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It is winter in Area X. A new team embarks across the border on a mission to find a member of a previous expedition who may have been left behind. As they press deeper into the unknown - navigating new terrain and new challenges - the threat to the outside world becomes only more daunting.

In the final installment of the Southern Reach Trilogy, the mysteries of Area X may have been solved, but their consequences and implications are no less profound - or terrifying.

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

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A confusing and disappointing hot mess

This book is very well narrated. That's the best I can say about it. It answers questions that didn't need answering and answers them poorly. It transforms Area X from an original and thought-provoking enigma to a tired sci-fi cliche, and an inconsistent one at that. There is also once again too much focus on human problems and interpersonal drama, which is well-written but still feels tedious in a story about a mysterious zone of alien influence. Finally, the narrative seems to unravel, incorporating more and more irrelevant weirdness like Widbee's mouse and a defunct real estate agent, before finally petering out with no real closure. I can't even recommend reading it to harvest it for good ideas, because it brings no new ones to the table and corrupts many of the ones it started with.

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Not worth the time

I read and listen to a lot of books, and haven’t felt I needed to review one until now. I listened to the entire series, mostly because I had seen that a movie was made based on the book. I listened to all 3, hoping that in the end the time I wasted on the first two would be worth it. It wasn’t. I cannot get this time back, and the story never really came together. Most of the time the book is written like a journey, not a story with a plot or plan. At many times it felt more like the narrator was just muttering on and on without ever answering a question, solving a mystery or continuing forward.

Don’t waste your time or money.

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Nice continuation, terrible production value.

What did you like best about Acceptance? What did you like least?

I'm about 1/2 way through Jeff VanderMeer's latest and its a nice continuation of the story on the whole. The performances are just as good as the previous two novels. The audio production might be the WORST I've ever heard.

Starting off, the sound in warm and rich. But the minute I hit the first edit, I was pulled right out of the story. The difference in the sonic quality between the main bulk of the audio and the retakes is ridiculous. I've been an Audible subscriber for many, many years and have over 400 books in my library and I've never heard anything this inconsistent on this service before.

What other book might you compare Acceptance to and why?

Story wise, other than the first two books in the series, its hard to really compare to other books.

Was Acceptance worth the listening time?

To finish out the story, yes. Sonically, was it enjoyable...no.

Any additional comments?

Blackstone Audio is better than this.

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Interesting and compelling but what was that?

Would you listen to Acceptance again? Why?

Yes I would only because audio books can be the kind of thing you might get distracted by outside elements and not hear something important. Also I'm the sort of person to re-read a book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Biologist, for no particular reaason

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Dude the RECORDING of this book is really sloppy. Obvious edits and changes in tone and loudness affect the reading of it. Otherwise I liked the readers.

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Disappointed

Save your money and time before you decide to get invested in this Trilogy. First book was great and interesting. I wish I can say the same with the next two books. If you like a story that delivers lacking dialog between characters, lack of character development, also if you love hearing a narrating of a very complicated time line by a mono tone voice to follow then maybe this is the kind of story you want.

The movie is what lead me to this book. I will still go see it. For this first time ever I am hoping for the movie to be better than the books. I just don't understand the direction the author took this. So much potential. Very disappointed with the last two books.

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Hypnotic, a bit boring, and ultimately not worth reading (but still better than the last book)

What did I just read? What was the point of this whole incomprehensible trilogy? The characters’ motivations made no sense, the plot was almost nonexistent, and the ending was even worse. I did, however, love the narration and using all three readers was an inspired choice on Blackstone Audio’s part. In the end, it was still trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, but I appreciated their effort.

If you’ve somehow made it through the previous two books in this series and are still looking for more, turn back now. You won’t get the answers you’re looking for, nor any sense of closure from the ending.

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TRASH

This is a trash series. If I could quote Peter Griffin " It insists upon itself. It takes forever getting in, and then you spend, like six and half hours, and then, I can't even get through it."

That being said I know my choice of quote is telling , however this whole series sucks. I am not an articulate person , hell I cant spell half of the time , but I do read a lot. This whole series is like having one giant sneeze and just when you about to get some relief it goes away. I wasted weeks reading this hoping that it would get better and it didn't. The characters where there. It could have been awesome. but then its has this stupid pretentious ending.

That being said... did I say i'm not smart and that you should just read it and decide for yourself ? I hated all of them but you may like it ... either way YOUR READING ! So that's a plus.

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difficult to follow story not as good

story wanders all over, just read book one and stop 2 and 3 not very good. book goes in tangents upon tangents and 30 mins will go by and you will forget what you are even listening too, painful to finish

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A Letdown After Strong First Book

I recommend reading/listening to the first book in this series without reservation,it is quite enjoyable and very well narrated. The second book is mediocre, a bit more forced in its narrative, but I bought this third hoping the second was a bridge from strong start to strong finish. It was not. This third book feels like a fan lit club got a hold of the rights and each wrote a chapter trying to out-weird the previous.

It makes little to no sense, and does not satisfactorily close gaping plot holes or tie up story lines (seriously: Its a magic wormhole, but not a wormhole, but look—time travel! She becomes a giant amorphous monster covered in eyes. He does something vaguely described but that’s supposed to be the climax of the book. The end?!). Makes little sense and left me perplexed and disappointed after such a strong series start.

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Good story, mixed execution

One narrator sounds like she has a frog in her throat all the time. There are also edits that happen throughout that sound like they were recorded with a completely different setup, which can be jarring.

4 people found this helpful