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Next | [Michael Crichton]

Next

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why an adult human being resembles a chimp fetus? And should that worry us? There's a new genetic cure for drug addiction - is it worse than the disease?

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.

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      Frank Baltimore, MD, USA 02-20-07
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      "Silly.....Save your Audible credits"

      Save your Audible credits. Crichton (as usual) uses cardboard characters to attempt to make sweeping generalizations about current issues of 'Science.' Interesting ideas are presented but the plot and characters are absurd with talking Orangutangs and Grey Parrots.

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      Frannie MARISSA, IL, United States 12-28-06
      Frannie MARISSA, IL, United States 12-28-06 Member Since 2006
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      "Very Stinky"

      This story has monkeys in it...and I'm fairly sure that one of them helped him write this book. Having more pride than his famous co-author, the monkey must have demanded that his name be left off the credits. I wish my name was off the list of people who bought it.

      0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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      Jamie Loma Linda, CA, USA 12-27-06
      Jamie Loma Linda, CA, USA 12-27-06 Member Since 2005
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      "Tangential with loose associations"

      Book is very disappointing, and difficult to follow. Plot is fragmented over several storylines (non of which are all that interesting) which he attempts to bring together in the end. Book seems to be just a medium to preach authors views on genetic engineering. This book is a significant departure from the author’s normal format and quality.

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      Laurie Bath, MI, USA 12-21-06
      Laurie Bath, MI, USA 12-21-06
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      "A stinker"

      Despite his flaws as a writer, I usually enjoy Michael Crichton books--but this one was ludicrous. I also like Dylan Baker as an actor, but didn't particularly enjoy his reading.

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      neurons SHELTON, CT, United States 12-20-06
      neurons SHELTON, CT, United States 12-20-06 Member Since 2004
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      "Serious & Humorous"

      I seem to always be surprised by Crichton’s approach in writing styles; they never seem to be the same. In Next the future of genetics promises to be interesting in many ways and that’s why Crichton’s book is a worthwhile listen. Crichton couples serious subject matter with the ridiculous so I found myself laughing out loud at the predicaments the many characters got themselves into. I have to admit that it took me some time to realize that Crichton was using many scenarios that were not linked to one another so it ended up being more like a chapter book, but enjoyable nonetheless. The narrator was hilarious when he impersonated Robin Leach to make absurd proclamations by the scientific community. I can understand how some thought there was no plot but they may have missed Crichton’s intent to show genetics from the many legal and scientific dilemmas we may be facing while still trying to make the book readable. Knowing this in advance is helpful.

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      Skeptical consumer East coast, USA 12-20-06
      Skeptical consumer East coast, USA 12-20-06 Member Since 2002
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      "Simply Awful"

      I could not finish listening to this innane novel, even after waiting an interminable time for it to get interesting. I finally gave up, chalked up my loss and moved on. So much for best selling authors.

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      Luis Hooksett, NH, USA 12-18-06
      Luis Hooksett, NH, USA 12-18-06
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      "Disapointment"

      I am a huge Crichton fan, but this was a disapointment. No plot and at times it read like a bad soap opera. I have to agree with most of the negative reviews. I could not finish this book. Narrator did not help. Still looking for a new Crichton blockbuster book as Prey was a disapointment too, although not as bad as this one.

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      Corey voorhees, FL, USA 10-14-09
      Corey voorhees, FL, USA 10-14-09
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      "Too Confusing"

      Tried to begin this book 3 times each time I became bored with technobabble, and I generally like technobabble. But this had no attraction. Sorry Mr. Crichton, try again.

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      Sirkka Eugene, OR, USA 12-28-06
      Sirkka Eugene, OR, USA 12-28-06
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      "Disapointing"

      I hoped for the same excitement and intrique as I have enjoyed in previous books. There was a plot, but it jumped around too much. This audiobook took too much effort to enjoy.

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      Patrick Sparkill, NY, United States 12-11-06
      Patrick Sparkill, NY, United States 12-11-06 Member Since 2006
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      "good cause bad pros"

      convoluted, sometimes entertaining

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