The reality of it all. Outstanding and timely work by Crichton, his best. This book may well be non-fiction one day.
Out of the 364 books that I have listened to, this is by far the worst. Crichton uses this audio to preach non-scientific views on Global Warming, or rather, his assertion, that there is no problem of Global Warming, only a State of Fear, hence the title. If there were a way to get my credit back, I would demand it be returned. The only honest part of the book is that it is listed as fiction.
This book is worthy of the author's reputation. Exciting and intriguing through out. Well worth the time spent listening. Very Enjoyable!
I'm a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with two college aged children. I used 2 check my kid's books for appropriateness & now enjoy those books 2.
I enjoy reading Crichton. His stories are always well planned and have superb plotlines. He changes his themes enough to make you want to read all of his works.
The only problem I have with Crichton is his endings. For some odd reason it just seems to me like he gets bored in the end and just says the end. He has a way of ruining the last chapter so that I don't read his works for a year or two. BUT I ALWAYS COME BACK.
This one though is superb. He kept me suspensed. I really wondered what was next. I really wanted to keep reading. No I was not sad when it was over, but I wasn't dissappointed at all. I really enjoyed this book.
Michael Critchton generally does an good job of weaving fact into a unique and imaginative work of fiction. But first and foremost, his works are "fiction". This novel fails because Critchton decided to take one side of a controversial issue, and in a very "heavy-handed" way he lectures us on all the virtues of that point of view. At the same time he paints all opponents of that point of view with all the vices under the sun(from naive and misguided to down-right evil). Ultimately, the action of the novel is weak and unmemorable as it is centered around the lectern.
I usually like Michael Crichton stories but this seems to have an excedingly long lead in before actually getting to point. I noted that the story seems to be along the same lines that Al Gore is making about global warming and that there is an underground conspiracy to hush things up but the slow progression and the dull reading by George Wilson makes me wonder why I bought the thing...
I'm going with the 'abridged' version instead and see if that's any better...
This has to be one of the best books I have "read" It is not only well written, it also makes you re-think all the things you hear about global warming. The narrator is not perfect, but do not let that stop you from experiencing this great book!
The writing was okay but the global warming bashing got to be a bit much after a while. I read after reading this book that most of his research, where he bashes global warming scientists was not based on accredited research. I wasn't surprised.
I have enjoyed many of Michael Crichton's earlier fantasies. I found this book extremely disturbing. For some poorly explained reason, he portrays ALL government and University science as suspect. He maintains that we should only believe science from "concerned" millionaires/billionaires (Corporations?). He maintains that for some reason, scientists are more attracted by fame and wealth than are coporate executives. Where does Michael Crichton live?
Maybe, I should explain where I'm coming from: Gee whiz, Michael Crichton got a degree from Harvard. I should be impressed. Well, I'm NOT. Firstly: most "real scientists" don't have a favorable opinion of the scientific knowledge of physicians (AKA Michael Crichton). This perspective was gained from working with physicians in a scientific research milieu for 30 years (Duke/Cornell, PhD in Chemistry). Why, do you ask? Because MOST physicians are NOT subjected to the same scientific rigors of REAL scientists. The defining issue is that Michael Crichton can cite perfectly the shortcomings of conventional (University) and government science, but remarkably cannot recount the successes, which far outnumber the failures. I would have to write a book to explain all the deceptions of his political document!
This is not a fictional novel. It is a right-wing, political treatise. Let's see, smoking does not harm you. There are no such things as the effects of secondary smoke. Well, while I believe that litigation has gone to extremes in this country, and I do think we need fewer lawyers. This is total obfuscation of known data.
What makes my reaction to this travesty all the more remarkable is that I sensed a PRO- CORPORATION tendancy in his book: AIRFRAME. I very much enjoyed the storyline in AIRFRAME; however, I was disturbed by the,too obvious, pro-industry slant of the story.
Bottom line: in his book STATE OF FEAR Michael Crichton has sold out to the evil empire.