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 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.
Michael Crichton feather-ruffling tome is a fun listen. Whether you agree or disagree with him, this is thought-provoking enterainment that's not to be missed.
"State of Fear"
A book written fron a clear anti-establishment view on the changing environment. He uses his undoubted scientific credentials to make his point around a barely plausible story.
His strength as an author means that he maintains interest despite the poor plotting. Not one of his best, but for Crighton fans it is still worth listening to.
"A Novel from now for now that makes you think"
This is one for all conspiracy theorists, and also for anyone who just likes a good book. fast and full of action. This is Crichton at his best, blending fact and fiction seamlessly. a genuine thinking man's (or woman's) novel.
If you think you know anything about global warming and conspiracy think again and listen to this.
This is one to keep in the collection / Ipod and listen to more than once
Crichton targets the global warming movement in this polemical thriller. Although this novel may also be seen as an attack on lazy thinking in a world where information is too easily available and facts more difficult to discern.
I love that this book will get many people to challenge the assumptions they have about Global Warming and may even make a few of them check the facts quoted.
As a UK resident I hate the way facts are so quickly twisted to the purposes of pointless self serving politicians and the spotlight hogging radio whores of Today, who act the expert with their flimsy veneers of knowledge. This book could act as a cautionary tale to all such doom mongers.
This is a provocative work of fiction. Don?t assume that data, and therefore the issues, are as clear as is laid out here ? nothing in this arena is really is.
So as a polemic against the assumptions the Global Warming debate this is OK, as a thriller it does the job. Perhaps though, the author should concentrate more on characters that lectures, too many sermons, as perhaps here, will put off many. Great polemical writing keeps the audience whilst pounding the sacred cow, this got me wishing I could skip forward.
"Worth sitting on a sunsetbeach and just listening"
Excellent read and one story that questions the very basis of our thinking on Global Warning and its future effects on our planet
"A wonderful book performed with great enthusiasm."
If i had the time to listen to an audio-book over this would certainly be a contender. Crichton often douses the reader/listener in a veritable hail-storm of scientific facts and figures which require a great attention span and, i'm sure, with multiple listens one could gain a great understanding of his material. Therefore this particular book would serve well or possibly better given the time it deserves and a second listen.
I like the subtle enthusiasm which George gives to the appropriate characters. This book is, after all, a story driven by Micheal Crichton's great passion for the preservation of the environment and so bringing the characters to life with just the right flare and inflection is of the utmost importance. I believe that George manages this exceedingly well.
I did not for one simple reason; it is rather long. I do tend to purchase audio-books of considerable length in order for it to tide me over for the most car journeys as i listen, which are often up to five hours at a time, but any more than that in one go would have impacted my enjoyment of the story and the performance.
I would strongly urge Micheal Crichton fans to pick this audio-book up; but being open minded is crucial as it is not your typical Crichton novel. He occasionally carries himself into a kind of rant when trying to impress his point on environmental protection and preservation and although those who enjoyed Jurassic Park and The Lost World may be familiar with this side of him he does take it to a new level at times with State of Fear.
"Love it or loathe it."
You will either love this book or loathe it. Whilst on a superficial level it's about global warming (and it is here where the divisions are caused), the reality, if you look a little deeper, is that it is about how we think. In particular how we think as groups or societies.
As well as the underlining story there are, what amount to, a series of lectures on various topics but always with the point that the results of studies can be misrepresented by both sides of the argument. Throughout the book Crichton seeks to disprove many of the accepted facts surround the theory of global warming. You will have to do your own research to check these - which I suspect is the point. The fact that he challenges this ideas will anger many and please many. Listen to the very end, including his own final remarks and notes. You may be a little surprised.
"Food for thought"
A gripping book, that certainly sped along my journey to work. Are we currently experiencing global warming due to our own interference or is the current climate change just part of the bigger picture of earth's nature? This book, whilst entertaining, also certainly does provide food for thought!
"Narration awful - couldn't concentrate"
Unfortunately, the narrator brings all the inflection and nuance of a Satnav system, and it was a bit like listening to Professor Stephen Hawkins most of the time. There was some un-intended hilarity as an attempt at an English accent was made for one of the book's characters.
"I hated it"
I have enjoyed most of Crichton's books, but the didactic and patronizing tone of this hysterical anti global warming rant made it as boring as it was irritating.
"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!
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