I found many key points of the story to be predictable, while I found the climax to be anticlimatic. At times the story seemed to rely too much on long narative speeches which made me feel like I was back in school listening to a lecture rather than ready (listening to) a book which I anticipated would have some degree of action. Lastly, as for the reader, I'm glad to read other people's comments about stomach noises and verbal ticks ... I thought I had a problem with my I-pod.
Look Out!!! There's an eco-terrorist in my backyard! He's hiding behind the bushes right next to the Al Queda guy with WMD, the gay couple having sex and the atheists biting off heads of live rabbits.
Fiction, fantasy, fright with a fraction of facts works. This book is a political monologue masquarding as a "techno-thriller". It becomes boring, predictable and weak in a hurry.
However, what bothers me most about this book is the author's attempt to demonize the green movement as driven to the depths. He likes to have us believe that they are resorting to terror as a vehicle to market their perversion. Write a thriller - demonize a group, person or movement to create tension - sprinkle in some evidence/facts - no problem. Create an essay on the environmental movement and throw in a terror thread and now you've crossed the line.
Raise the terror level to orange!
None of the excitement of Crichton's previous novels. Instead, much lecturing about his view on environmentalists-which may or may not be accurate. I finally reached the point that I didn't really care even though I personally agree with his view. Certainly not up to his standards and not entertaining.
A little hard to get into for the first few chapters, but this is Crichton's usual disjointed style. Once the main characters are established it gets really interesting. Only part I didn't like is how some of the main characters come off as preachy and unnecessarily argumentative.
I found this book to be very interesting. I don't agree with everything that was said in the book, or with all of the opinions expressed by the characters within it. This can certainly be said of any book I've ever read.
My one criticism of the book is that some of the characters seemed underdeveloped. This is especially true of some NERF characters who appear at pivotal times in the narrative. I would have liked to have been given more insight into their motivation, rather than simple portrayals of shallow and ignorant shells.
I rather enjoyed the narrator, and don't understand the criticism I've read. His cadance and tone was pleasant and didn't interfere with my listening. I listen through very good headphones, and a lot of background noise was apparent in the recording.
If your looking to be borred this is the book for you , however if you enjoy excitement try one of his other books. This book would be better if you chopped half of it off.
Boring, even beyond predictable, it is certainly not the Michael Crichton quality I was expecting. I would agree with one of the other readers...made for TV.
This was by far the most uninteresting audio book I have listened to yet. I tried my best to get into it. Even starting chapters over and listening more intently, but it just drags on and on. Even the big ending where some action actually occurs, it's slooooow.
I can understand why some found this book slow, although that was precisely the reason I enjoyed it so much (we drive a lot, and the 17-hr. narration was very welcomed). My 11 year-old son and I listened to it while commuting to his school everyday, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I agree that some of the narrator's sounds (nasal sighing, in particular) were distracting. But the content of the story overshadows any criticism of the narration. By the way, the version I downloaded was narrated by George Wilson (who also read Crichton's 'Prey').