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. From the streets of Paris, to the glaciers of Antarctica, to the exotic and dangerous Solomon Islands, State of Fear takes the reader 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)
I would have given this book 2 stars, but I gave it an extra star because of the wonderful job the narrator did on the audio production. I am looking forward to hearing more of his work.
Yeah, it has an agenda. And, yes, the pairing of an expert with a novice as a device to facilitate the endless explanations got a little tiring. And, yes, the character development could've been beefed up a bit. And, YES, the narration is horrible. Where were you, Scott Brick?? But I don't really care, it was still entertaining!! And more importantly, it raised enough questions in my mind, that I've undertaken additional research on my own. So it was well worth the listen.
Mr. Crichton has a real axe to grind here, about what he thinks is the poor quality of the science behind fears of global warming, and will do absolutely any violence to his characters' integrity in order to further this aim. A clear low point comes when the protagonist, a supposedly excellent lawyer, asks another lawyer one dopey unlawerly question after another dopey unlawerly question, all so that the second character can be given a chance to deliver great expository rants. A horrible book.
I think the author would be better served if he wrote a non-fiction book regarding his views about the environment. This book was a poorly veiled attempt at getting a viewpoint across. Worst book by this author I have ever heard!! Whether or not you agree with his opinions, painful to listen to.
This is not even a well disguised political tract opposing the concept of global warming. The people warning about global warming are made out to be bad guys those opposing the idea are the heroes. It is ny opinion that Audible made a mistake by not warning its members/listeners that this book was a political tract. I am soory I wasted abook credit on it.
This novel/audiobook can be summed up in five words:
tedious tedious tedious tedious tedious.
I listened to about 4 minutes, and couldn't go on. Ultra-sexy Vietnamese-French women, all ditzy and hot for science geeks...groan
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