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.
Crichton uses the reasoning and passion of a talk radio loonie to attack every possiblility of global warming. The real lesson here: Crichton, like the rest of us, has much left to learn about himself. What was that crazy bit comparing 'eugenics' with 'global warming'? Think drugs are involved?
Not Cricton's best outing. I have to say I was somewhat disappointed with this listen. I know that when you are reading Cricton you are not reading him for his character development. Still his plots are very good and his science is always interesting. This time around his plot was bad. By far the weakest one I can remember. That left just very unlikeable characters. I think I may have read that he doesn't care much what his characters think but in this book he seemed to spend a lot time in his characters' minds and yet we know almost nothing about their motivations and desires. Add that to an unusual weak plot and you have quite possibly Crichton's worst effort. Still some of the 'factual'information is interesting and I will be looking up his sources when I see a hard copy of the book.
As for the production, this was by far the worst I ever listen to. One should not be hearing the readers stomach noises. If I had bought it in the store I would have returned it and next time it happens on Audible, I will demand a restored credit or a least a verison that is acceptable to listen to.
Very boring; no development of the characters, disjointed plot; didn't make me care about any of them. I hung in until the end, hoping that it would salvage the book, but no such luck. The only thing that was mildly interesting were the factoids about how the climate situation gets manipulated by environmentalists - and am not sure how much truth there is to any of that anyway. Forget this one; go read Timeline, that is a wonderful listen (almost like a different author!).
Predictable, obviously slanted to make environmentalist seem scientifically ignorant and somewhat dim whitted. Some great suspense drama at times when the pritching slows down.