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Publisher's Summary

A Peculiar Peril is a head-spinning epic about three friends on a quest to protect the world from a threat as unknowable as it is terrifying, from the Nebula Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer. 

Jonathan Lambshead stands to inherit his deceased grandfather’s overstuffed mansion - a veritable cabinet of curiosities - once he and two schoolmates catalog its contents. But the three soon discover that the house is filled with far more than just oddities: It holds clues linking to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley has stormed back to life on a magic-fueled rampage across a surreal, through-the-looking-glass version of Europe replete with talking animals (and vegetables). 

Swept into encounters with allies more unpredictable than enemies, Jonathan pieces together his destiny as a member of a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora. But as the ground shifts and allegiances change with every step, he and his friends sink ever deeper into a deadly pursuit of the profound evil that is also chasing after them. 

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year - 2020

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux 

©2020 Jeff VanderMeer (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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this was just annoying

I really didn't like this book I'm shocked by the accents and the overall feel of the story. I really couldn't connect and as much as I wanted to be interested I just found it convoluted and overly childish.

I also thought that there was some really bad narration about privilege which obviously was regarding the writing but still made me mad.

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loved it!

Loved the story. Very original, good combination of horror, humour and joyful weirdness. There reader is beyond excellent!

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  • Pooska42
  • 27-08-2020

oh my..just awful

I tried ...I really tried! I just couldn't follow it at all. I even started over 3 times thinking maybe I just missed something....but nope....its just bad. I wanted all of the characters to slowly die but they don't. I couldn't even finish it.

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  • Bruce
  • 25-01-2021

A book with "all the things in it"

Did you know that a woodpecker's tongue wraps around its brain? It does. I looked it up. If you read that, and just kept on reading my review with no problem, you will probably like this book. It is *not,* in my opinion, "just awful." It is not, in my opinion, a book designed for young readers. Judge for yourself. If it is a YA book, I could not tell. It *is* weird, funny, rambling, and things explode. Like Ruth's Pouch it has "all the things in it." It is a much lighter hearted book then VanderMeer's other books. Even so, there is no mistaking who wrote it. As always, there is fungus.

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  • J. OBrennan
  • 14-12-2020

A little over the top

I love Jeff VanderMeer, and this was definitely had some of his hallmark mind-bending world building - but the over-the-top absurdity kinda wore me out by the end. I mean, I'm curious to know what happens to the characters in subsequent books...but not enough to actually read them. Great narration though.

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  • chasidy hobbs
  • 04-10-2020

FAB!

Seriously loving this book by Jeff VanderMeer​! It is like Animal Farm and Harry Potter had a baby while watching Locke and Key in Hill House! I highly recommend! The reader was also a perfect choice.

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  • MommaFly
  • 03-10-2020

Wow! Highly imaginative and fabulous performance!

This is a fantastic story that is just as much fun for adults! VanderMeer is a master at creating worlds and filling them with wonderful, wacky, endearing and horrifying characters. This adventure across worlds made me laugh out loud many times! Also felt grossed out, scared, and endeared to the most unexpected characters. Hold on for the ride as this narrarator brings them all to life with perfect timing and fun voices, putting on a magnificent performance. The mystery continues and I am looking forward to Book 2!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-2020

Uniquely thrilling

Loved this book, I have loved most of Jeff Vandermeer's fiction... But this one was surprisingly easy to get into, but still has the bizarreness & deep philosophical umpf that I've come to expect from the author. Amazing performance, superb writing. An adventure I loved to be a part of, and hope for more in this universe.

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  • Katie Fitzgerald
  • 28-07-2020

Very fun!

Such a wonderful book! I hadn’t expected it to be funny, but the humor made it really fun to read! The manner of humor reminded me of Douglas Adams, at times.

Only 4 stars on the narration because I didn’t feel that the narrator accurately captured how a teenage boy would express himself. Apart from that character, he was an ace narrator.

To the author: the quiz at the end was clever. : ) I’d answer e. All of the above. I look forward to the second book!!!

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  • chriStine
  • 23-02-2021

Convoluted

This book TRIED to entwine a couple different storylines but it did not work well. The book, at 22 hours, could have easily gotten the job done in 10 hours, but it still would have been dull. You never come to care about any of the characters, they're pretty bland. Maybe except Danny. There's an unknown secret war going on with no reason for it or direction to it. There was no over all point to the story. And it just kept going and going.

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  • Carey
  • 12-12-2020

It felt almost there

I thought maybe I was distracted the first time I listened to it. That maybe I’d missed something that made the story comprehensible and cohesive. There are definitely parts of this book that I’m eager to hear continued. But there’s also like... pointless word vomit. The antagonist side of things is almost unbearable.

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  • Mrtn Castonguay
  • 09-09-2020

weird, but great!

lots of obscure references and odd turnabouts, but cool, fun and interesting. worth a look if you liked other

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  • G. Watkins
  • 26-08-2020

What an amazing and strangely weird story

The narrator of this story really brings it to life in a way that simply reading the book, for me at least, would not. The plot and characterization is brilliant, if a little strange.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a little weird in their stories, of which this has plenty. I eagerly await the next book in the series.

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