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Hummingbird Salamander: A Novel Audio CD – Unabridged, April 6, 2021

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"[A] mix of thriller and biotech speculative fiction...Exquisite prose pulls the reader deep into the labyrinthine plot."

-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"

"A detective story...futuristic in bearing but deeply relevant to this present, dangerous moment."

-- "Omar El Akkad, author of American War"

"A taut, breakneck thriller."

-- "AV Club"

"A thriller equal parts ecological and psychological...revealing our current dystopia."

-- "Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author"

"An eco-thriller...and an entertaining whirlwind."

-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

"Both a thriller and a requiem for a disappearing world."

-- "Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author"

"Celebrates nature while inviting us to contemplate the effects of contamination, pandemics, and other crises and how none of them make us 'even blink anymore.'"

-- "San Francisco Chronicle"

"Like your favorite Hollywood blockbuster...ecoterrorists, evil corporations, a race to defuse doomsday weapons, gunfire, fisticuffs, action sequences, and hair-raising escapes."

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"This is climate fiction at its most urgent and gripping."

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"This madcap mystery offers plenty of charms, as well as something much darker."

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"VanderMeer knocks his conspiracy thriller out of the park."

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"Will leave you in the dark for as long as it possibly can, before divulging it all in a shocking reveal."

-- "Mystery Suspense magazine"

You won't look up even once while you're reading."

-- "Washington Post"

"A strange, seductive eco-thriller ripe for our era."

-- "Silvia Moreno-Garcia, New York Times bestselling author"
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (April 6, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Audio CD ‏ : ‎ 1 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982500980
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982500986
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.92 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.3 x 0.6 x 6.7 inches
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Called “the weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker, NYT bestseller Jeff VanderMeer has been a published writer since age 14. His most recent fiction is the critically acclaimed novel BORNE, which has received raves from the NYTBR, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and many more. Paramount Pictures has optioned BORNE for film.

VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy was one of the publishing events of 2014, the trilogy made more than thirty year’s best lists, including Entertainment Weekly’s top 10. Paramount Pictures has made a movie out of the first volume of the Southern Reach, Annihilation, slated for release in 2018 and starring Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Natalie Portman, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

His nonfiction appears in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, and the VanderMeer also wrote the world’s first fully illustrated creative-writing guide, Wonderbook. With his wife, Ann VanderMeer, he has edited may iconic anthologies. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with two wonderful cats. His hobbies include hiking, reading, and bird watching.

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