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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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    Don el paso, TX, USA 04-24-06
    Don el paso, TX, USA 04-24-06
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    "Pretty good buuut...."

    Having read books or seen movies based on his books, and having read the summary of this book, I began to listen with great anticipation. However, one of the biggest dispponitments was the amount of time that was devoted to the characters in the opening portions of the book. That honestly could have been cut down to 1 1/2 to 2 hours and--I think--still would have given us enough info about the characters. I personally thought that 4 hours was *way* too much time. Yet once he got into the meat of the story, it was a fast and exciting ride. Some good edge of your seat moments.

    I also agree with 2 points brought out in earlier reviews:

    1) There was too much foul language in the story. I sometimes will listen to a book at work and I had to be very careful because I work in a place where the public can hear what I'm listening to.

    I would like to see Audible institue a rating system or at least a warning as to content for those who may have a need to be concerned over such things.

    2) And on a more positive note, I too thought that the narrator did and excellent job with voice characterization. Young Eric's, "It"s not fair!" is just how you would expect an 8 year old boy to sound.

    I would have liked to have given the book 4 or 5 stars, but the language and the slow start have moved me to give it three.

    If you don't have a problem with thw slow begining or the language, it's a pretty good book to listen to.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Rustburg, VA, USA 12-26-03
    Ken Rustburg, VA, USA 12-26-03
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    "I would rather have read Snowcrash a second time"

    This book had a great concept but moved very slowly. It was painful to watch the main character miss all the clues. He finally put everything together at the very end when most readers probably already figured it out. I really could have spent my time better listening to SnowCrash a second time then waste it with this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Calvillo 11-25-03
    J. Calvillo 11-25-03

    Pencil Sharpener

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    "I wanted to smack the main character"

    The overall premise of the book was excellent. The main character's actions and thoughts were very infuriating. At several times while reading this book I wanted to reach out and smack the main character in the back of the head. What action there was to the book seemed to be very typical. If I could make the decision again I most likely wouldn't read this book.

    32 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 02-19-09
    Richard Kentwood, MI, United States 02-19-09 Member Since 2015

    Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.

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    "Decent story with irritating reading"

    The story was the sort of story I was expecting. If you've read other Michael Crichton books think Andromeda Strain not Jurassic Park. Lots of technical stuff but doesn't get to gripping suspense until the end. Unfortunately the narrator did an adequate job of reading but was licking his lips or swallowing constantly. I'm usually pretty tolerant about such things but this was so bad that I found it very distracting from the story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Stamford, CT, USA 03-15-04
    Christopher Stamford, CT, USA 03-15-04
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    "Simply awful"

    First of all, characterizing Prey as a novel is deceptive. It is clearly nothing more than the early storyboard work for a truly awful summer blockbuster. The plot is slow, predictable, and overburdened with alarmist tangents. The characters and dialog are inane and infuriatingly stupid. I found myself rooting for the evil faceless cloud, at least until the evil cloud got a face of its own and became just as insipid as the rest of the characters. The science, of which there is a heavy dose delivered without apparent critical thinking, is implausible on every level. I remember enjoying Sphere and Jurassic Park several years ago, and I don't really know how Prey turned out this way. All I can think is that Prey must have been ghostwritten, churned out not by Crichton but by a fog of swarming nanomachines, able to type but having no knowledge of how actual people think, communicate, or behave.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sandylp SF Bay Area 04-23-04
    Sandylp SF Bay Area 04-23-04 Listener Since 2001

    Sandylp

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    "Good Thriller, But I Have A Gripe!!"

    I enjoyed the book, but I agree with "Bring Your Hair Dryer". I can hear when the narrator swallows and it's just so annoying. I can't believe more people haven't commented on it. Instead of following the story, I found myself listening for the next swallow. Other than that, I found the story to be interesting, thrilling, and fast-paced.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ron LAS VEGAS, NV, USA 12-20-03
    Ron LAS VEGAS, NV, USA 12-20-03
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    "Dumb is the word for it"

    "Jack, it's eating me" So states the wife of Jack, the main character, when she is inhabited by a swarm of nanotech molecules who slowly take control of her mind and body. If you think this is some dialog from a cheesy science fiction from the 50's you would be wrong. It's from Michael Crichton's new novel "Prey".

    Perhaps Crichton's reputation gets his works on the best seller lists. That, or American literary tastes have descended to new lows. "Prey" is a tedious waste of time.

    A boring story line with amateur dialog about nanotech molecules attacking some Silicon Valley "scientists". Characters who are simply unbelieveable. After witnessing their fellow employees being butchered to death they calmly discusss the merits of frozen foods over dinner. And the "F" word is constantly over used and repeated ad nauseum by some of the characters. An occassional damn or sh*t would have been a relief.

    Don't waste your time and money on this dog. I had to force myself to listen to the second half of it just to see how ludicrous he would get.

    Crichton's main character aptly sums up this story......."It was so dumb it was breathtaking".

    12 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 08-22-15
    GameMaker Portland, OR USA 08-22-15 Member Since 2012

    Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.

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    "Very good, scary story"
    What made the experience of listening to Prey the most enjoyable?

    It's just a really good story. The main character is easy to identify with, and the plot and premise are both really interesting.


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

    Oh definitely. It has all the hallmarks of a great story. Plot twists, deadlines, time running out, huge stakes etc. Great stuff.


    What does George Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's fine, but nothing special. I'd say he's a slightly above average reader.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    john ARLINGTON, TX, United States 03-05-13
    john ARLINGTON, TX, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "eat, PREY, run!"
    If you could sum up Prey in three words, what would they be?

    you're not safe...


    What did you like best about this story?

    classic Crichton! i've always loved how he sews together science with science fiction, and Prey is another example in a long list of great Crichton books (along with Jurrasic Park, Sphere, Andromeda Strain, etc).

    you can tell he did his homework on the technology behind this story.


    What about George Wilson’s performance did you like?

    he did an excellent job creating the different characters and he made it easy for me to keep them separated in my head. kudos to him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    i always have a tough time answering this question, as i've listened to several books since this one. but if you are a fan of Crichton, then this book will not let you down.


    Any additional comments?

    highly recommended, and since his (unfortunate) passing, i relish anything i can read/listen to by Crichton.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Mt. Pleasant, Utah, United States 02-05-13
    David Mt. Pleasant, Utah, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too much unnecessary profanity"
    What did you like best about Prey? What did you like least?

    It has an interesting story line.


    Has Prey turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. The story would have been much better if the profanity had been toned down or eliminated all together.


    Do you think Prey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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