My full Annihilation review can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.
Annihilation is one of the most thought provoking and imagination inducing work that I have listened to in a long time, even though I had no idea what was happening most of the time, and many backup to listen again moments. We get to follow a group of characters or scientists on an expedition into a land dubbed "Area X", a coastal area that was once inhabited by people and has since been invaded by who knows what, and we don't get to find out either, and quarantined. The whole story is told from the point of view, and in journal form, of one of these characters, the biologist, in fact never learning her name or the names for the rest of the band. There was a lot that happened in Annihilation, a lot of foreshadowing for the future books in the series, a lot of complex relationships between the characters and between everything in "Area X". I cannot say too much here without saying too much. If you are looking to become fully immersed, by the superb storytelling of VanderMeer, in a different world and form connections with fictional characters like never before, check out this book. I am admittedly hooked and need to know more of the story and will be getting the next audiobook somehow, some way when it comes out.
Audiobook provided for review by the Publisher.