Next isn't worth the attempt, money, or time.
What is wrong with the book: horrible reader, no action, pathetic plot development, disjointed writing, obnoxious overuse of the F-word, and a dull read.
Just my speed. Before this, I didn't even know I needed to catch up on what's happening in genetic research. I appreciate the author's effort to make this complex subject more understandable to average people like myself. I'm sure he stepped on moneyed toes with this book. Good for him.
How is this the #1 book on audible? Usually that is the best stat I can go with. I could not even finish this book.
I tried to look past the technical aspects with the beginning legal stuff, but could not get by the description of the "jury gasping" during trial and then finding out about the "judges ruling" deciding who won the case, huh?
This books is organized as a series of short stories intertwined into a longer text. Actually, there is no purpose for so many short stories – the story as a whole does not add up to a great, ingenious plot. There are a few witty parts but mostly a series of dull catastrophic/futuristic narratives. Cant say I enjoyed listening to it as I did the other books of this great author.
Crichton has written some excellent stuff but NEXT was a major disappointment with a confusing disjointed plot. He then makes liberal use of profanity and some unnecessarily gruesome details to try and add some colour. All this was then made worse by a reader that seems to delight in whinny voices. The subject may be trendy but the book does not do it justice.
I like the author, but this was terrible - a cop-out rip-off. Totally bad ending. Great beginning, great plot, but then he just ran out of gas. Seemed like someone else finished it for him from about the middle on. Maybe preachy, but so what - he has his opinion. Save your money. Did I say it was terrible?
After reading my first book by Michael Crichton, (Timeline) I begin to love his way of making you think of the possibilities. In Next, He unsettles our scientific side of life by pushing our controversial buttons in almost every area of Genetics. Being a born again believer in Christ I no doubt have strong convictions as to where science is taking us. In this book, Michael Crichton reveals the the key components that govern science and technology: money and morals. It seems that we are so close to encountering many of these issues that if this had been written ten years later, it might not be considered fiction.
This book has more yarns than an angora sweater, but they are not as tightly knit together. In some ways, this book reminded me of Franz Kafka in the sense that Crichton, like Kafka knows that the world isn't right, but he doesn't understand it. I learned in the author's afterword that he had some definite ideas about genetics, but only some of them came through in the stories. It is sad that Crichton's last work was sub par.