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State of Fear Audiobook

State of Fear

Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning 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.
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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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    gbreite 06-07-06
    gbreite 06-07-06 Member Since 2009
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    "Untruth"

    Crichton uses the reasoning and passion of a talk radio loonie to attack every possiblility of global warming. The real lesson here: Crichton, like the rest of us, has much left to learn about himself. What was that crazy bit comparing 'eugenics' with 'global warming'? Think drugs are involved?

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    webtraverser Northern Virginia 06-17-05
    webtraverser Northern Virginia 06-17-05 Member Since 2009

    kevjenn

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    "Not a good outing"

    Not Cricton's best outing. I have to say I was somewhat disappointed with this listen. I know that when you are reading Cricton you are not reading him for his character development. Still his plots are very good and his science is always interesting. This time around his plot was bad. By far the weakest one I can remember. That left just very unlikeable characters. I think I may have read that he doesn't care much what his characters think but in this book he seemed to spend a lot time in his characters' minds and yet we know almost nothing about their motivations and desires. Add that to an unusual weak plot and you have quite possibly Crichton's worst effort. Still some of the 'factual'information is interesting and I will be looking up his sources when I see a hard copy of the book.
    As for the production, this was by far the worst I ever listen to. One should not be hearing the readers stomach noises. If I had bought it in the store I would have returned it and next time it happens on Audible, I will demand a restored credit or a least a verison that is acceptable to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 06-09-05
    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 06-09-05 Member Since 2016
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    "really, really bad"

    Very boring; no development of the characters, disjointed plot; didn't make me care about any of them. I hung in until the end, hoping that it would salvage the book, but no such luck. The only thing that was mildly interesting were the factoids about how the climate situation gets manipulated by environmentalists - and am not sure how much truth there is to any of that anyway. Forget this one; go read Timeline, that is a wonderful listen (almost like a different author!).

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R Alexander West Chester, OH, USA 03-06-05
    R Alexander West Chester, OH, USA 03-06-05
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    "Excellent Listen"

    Great book. Reminds me of the DaVinci Code at times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Upland, CA, USA 02-22-05
    Frank Upland, CA, USA 02-22-05
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    "State of Fear"

    Predictable, obviously slanted to make environmentalist seem scientifically ignorant and somewhat dim whitted. Some great suspense drama at times when the pritching slows down.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MATTHEW 01-30-05
    MATTHEW 01-30-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Bad, bad. bad!"

    I am a Critchton fan, but this book really was bad. Save your time and listen to something else. The story line was bad, the narration worse and the editing even worse. To say that I am disappointed is an understatement.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Hollywood, FL, USA 01-30-05
    Michael Hollywood, FL, USA 01-30-05
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    "Nothing Great"

    I found many key points of the story to be predictable, while I found the climax to be anticlimatic. At times the story seemed to rely too much on long narative speeches which made me feel like I was back in school listening to a lecture rather than ready (listening to) a book which I anticipated would have some degree of action. Lastly, as for the reader, I'm glad to read other people's comments about stomach noises and verbal ticks ... I thought I had a problem with my I-pod.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Cudjoe Key, FL, USA 01-23-05
    Mike Cudjoe Key, FL, USA 01-23-05
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    "No thriller"

    I listened for the first 2 hours and was really bored. It may be a thriller later in the book, but I felt I was enough time and book credits on this book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Wauwatosa, WI, USA 01-15-05
    David Wauwatosa, WI, USA 01-15-05
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    "Weak - Disturbing - Predictable"

    Look Out!!! There's an eco-terrorist in my backyard! He's hiding behind the bushes right next to the Al Queda guy with WMD, the gay couple having sex and the atheists biting off heads of live rabbits.

    Fiction, fantasy, fright with a fraction of facts works. This book is a political monologue masquarding as a "techno-thriller". It becomes boring, predictable and weak in a hurry.

    However, what bothers me most about this book is the author's attempt to demonize the green movement as driven to the depths. He likes to have us believe that they are resorting to terror as a vehicle to market their perversion. Write a thriller - demonize a group, person or movement to create tension - sprinkle in some evidence/facts - no problem. Create an essay on the environmental movement and throw in a terror thread and now you've crossed the line.

    Raise the terror level to orange!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Katy, TX, USA 01-14-05
    Dennis Katy, TX, USA 01-14-05
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    "Booooooring"

    None of the excitement of Crichton's previous novels. Instead, much lecturing about his view on environmentalists-which may or may not be accurate. I finally reached the point that I didn't really care even though I personally agree with his view. Certainly not up to his standards and not entertaining.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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