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
While Crichton may have dumbed down genetics, I found this book to be a thoroughly enjoyable listen. The narrator was excellent, and the animal characters were very well done and even believable. My guess is that most of the negative reviews here are either pro-stem cell research or global warming fanatics upset that Chrichton dares to challenge the pet theories of liberal scientists and politicians. "Next" and "State of Fear" are not only entertaining...I"m afraid both are prophetic.
Maybe I listened to a different book than those who hated "Next", or maybe I was looking for something different than they were. Personally one of the things I most enjoyed about the book was the multiple related plots. To me it was like watching a "Seinfeld" episode. I also like the fact that in this novel Crichton injected alot more humor than is typical for him. I thought the tone of the novel was like that of many of John Grisham's where you we see the thinly disguised vanity and greed that get the characters involved in all kinds of trouble. I thought the characters were accurately portrayed.
If you are looking for an entertaining read and are not afraid of trying a different story approach give this book a look.
Oh, and I also thought the narration was well done.
I started reading eight years ago. I like medical, legal, and historical fiction. Biographies are sometimes interesting too.
What impressed me the most about this book was the amount of research that went into it. Some thought the author was preaching but I am certain that he was trying to show the possibilities of using trans-species and making them slaves. I admit that it takes a person who is educated in the sciences to really appreciate this book. Perhaps the author could have "spoken down" to his critics but then he would have been criticized for that too. Try to read the book again. He has shown us what is really happening behind our little perfect worlds, as well as predicting what "might" happen if we continue to let diseases etc. be owned by corporations.
This was my first book by the author and it won't be my last.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
Characters were ones you care about, but after the initial plot is sprung, it seemed to lack enough action/events to carry the story along. Not enough twists and suspense. Good idea. If I knew then what you know now, I wouldn't have used a credit on this book. Try "The Passage" for a great biological thriller.
Not what I expected, lousy story, very confusing. The book is simply terrible, and the narrator was extremely boring, very poor voice imitation.
Crichton writes topical stories that try to make you think about where we (mankind) are going. I really love most of his stories but this one left me a little bored. I kept waiting for the "now that's really cool" kicker but it just never came.
The narrator (Dylan Baker) was uninspired. Every young person character had a "Valley Girl" twang. After a while I couldn't tell them apart.
I've read all of MC's books and he continues to amaze me with his intelligence. He usually puts together a good story backed by some pretty solid data. This book however had too many story lines and was a little hard to follow. All-in-all, I would still suggest it. It's an interesting story, lots of good science, and some good opinions. It's just not up to his standards.
As per his writing style this book brings up interesting questions that someone should be asking. Interestingly developed but in audio format the news stories that are interspersed get confusing. Also, whether they are actual news stories or simply additional fiction is unclear.
Entertaining none the less.
A series of interconnecting -- sort of -- stories that are somewhere between unconvincing and far fetched. A half human half chimp named Dave? An intelligent talking African Grey parrot? Come on. The author obviously had an axe or two to grind regarding views on the ethical intricacies of biotechnology, the bio-tech industry and American patent legislation. I guess the question is does that form the basis of a half-decent page-turner? For me -- not so much.
I did not feel that the plot line in the the sample used was really tied into the book all that well. I liked the charactrs but the ending left me feling like the book was not quite done.
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