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Prey | [Michael Crichton]

Prey

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.
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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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    Jan Philip Cramer San Francisco, CA United States 09-15-04
    Jan Philip Cramer San Francisco, CA United States 09-15-04

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    "Great book."

    I must say that I really enjoyed this audio book. The reader is very, very good and I love the story. I always love that Crichton, like in timeline, really makes things like NANO technologies really easy to understand. If you live in the BAY AREA, you will like this book even more, because many of the places are familiar and especially the characters are very life like. Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fracesco San Diego, CA, USA 07-26-04
    Fracesco San Diego, CA, USA 07-26-04
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    "His worst book."

    I have read all his books - this one is his worst effort so far. Is he loosing his magic touch? I hope not. Do your ears a favor and stay away from this one (or your eyes if you plan to buy the book).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve San Francisco, CA, USA 06-03-04
    Genevieve San Francisco, CA, USA 06-03-04
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    "I hate the narrator's voices"

    The narrator had about 5 slightly different voices that he used for different characters, and all of the voices were annoying. The main character always seemed to be sighing, his wife was really annoying, it was distracting. I am normaly a fan of Michael Crichton, I think this book would have been a lot better if I had read the print version. But, it was slightly entertaining, I managed to finish it. If this story seems interesting to you, buy it in print.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Shea 05-19-04
    J. Shea 05-19-04 Member Since 2001
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    "Chrichton at his worst"

    Unbelievable, poorly crafted story. We have to hear the author drone on about nano-tech for 5 minutes before we can hear the book. The story starts out okay, but then moves directly into unbelievable. The dumb protagonist suffers repeated damage in one day but continues to show no signs of harm. At the end of the story, the author assumes we are too dumb to have figured things out on our own and goes into boring explication. The narrator can't keep his voices straight, and the background noises of flipping pages (or something simiar) are really annoying.

    I love action-adventure fiction, but this didn't cut it for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Auburn, AL, USA 04-22-04
    Shawn Auburn, AL, USA 04-22-04
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    "Hard to finish."

    It had promise. Crichton is a good writer but he kept hitting me with inconstancies. Anything that can keep up with a running rabbit can travel in a 15 knot wind. And, when you have a chance to kill the bad guy, kill him! Don?t walk up to him and strike up a conversation for the sake of dramatics. There was something like this in almost every chapter and it got very frustrating. These kinds of things make me feel resentful that I was tricked into starting a book that had too many situations that were fit for a comic book.

    And, Mr. Crichton, human eyes don?t have a tapetum lucidum so they don?t glow in a flashlight beam.

    After I finished Prey, I immediately started listening to a Douglas Adams book to cheer me up. It did.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    James Lexington, KY, USA 03-01-04
    James Lexington, KY, USA 03-01-04
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    "Mediocre"

    I fell asleep several times listening to "Prey." The plot and characters are predictable. The only interesting aspect was the use of nano technology running amuck.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John Huntsville, TX, USA 02-03-04
    John Huntsville, TX, USA 02-03-04
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    "That's Entertainment"

    If you don't think too much about the plausibility of the circumstances it's actually an enthralling plot. It definately keeps your attention. To me it was at least as good as Timeline, the only other Chrighton book I have read. If you are hung up with realism though you may be to bothered to enjoy it. I loved it though. It bothered my wife that I couldn't stop listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam hudson, NH, USA 01-31-04
    Adam hudson, NH, USA 01-31-04
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    "Wait for the movie"

    Good story but read more like a script for his next movie

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Sacramento, CA, USA 01-02-04
    Kevin Sacramento, CA, USA 01-02-04
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    "Terrible. Just Terrible."

    I listened to this on a long drive. Robert Sean Leonard is a fine actor but terrible narrator. I didn't believe any of the characters and the plot was predictable, annoying, and dull.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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