We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars or test our spouses for genetic maladies. We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes.
Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.
The future is closer than you think. Get used to it.
Take your pick.
©2006 Michael Crichton; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
I did not care for this book from the start but kept listening, thinking it would improve. I was wrong. Even tying the different characters together in the last part of the book did not work. I have enjoyed my previous listens from Crichton but this was not to his previous standards. My time would have been better spent with a root canal or maybe cleaning out the septic tank.
I usually like Mike but this book is awful. I wish I hadn't wasted an audio-credit. I could have read a comic book and had greater satisfaction.
Clearly, MC has animosity for the left. Infusing his political views into his fiction is why I'm done reading his work.
That, and this last one was a yawner. What happened to the MC who wrote Jurassic Park?
I am a big fan of Crichton's earlier work, but I was very disappointed in this one. The stories were disjointed and often had no real connection with each other, and it all lead to a climax that was very difficult to believe. It wasn't terribly engaging, though some of the subject material was interesting.
Overall, I wish I hadn't listened to this book...
Author must hate doctors. All the doctors portrayed thus far are either greedy or corrupt. The story is disjointed and jumps around quite a bit with quite a number of characters that it's difficult to keep them all straight. The storyline is also very slow so it's a bit tedious. I won't be finishing the book. Would I have to buy again, I wouldn't. I've enjoyed some of his other books, even the "Timline" which supposedly bombed. But not this in the least bit.
I was very disappointed by this book. It lacks any credulity whatsoever even considering the scince fiction genre. I felt it did not flow well and it would seem Mr. Critchton is a bit off his game with this one. I stopped listening after just a few CDs and will throw the rest away.
I've been a devoted Crichton fan since the late seventies but, unfortunately, the Crichton of late seems to have lost his knack for story-telling.
I kept holding out hope the story would turn around and listened to the end to no avail.
I guess I'll wait on some reviews before jumping at his next novel.
Too bad... Could have been one of the greats...
Save your credit! I am a Michael Crichton fan, so I bought it in spite of the overwhelming number of negative reviews. I should have paid heed.
This is the single most disappointing book by Crichton that I have read or listened to. It seemed very random, like he wrote without ever turning back to see what had already been written. Not much plot, just a lot of personal opinion.
Hmmmm, how long would it take for an infinite number of transgenic monkeys to come up with something better?
Next isn't worth the attempt, money, or time.
What is wrong with the book: horrible reader, no action, pathetic plot development, disjointed writing, obnoxious overuse of the F-word, and a dull read.
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