This has to be the least engaging and least interesting audiobook I have ever listened to. There really isn't a plot, and the characters are poorly drawn and developed. It was almost a chore to listen to this book all the way through.
I was really disappointed in this book. I just finished listening to Pagan Babies and was ready for something similar. My main problem was following the story. So much of it is dialog driven, and the reader did not differentiate his voice between the characters - they all sounded the same, and it was impossible to tell who was saying what.
My local Public Radio station does not carry this program. I think they made the right decision. After listening to two weeks of it, I don't see there is much here that is interesting or funny. Over twenty minutes were spent discussing the route for an upcoming bus trip the show would be taking. Basically, the host wastes time talking to people about nothing until it is time for their quiz which consists of questions regarding obscure topics.
I have enjoyed many of Crichton's books in the past, but this one has no real plot that I can find. It is basically a mechanism to get two characteris into a situation where they can argue over whether global warming is real or not.
Also, this book obviously did not have an editor. Crichton makes some unacceptable grammatical errors that should have been caught by any editor. The word "data" is a plural word, Yet Crichton repeatedly says things like "this data" and "data is" rather than "these data" and "data are." When simple errors in grammar are made it calls into question how carefully some of the "facts" of this book were researched.
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