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 found this book to be very interesting. I don't agree with everything that was said in the book, or with all of the opinions expressed by the characters within it. This can certainly be said of any book I've ever read.
My one criticism of the book is that some of the characters seemed underdeveloped. This is especially true of some NERF characters who appear at pivotal times in the narrative. I would have liked to have been given more insight into their motivation, rather than simple portrayals of shallow and ignorant shells.
I rather enjoyed the narrator, and don't understand the criticism I've read. His cadance and tone was pleasant and didn't interfere with my listening. I listen through very good headphones, and a lot of background noise was apparent in the recording.
If your looking to be borred this is the book for you , however if you enjoy excitement try one of his other books. This book would be better if you chopped half of it off.
Boring, even beyond predictable, it is certainly not the Michael Crichton quality I was expecting. I would agree with one of the other readers...made for TV.
This was by far the most uninteresting audio book I have listened to yet. I tried my best to get into it. Even starting chapters over and listening more intently, but it just drags on and on. Even the big ending where some action actually occurs, it's slooooow.
I can understand why some found this book slow, although that was precisely the reason I enjoyed it so much (we drive a lot, and the 17-hr. narration was very welcomed). My 11 year-old son and I listened to it while commuting to his school everyday, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I agree that some of the narrator's sounds (nasal sighing, in particular) were distracting. But the content of the story overshadows any criticism of the narration. By the way, the version I downloaded was narrated by George Wilson (who also read Crichton's 'Prey').
The controversy about climate change as presented by Crichton brings in all of the right wing?s bogus scientific claims in an effort to refute the vast majority of the world's scientists. When it comes to scientific certainty about anything, of course, we can't be 100% sure. Crichton was likely in the chorus of industry nay sayers denying there was a problem with the ozone layer. What this reader can be certain about is that Crichton's book is poorly conceived diatribe against rational science and particularly against environmentalists who threaten to disrupt the profit flow to the fossil fuel industry. The nonsense he presents as science force fed to reader in the book is just ranting and pandering. He should have written an essay for a right wing publication instead. This is propaganda at its worst.
Crichton presents the tiny minority view that global warming is at the very least uncertain to the extreme position of the coal industry lobby that it just isn't happening. Around this right wing science (and he does offer selective facts) he constructs a plot in which diabolical environmentalists financed by a thinly disguised George Soros character, attempt to wreak destruction and mayhem. The plot, characters and story are in the service of debunking global warming. Remember, this is the guy who contrived to make sexual harassment an attack of (attractive) liberated women on moral men. They made a movie of that one. Note: the strong arm female characters abound is this book as well. Hopefully this distortion of discredited science masquerading as a novel won't go on to become another bit of celluloid right wing propaganda. I got this book as part of a two for package - the other book was considerably better. Vote with your dollars to send this to the trash bin and buy another book.
I have been an Audible subscriber for years and This is the worst book that I have purchased. This plot is ridiculous and so far fetched that I ended up yelling at my cd player.
And Michael Chrichton's reactionary environmental views are on a par with those of the fault Earth Society. I can believe that someone agreed to produce this dreck.
We have another lecture by Chriton masquerading as entertainment. Normally a master storyteller; instead he repeatedly slaps us in the face with the most overbearing and biased drivel imaginable. Unlike NEXT; he actually has a plot here, and a good one too. And if we removed all the self-righteous preaching and left just the story it would be almost up to the level of his earlier work. Where has the man that wrote Jurrasic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Timeline, Disclosure, Airframe, and others went??? Sorry folks; but he is no longer here. In his place we have been left an ultra-conservative lobbyist who has the extreme gall to actually charge us for listening to his opinions. It's a good thing that no author has been sued for bait and switch before; becuase Chriton has done a better job of bait and switch than any used car salesman to date.
I am sure I have read worse books in my life but I really can't think of any. I'm giving it one star because the man can string together a sentence without making glaring grammatical errors. But the plot was unlikely, the hero(ine)s not particularly compelling, the politics over the top and the ending disappointing.
If you must give it a listen, try the abridged version. Then, if you dislike it as much as I did, you won't have wasted 18 hours of your life.
I would have given this book five stars but, I did hear the annoying, even disturbing, stomach and guttural sounds the reader had going on and will scrutinize future reads by him before purchasing. However, once able to tune those irritations out the book is a great listen. Fast paced plot with fun evolving characters and surprising heroes. Don?t let the politico?s that rated this book deter you from another Chrichton winner. A bonus from the author, not only does he give you a great story line, but he manages to cause you to think about what we really know of the Eco World. Any book that has me asking questions and wanting more is a winner in my mind.
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