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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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    James Rio Rancho, NM, USA 08-29-07
    James Rio Rancho, NM, USA 08-29-07 Member Since 2016
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    "Worthy!"

    This book is worthy of the author's reputation. Exciting and intriguing through out. Well worth the time spent listening. Very Enjoyable!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig H. 07-09-07
    Craig H. 07-09-07 Member Since 2015

    I'm a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with two college aged children. I used 2 check my kid's books for appropriateness & now enjoy those books 2.

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    "Hey Mike - I like"

    I enjoy reading Crichton. His stories are always well planned and have superb plotlines. He changes his themes enough to make you want to read all of his works.
    The only problem I have with Crichton is his endings. For some odd reason it just seems to me like he gets bored in the end and just says the end. He has a way of ruining the last chapter so that I don't read his works for a year or two. BUT I ALWAYS COME BACK.
    This one though is superb. He kept me suspensed. I really wondered what was next. I really wanted to keep reading. No I was not sad when it was over, but I wasn't dissappointed at all. I really enjoyed this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louis La Palma, CA, USA 06-03-07
    Louis La Palma, CA, USA 06-03-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Spare me the lecture"

    Michael Critchton generally does an good job of weaving fact into a unique and imaginative work of fiction. But first and foremost, his works are "fiction". This novel fails because Critchton decided to take one side of a controversial issue, and in a very "heavy-handed" way he lectures us on all the virtues of that point of view. At the same time he paints all opponents of that point of view with all the vices under the sun(from naive and misguided to down-right evil). Ultimately, the action of the novel is weak and unmemorable as it is centered around the lectern.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nick Torrance, CA, USA 05-10-07
    Nick Torrance, CA, USA 05-10-07
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    "State of Fear ~ Ugh!"

    I usually like Michael Crichton stories but this seems to have an excedingly long lead in before actually getting to point. I noted that the story seems to be along the same lines that Al Gore is making about global warming and that there is an underground conspiracy to hush things up but the slow progression and the dull reading by George Wilson makes me wonder why I bought the thing...
    I'm going with the 'abridged' version instead and see if that's any better...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Norway 01-17-07
    Amazon Customer Norway 01-17-07
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    "The best!"

    This has to be one of the best books I have "read" It is not only well written, it also makes you re-think all the things you hear about global warming. The narrator is not perfect, but do not let that stop you from experiencing this great book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Hopewell, VA, USA 12-14-06
    Jane Hopewell, VA, USA 12-14-06
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    "political doggerel masquerading as a novel"

    The writing was okay but the global warming bashing got to be a bit much after a while. I read after reading this book that most of his research, where he bashes global warming scientists was not based on accredited research. I wasn't surprised.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Upper Marlboro, MD, USA 08-22-06
    Cheryl Upper Marlboro, MD, USA 08-22-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointment"

    I have enjoyed many of Michael Crichton's earlier fantasies. I found this book extremely disturbing. For some poorly explained reason, he portrays ALL government and University science as suspect. He maintains that we should only believe science from "concerned" millionaires/billionaires (Corporations?). He maintains that for some reason, scientists are more attracted by fame and wealth than are coporate executives. Where does Michael Crichton live?
    Maybe, I should explain where I'm coming from: Gee whiz, Michael Crichton got a degree from Harvard. I should be impressed. Well, I'm NOT. Firstly: most "real scientists" don't have a favorable opinion of the scientific knowledge of physicians (AKA Michael Crichton). This perspective was gained from working with physicians in a scientific research milieu for 30 years (Duke/Cornell, PhD in Chemistry). Why, do you ask? Because MOST physicians are NOT subjected to the same scientific rigors of REAL scientists. The defining issue is that Michael Crichton can cite perfectly the shortcomings of conventional (University) and government science, but remarkably cannot recount the successes, which far outnumber the failures. I would have to write a book to explain all the deceptions of his political document!
    This is not a fictional novel. It is a right-wing, political treatise. Let's see, smoking does not harm you. There are no such things as the effects of secondary smoke. Well, while I believe that litigation has gone to extremes in this country, and I do think we need fewer lawyers. This is total obfuscation of known data.
    What makes my reaction to this travesty all the more remarkable is that I sensed a PRO- CORPORATION tendancy in his book: AIRFRAME. I very much enjoyed the storyline in AIRFRAME; however, I was disturbed by the,too obvious, pro-industry slant of the story.
    Bottom line: in his book STATE OF FEAR Michael Crichton has sold out to the evil empire.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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

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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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