Hummingbird Salamander

Written by:
Jeff VanderMeer
Narrated by:
Lisa Flanagan
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Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2021
11 hours 36 minutes
From the author of Annihilation, a brilliant speculative thriller of dark conspiracy, endangered species, and the possible end of all things

Security consultant “Jane Smith” receives an envelope with a key to a storage unit that holds a taxidermied hummingbird and clues leading her to a taxidermied salamander. Silvina, the dead woman who left the note, is a reputed ecoterrorist and the daughter of an Argentine industrialist. By taking the hummingbird from the storage unit, Jane sets in motion a series of events that quickly spin beyond her control.

Soon, Jane and her family are in danger, with few allies to help her make sense of the true scope of the peril. Is the only way to safety to follow in Silvina’s footsteps? Is it too late to stop? As she desperately seeks answers about why Silvina contacted her, time is running out—for her and possibly for the world.

Hummingbird Salamander is Jeff VanderMeer at his brilliant, cinematic best, wrapping profound questions about climate change, identity, and the world we live in into a tightly plotted thriller full of unexpected twists and elaborate conspiracy.
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Narrated well. Storyline held my interest but was a very strange writing style. I didn’t regally ‘get’ the book I wouldn’t listen to this again.

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Wendie B.

I was never vested in the heroine in this story, in fact most of the time I was irritated and and tired of her. This made it difficult to care about the quest she was on. The road the journey was a tangled mess although it strived to pull the threads together at the end. I would have given it a rating of a 2 if the premise had not been as good and the narrator not been so talented.

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Brandon R.

Great book, delivered in every way.

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Really not sure what motivated the narrator to commit so heavily to her pursuit. So much introspection it made differentiating thoughts and actions difficult. The ending felt predictable, overall just not my taste. Loved the Southern Reach/Area X trilogy but this was disappointing.

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