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The Lost World | [Michael Crichton]

The Lost World

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumors that something has survived.
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Publisher's Summary

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public.

But there are rumors that something has survived.

©1996 Michael Crichton; (P)2006 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Harrowing thrills...fast-paced and engaging." (People)
"Action-packed." (New York Daily News)
"Fast and gripping" (The Washington Post Book World)

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    Rivkah Kay Macclenny, FL United States 07-28-09
    Rivkah Kay Macclenny, FL United States 07-28-09 Member Since 2007

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    "Diving into the Lost World"

    I am finding this audio book to be intriguing. I have seen some mediocre reviews of Michael Crichton's work, but I definitely do not agree. If you enjoy science fiction and fantasy, jump on in as I did. Even though the book was published in 1996 it has not become outdated and I have found it to be far better than the Jurassic Park movies.

    I listen to this while I am driving. The narrator reads clearly and smoothly. His voice is easy to listen to, and his tone is excellent.

    Definitely a great listen!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cage Tempe, AZ, United States 05-17-12
    Cage Tempe, AZ, United States 05-17-12

    I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!

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    "Dodgson! We've got Dodgson here..."

    This is a fantastic sequel to Jurassic Park! Great technical discussions, a fun, exciting story, (which had minor flaws, as other reviewers have pointed out), but it's about dinosaurs!! If you can suspend your disbelief when it comes to the dinosaurs, then why harp on the character's flaws? Go with it!
    My brother got this for me when it first came out, and I loved it so much, I have since read almost all of Crichton's other novels. And if you have seen the movie, please don't let its lousiness detract you. This novel is not like the movie at all. And it's got Dodgson, a much better villain than the 25 Marlboro men and Hammond's nephew that were in the movie,(and nowhere in the book.) With all due respect Mr.Spielberg, exactly which parts of this book did you actually read?
    Scott Brick, you are the man, please do an unabridged version of Jurassic Park, so I can enjoy an audiobook of the only Crichton novel that is possibly better than this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Frederik Lyngby, Denmark 08-21-12
    Frederik Lyngby, Denmark 08-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "So much better than the movie"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is nothing like the movie. After finishing the book i saw the movie again and maybe 5% of the book was used in the movie. Not even the major plot is the same.

    If you liked the first movie and the first book definitely read this book. It is very detailed and keeps the listener interested all the way through


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susha St. Louis 01-30-14
    Susha St. Louis 01-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyable Book"

    The book is sooo much better than the movie, don't know why they changed the story so drastically. I have listened to the abridged audiobook and got this one to see what was missing. The answer is quite a bit. Some interesting sections were omitted from the abridged, but also the wordy explanations of dinosaurs, theories on evolution and I could go on. These tend to be the sections I skim through so I certainly didn't miss the theorizing in the abridged.

    Scott Brick is a very good narrator, but I have to say, Anthony Heald was superb in the abridged, so Scott falls a bit short, but as my headline indicates, still very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Massimo roma, Italy 08-25-11
    Massimo roma, Italy 08-25-11
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    "Good!"

    I liked the movie, and I liked the book! Also the narrator is a vert good one!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kansas City 04-25-14
    Michael Kansas City 04-25-14 Member Since 2013

    Just now discovering the incredible world of audiobooks!

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    "Much better than the movie"

    I enjoyed The Lost World movie, but the book is so much better. And the two are almost entirely different. As far as the narration goes, Scott Brick delivers a solid performance here, but it isn't anything spectacular.

    This book is the source of many of my nightmares. Dinosaurs may have gone extinct 65 million years ago, but that doesn't stop them from showing up in my dreams. That is because some of the scenes in this book are absolutely terrifying. It isn't a horror book though. It is a sophisticated science fiction thriller. You'll probably end up even learning a thing or two from this book. That's because Crichton manages to weave in a lot of real science into a very exciting story.

    Of course, make sure you listen to or read Jurassic Park first. It isn't fundamental to the understanding of The Lost World, but it is such an incredible story that you'll simply be missing out if you don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dustin SAULT SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN, United States 03-24-14
    Dustin SAULT SAINTE MARIE, MICHIGAN, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "great book!"
    What did you love best about The Lost World?

    one of my favourite books of all time, just the right balance of science, adventure, suspense. they but butchered the movie so badly, when the third movie came out i was really hoping they would go back to this book for plot or something, but i was disappointed. the only thing i didn't like was the narrator, he is awful. i didn't realize there was another version or i would've definitely bought that instead of just powering through. the book is so good it made up for him, but he's just terrible.


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    andrew Churchville, NY, United States 02-16-14
    andrew Churchville, NY, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Ive recommended this book to many people. The story is fantastic. Also the audio version is great. The narrator is amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a fantastic mix of science and adventure.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He has a great reading voice. His performance isn't to dry but also not too over the top.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if it wasn't so long I probably would have listened to the whole thing in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing book. A must read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J R B EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States 12-29-13
    J R B EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A lot more interesting than expected."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how Crichton, uses actual science in his novels. It makes them so much more interesting and believable. (I mean we're talking resurrecting animals that have been extinct for at least 65 million years here!) In this sense he is a master. Its just to bad that the genius of this novel has been somewhat cheapened by the movie. But it is a great book. Well worth the time and money


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Dr. Grant


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    Sara North Charleston, SC, United States 11-30-13
    Sara North Charleston, SC, United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I wish the MOVIE was just like the book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost World the most enjoyable?

    Everything about this story was fabulous! It was a "page turner", pardon the pun, but you never wanted to pause this book! I am a paleo-geologist and have been in love with the Jurassic series since the movie came out in 1993. I finally now have finished the Lost World and the movie would have been so much better if it actually followed the book. The story line, the characters, and everything involved with this book was spot on!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were very well written and it is a shame that in the movie they COMPLETELY left out Richard Levine... He was such a main character, I do not know that they were thinking!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic!! So easy to listen too and follow!! Great job!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!!! But couldn't because of the length, but it kept you involved the whole time! "Page turner"


    Any additional comments?

    Read/listen to this book! You will not regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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