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The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 3
Series: Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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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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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.

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perfect

loved it, lived it. I miss it already and will most likely listen to again soon😁

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the story was good narration terrible

the terrible editing in the narration ruined what was an otherwise good story. such a shame

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Disappointing despite great potential

You read waiting for something to happen but it never really does AND poor narration.

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What’s with the weird audio?

I enjoyed the story and the narrators are great. However, it’s like some parts were re-recorded and added back, even mid sentence?