Look, I love Michael Crichton. Timeline kept me captivated. And Jurassic Park? Amazing. This was a humdrum story of corporate espionage with wooden two dimensional characters and read like a screenplay. The glimpse into the inner working of aeronautics was the only thing that made this not a terrible book. The narrator was a little flat and detached here, which only added to the workmanlike quality of this book. Prey, another Crichton novel, was almost the same feel.
What could have been a truly fascinating book is, als ruined by the pairing of this narrator. The same man read Stephen King's Dreamcatcher, and was excellent, but this material and his style are a recipe for droning disaster. I love other books by this author, and am fascinated with railroad lore, but this was a trial to endure. Imagine endless shopping lists being read by a calm, even tone...it was a tragedy. One notable exception in otherwise excellent work from both the author and narrator.
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