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William

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  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2069)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (497)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "DaVinci Code For Intelligent Folks"
    Overall

    This is a fairly typical Crichton book -- I'd rate it a little better than Prey or Timeline, not as good as Disclosure, JP, or Rising Sun.

    I'm a little surprised to see all the hostility directed toward his subject matter (right-wing propaganda, said one of the reviewers). As always, his subject matter is well researched and well thought out. Also, as always, there are shadowy groups and people who populate the novel. The use of a wise academic from Cambridge, Mass, to initiate a novice in to the world of faith reminds me of The DaVinci Code -- yet, this is better sourced and supported.

    On one hand, you could say he's demonizing environmentalists (like DaVinci Code did to the Catholic Church), but I think if you look below the surface, he's really hitting the lawyers (full disclosure: I am a lawyer) and media people who may be playing with the environment without a real understanding of what they're doing.

    And this is a constant theme in Crichton books from Terminal Man to Prey.

    Let's face it -- I've never known anyone to read Crichton for character development -- it's not his strong point.

    Moreover, if you look back to a book like Congo, you've seen Crichton take the same stand with respect to the environment as he does in this book.

    Crichton hasn't changed since he wrote Rising Sun and relied on Al Gore for his background. Those who think he is now a "right-winger" are missing what he has always done as a writer.

    In any event, read it for the story and make up you own mind by reading the science elsewhere.

    50 of 61 people found this review helpful
  • Will They Ever Trust Us Again? Letters From the War Zone

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Moore, Multiple Readers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    American soldiers serve willingly. They risk their lives so the rest of us can be safe. The one small thing they ask is that they not be sent into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ways You Can Support Our Troops"
    "Lame"
    Overall

    Purportedly by and for those in service to the country, it's just another excuse to line Michael Moore's (ample) pockets.

    Note that while my review gives it one star, that's just because Audible won't accept zero stars.

    11 of 34 people found this review helpful

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