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.
I listened to this on a long drive. Robert Sean Leonard is a fine actor but terrible narrator. I didn't believe any of the characters and the plot was predictable, annoying, and dull.
This book had a great concept but moved very slowly. It was painful to watch the main character miss all the clues. He finally put everything together at the very end when most readers probably already figured it out. I really could have spent my time better listening to SnowCrash a second time then waste it with this book.
Given the author and the plot, this book sounded like a winner. Character development took too long and much of it was inconsequential. The dialog was often awkward. There was gratuitous swearing by one character in what seemed like an overly obvious attempt at defining a personality, but instead was just annoying. The basic premise is creative and certainly had more potential.