this novel.

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I’ll have to give this another read

This is the first time I’m reading (listening) to authority and from what I can recall from others is that you have to read this again to fully understand what is going on. My mind throughout the novel felt all over the place because of how slow paced it felt when control is interviewing the so called “biologist” from the first book. They say there’s a lot of deeper things in this when you give it a second go so I’m going to wait a while before I do that. As a first experience, it’s slow for sure and like the first of the series it picks up near the end when you discover more of the border.

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very good for a re-listening

After discovering this series by accident in highschool this was perfect for recapturing nostalgia! 10/10.

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Surreal, Strange, but also familiar

Was worried about the change of Narrators but Bronson Pinchot set a familiar rhythm through the strange and bizarre changes the Southern Reach and Area X are undergoing. He also brought to life the mundane but uniqueness of work and socializing through a new perspective

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Sloooooowwwwwwww

A really slow slow moving story. Last 10% of book was exciting. I don't think I could get through the third book with this kind of pacing. Shame.

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Nothing like this first

This book has very little to do with area x, mostly controls boring backstory and the weird politics of the southern reach. Sounds interesting but it’s not.

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  • Richard
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Good listen

Excellent book but the author tends to use the same expressions too much. This is the kind of science fiction/horror that leaves you uncomfortable.