What others reviewers of this audiobook failed to recognize is that the plot is not the point of this book. If you read it to the end, including the author's comments and the interview with him, you would find out that the point of the book is to raise awareness of the frightening state of affairs in this country regarding genetic research and engineering. The individual stories presented are mere examples of the atrocities occuring all over the country, and the rights individuals are being denied when it comes to their own bodies.
If only 1% of the people who read this book encourage their legislators to do something about these issues, I think the book can be considered a huge success.
In addition to the message, however, the book is witty and interesting, even without having much of a plot. Some of the stories come together at the end and I was quite wrapped up in several of the characters.
The biggest downside in my opinion was the reader. As others have commented, many of his characters' voices were whiney and obnoxious. I almost stopped listening about half way through part one because of this, but persevered and enjoyed the book despite the reader.
I'm very glad I read "Next" and intend to press my congressional representatives to do something to help alleviate the current problems brought out by Crichton's research.
The narrator was horrible - way too pedantic - this took away from my enjoyment of the book and I could not finish it. I might look for it in printed form to see if that helps.
I could not get into the story because all I could think of was how badly it was being read.
Don't know - couldn't finish it.
This is the first Dean Koontz book I did not absolutely adore. I will get others, just none with this narrator.
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