As others have already noted, the beginning, character and background development, was slow. But once the plot moved to the desert, the action started accelerating faster and faster. During the later fast action part, I didn't want to stop to eat/sleep. I really enjoyed the action acceleration to the climax, and then the slower ending...very nice effect IMHO, that I admire more so in retrospect.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
As a fan of this genre, I have read other of Crichton's books (Timeline, The Andromeda Strain, Jurrasic Park, Sphere, Congo, etc.) but liked this one the least of all of his books. While I liked the book, I found myself anxious to get through it and move on to my next audiobook.
This book is a great story. Like Jurassic park it truelly is a great story with a great plot. The idea of the new microsized technology is stunning and the story carries it well. The plot is exiting and just when you have figuret everything out, new aspects appear. This is truely high entertainment, but a few weekneses prevents this from getting top marks. The story is very long on the way. the first 40 pages and more a somewhat slow, but when the story speeds up, it is truely entertaining.
I must say that I really enjoyed this audio book. The reader is very, very good and I love the story. I always love that Crichton, like in timeline, really makes things like NANO technologies really easy to understand. If you live in the BAY AREA, you will like this book even more, because many of the places are familiar and especially the characters are very life like. Great book.
I have read all his books - this one is his worst effort so far. Is he loosing his magic touch? I hope not. Do your ears a favor and stay away from this one (or your eyes if you plan to buy the book).
The narrator had about 5 slightly different voices that he used for different characters, and all of the voices were annoying. The main character always seemed to be sighing, his wife was really annoying, it was distracting. I am normaly a fan of Michael Crichton, I think this book would have been a lot better if I had read the print version. But, it was slightly entertaining, I managed to finish it. If this story seems interesting to you, buy it in print.
Unbelievable, poorly crafted story. We have to hear the author drone on about nano-tech for 5 minutes before we can hear the book. The story starts out okay, but then moves directly into unbelievable. The dumb protagonist suffers repeated damage in one day but continues to show no signs of harm. At the end of the story, the author assumes we are too dumb to have figured things out on our own and goes into boring explication. The narrator can't keep his voices straight, and the background noises of flipping pages (or something simiar) are really annoying.
I love action-adventure fiction, but this didn't cut it for me.
It had promise. Crichton is a good writer but he kept hitting me with inconstancies. Anything that can keep up with a running rabbit can travel in a 15 knot wind. And, when you have a chance to kill the bad guy, kill him! Don?t walk up to him and strike up a conversation for the sake of dramatics. There was something like this in almost every chapter and it got very frustrating. These kinds of things make me feel resentful that I was tricked into starting a book that had too many situations that were fit for a comic book.
And, Mr. Crichton, human eyes don?t have a tapetum lucidum so they don?t glow in a flashlight beam.
After I finished Prey, I immediately started listening to a Douglas Adams book to cheer me up. It did.
I fell asleep several times listening to "Prey." The plot and characters are predictable. The only interesting aspect was the use of nano technology running amuck.
If you don't think too much about the plausibility of the circumstances it's actually an enthralling plot. It definately keeps your attention. To me it was at least as good as Timeline, the only other Chrighton book I have read. If you are hung up with realism though you may be to bothered to enjoy it. I loved it though. It bothered my wife that I couldn't stop listening to it.