The undisputed master of the techno-thriller has written his most riveting, and entertaining, book yet.
Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of pause-resistant suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world. From the streets of Paris, to the glaciers of Antarctica, to the exotic and dangerous Solomon Islands, State of Fear takes the listener on a rollercoaster thrill ride, all the while keeping the brain in high gear.
©2004 Michael Crichton; (P)2004 Harper Audio
"State of Fear is one of Crichton's best because it's as hard to pigeonhole as greenhouse gas but certainly heats up the room." (Entertainment Weekly)"Michael Crichton's new, can't-put-it-down novel is a first-of-a-kind thriller - a fast-paced adventure based on the notion that a current widespread fear is baseless." (Forbes)
Not unless it was a new recording, I liked the book, hated the audio.
I've listened to nearly 200 audiobooks so far, and this has to be in the top 3 for being the worst recording ever. There was non-stop mouth noises, stomach gurgles and lip licking, plus occasionally you could hear people in the background making noises or laughing.
I didn't have anything against the narrator's voice, but that other stuff was highly distracting and often off-putting. I tend to listen to my audiobooks on headphones, at least part of the time, and that made every one of those noises even worse.
I thought this book was fascinating. It brought up so many controversial views, that I couldn't seem to get enough of. I would want to listen to it again (read by someone else) to just try and retain some of the information they gave.
I wonder how many of those who are trashing this book actually looked at some of the studies quoted. I am not saying he is right or wrong, but at least he is opening a honest debate. Too many people just take the media and press release statements from groups as facts. I do think he has provided a valuable service in this book if he can get people to do their own critcal thinking and stop listening to the 30 sec. sound bytes.
I almost did not read this due to the wacki reviews of some of the reviewers. Many of us do believe that global warming is just a bunch of hot air(pun intended). This is a story that questions the thesis that man has caused global warming. Michael Crichton, does not seem to come down on eiither side of this issue.
As for the supposed stomach noises the reader is accused of,there are none. There are a few electronic noises, which are not a problem.
All scientists do not believe in the global warming theory.
The data as shown by Crichton's graphs does not support this theory.
If you include Social, Psychiatric, Medical, Rocket, Biological, Mechanical and other scientists, irrelevant to the theory, then maybe, only maybe, you might have a "scientific" majority held view, positive to global warming. These scientists know less than the average well informed and intelligent subscriber to Audible.
One large volcano eruption can do more damage to the ozone layer than a thousand years of using Freon to keep ourselves cool. Follow the money. The makers of Freon are about to lose their patent. They contribute to powerful Democrats re-election funds. They, in turn outlaw Freon. The same company introduces a new gas for use in air-conditioners. Hey-presto! Everyone makes lots of money. Very similar to the book's thesis. Great story. Well read
Seriously, this is about the most fun I've had with an audio book in years. The plot is far fetched, but no more so than any James Bond book.
People complained about the narrator, but I thought he was fine.
The real enjoyment came from all the character conversations. It was hilarious to see these characters spout facts and figures back and forth to each other.
I am a physicist by training, with years working in weather realted fields, and I felt that the science presented was correct and refreshing. If you disagree with the authors scientific viewpoints, then take his advice, and research the subject yourself.
The ending features a killer tsunami (ouch!) which is awfully good (bad?) timing on the authors part. But fascinateing all the way through.
conclusion: It was highly enjoyable. It reminded me of the DaVinci code in that it was improbable, with colorful characters, but I just could not get enough of it.
Excellent book with seamless blend of scientific fact into the story to refute "conventional wisdom" borne of junk science. If you're a lockstep liberal, don't bother reading this. But if you have a mind of your own and have ever questioned common beliefs, this book is for you.
Oh, and like most Crichton books, the action is fast paced from the outset and the book is difficult to put down.
I've heard books read by George Wilson before, and, unfortunately, forgot how irritating I found his narration! He mispronounces words, swallows, makes sticky "dry mouth" sounds - at times I swear I can even hear his stomach growling! The narration distracted me so much I couldn't fully appreciate the story, although I listened to the whole thing.
It was a different take on global warming - quite unexpected - provided food for thought. I didn't like ANY of the characters, but that could have been based more on the way each was "interpreted" by the reader than the way they were written.
I've never entered my own review before...read a lot of them before I purchase a book, though. While I enjoyed the book, I will be hesitant to purchase a book narrated by this reader in the future. I don't know whether it was a problem with where his microphone was placed or what, but I could hear every swallow, licking of lips, even heard laughing in the background on one occasion...very distracting! Very poor recording (or, as my husband pontificated, maybe too good). Where is Scott Brick when you need him...I've never heard him swallow and I've listened to almost every book he's ever narrated. People pay good money for these listens every month...clean up the narration...Shame!!!!
Michael Crichton, one of the best techno-thriller authors out there, has finally addressed one of the greatest shams in politics today...global warming. In addressing how this MYTH is perpetuated, giving a pretty good reason why it is perpetuated (MONEY) and applying a pretty good story to the logic, Crichton hits a homerun of a novel. This book had me from cover to cover with interesting characters and situations, although it might have seemed a bit garbled at first. I was very interested in one of the main characters (liberal) responses after being given facts regarding global warming: 1. Ignoring the data. 2. Attempting to discredit the data. and 3. Name calling. How often do we see this pattern in American politics today? Lots. Pay attention people. Ignore the negative reviews of this book...they also fall into these same response patterns.
Love a good book!
What an enjoyable listen. I found myself ingnoring my duties to listen to the book. Crichton has once again set a a group of otherwise normal people in a very extraordinary situation. I found myself loathing the villains and even enjoying their just deserts. The perfect book for a road trip to pass the time while the miles slipped away.
"A thinking person's thriller!"
What I love about Crighton's works is that they are heavily researched and loaded with logic. This book powerfully illustrates how well-intended people and groups can be lead astray through ignorance and pseudo-science. The author's note and appendix at the end are incredibly enlightening. One of my favorite books!
"Not what I expected but not bad"
Didn't realise it was based on fact one character in this is truly annoying but otherwise it was a good book step but Jurassic Park was better.
"I understand this book but..."
I understand what the author was doing with this book but found it boring and even felt the reader was feeling the same. But the underlying message SHOULD BE HEARD. Especially by those who read and watch all modern media.
"Unstoppable and Brilliant"
A Fantastic story with great factual references, compelling capable and totally enjoyable.
A must read for any adventure reader this book is Unstoppable and Brilliant.
I enjoyed reading various of Michael Crichton's books and find his ideas inventive, though his characters a bit cardboard.
Somehow with this one I could never really get into it. I tried twice. Nothing wrong with the narration at all - George Wilson has read some good books and I never had a problem with his style before - but reading aloud seemed to emphasise the clunky nature of the writing.
Others may disagree with me and enjoy the story.
The flat, monotone, narration really spoiled this book for me.
"State of Sleep"
I am sad to say that I lost the will to try and follow the multiple threads of the story and gave up listening before the end of part one of three. Very slow plot and no reward for my patience. His other book Air Frame was great, try that instead.
"Slightly marred by noisy innards"
Not mine, you understand, but the narrator, who seems to have had his own problems with greenhouse gases. Keeps up a gripping pace and plenty of action in between the lectures on the dangers of politicians and celebrities hijacking a subject and calling it 'science'. Listen and make up your own mind.
"Week implausible Plot"
Crichton tries to get across his no doubt erudite and well-researched point about the myths and untruths about global warming by wrapping a work of fiction around these views. Unfortunately the characters are as week and implausible as the plot. If this were a first novel it would not have been published. Give it a miss is my advice.
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