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Prey

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Publisher's Summary

In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey.

As fresh as today's headlines, Michael Crichton's most compelling novel yet tells the story of a mechanical plague and the desperate efforts of a handful of scientists to stop it. Drawing on up-to-the-minute scientific fact, Prey takes us into the emerging realms of nanotechnology and artificial distributed intelligence in a story of breathtaking suspense.

Prey is a novel you can't put down.

Because time is running out.

©2002 Michael Crichton; (P)2002 Recorded Books, Inc.; ©2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Crichton is the master of the sci-tech thriller, and nowhere is that more evident than in his latest page-turner, a scary, wild ride that is, without a doubt, his best in years." (Booklist)
"From the opening pages of Crichton's electrifying new thriller...readers will know they are in the hands of a master storyteller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Mary Bardwell, KY, USA 12-12-03
    Mary Bardwell, KY, USA 12-12-03
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    "Terrifying"

    As a rule, I'm not a big Crichton fan. This book changed my mind. Well written. Well researched. Terrific plot of a terrifying possibility. The icing on the Crichton cake? The book's narrator. Why can't every book have such a perfect reader?

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan Deatsville, AL, USA 11-25-03
    Bryan Deatsville, AL, USA 11-25-03
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    "Good Thriller"

    If you are a fan of Creighton's other works, especially his earlier titles, this is a very enjoyable listen. I did find that I was able to deduce the plot after about 2 chapters maximum, but the elegant way the story unfolds makes up for a degree of this transparency. The last few chapters were very exciting and I found myself truly doubting whether the hero would be able to come out on top, which in my mind is the sign of a good thriller.

    The only other problem I had was the heavy use of technical asides that really didn't add very much to the story. In most cases, the information presented is mildly interesting at best and could be left out with no real difference. It seems almost as though Creighton can't decide if he should explain everything or nothing, and the technical details fall into the middle range, where the scientific minded will find them superficial and cumbersome, and the average reader will find an excessive amount of jargon and trivia.

    Still, it was a good story and worth your time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    C. Cole Tennessee 07-21-06
    C. Cole Tennessee 07-21-06 Listener Since 2005

    C. Cole

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    "Great Book!"

    This was a great sci-fi, suspence, action novel! It kept me on my toes guessing what was next. I am in the computer/technology industry and this has some very interesting concepts. The narrator did a very good job which helped make the book even better. This was one of the best ones I have listened to since joining Audible. Definitely recommend!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara A. Russell Sedona, AZ United States 11-28-03
    Barbara A. Russell Sedona, AZ United States 11-28-03 Member Since 2012

    Triadbooks

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    "Non Stop Listening"

    This book was really good. The beginning completely throws one off track with our hero playing an unemployed at home person with very hunorous eposisodes of his home adventures. The story quickly moves up to top speed and from there won't let you stop listening. Everything from great research, believable plot and Scott Brick doing a great job as narrator, will keep you riveted to your earphones until the last scene.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kellogg Los Angeles, CA United States 05-06-05
    Michael Kellogg Los Angeles, CA United States 05-06-05 Listener Since 2002
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    "Starts slow but picks up lots of momentum"

    A great "read" overall. It starts slow thanks to TONS of background on the characters -- far too much, I thought -- but once Jack gets into the meat of the plot it is thrilling. I'd also reiterate what's been said earlier: The sample clip is largely of Michael Crichton himself narrating the foreward to the book - very dry. The actual narrator, George Wilson, picks it up at Chapter 1 and is SUPERB in his reading. He expertly acts all the parts in the book, convincingly giving you men, women, and children characters. His performance really elevated this audiobook a notch.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bob M. 12-17-04
    Bob M. 12-17-04 Member Since 2014
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    "intriguing premise, but difficult to tolerate"

    If you could overlook just how ignorant the main character was of anyone else's intentions, it was an intriguing book. The guy was a real dope. And it was a shame that most of the questions that came up during the story were only answered in the summary at the end, rather than truly being part of the story - like Crichton got tired of writing and just wanted to quickly tie up the loose ends in one paragraph. Where "Timeline" was one of the most thoroughly memorable books I've ever been through, this one will be notable only with respect to it's unfulfilled potential.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Novi, MI, USA 07-25-04
    Barry Novi, MI, USA 07-25-04
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    "Average at best."

    Maybe it was because I'd just listened to King's Gunslinger series, but I found the writing to be amateur at best. If you're expecting a "can't stop listening" type of book, move on. If you just need to use this month's book club credit, it might be worth it - but don't expect much. I think this book might make a decent special effects movie but it was painful at times to listen to. Maybe with a better reader (he was very unimpressive)?

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda A. 01-07-04
    Linda A. 01-07-04 Listener Since 1999
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    "Bring a hair dryer"

    George Wilson (the reader) must drool more than my 4 month old daughter. Geesus! He made me sick after the first three sentences. Be forewarned that at the end of about every three sentences, the reader slurps, swallows, and slurps again. You'd think a best selling author could keep his reader from what sounds like eating corn on the cob while doing the performance. I can just see the guy, jowls flopping, waddle quivering, foaming lips - and a pool of saliva gathering on the desktop and dripping off the microphone. He all but destroyed any value. Be sure to towel off after listening to this book.

    27 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    The Kindler 02-27-16
    The Kindler 02-27-16 Member Since 2014

    I like to read and listen to Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military, History, and Thillers.

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    "Nano Swarms Want Your Body"
    What did you love best about Prey?

    I loved the concept. I am not necessarily too technologically intuitive but this is a thriller not to miss.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I like that Crichton gives you just enough information to want more. He gives the information and reasons slowly to you and adds more suspense each time.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-11-15
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 08-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Prey the most enjoyable?

    This was a perfect combination of story and narrator


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely! It was a great story that had me feeling anxious and enthralled.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The swarm is coming


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first book by Crichton and I really enjoyed it. I found that sci-fi aspect was still grounded in reality and that made it feel like something that could actually happen in real life, which makes it just a bit better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Rscott39
    3/21/16
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    "Just not 'there'"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narration, faster plot


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Reduced the initial build up by about a third


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was monotonous and flat.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the mix of real science and pure fiction, a hallmark of Chrichton's books is still there.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robbie
    5/13/16
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    "A good listen"

    Keeps you hooked pretty much from the start. Good performance and moved along nicely. Recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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