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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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    Rob Madison, WI, United States 03-13-04
    Rob Madison, WI, United States 03-13-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Reasonably entertaining."

    This is a good read. The premise is interesting and, while at times pretty farfetched, still entertaining.

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    Ted Walkerton, IN, USA 03-13-04
    Ted Walkerton, IN, USA 03-13-04
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    "Crichton keeps you entertained."

    Interesting story and Crichton's books are always action packed. But it's not one of his best books. He gives "clues" throughout the whole book to let the reader know what is truly happening. Yet the main character (who is supposed to be a very intelligent) doesn't pick up on any of the clues until it's too late. Then Crichton decides to insult the reader's intelligence at the end of the book by explaining all the clues. He could also use a little more character development of the secondary characters in the book.

    The thing I like about this book (and all Crichton books for that matter) is the premise is just close enough to reality to make it thought provoking and interesting. This is a book that my wife and I discussed after we both read/listened to it. Crichton is very good at developing possible answers to "what if" questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy branchville, NJ, United States 03-11-04
    Dorothy branchville, NJ, United States 03-11-04 Member Since 2001
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    "most excellent scary science"

    Excellent mystery, mixed with sci-fi - great for those long drives to work, and cleaning the barns - surprises -

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Vienna, Quebec, Canada 03-02-04
    Thomas Vienna, Quebec, Canada 03-02-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Alternatives"

    The "gimmick" - an intelligent microorganism cluster killing off scientists was much better and more intelligently discussed in a famous much earlier book- "Invincible", by Stanislaw Lem (see also "Solaris"). Entertainment, but there are better ways to use your time even for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sanjay Piscataway, NJ, USA 02-23-04
    Sanjay Piscataway, NJ, USA 02-23-04 Member Since 2006
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    "Prey !!! Pray to god for better books"

    I've been a fan of Mr. Crichton's previous books but this one was just awful.... Besides inconsistency in the story line.. the plot itlsef was weak. The flow of the fiction was off at best.. I hope that the author would go back to what he used to do to write books that capture the reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Birmingham, AL, USA 01-31-04
    Jane Birmingham, AL, USA 01-31-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Quite a disappointing Crichton novel"

    I have long been a fan of Crichton and was excited to see this book available on audible. What a disappointment. The book was predictable and boring. Through out my listening to this book, I kept wondering if this was truly one of his books as most of them have been awesome reads. I hope that he doesn't produce more like this, but returns to his more credible and interesting plots. Read/listen if you must, but definitely not one of his betters, best, or even good ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Whitten Los Angeles, CA USA 01-26-04
    R. Whitten Los Angeles, CA USA 01-26-04 Listener Since 2000

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    "Audio"

    unrealistic. In fairness, I love a sci-fi that is very believable and doesn't require any leap of faith. I had to do a lot of leaping here. But I found myself stealing any possible minute to listen to see what happened next -- I guess that's a recommendation. If you want to find out the likely near-turn possibilities of nano-technology, this is not your book. If you want a cool mystery, this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Issen 01-23-04
    Gail Issen 01-23-04
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    "Gripping"

    A great story. Yes, you know from the beginning that the protagonist will survive because the book is written in the first person. Nevertheless it kept my interest all the way to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Fairport, NY, USA 01-21-04
    Robert Fairport, NY, USA 01-21-04
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    "Weak plot, weak characters, strong saliva glands"

    This audiobook features weak pseudo-science, an infuriatingly milquetoast main protaganist, and a narrator with overactive saliva glands. If that's your bag, this one's a winner. I barely managed to get through this one... it was the first Audible book that I very nearly abandoned.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David san jose, CA, USA 12-30-03
    David san jose, CA, USA 12-30-03
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    "so so, easy reading but could have been better"

    Interesting concept but fails to deliver in the end, could have been much better. All the characters are cardboard, and easily identifiable. Falls back to a standard good guy versus villains action sequence at the end, and the final "prey" idea (which I will not spell out) is ridiculous. Why these nanobots would decide to mimic this form is never satisfactorily explained. The book would have been better if it had finished with the conclusion at the end of the preceding chapter, rather than the final junk ending. On a final note, the prologue (where the principle is nervously at home waiting on his wife stopping something) did not seem to match the ending either.

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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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