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
"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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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.
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?!?...
Forensic Mysteries, Paranormal, Cozies and yet more mysteries. "Don't care who dies in the movie as long as the dog lives."
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.
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!
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.
International Busienss focussed head of HR with science as a passion.
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..
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!
The reality of it all. Outstanding and timely work by Crichton, his best. This book may well be non-fiction one day.
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