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State of Fear Audiobook

State of Fear

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Mary 02-02-16
    Mary 02-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't make it past the first few chapters"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George Wilson?

    Not sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from State of Fear?

    I couldn't make it past the first few chapters. I think I only listened to about an hour. I just couldn't get drawn in.


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    James W. HUdson 09-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too biased"

    This is Crichton's political statement and not a worthy work of fiction. Narration is good but story is guilty of the same sins he complains of.

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    debra k. 06-21-15
    debra k. 06-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "OMG terrible story line"

    Overall, not worth listening to. Unbelievable storyline. Implausible and unrealistic in how the storyline progressed and continued.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Wade Canton, GA USA 01-24-15
    Darrell Wade Canton, GA USA 01-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Long story ... Little going on"

    Little action and a lot of monologging. The story has interesting characters and locations, but I can't help but feel as though I am missing something?!?...

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    Rebecca 12-31-12
    Rebecca 12-31-12

    Forensic Mysteries, Paranormal, Cozies and yet more mysteries. "Don't care who dies in the movie as long as the dog lives."

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    "Audible, don't sell this narration"

    As you may have read in other reviews the narration is atrocious. That is an understatement! It makes audible look bad. If this was one of my first audiobooks, I wouldn't buy any more. You can hear him flip pages, he clears his voice incessantly, and he leaves extended gaps between chapters. I am shocked that audible would sell this book or that Michael Crichton would approve the publication of such a poor performance.
    So, can I honestly give an accurate review about the story - no. The bashing of the Global warming theory gets old. The point could have been made in 30 minutes and then we could get back to the Michael Crichton we all love.
    One aspect I loved though - it brought up - the theory that the political, legal and media forces control the general public. It discusses how this changed from the military controlling the population. This present control occurs as politicians and the media promote a state of fear. Facinating theory!
    In the end, I could read the book again in hard copy format and skip a hundred pages or so. But my time is valuable, so I won't.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 05-19-12
    Amazon Customer United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Give this book to your liberal eco-nut friends!"

    As I understand it, Michael Crichton started out to write a novel about the horrors of "global warming." But, since he was a scientist at heart, his research turned up the real story and the book took on a life of it's own. Even if you don't like the book, you need to listen to the afterword. Michael Crichton's comparison of the global warming crowd to the pre World War II eugenics movement is awesome!

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    Erica Patria Lack 04-06-11

    Erica

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    "Be Aware This book is global warming skeptical"

    I love M.C Books in general but this novel is a one sided argument supporting global warming skeptics.
    If you like to get your facts from fiction, this is the book for you. Or if you are able to enjoy the story and take the politics with a pinch of salt you may also like it. But be aware where your money is going. I wish I had borrowed the book from the library and not paid to have a political stance thrust upon me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark van Dongen 12-07-10

    International Busienss focussed head of HR with science as a passion.

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    "waste of time and misleading 'facts'"

    This book has an unclear story underlying massive criticism on the scientists that believe in global warming and greenhouse effect. At the end the outcome of the stiry is still unclear, what now happens with the organisation faced, what was the argument behind, etc. Personally I liked Michael Chrichtons books, but this book obviously has a different agenda then creating good and scientifically based entertainment. It is intended to radiate the message that some conservative US politicians state, that caring for the environment is nonsense. He defences not signing the kyoto protocol, and quotes constantly reserach that denounces the global warming theory. I agree when we states we need to be critical towards what we believe and what we assume is provenor not. Unfortunately mr Chrichton forgets that 97% of the Global climat scientisis have consensus (Source: Nobel price winning institute of environmental research). He however cites from the 3%. Indeed there is a group of criticism on this topic, also in Europe there is an organisation that voices the critics, which is important for a healthy democracy. Potentially they should then next time not take a historian, but a climatic scientist as their chairman and only public member. And at the end, irrespective all arguments, no argument of unclear consequences can be an argument not to be carfull with our environment, No argument should move attention away from a continuous need for carefull contemplation on the consequences of human behaviour on the environment. Using arguments to move away from that is criminal to our future on earth. I agree with the final discussion that we do not need to discuss if earth will survive. Earth will, just humans will not (see also 'rare earth theory', earth will rebouce, it take a million oyears or such, which for a planet is not a huge issue, just we won't be around to tell). In my view, this book makes me realise people actually believe what crichton states, and that is scary..

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    Matthew APO, AE, USA 12-20-08
    Matthew APO, AE, USA 12-20-08
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    "Well worth listening to"

    I've read or listened to almost all his books and thought this book was very in keeping with his typical style - intuiging, relevant, and fast paced. Well worth spending a credit on!

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    Randall Neptune Beach, FL, USA 08-07-08
    Randall Neptune Beach, FL, USA 08-07-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Must Read"

    The reality of it all. Outstanding and timely work by Crichton, his best. This book may well be non-fiction one day.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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