I LOVED this book. I am huge fan of historical fiction and this was a wonderful combination of current science/technology/suspense with historical action. I had a hard time walking away from it and wanted to keep listening! The narrator did a great job, which is really important to me. I was fascinated by Crichton's statements about technology, as well as about our misperceptions about history and the Middle Ages. The discussion about risk and "educated guesses" in science was very well done. I enjoyed all the characters and the suspense involved in weaving the story. Highly recommend this book!!!
While listening to this book, I kept thinking this is like watching a child play with cardboard cutout dolls. The 2-dimensional characters are all alike (and none very like-able), the dialog is boring, contrived and predictable, as is the plot. Even the narrator was not that great; his accents are truly dreadful. Seriously, nothing took me by surprise. It was an obvious and boring story line from start to finish. Save your money for something entertaining.
I'm not the biggest fan of Crichton's work but have enjoyed some of it before. This book, however, is really low end. You'd have to be a die-hard Crichton fan to enjoy it.
Science fiction sets the premise for the time travel, the other 80% of the book is a history lesson. I did not like it. I would recommend his other book Prey about nanotechnology if you like science fiction
My first and last Crichton novel. Hour upon hour of action sequences but poor character development. Don't care too much what happens to characters since they are not brought to life. I appreciate King more after listening to this. Forgettable.
This is one of the few audiobooks I haven't been able to finish - the narrator was so annoying to me that I couldn't get past the second chapter. I listened to the preview, which sounded pretty good, but it was largely non-fiction. The narration falls down when it comes to dialog.
There really wasn't much more to the book than there was in the movie. I didn't realize until after I'd purchased this title that I'd seen this on DVD about a year ago. Because everyone knows that the book is always much better than the book I decided to listen to it anyway. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't already seen the movie.
What made me completely nuts was that the reader made Merrick sound like Ahhhnold. I believe he was supposed to be French? Most of the voices were a little too over the top, but this one took the cake.
I like Michael Crichton, but this book was a waste of time. Very bad science. The plot and situation is not "acceptable". The reader has to accept many pissibilities without decent explanation.
Definitely not up to Crighton's usual standards. Predictable and naive. I also did not like the reader. He was so bad he was actually distracting at times.