I listened to the whole thing only because I paid for it. It was not particularly interesting, the characters were shallow, and in general it was badly written.
i found the rumbling stomach noises to be very distracting. otherwise, i wanted to like this book as i've enjoyed previous, but if felt very preachy and unbalanced.
Crichton once again synthesizes complex scientific, cultural and geopolitical issues in a spellbinding plot that entertains while challenging the reader?s world view.
This book is a thinly disguised effort to preach to anyone who is foolish enough to listen to it. If my book club had not selected this book, I would not have finished it. It has no story line except to feature a string of murders and preachers of the author's theories. Total let down!!!!!!
Michael Chrichton's the Great Train Robbery was an outstanding story and audiobook. I've looked forward the Author's books and have read them all. This is the biggest disappointment of any book I've heard or read.
The story is secondary to the author's ranting. His judgment is apparent form the outset. The story is predictable and the characters are poorly drawn stereotypes and uninteresting. Crichton's early books dealt with stretching the realms of technology for his story without too much commentary about that technology, leaving the reader to consider ethical questions on his own. In this book Crichton forces his views down your throat. In short the book is dull and hypocritical.
In addition, Crichton seems to have become omnipotent. He claims to know everything about global warming in the author's notes and compares scientists to Nazis? I myself have a Ph.D. in environmental engineering. I no longer participate in research and have no vested interest as Crichton claims. I can without doubt say that he has completely misinterpreted the body of evidence on Climate change, he has "cherry-picked" his "research" to make an uninteresting story. I encourage you to read a fact based book on global warming. It will be much more entertaining AND informative. As an extra bonus, you will not have to listen to Chrichton's blatant hypocrisy.
I hope the guy who wrote the Great Train Robbery, Sphere and Travels writes another "can't-put-down" book someday...but this isn't it.
I have been spoiled by some of the previous titles by Michael Crichton. In this book the main characters are hollow, appear naive and nearly stupid. It destroys the plot and the credibility of the whole story, which at times rambles on and becomes nearly boring. The arguments on the global warming subject are not convincing and annoying. The listener is left with a sense of frustration at having to listen to the rhetoric, built around characterless and ignorant players. Get another title!
I'm disgusted and I expect more of this author. Read this book if you think environmentalists are either terrorists willing to resort to mass murder to further their cause or that they are complete dolts without an intelligent thought in their heads. The book is boring too, it has none of the page turning exciting suspense I expect from this author. Timeline was one of my favorite books and I read it 3 times, I had a hard time finishing this one...
This is the same kind of relentless political rant that one finds in Atlas Shrugged; not only do I disagree with the philosophy, but the action which one expects from Crichton was far-fetched (actually, I guess living dinosaurs are pretty far-fetched too but this was unbelievable action in a believable setting). Probably I could have suspended my credulity, if I had not been so put off by Creighton's preaching: e.g. Environmentalists are likely to be terrorists, DDT should never have been banned and LOTS more in that vein. Sometimes I disagree with the criticisms of the narrator (Anna Fields is always wonderful it's JCO's latest book that is bad), but in this case, they are justified.
I'm totally disappointed.
I was looking for a change of pace novel.
Only stuck with it for a few chapters.
Seemed to jump from one place to another in a disjointed fashion.
Wouldn't recommend unless you are a diehard fan.